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Published on Apr 14, 2008

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SPACENAVIGATOR: Avatar, Flycam & Build modes
Controlling SpaceNavigator: the SN has three modes; Avatar motion, Flycam and Build. Let's start with Avatar motion. Pressing on the cap without twisting it will move your avatar. For example, pushing forward or reverse on cap will move avatar forward or reverse. Pressing left and right will move your avatar left and right. Twisting the cap will orbit your camera. You can combine these motions, for example, twist and push forward. To crouch you depress the button. To fly you pull up on the cap. For added versatility, you can combine movements. It is helpful to remember that pressing Esc (on your keyboard) will reset your camera view.

Flycam mode enables smooth, fluid camera motion, and it's easy to zoom, orbit and pan the Flycam. To activate Flycam mode, press the left button on the SpaceNavigator. Little text will appear on the bottom right of the screen that says "Flycam". When this text is present, instead of moving the avatar, you will see the camera motion instead. The analogue feel allows for greater expression, you can go faster or slower, as you desire. "Camscan" means to use your camera to look far away from your avatar. Remember, if you use the Esc key on your keyboard to reset your view you have to re-activate the Flycam mode by pressing the left button on the SpaceNavigator again.

Use the SpaceNavigator in Build mode to interact and move objects, editing them in world as you do with the mouse. The SpaceNavigator makes direct-editing of objects less cumbersome, think of it as if you're holding the object in your hand. Build mode works with any object you can edit. If the object is already selected, you can use the SpaceNavigator to move that object. Push/pull on the cap to lower/raise an object. You can even throw an object with the SpaceNavigator! With practice you can use the SpaceNavigator single-handedly.


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