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Improve the View Normal command

Improve the View Normal command

If we select a datum plane, the View Normal will reorient the view Normal to the datum plane, IGNORING the positive negative side of the plane, which is the desired behaviour. The side selected of the datum plane is based on the current view orientation. This is the correct algorithm. But if we select a planar surface, the positive side is not ignored, which makes the view always be shown from the same side of the planar surface, instead of taking into account the current view orientation. The algorithm should be improved to treat planar surfaces the same as datum planes, ignoring the positive side of the datum plane / planar surface (or even axis or edge orientation), and only orienting normal to the datum plane / flat surface/ axis / straight edge, taking into account the current view orientation.

 

With current implementation, when we select planar surfaces or edges, we have to select the other "Reorient" icon and click multiple times to rotate the normal view 180º. This could be semi-automated by mapkeys, but since the correct algorithm already exists for datum planes, I think it should be easy to extend to planar faces and have the functionality out-of-the box for less experienced users.