Ayres3D
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Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:14 am

I imagine that either this has already been asked or is already implemented but I can't find how, but just in case...

If I try to zoom in on a Preview then the zoom always tends to the centre of the bed, rather than to the area I want to inspect. So, if I'm looking at a feature towards the edge of the bed, it's not possible to zoom to it to see how it is sliced.

This seems like a pretty fundamental failing (either in the software, or my ability to use it).

airscapes
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Re: Proper "Zoom" function in preview

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:17 am

You have to drag (right click and drag) the image before or after you zoom.. The process seems to be very cpu intensive and slow on an older i5 laptop with 16gig of ram and window 10.

Ayres3D
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Re: Proper "Zoom" function in preview

Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:51 am

Ahhhh! Thank you so much. That makes things so much easier. I did think it was odd.

kburgoyne
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:21 pm

Ayres3D wrote: I imagine that either this has already been asked or is already implemented but I can't find how, but just in case...

If I try to zoom in on a Preview then the zoom always tends to the centre of the bed, rather than to the area I want to inspect. So, if I'm looking at a feature towards the edge of the bed, it's not possible to zoom to it to see how it is sliced.

This seems like a pretty fundamental failing (either in the software, or my ability to use it).
Second this request. Although I don't consider the current way of operating necessarily a "failing". The two approaches are simply preferences. The current approach where the zoom is based on the center of the viewport I'd consider the "novice" mode, and might be kept for newbies.

The "pro" mode is definitely to have the mouse wheel zoom to where the mouse cursor is pointing. This is the way Blender works, and probably other editors.

Because a lot of "less professional" software does tend to zoom to the center of the viewport, it tends to be what non-pros expect. It's also the "lazy user" way for zoom to function because the user doesn't have to pay attention to where their cursor is. Regardless of where their cursor is, the zoom is always the same.

The "pro" approach of zooming to cursor requires more user discipline because the zoom appears to be inconsistent until the user learns to pay attention to where their cursor is.

All that being said, Simplify3D definitely should implement zoom-to-cursor as a user selectable "pro" option while retaining zoom to center of viewport as the "newbie" option.

JohnDC58
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:09 am

One new feature I would like to see is the ability to zoom in at the location that the mouse pointer is at. Most 3D programs allow you to do this and it makes locating a specific area easier to navigate to. Grazie!
Last edited by S3D-Jake on Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: moved to existing thread about this feature request.

S3D-Jake
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:02 pm

Thanks for the great feedback! I'll keep monitoring this thread for future user interest.
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ESS-Cr10s-fan
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:17 pm

I like the idea of having this feature added also.

ttn
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:09 am

+1 I find myself expecting it to work like this like in other CAD software but then it doesn't. Make it a toggle able option?

tonyno
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:59 am

+1 I thought I already hit a thread like this before, but can't find it now.

AutomillAB
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Re: Zoom to mouse rather than center of build volume

Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:54 pm

+1
I agree with the previous speakers. I just bought Simplify3D, and the first thing I noticed was this odd zoom behavior.
All other CAD/CAM softwares I work with today zooms to the mouse cursor. Now it is always twice as much work to both
zoom and move, instead of zooming directly to the mouse cursor.

Please fix this soon in the next update.

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