So another minor complain on 3dmax’s UI. Its sort of very minor, and in essence is just a tiny thing, but still I personally think it could, and I think should be improved. So it’s about camera (not exactly camera, just viewport) position when you are modeling. So I guess many of us, max users are using “zoom to selected” viewport tool. I use it a lot, and especially when modeling. So the situation is this. One is modeling something, and selects a couple of vertexes, which happen to be in same position. Now we can’t really see anything cos now we look at whole model. so we hit zoom to selected, and bam most likely we see.. nothing. Or just some part of our object, which has suddenly lost its shape. Its viewport clipping I guess. The zoom tool zoomed so close to selected vertexes, that max decided it’s too close and just clipped the model. Or that’s what I think that happened. Look at the pictures, or try it yourself. Not sure if it is exactly what happens, but it sure looks so. Why does max do this?
(usually this happens when we model say a character, or whatever, and we work only on one half of the model. Other half we minor, and later on we want to weld vertexes which duplicate in the original and mirrored object.. at least that is one of situation where this occurs..)
So what do we do? just scroll back a bit, bam, the model is back, and we are close to our selected elements to work with. But, if you are unexperienced, u might go … Ouch, what happened??? or just scroll back, like you did 1 million times. But can’t we make a tweak in viewport camera positioning and zoom to selected tool’s code, so it doesn’t go to such extremes where model gets clipped? Anyone? So it’s just another small complain. Yes, I know there is million other things that are more important to improve. And this is just a tiny annoyance.. but if it would be just a couple of lines of code, might be it would be worth while writing them down? sins I suppose it should be quite straight forward thing, it’s not like one has to write Lagoa for max or anything like that… (Yes Lagoa would be cooler to get… :) Am I right? am I wrong?
1. (in image) The clipped area that is not shown….
somehow i cant finish my tiling/ rotating/ mirroring article. so while i am struggling with part 3 of tiling posts, something else….
Alzo, one very small remark. I noticed it long time ago,
its such a small detail, not worth writing a post. But it happen so many times,
Its my love and a curse. Well as usual I am talking about 3d max’s user interface.
Its nothing less then right mouse button. Its a bless and a course.
Imagine u selected something, and now u are dragging that stuff across the screen to mech
something else… U are so concentrated, the sweat is running on your back, u cant blink,
it must be so precise..
and u push your mouse so hard. And then it happens. u accidentally click right mouse button.
last thing u did is gone. Dam it!
On other hand sometimes u see u are selecting stuff wrong. U click right mouse button and last operation is gon.
So nice. Not like in autocad (right?)
Ok it shouldnt have been a post, but whatever :)
Ok sins its such an uninformative post well add some more.
Some complaining ofcourse :)
Ok what do I find annoying about max? Its mirror, and clone tools. Whats a problem u ask?
Say I have to clone (and move) one element many times. I want to see it from very close distance to move it exactly the right amount.
So I enlarge it to fill whole wievport. I hit shift, i move it exactly the right distance,
And then I need to specific a number of copies. But it happens a lot that for that I need to see
all the scene, not one object, to count how many copies i need. Ok I am not sure one can understand what I mean.
So to put it in other words, after we see clone or mirror dialog boxes, we are no more able to
navigate in viewport. and that sucks. Look at all extrude. bevel and other tools under edit poly,
if we use these we can both have dialog box open and navigate in viewport. that saves time,
and quite much id say.
So something to consider for max UI developers.
There is such a cool thing that I would love to see say in adobe photoshop. So say we work with two image sets. One is my dogs photos to add to my first ever html website, and other is a diagrams I am preparing for tomorrows presentation. I work on both simultaneously. More or less. (I edit dogs photos when my boss is in next room).
So I am done with some and I am saving files.
Now my dogs pictures go under:
C:\Documents and Settings\Peter_the_best_employe\My Documents\My Pictures\my new website\test files\images\gallerys\my cute doggy\
Now say I save one dog picture, then one diagram, and again dog, diagram.. dog diagram..
After I saved first image my picture editing program remembers where I saved it. And next time I save, it suggest same location.
Now each time I switch from dogs to diagrams, I have to specify file location. Every time…. Now that can take years. And lots of patience. Especially looking at file destination addresses I made up above.
Now lets see how max saves the world:
Now you see, dialog box saves all locations where I saved things last time. Neat, eh?