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32.7.12 Display/Views...

The Display/Views... menu item opens the Views panel.



Views Panel


With the Views panel, you can make various modifications to the view displayed in the active graphics window. See Section  28.4 for details about the items below.

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Controls

Views   lists the currently defined views. Clicking on a view name highlights that name and enters it into the Name field. Double-clicking on a view name restores that view in the active graphics window.

Save Name   specifies the name to use when saving a view.

Actions   contains buttons for performing various actions related to the Views list and the Save Name.

Default   restores the "front'' view in the active graphics window.

Auto Scale   modifies the view in the active graphics window by scaling and centering the current scene without changing its orientation.

Previous   allows you to return to previous displays.

Save   stores the view in the active graphics window with the name in the Save Name box. See Section  28.4.3 for details.

Delete   removes the selected view name from the Views list.

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Be careful not to delete any of the pre-defined views.

Read...   opens the Select File dialog box, in which you can specify the name of a view file to be read. See Section  28.4.3 for details.

Write...   opens the Write Views panel, in which you can select the views to be saved to a view file. See Section  28.4.3 for details.

Mirror Planes   displays a list of all symmetry planes in the domain. Mirror images are drawn for all selected symmetry planes. See Section  28.4.4 for details.

Define Plane...   opens the Mirror Planes panel, in which you can define a mirror plane for a non-symmetric domain.

Periodic Repeats   indicates the number of periodic repetitions to be displayed. See Section  28.4.4 for details.

Define...   opens the Graphics Periodicity panel, in which you can define periodicity for a periodic domain.

Camera...   opens the Camera Parameters panel.



Write Views Panel


The Write Views panel allows you to save selected views to a view file. To open it, click Write... in the Views panel. This feature allows you to transfer views between case files. See Section  28.4.3 for details.

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Controls

Views to Write   is a selectable list of the defined views. The selected views will be saved to a view file when you click on OK.



Mirror Planes Panel


The Mirror Planes panel allows you to define a symmetry plane for a non-symmetric domain for use with graphics. To open it, click Define Plane... in the Views panel. See Section  28.4.4 for details.

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Controls

Plane Equation   contains inputs for specifying the equation for the mirror plane: A X + B Y + C Z = Distance.

Mirror Planes   contains a list of all mirror planes you have defined using this panel. (Mirror planes that exist in the domain due to symmetry will not appear in this list, since they cannot be modified.)

Add   adds the plane defined by the Plane Equation to the Mirror Planes list.

Delete   deletes the plane(s) selected in the Mirror Planes list.



Graphics Periodicity Panel


The Graphics Periodicity panel allows you to define a periodic repeats, periodic rotation or translation for a non-periodic domain for use with graphics. To open it, click Define... under Periodic Repeats in the Views panel. See Section  28.4.4 for details.

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Controls

Cell Zones   contains the list of the zones in the grid. You can select one or more zones in this list and specify different periodicity parameters for each zone separately.

Associated Surfaces   contains the list of the surfaces associated with the selected cell zone.

Periodic Type   specifies Rotational or Translational periodicity.

Angle   specifies the angle by which the domain is rotated to create the periodic repeat. This item is available when you select Rotational as the Periodic Type.

Translation   specifies the distance in the X, Y, and Z directions by which the domain is translated to create the periodic repeat. This item will appear when you select Translational as the Periodic Type.

Axis Direction   specifies the direction vector ( X,Y,Z) for the axis of rotation. This item is available when you select Rotational as the Periodic Type and the domain is three-dimensional.

Axis Origin   specifies the origin of the axis of rotation. This item is available when you select Rotational as the Periodic Type.

Number of Repeats   specifies the number of times you want to repeat the periodic domain.

Set   applies the periodicity you have defined for the case setup.

Reset   removes any periodicity you have defined, and returns to the default periodicity for the domain (i.e., no periodicity for a non-periodic domain).



Camera Parameters Panel


The Camera Parameters panel allows you to modify the "camera'' through which you are viewing the graphics display. See Section  28.4.2 for details about the items below.

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Controls

Camera   contains a drop-down list of the parameters that define the camera ( Position, Target, Up Vector, and Field) and X, Y, and Z fields in which you can define the coordinates or field distances for the parameter selected in the drop-down list. Figure  28.4.5 illustrates the definition of the camera by these parameters.

Projection   contains a drop-down list that allows you to select a Perspective or Orthographic view.

(Dial and Sliders)   allow you to rotate and scale the graphics display. The slider on the scale to the left of the dial rotates the display about the horizontal axis at the center of the screen, the slider on the scale below the dial rotates the display about the vertical axis at the center of the screen, and the dial controls rotation about the axis at the center of and perpendicular to the screen. The slider on the scale to the right of the dial zooms in or out in the display. See Sections  28.4.1 and 28.4.1 for details.

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When you are using the sliders and dial to manipulate the view, you may want to turn off Wireframe Animation in the Display Options panel, so that you can watch the display move interactively while you are moving the slider or the dial indicator.


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