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On the Model tab you can:

 

Load new 3D models from *.vcm files.

 

3D model files in *.vcm format can be obtained from SketchUP or 3ds max with the help of special plugins. See more: Import of 3D models from SketchUp and Autodesk 3dsMax.

 

Delete 3D models from the library;
Build projections of 3D models to display in the Graphics window and in menus;
Save 3D models to *.vcm files;
Duplicate 3D models;
Distribute 3D models by hierarchy directories  for convenient access from menus.
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Projection panel

 

The panel is intended to create projections of the 3D model to display in the Graphics window and the menu. Without the created projections, in the menus and Graphics window instead of the 3D models  gray rectangles will be displayed.

These projections can be repeatedly re-created for new or already placed 3D models.

 

The order of creation projection:

 

1. By the Horiz. <> Vert. switch, choose which projection should be created. Firstly you should create the horizontal projection. The vertical projection is  used rarely only to display 3D model in Vertical projection of the Graphics area.

 

2. Then adjust resolution of the projection visually, via changing window size by mouse.

 

For 3D-models of objects in order to improve performance you should  chose minimally sufficient resolution.

3D-models-territories require high resolution, for its increase special tools on the View tab are offered.

 

3. After adjusting resolution, click the Save projection button. As a result in menus and in the Graphics area the 3D model will be displayed in the form of created projection.

 

Model panel

 

Load - Add new 3D model to the program library. In the appeared dialog choose a file in *.vcm format and click Open.

 

3D model files in *.vcm format can be obtained from SketchUP or 3ds max with the help of special plugins. See more: Import of 3D models from SketchUp and Autodesk 3dsMax.

 

If VideoCAD library already has a 3D model with the same name or ID, you will be prompted to add the model under a different name or ID.

Then you will see the 3D Models window, in which you can create the projection of the 3D model to display it in the Graphics window and menus. To do this click the Save projection button and close the 3D Models window. After this, icons of the 3D model will appear in menus and the 3D model can be placed in the graphics area.

 

If your 3D model has textures, in the same directory where the *.vcm file is opened from, a folder with textures must be. The folder should be named <model name> _textures. VideoCAD plugin for SketchUP automatically creates the folder with the textures in the directory of saving exported model.

 

Save - save to *.vcm file the current 3D model. If your 3D model has textures, in the directory of saving *.vcm file, a folder with textures named <model name> _textures will be created.

 

Dupl - make a copy of the current 3D model. Copies can be useful, for example, while working with multi-storey buildings. You can create multiple copies of the 3D model of the building for each floor. For each copy make a projection at different levels and put them on different layers.

 

Delete - delete the current 3D model from the library. When you delete placed 3D model, all instances of this 3D model will be also deleted from the project.

 

Directories panel

 

The panel is intended for distribution 3D models by hierarchy directories for convenient access from menus.

 

List of directories - The list with full paths starting from the root directory. In the list you can choose a directory for deleting or to put in it the current 3D model.

 

Add - Add new directory. The name of the directory should be entered with all directories of higher levels. For example:

"cars" - new directory cars in the root directory of menus.

"cars\trucks" - new directory trucks in directory cars. If the cars directory does not exist, it will be created.

 

Empty directories are not visible in menus, only directories with 3D models are visible in menus.

 

Delete  - Delete the directory, chosen in the List of directories. Only empty directory can be deleted.

 

Insert model - Put the current 3D model to the directory, displayed in the List of directories.