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Implement Catia Style pan/rotate/zoom/translate

alex_tran780alex_tran780 Member Posts: 5
Hi All,

Moving from Catia to Onshape/Solidworks, one of the notable struggles is getting the mouse 3D manipulation.  It would be really good to implement Catia style mouse controls in Onshape.  It will really help to onboard users from different software platforms even faster.  Also Catia's mouse controls are great because it really allows for fine control of the orientation of the object on the screen with only one hand.

Yes, I could get a 3D mouse, but yet another piece of desk hardware that shouldn't be necessary.  I love the Onshape platform, it's superior in basically every other fashion to Catia.  Especially the version control!


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    Ste_WilsonSte_Wilson Member Posts: 262 EDU
    I think you can set up the mouse buttons for zoom etc in your profile.
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    S1monS1mon Member Posts: 2,577 PRO
    In your preferences, you have some choices, but there's no Catia style option. You can play with these, but otherwise the only other way (currently) is to add a 3D mouse. For me, I've had a Spacemouse for years and it's the difference between getting a repetitive strain injury or not. It's also nice because it's a good way to make multiple CAD programs spin as close to the same as possible.

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    alex_tran780alex_tran780 Member Posts: 5
    Is there a mouse dragging way to rotate in 2D?  There are the on-screen buttons, but I want super fine mouse drag control. 
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    jonathan_wentzeljonathan_wentzel Member Posts: 2
    I also really miss this feature! To the point I might explore other alternative CAD software. When you rotate, a dotted circle appears acting as edge of a ball, outside of which it rotates in 2D which is much more convenient and great to have. 3D rotate without that feature appears chaotic, at least in beginning. Alt-key rotate funcion saves it a bit but still really miss it.
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    martin_kopplowmartin_kopplow Member Posts: 393 PRO
    I must admit I never felt like rotating a pure 2D view, else, I am with @S1mon here: A space mouse is worth every penny and does all the tricks in all the CAD systems. It will even smoothly rotate a sketch in OS while you keep working with the mouse or active tool at the same time. Wouldn't want to live without one mo more.
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