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Drawing in three dimensions - Viewing entities in three dimensions

If the view continues to rotate, press Enter or right-click the drawing when finished.

To modify the viewing direction and the magnification you can use the views shortcuts:

Realtime Sphere : CTRL + Left Click: rotate the view in any direction without reference to the planes.

  • Realtime along axis : CTRL + Right Click: rotate the view along an axis orthogonal to the view
  • RealTime Zoom In&Out : CTRL + SHIFT + Left Click: mouse up Zoom In, Mouse down Zoom Out.
  • RealTime Pan : CTRL + SHIFT + Right Click: move the cursor to pan

NOTE While the 3DFORBIT command is active you cannot edit objects.
Preset Views
  1. To quickly set a view, you can choose one of the predefined 3D views. You can select predefined standard orthographic views Top, Bottom, Front, Left, Right, and Back or SW (southwest) Isometric, SE (southeast) Isometric, NE (northeast) Isometric, and NW (northwest) Isometric views.
Orthographic views
  1. Orthographic views show objects from points of view that are perpendicular to XY, XZ and YZ plans, obtaining Top, Bottom, Front, Left, Right, and Back views.
  2. Draw a cube and a cylinder as shown in the example:
To set the Top viewing direction
  • Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > 3D Views > Top.
  • On the View toolbar, click Top View (
  • ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 0,0,1 and press Enter.
To set the Bottom viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > Bottom.
  3. On the View toolbar, click Bottom View (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 0,0,-1 and press Enter.
  •  
To set the Left viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > Left.
  3. On the View toolbar, click Left View (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type -1,0,0 and press Enter.
To set the Right viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > Right.
  3. On the View toolbar, click Right View (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 1,0,0 and press Enter.
To set the Front viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > Front.
  3. On the View toolbar, click Front View (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 0, -1,0 and press Enter.
To set the Back viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > Back.
  3. On the View toolbar, click Back View (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 0, 1,0 and press Enter.
Isometric views
  1. To understand how the isometric views work, look down at the top of a box. If you move toward the lower-left corner, you are viewing the box from the SW Isometric View. If you move toward the upper-right corner of the box, you are viewing it from NE Isometric View
  2.  
To set the SW Isometric viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > SW Isometric.
  3. On the View toolbar, click SW Isometric (
  4. ) .
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type -1,-1,1 and press Enter.
To set the SE Isometric viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > SE Isometric.
  3. On the View toolbar, click SE Isometric (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 1,-1,1 and press Enter.
  •  
To set the NE Isometric viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > NE Isometric.
  3. On the View toolbar, click NE Isometric (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type 1,1,1 and press Enter.
To set the NW Isometric viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > NW Isometric.
  3. On the View toolbar, click NW Isometric (
  4. ).
  • Type _viewpoint and press Enter, then type -1,1,1 and press Enter.
  •  
Preset Viewpoints.
  1. To select a preset viewpoint you can also use the Preset Viewpoints dialog box that contains preset views buttons formerly explained plus isometric views from underneath the XY plane.
To set a new viewing direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > Viewpoint Presets.
  3. On the View toolbar, click the Preset Viewpoints tool (
  4. ).
  • Type setvpoint and then press Enter.
  • Click the preset view you want to use.
 
 
  1. Click to select a non-axis viewpoint.
  2. Click to select the previous viewpoint.
  1. Click to select a viewpoint aligned with an axis.
  1. You can dynamically rotate the viewpoint within the xy plane and relative to the xy plane, and you can pan and zoom the drawing. As you change the viewpoint settings, the drawing display automatically updates.
To dynamically set a view direction
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose View > 3D Views > View Control.
  3. Type viewctl and then press Enter.
  4. Click the appropriate tools to dynamically change the viewpoint.