3Dconnexion today announced its intelligent 3D navigation technology is now available in Autodesk Maya, ensuring the ultimate level of control over 3D models and scenes for digital artists in any profession or industry.
Whether working with larger models or focusing on intricate details, the intelligent 3D navigation technology automatically determines the optimal center of rotation based on the user’s point of interest. In addition, the center of rotation can be (optionally) seen through an icon to give designers a reference point when controlling spin, tilt and roll motion, resulting in an extremely intuitive 3D navigation experience.
“Our innovative intelligent 3D navigation feature provides unprecedented levels of control,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. “By automatically establishing and displaying the optimal center of rotation, designers are free to focus more on the creative elements of their designs without having to think about positioning the model or navigating the scene."
Autodesk Maya users can easily switch between different intelligent 3D navigation modes including object mode, camera mode and target camera mode to suit their project or personal preference. Additionally, the rotation center calculation can be applied to the whole model or focused on a selected part. Further features are available including Lock Horizon, Move Objects and Autokey Animation.
In addition to intelligent 3D navigation, the latest driver update also streamlines the 3Dconnexion 3D mouse user interface within Maya. By using the Menu or Panel button on the 3D mouse, a pop-up menu is activated to centralize all 3D mouse related options into one location. The new pop-up menu simplifies the interface by grouping functions and hiding details the designer may not be interested in. The new menu also minimizes screen clutter and provides designers with a clearer view of their designs.
3Dconnexion will be demonstrating the new intelligent navigation feature in booth #970 at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, August 9-11.