Trackball

The Map Tools | View | Trackball command rotates, tilts, and changes the field of view in the plot window. The 3D View | View | Trackball command rotates and tilts the view in the 3D view.

 

Trackball in the Plot Window

Click the Map Tools | View | Trackball command or right-click on the map and click Trackball to rotate, tilt, and change the field of view of a selected map in the plot window. The cursor will change to a , indicating you are in trackball mode. The Map Tools | View | Trackball command is similar to using the properties in the map View tab in the Properties window.

 

Tilt and Rotation

In trackball mode, left-click in the map's bounding box. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse up and down to change tilt, and drag the mouse left or right to change rotation. The rotation and tilt values are shown in the status bar when the left mouse button is held down.

 

Field of View

In trackball mode, when you right-click in the map's bounding box, dragging up increases the field of view and changes the Projection to Perspective. Dragging down while right-clicking decreases the field of view, and the Projection changes to Orthographic if the field of view is decreased to 1°. The field of view value is shown in the status bar when the right mouse button is held down.

 

Exit Trackball Mode

Press the ESC key on your keyboard to exit trackball mode. Alternatively, click the Map Tools | View | Trackball command again or select another command mode, such as select, draw, or reshape.

 

To modify the map orientation with Trackball:

  1. Select one map.

  2. Click the Map Tools | View | Trackball command, or right-click on the map and click Trackball.

  3. Left-click in map's bounding box. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse up and down to change tilt, and drag the mouse left or right to change rotation. The rotation and tilt values are shown in status bar.

  4. Right-click in the map's bounding box. While holding down the right mouse button, drag the mouse up to increase the field of view and changes the Projection to Perspective. Drag the mouse down while right-clicking to decrease the field of view, and change the Projection to Orthographic if the field of view is decreased to 1°. The field of view value is shown in status bar.

  5. Press the ESC key on the keyboard to end trackball mode.

 

Trackball in the 3D View

Click the 3D View | View | Trackball command to rotate and tilt the field of view of the 3D view window. The cursor will change to a , indicating you are in trackball mode. The 3D view can also be changed by adjusting the values in the Environment properties Camera page.

 

Trackball mode is the default mode for the 3D view window. Press ESC while in another tool mode to return to the trackball mode. While in trackball mode in the 3D view, pan the view by clicking and dragging with the middle mouse button.

 

Tilt and Rotation

In trackball mode, left-click in the 3D view window. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the mouse to change the tilt and rotation. How the view is tilted and rotated is determined by the location you first click and the direction you drag. For example, clicking near the left side of the 3D view window and dragging the mouse up tilts the left side of the map up and right side down. While clicking near the center of the view and dragging the mouse up tilts the front of the map up and the back of the map down.

 

 

See Also

Free Rotate

Rotate

View Page

Map Properties

Map Tools Tab Commands