Direct Manipulation in Autodesk Inventor 2012
Direct Manipulation is an interactive element in the user interface that you can use to create or modify a model. The interaction is dynamic, visual, and predictable, and the changes display in real time. You can focus on the geometry in the in-canvas display instead of interacting with other elements such as the ribbon, browser, and a dialog box.
- The In-Canvas Display
- Value input box
The In-Canvas Display
Manipulators are in-canvas interactive objects. They are useful to manipulate objects for various modeling and editing tasks.
Some examples of manipulators include:
- Rotational arrow Dynamically revolves 2D profiles around a single axis, or rotates a work plane around an edge.
- Distance arrow Dynamically drags the extrusion distance of one or more 2D profiles, or the distance of an offset parallel work plane.
- Sphere Locates the center of a hole, or adjusts the taper angle of an extrusion.
- Ring Increases or decreases the diameter of a hole.
The mini-toolbars display in-canvas close to a selected object in the graphics window. They provide quick access to frequently used commands and command options, and buttons to confirm or cancel the current operation. The button flyouts display command options, where appropriate.
- Pin Mini-Toolbar Position Pins the mini-toolbar so that it remains stationary in the graphics window. Use the grip button at the upper left of the mini-toolbar to move it to a different location on the screen.
- Auto Fade Enables or disables the mini-toolbar display. The display turns off when you move your cursor a short distance away from the mini-toolbar. However, the value input box at the top of the mini-toolbar remains visible.