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workplane

I have used the precursor version of this software at my work place.At that time, it was known as SolidDesigner which used a tablet interface. I am still getting familiar with the latest OneSpace Modeling PE and its ""window""like interface. It takes me a while to navigate the menu to search for the commands I used to use. I notice that when I create a new workplane (parallel to the face of a cube for example) , the new and active workplane does not automatically position itself parallel to the active viewport what I mean is that the W vector is perpendicular to the viewport. Thisfeature is automatic with Solidesigner). I have to use the workplane positioning command to get what I want. Is it normal with Modeling PE ? is there a way to make it happen automatically when I create a workplane? Appreciate any help

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RE: workplane

anonymous wrote:

Yman - 2007-05-30 10:56 PM I have used the precursor version of this software at my work place.At that time, it was known as SolidDesigner which used a tablet interface. I am still getting familiar with the latest OneSpace Modeling PE and its ""window""like interface. It takes me a while to navigate the menu to search for the commands I used to use. I notice that when I create a new workplane (parallel to the face of a cube for example) , the new and active workplane does not automatically position itself parallel to the active viewport what I mean is that the W vector is perpendicular to the viewport. Thisfeature is automatic with Solidesigner). I have to use the workplane positioning command to get what I want. Is it normal with Modeling PE ? is there a way to make it happen automatically when I create a workplane? Appreciate any help

RE: workplane

You can also use the ""Alt middle mouse button"" on a face and it will create a new workplane that is sized correctly for that face and rotate it to be perpendicular to that face. There are a lot of helpfull shortcuts that are available. To see these, select Help > Help Topics. When the help comes up, select on the ""search"" tab and then type in Shortcuts. It will bring up a short list. The top one, ""Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts"" is the one that you want. Hope this helps.

Re: workplane

thanks everyone for the helpful tips. Just a clarification on the name : yes it was called ME30 and then SolidDesigner before my former company sold the product line. We used a ""physical"" tablet (perhaps that was the favored practice of all the designers due to familiarity with the tablet use. Our support guys were quite obliging to make it backward compatible). Eventually all the commands are screen based with the look of a ""tablet"" as well. As far as I could remember, the active workplane did automatically rotate with a click. I look forward to learning the use of shortcut and mouse button with PE.