Viewport Tools for Views Management

Viewport Tools for Views Management

Viewport Tools for Views Management


Locator is a visual tool that can be used both in 2D model space and in 3D navigation, it allows you to:


·         quickly identify the current orientation of a view (by the position of the orange marker point and the name of the view at the bottom of the locator);

·         switch between orthographic, intermediate and isometric views (by clicking on the locator elements);

·         set any arbitrary view (by clicking on the locator while holding down Ctrl key).

The display of Locator and View control tools on the screen is managed на through the menu of  sign



When opening a document or working with drawing elements, the Locator is inactive and shows the current position of the view with the dot mark . The view name is translated in the tooltip below.

When you hover the cursor, the tool becomes active.

Each Locator element is responsible for setting a particular view.

The diagram below shows the location of vertices of orthographic views on the locator. Vertices are connected by edges of intermediate view. Zones of isometric views are located between these edges (light gray sectors in the diagram).


For example, knot circles serve to install orthogonal views, edges – intermediate views, and segments – isometric ones.


Setting an arbitrary view

In addition to the preset views, the locator allows you to set any desired view. To do this, click to select the desired position on the locator while holding down the Ctrl key. The orange marker  will be positioned exactly at the specified location, not just in the center of the locator zone. Below is the result of a normal click and click using Ctrl.


View rotation mode

When you hover the cursor over the locator with the Alt key pressed, it changes its appearance and switches to the view rotation mode. The mode allows you to rotate the current view around the axis of the viewing direction. In other words, it is possible to rotate the view clockwise or counterclockwise in the plane of the current view.


For example, an arbitrary view is displayed.


When you move the cursor over the locator and hold down the Alt, the locator will change its appearance.


Click on the locator while holding Alt will turn the view to the specified position. The arrow position indicates the current rotation position of the view.


For accurate rotation for 90 degrees, click on one of the four circles on the locator edges.


After releasing the Alt key, the locator will return to its normal state.


LOCATORORIENT system variable

The LOCATORORIENT system variable allows you to control the mode to set the current (custom or default) view of model space.

If the value of the system variable is 1 (UCS view orientation), then when you switch to the UCS, the view orientation changes in accordance with the direction of the axes of the current user coordinate system, which is reflected by the position of the locator marker (orange dot).

If the value of the system variable is 0 (corresponds to the orientation of the view according to the WCS), then when switching to the UCS, the orientation of the view will be determined relative to the world coordinate system.

The action of the system variable applies only to setting custom views using the locator and from the context menu of the View control.

The action of the variable does not apply to setting views using the VIEW command, toolbars, calls from the ribbon and from the menu.


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