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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Modifying 3Dconnexion mapping XML file to utilise Keyboard shortcut correctly

If you use a 3Dconnexion mouse with Navisworks, and you have installed the latest drivers (which I highly recommend), you may struggle to find out how to map a Spacebar to a button on your Spacemouse. Obviously, in Navis it is important to be able to hold down the Space key for selection purposes. If you try to record a macro for Spacebar in the 3Dconnexion management menu, you will find that it has both a 'press' and 'release' action.

You need to use the Keyboard list to map a key press correctly. However, Spacebar does not appear in the default menu... Happily, you can directly modify your profile XML to map the KB_Space action to a button on your 3d mouse. The images below show where to find this file, and how to edit it:


This method will fix the 'press and release' nature of macros, meaning you can "hold" the 3d mouse button for a Spacebar or Shift+Spacebar multiselection in Navisworks.

EDIT Good discussion about using a 3D mouse with Navisworks on LinkedIn...

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