airlid
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SpaceNavigator

Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:57 am

I saw some talk about using a 3d controller and someone said the they knew of people configuring their SpaceNavigator to control S3D. If that is true, how did they do it? I can only get mine to zoom in/out (no rotation). Does someone have a profile (.xml) for S3D?

It's hard for this old brain to switch gears going back and forth from my CAD software to S3D.

Thanks in advance,

Larry

CompoundCarl
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Re: SpaceNavigator

Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:52 am

My friend has his space navigator working with S3D pan/tilt/zoom, and it sounded like the config was quite easy. Here's another user that did something similar and posted some instructions on the forum: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=717&start=20#p17132

airlid
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Re: SpaceNavigator

Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:40 am

CompoundCarl wrote:My friend has his space navigator working with S3D pan/tilt/zoom, and it sounded like the config was quite easy. Here's another user that did something similar and posted some instructions on the forum: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=717&start=20#p17132
The interface shown is no longer available and all configuration is done via .xml config files specific to each program that you want to interface with.

CompoundCarl
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Re: SpaceNavigator

Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:01 am

Hah well if SpaceNavigator completely removed the GUI for their mouse, I can't really help much with that

My buddy said it only took him like 5 minutes. I would imagine they still have a way to make a custom config yourself, so I'm sure the process is similar. Otherwise, maybe send the space nav people an email and ask how they recommend making a custom config.

mystixa
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Joined: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:28 am

Re: SpaceNavigator

Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:31 am

This has been a often repeated question, and I have yet to see it answered conclusively in forums here or with 3dconnexion's forums. So Im capping old threads that come up in searches with this question but failed to help people achieve their goal. With a solution that actually works.

I had been looking fora long while for how to get a SpaceNavigator 3d mouse working with simplify3d design software. From what Ive seen this has been a requested feature for years in forums, both for that application and occasionally in 3dconnexion forums as well. The closest there has been is a few posts saying it can be done if you go in and edit the xml files by hand. This is a cryptic solution at best, and no example profile was ever shared to help make this a go. By default the newest versions of 3dxware will only zoom (mousewheel in simplify 3d).

I have gotten it to work in 2 steps.

Uninstall the modern utility. Install an older version of the 3dxware software. I found a source of several older installs. I can confirm that it works with only a small amount of setup with the following install. 3DxWare64SPP_v10-0-11_r1165

There are several versions in between the one that worked for me and the modern software. Im not sure how modern you can get and retain the functionality, because I stopped with the first one that got me the desired functionality. If one of the more modern versions keeps the GUI for customizing the functions, please let me know.

For Simplify 3d, it doesnt have the same type of automatic key remapping we may be used to in modern games for example. So the solution using vjoy does not work. Instead its a menu driven approach with specified keys that can be chosen.

Instead in the 3dx software choose to map the functions using 2d mouse options to map to the functions that simplify 3d expects. I have full manipulation with rotation, zoom, and panning working from each of my desired axes. Dont stick with the mousewheel version even though it continues to work, because it only works in fits and starts. Instead use the 2d mouse and key setup of all the other commands for zooming, and it will act much more smoothly.

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