Object/item position and orientation manipulation

Next to modifying object configurations through the coordinate and transformation dialog, objects can also directly be manipulated using the mouse: when objects are selected, then they can be shifted or rotated using following toolbar buttons:

[Manipulation toolbar buttons (translate and rotate)]


By default, translation is performed in the world's X-Y plane. It can also be performed along a different axis/plane and relative to a different reference frame for each individual object, depending on the settings in the object manipulation settings. A cyan overlay drawing indicates the current translation plane or axis.

By default, rotation is performed around the object's own Z axis. It can also be performed around a different axis or relative to a different reference frame for each individual object, depending on the settings in the object manipulation settings. A cyan overlay drawing indicates the current rotation axis.

[Object translation and rotation operations: the cyan overlay drawing indicates the translation plane or rotation axis]

Default translation and rotation step sizes (snapping) can be adjusted in the user settings dialog, but it is recommended to keep values of 5 centimeters and 5 degrees respectively, or to set the step sizes for objects on an individual basis in the object manipulation settings. Snapping can temporarily be disabled by holding down the shift-key AFTER the mouse button was pressed down during object manipulation. In a similar way, alternative translation or rotation axes can be temporarily activated by holding down the ctrl-key AFTER the mouse button was pressed down during object manipulation.

The object/item translation toolbar button can also be used when the simulator is in the vertex edit mode or in the path edit mode.

For precise object positioning, it is recommended to modify an object's position and orientation through the coordinate and transformation dialog.


Recommended topics

  • Euler angles
  • Coordinate and transformation dialog
  • Object manipulation settings