Interface Overview

DigiSize is a software package that provides you with the ability to control a Cyberware digitizer, display the scans, as well as save and restore data - all in a graphical user interface.

[DigiSize]
DigiSize - Main Window

Mouse Basics

Mouse Buttons

The mouse will react differently, depending upon where the cursor is located within the application window. If the cursor is located in the display window area, the mouse will be in Display mode, whereas if the cursor is located in the menu bar or within a dialog box, the mouse will be in Dialog mode.

Clicking on the Select mouse button when the cursor is within the button activates individual buttons and toggles. The Select mouse button is the left button on a right-handed mouse, or the right button on a left-handed mouse.

From this point forward, we assume that the left button is the Select button, and also we will refer to the left mouse button as Button 1, the middle button as Button 2, and the right mouse button as Button 3.

The table below outlines the basic mousing terminology you'll need to fully understand this user guide.

PointPlace the cursor on or next to an item
ClickQuickly press and release a specified mouse button. If no specific mouse button name is given, it is assumed to be Button 1.
Double-ClickQuickly press and release the Button 1 two times in rapid succession.
DragPress the specified mouse button and hold it down while moving the cursor across the screen. If no specific mouse button name is given, it is assumed to be Button 1.

Display Mode

Any time the cursor is within the bounds of the display window, the mouse is used to manipulate the current file. The mouse can be used for such things as controlling the rotation, translation, and zooming of the camera.

NOTE:
These instructions assume that the user has a 3-button mouse. For a two-button mouse, all middle mouse button actions are transferred to the right mouse button. All of the actions listed here under Right Mouse Button are implemented using a CTRL+Right Mouse Button key combination.
Left Mouse ButtonDragging with the left mouse button will cause the camera to rotate around the object in the display window. Dragging left to right will rotate the camera in a counter-clockwise direction, while dragging right to left will cause rotation in the clockwise direction.
Middle Mouse ButtonThe middle mouse button controls the translation of the camera in space - left/right and up/down. Drag in the display window using the middle mouse button in the direction that you would like to translate.
Right Mouse ButtonDrag with the right mouse button to zoom in/out on the object. Dragging in the downward direction will cause the camera to move closer to the object, thereby increasing the zoom effect. To move away from the object, drag upward with the right mouse button.

Dialog Mode

When the cursor enters the menu bar or any dialog box, the mouse will change automatically to the dialog mode. The mouse then becomes a selection tool instead of an object manipulation tool.

NOTE:
These instructions assume that the user has a 3-button mouse. For a two-button mouse, all middle mouse button actions are transferred to the right mouse button. All of the actions listed here under Right Mouse Button are implemented using a CTRL+Right Mouse Button key combination.
Left Mouse ButtonThe left mouse button is used to pick menu items, text, dialog box options, and press buttons.
Middle Mouse ButtonWhile in dialog mode, the middle mouse button is unused.
Right Mouse ButtonThe right mouse button is unused in the dialog mode.

Menus and Commands

By making selections from the menus, you are telling DigiSize what to do next; save a file, change the scan setup variables, open an existing file, etc. Commands that are related are grouped together in a menu. For example, the File menu contains the commands necessary for file manipulation, such as the commands to open a scan, save a scan, or exit the program. The menus are displayed across the top of the application window in the Menu Bar.

To access the commands in a menu, place the on-screen cursor over the menu item and press the left mouse button one time. The menu opens to display the menu selections, or commands.

To use some commands in the menus, you must first have performed some other action. If a command is not accessible, it will be dimmed and unavailable in the menu. Also, some commands will be unavailable, except to the expert user.

As an example, the Textured Points selection in the View menu will be dimmed if the current scan does not contain color texture data.

Some commands are carried out immediately after they are selected from the menu. Others require more information and will present you with a dialog box to set various options. These commands, which require more information, are shown in the menu and have ellipsis (...) following the command name.

Menus can be opened using an alternate method as well. Each menu has a unique letter underlined in its name. You may open a menu by holding down the alt key, then typing the underlined letter.

Once the menu is open, you may also select the specific command by holding down the alt key and typing the underlined letter in the command that you would like to execute.

Window Basics

This section will acquaint you with the general layout of windows under the Windows NT operating system used on a graphics workstation. Windows typically consist of a Window Border, the Window Menu Button, a Title Bar, and the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

[Basic Window]
Basic Window

Window Border

Use the border in conjunction with the left mouse button to manipulate the window size. Simply place the cursor over any part of the window border and the cursor will change into the resize cursor. The resize cursor generally has arrows at opposite ends of the cursor. Click and hold Button 1 while dragging to resize the window.

[Basic Window]
Window Border

Window Menu Button

The Window menu button lets you access the Window menu and its shortcuts.

[Window Menu Button]
Window Menu Button

To open the window menu, place the cursor over the button and press the left mouse button. This menu gives the user access to window commands such as Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, and Close.

To close any window, simply double-click on the window menu button.

[Window Menu]
Window Menu

Title Bar

The title bar allows you to move the window, and it shows the name of the application running in that window. Most Cyberware applications will also display the current file name in the title bar, directly to the right of the application name.

[Window Title Bar]
Window Title Bar

Minimize Button

Click the minimize button with the left mouse button to place the application icon into the application tray (usually at the bottom of the monitor). This action does not close the window nor does it stop any of the processes that are running. It simply hides the application to prevent clutter on the desktop.

[Window Minimize Button]
Window Minimize Button

Maximize Button

Click the maximize button with the left mouse button to make the window as large as it can be. Some windows become as large as the screen; others change only slightly. If a window doesn't change or becomes smaller when you click the maximize button, the window was already at its largest size. To restore a maximized window to its original size, click the maximize button again.

[Window Maximize Button]
Window Maximize Button

Close Button

Click this button to close the application that is running in this window. This action is synonymous with selecting Exit from the File menu.

[Window Close Button]
Window Close Button

Using the Graphical Interface

A dialog box is a window that contains options that you must set so that DigiSize may carry out the chosen command. Dialog boxes might contain radio buttons, sliders, pull-down menus, file selection boxes, and text-entry areas.

Radio Buttons

A set of radio buttons allows the user to select only one item from the list. To select a radio button item, position the cursor over the radio button and press the left mouse button. To deselect a radio button, simply select a different radio button in the same list. A radio button is selected if there is a small white dot in the black area of the button. In the example below, the Linear button is selected, while the Circular button is not selected.

[Radio Buttons]
Interface Radio Buttons

Sliders

A slider bar allows you to adjust a parameter up or down, much as you would adjust the volume on a stereo receiver. To increase the value of the parameter, you drag the slider to the right. To decrease the value, you should drag the slider to the left. Alternately, you can click anywhere in the travel of the slider to move the slider a factory-specified amount. This amount varies by the particular slider, but common values are one and five.

[Slider Bar]
Interface Slider Bar

Pull-Down Menus

Pull-down menus allow you to select an item from a list of possible choices. Simply place the cursor over a pull-down menu and click the left mouse button. The menu will now appear on the screen with the available choices. Move the cursor through the menu until you have highlighted the command that you would like to execute, then click the left mouse button. Alternately, you can select the menu by holding the left mouse button down while you navigate through the menu. Highlight the command that you would like to execute, then release the left mouse button.

[File Menu]
Pull-Down Menu (File Menu)

File Selection Boxes

File selection boxes generally appear in the Open and Save dialog boxes and allow you to point and click to open specific files or directories. To select a file or directory, place the cursor over the item and double-click. An alternate method is to click the left mouse button only one time on the file or directory, then press the Open button at the bottom of the dialog box.

[Save As...]
File Selection Dialog (Save As...)

Text Entry Areas

These areas allow you to type in text in the standard way. Place the cursor inside the text entry area at the insertion point and enter the desired text. These areas, typically, show up only in the Open and Save dialog boxes.

The Action Buttons

The Apply, Cancel, Close, Filter, Okay and Open buttons appear in many dialog boxes and file system navigation boxes.

Apply

Choosing the Apply button puts into effect any selections or options that you may have enabled in the currently active window. Once you have seen the effect of the Apply button, you can select any of the other buttons to accept the changes or cancel them.

Cancel

The Cancel button discards any of the selections or options that you have made and then closes the dialog box.

Close

The Close button simply closes the current dialog box, enabling any selections or options that you may have chosen.

Filter

This button uses the current filter setting (at the top of the dialog box) to display only the files that match the filter criteria in any Open or Save dialog.

Okay / OK

Choosing the Okay button closes the dialog box and completes the command using the current selections and options.

Open

The Open button will open any directory or file that has been selected, as long as that directory or file is valid. This type of action usually appears only in Open and Save dialog boxes.

In some instances, choosing the Open button closes the dialog box and completes the command using the current selections and options.