Configurations Manager
Managing Configurations
Managing Cameras

Managing Configurations
New in Pointools View 1.55 is the ability to manage sets of configurations. A configuration is the combination of the following components:

* All settings under the Point Cloud tab of the Settings dialog
* Clip-box settings
* Camera settings
* Light settings
The configurations manager can be launched via the Tools | Configurations menu item and is shown below.




The following options are available:

New
Adds a new configuration to the list. The configuration settings are taken from the current settings.
Remove
Removes the selected configuration from the list.
Apply
Applies the selected configuration or component.
Enable
Enables a configuration component. Components are enabled by default.
Disable
Disables the selected configuration component. This prevents the component from being applied when its configuration is applied. For example if you have a configuration in which you setup a clip box and some lighting and intensity settings but do not wish to use the camera position, you can disable the Camera component. When the configuration is applied the Camera will not be affected.
Configurations are saved in the project file (ptl) and provide a useful way of quickly switching between views and setups. If you are distributing data consider pre-configuring a set of configurations in your project files to aid collaboration on a project between users.


Managing Cameras
The Cameras Manager is new to Pointools View 1.55, although basic storing and restoring of cameras exists in previous versions via the viewport menu. The camera manager has been designed to give easy access to camera management and tools.

You can access the Camera manager via the Tools | Configurations menu item or the Configurations icon on the Settings toolbar. The Camera manager is accessed via the Cameras tab.




The following options are available:
New
Adds a new camera to the list. The camera settings are taken from the current viewport.
Remove
Removes the selected camera from the list.
Apply
Applies the selected camera to the viewport.
Set Target
Sets the target of the viewport camera. This will move the camera to centre the target in the viewport.
Set Camera Position
Sets the position of the camera by clicking in the viewport. This will not move affect the target.
Set Camera + Target
Sets the position of the camera and the target by clicking in the viewport first to define the camera and then the target.
Swap Camera / Target
Swaps the camera and target positions.
Advanced Camera Positioning
Opens the camera positioning interface that allows positioning and translation of the current viewport camera.