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3D Settings Dialog

Select 3D> 3D Settings or double-click the Vector View Tools button to display the 3D Settings dialog.

Settings in the 3D Settings dialog are not global: they are saved with each plan file. Some settings affect render views, some affect vector views, and some affect both view types.

Options Tab

The General Options affect both render and vector views.

The Render View Options affect render views only. Click and drag the slide bar or type in a percent value to adjust these options. For more information, see "Ambient Lights".

The Vector View Options affect vector views only.

Default Color Display has check boxes for each type of vector view. Select a check box to generate that view type in color or clear the box to generate that view type as a line drawing. A colored view can always be changed to a line drawing and vice versa by choosing Tools> Color Off/Color On .

The Scroll Bars check boxes control the display of scroll bars along the right side and bottom of each type of vector view. Clear the check box to suppress the scroll bar and yield more viewing area when using smaller windows.

When the scroll bars are suppressed, use the keyboard arrow keys to scroll. To pan the display, hold the key and drag the pointer across the window. See "Panning the Display".

Specify how the Surface Edge Lines display for all objects in 3D views.

Backdrop Tab

A preview of the selected backdrop displays.

Click Select Backdrop to open the Select Library Object dialog. Browse the Backdrops library, select a backdrop, and click OK.

Click Remove Backdrop to change the backdrop to a solid color. The color used is defined in the Background Color section of this dialog.

Select the check boxes to specify what views the backdrop displays in.

Render View Options can be used to create spherical panoramic backdrops. A spherical backdrop is created by placing the selected backdrop onto a sphere that surrounds your scene. The horizontal and vertical angles control how far around the sphere the backdrop is stretched.

Click the color bar to change the Background Color that displays when a backdrop is not being used.

Creating Backdrops

New backdrops can be created using a variety of graphic file formats. Backdrops are automatically adjusted to fit the window size, so they look best when they are created with the same height to width proportions as the window you are working in.

Scanned images from photographs or digital photos can be used to create backdrops of a specific building site. See "Images & Backdrops" and "Adding Materials and Images to the Library".

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