Assigning a color cursor (color bar) or more of them (blue, green, magenta or coral) to a 1D, 2D and/or 3D view, is helpful for navigation in complex scenes
and also for better data organization.
You can set more views to show a particular cursor, say blue. Then when you assign an object to the blue cursor, all the views
which are associated with the blue cursor, will immediately show information about the selected object.
Assign an Object to a Cursor
RealityCapture defines four cursors.
- If you hold 1/2/3/4 and click on an image, orthographic projection or any other pickable object in the 1Ds or 2Ds panel,
it will "toggle" its cursor. 1 = blue, 2 = green, 3 = magenta, 4 = coral.
So click and hold 1/2/3/4 once to assign a cursor,
click and hold the same number again to remove the cursor.
- Similarly, you can assign a color by holding 1/2/3/4 when clicking an object in the 3D view
or MAP view.
Set a View to Display a Cursor
Assigning a color to a view will make this view display the information of the object hidden in the cursor. Depending on the view type,
it can be information about the object properties (1D view), image (2D view), or spatial placement (3D view). With cursors, you can
display all this information at once, by assigning colors to your views.
The system automatically refreshes views whenever a user selects or changes the cursor object.
- To assign a color cursor to a view, you can use ctrl+1/2/3/4
in the active view (the selected window with a blue rectangle).
- You can change the view cursor color also in the view context ribbon.
Moving Objects Among Cursors and Views
Sometimes it is desired to let a view cursor unchanged and display another object in this view.
- When you drag and drop an image (hold the left mouse button and move), e.g. from the 1Ds panel into a 2D view window and you hold
shift during the drop, then the program will set the dragged image to the cursor and view it rather
than view the image.
- 3D view supports the cursors, as well. You need to "enter" camera space by pressing the enter key.
To leave assigning a color bar in the 3D view, just rotate the view.
Navigating through images
Based on the color cursor and selected 2D view it is possible to navigate through images using keyboard shortcuts:
- Use the left/right arrow keys to navigate through images in the image list.
- Use the SHIFT + left/right arrow keys to navigate through aligned cameras in the selected component.
- Use the up/down arrow keys to navigate through images of the currently selected control point.
- Use Page Up/Down keys to navigate cursor by skipping 20 images in the image list.
NOTE: You can navigate through images even if there is no color cursor assigned to the 2D view.