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Rotate view while drawing a line?
show user profile  pjs2004
Let's say you have a box and you are viewing it in Smooth view, so at least one vertex is hidden. I was wondering if there is a way to draw a line from a visible vertex to a hidden one by rotating the view in the middle of the operation. In AutoCAD, you can start a line, then rotate the view, then finish the line. You would think there would be a key you could just hold down or something.

I know that for my basic example, you could just switch to wireframe view and/or use vertex snaps, but for very complex objects it would be easier to rotate the view to the back of the object and finish drawing the line.

Sorry if this question has been asked before, but my searching did not come up with anything. Although, the "101 Things you didnt know in Max..." was extemely helpful! Thanks to everyone posting there!
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3/3/2009 6:56:06 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 6:56:06 PM)
show user profile  Dejitarujin
By "drawing a line", do you mean using the Cut tool? If so, I don't think that's possible - the Cut tool actually uses the viewing plane to make the cut.
Specialty: Non-organic modelling and effects.
Setup: 3D Studio 2010 with finalRender.
Rig: No, no I can't.
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3/3/2009 7:19:43 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 7:19:43 PM)
show user profile  Mashedpot8er
In a word, no. I think your talking about drawing a spline eh ? If so, not to my knowledge anyways.Autocad is good like that. :)

Cad Monkey

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3/3/2009 7:49:48 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 7:49:48 PM)
show user profile  pjs2004
Sorry, I did mean spline. Thanks for the quick responses! That's kinda what I thought. Ah well.
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3/3/2009 8:31:25 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 8:31:25 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Once you've drawn a bit of your line, you can use Create Line in the Modify panel, Geometry rollout with Automatic Welding checked. It's almost like you never left creation mode.

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3/3/2009 9:07:34 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 9:07:34 PM)
show user profile  pjs2004
When I was trying to figure out a way to do it, I did check out the way to continue a line. I did not know about the way you said, but another way is to create a line, then uncheck the "Start New Shape" box, click on the end of the first line and then continue the line. It will attach it to the first line.

Problem is, I want a line with just two vertices -- just a beginning and an end. The only way I can think of doing it is: draw a line, rotate the view, modify the line, and move the end vertex to the final location. What a pain! :-)
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3/3/2009 10:12:08 PM (last edit: 3/3/2009 10:12:08 PM)
show user profile  i11uzion
You can orbit, zoom and pan while creating a NURBS curve. Might help out in some cases..
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3/4/2009 1:25:30 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 1:28:00 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Another reason why I love my space navigator. You can move the viewport no matter what action you are doing. So handy.

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3/4/2009 5:14:08 AM (last edit: 3/4/2009 5:31:18 AM)
show user profile  Mashedpot8er
hiya nick, that sounds very interesting. What one do you use ?

Cad Monkey

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3/4/2009 6:28:22 PM (last edit: 3/4/2009 6:28:22 PM)
show user profile  pjs2004
Wow, I just tried the NURBS curve and you're right -- you can rotate exactly the way I was wanting to do. I can't believe it's not the same way for creating other shapes and objects!

I also didn't know about the space navigator. That would definitely solve the problem. It's too bad it's something extra you have to have, but that would definitely do it. I think I might get one.
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3/5/2009 6:06:01 PM (last edit: 3/5/2009 6:06:01 PM)
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