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Autodesk Viz 2007 User Reference Vol1

Autodesk Viz 2007 User Reference Vol1

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12/23/2010

 
User Reference
Volume I
 
AUTODESK
®
VIZ2007
Image courtesy of Luke Novotny for Cox Richardson Architects
 
Copyright©2006Autodesk,Inc.Allrightsreserved.
This publication, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form, by any method, for any purpose.AUTODESK, INC., MAKES NO WARRANTY, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIEDWARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING THESE MATERIALS, AND MAKESSUCH MATERIALS AVAILABLE SOLELY ON AN "AS-IS" BASIS.IN NO EVENT SHALL AUTODESK, INC., BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR SPECIAL, COLLATERAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIALDAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH OR ARISING OUT OF PURCHASE OR USE OF THESE MATERIALS. THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVELIABILITY TO AUTODESK, INC., REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THEMATERIALS DESCRIBED HEREIN.Autodesk, Inc., reserves the right to revise and improve its products as it sees fit. This publication describes the state of this product at the time of itspublication, and may not reflect the product at all times in the future.
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The following are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and other countries: 3D Studio, 3D Studio MAX, 3D Studio VIZ, 3ds Max,ActiveShapes, Actrix, ADI, AEC-X, ATC, AUGI, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Autodesk, Autodesk Envision, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Map, AutodeskMapGuide, Autodesk Streamline, Autodesk WalkThrough, Autodesk World, AutoLISP, AutoSketch, Backdraft, Biped, Bringing information down toearth, Buzzsaw, CAD Overlay, Character Studio, Cinepak, Cinepak (logo), Civil 3D, Cleaner, Codec Central, Combustion, Design Your World, DesignYour World (logo), EditDV, Education by Design, Gmax, Heidi, HOOPS, Hyperwire, i-drop, IntroDV, Lustre, Mechanical Desktop, ObjectARX,Physique, Powered with Autodesk Technology (logo), ProBoolean, ProCutter, ProjectPoint, RadioRay, Reactor, Revit, VISION*, Visual, VisualConstruction, Visual Drainage, Visual Hydro, Visual Landscape, Visual Roads, Visual Survey, Visual Toolbox, Visual Tugboat, Visual LISP, Volo,WHIP!, and WHIP! (logo).The following are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and other countries: AutoCAD Learning Assistance, AutoCAD Simulator, AutoCADSQL Extension, AutoCAD SQL Interface, AutoSnap, AutoTrack, Built with ObjectARX (logo), Burn, Buzzsaw.com, CAiCE, Cinestream, CleanerCentral, ClearScale, Colour Warper, Content Explorer, Dancing Baby (image), DesignCenter, Design Doctor, Designer’s Toolkit, DesignKids,DesignProf, DesignServer, Design Web Format, DWF, DWFit, DWG Linking, DXF, Extending the Design Team, GDX Driver, Gmax (logo), Gmaxready (logo), Heads-up Design, Incinerator, jobnet, ObjectDBX, Plasma, PolarSnap, Productstream, Real-time Roto, Render Queue, Topobase,Toxik, Visual Bridge, and Visual Syllabus.
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The following are registered trademarks of Autodesk Canada Co. in the USA and/or Canada and other countries: Discreet, Fire, Flame, Flint, FlintRT, Frost, Glass, Inferno, MountStone, Riot, River, Smoke, Sparks, Stone, Stream, Vapour, Wire.The following are trademarks of Autodesk Canada Co., in the USA, Canada, and/or other countries: Backburner, Multi-Master Editing.
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© 2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.ACIS © 1989–2005, Spatial Corp.Certain patents licensed from Viewpoint Corporation.InstallShield™ Copyrighted © 2005 InstallShield Software Corporation. All rights reserved.Licensing Technology Copyright © Macrovision Corp. 1996–2005.Portions Copyrighted © 1989–2005 mental images GmbH, Berlin, Germany.Portions Copyrighted © 2005 Blur Studio, Inc.Portions developed by Digimation, Inc. for the exclusive use of Autodesk, Inc.QuickTime © 1992–2005, Apple Computer, Inc.REALVIZ Copyright © 2005 REALVIZ S.A. All rights reserved.This product includes Radiance software (http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance) developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (http://www.lbl.gov ). Copyright © 1990–2005 The Regents of the University of California, through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Allrights reserved.Wise Installation System for Windows Installer © 2004 Wise Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.© 2003-2005 ArchVision, Inc. All rights reserved.© 2003-2005 Bionatics. All rights reserved.Portions © 2005 ERCO Leuchten GmbHPortions © 2005 Simes S.p.A.
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Introduction................................................ix
Welcome.....................................................................ixWhat’s New in Autodesk VIZ 2007.............................xAutodesk VIZ Documentation Set...........................xiiAbout MAXScript....................................................xiv 
Getting Started with Autodesk VIZ............................1Project Workflow.........................................................1Setting Up Your Scene.................................................4Modeling Objects........................................................5Using Materials............................................................6Placing Lights and Cameras........................................6Animating Your Scene.................................................8Rendering Your Scene.................................................8The Autodesk VIZ Window........................................9Special Controls.........................................................10Managing Files..........................................................13Importing, Merging, Replacing, and Externally Referencing Scenes .................................................14Using the Asset Browser............................................15Startup Files and Defaults.........................................163dsviz.ini File.............................................................17Backing Up and Archiving Scenes............................17Crash Recovery System.............................................18
Viewing and Navigating 3D Space............................19General Viewport Concepts......................................20Home Grid: ViewsBased on the WorldCoordinate Axes.....................................................21Understanding Views................................................22Setting Viewport Layout...........................................24Controlling Viewport Rendering..............................25Controlling Display Performance.............................26Using Standard View Navigation..............................26Zooming, Panning, and Rotating Views...................27Using Walkthrough Navigation................................28Navigating Camera and Light Views.........................31Adaptive Degradation Toggle...................................32Grab Viewport...........................................................33
View-HandlingCommands....................................33
View-Handling Commands......................................33Undo View Change / Redo View Change.................34Save Active View........................................................35Restore Active View...................................................35Viewport Background...............................................36Viewport Image Dialog.............................................36Select Background Image Dialog..............................40Update Background Image.......................................42Reset Background Transform...................................43Show Transform Gizmo............................................43Show Ghosting..........................................................44Show Key Times........................................................44Shade Selected...........................................................45Show Dependencies..................................................45Create Camera From View........................................46Add Default Lights to Scene......................................46Add Default Lights To Scene Dialog.........................47Redraw All Views.......................................................48Activate All Maps......................................................48Deactivate All Maps..................................................48Update During Spinner Drag....................................48Expert Mode..............................................................48
ControllingObjectDisplay....................................49
Controlling Object Display .......................................49Display Color Rollout...............................................49Hide By Category Rollout.........................................50
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