3D flight controls
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3D flight controls
You can see a graphical summary of flying controls in Topicscape by pressing the button on the tool bar like the one on the right.
Google Earth-style flight
This is the default setting for new installations. You will probably only use some of these controls, and will need to find the set that suits you. The Bing Map 3D controls are much the same.
Mouse drag on the field
Drag the field to the right/left or up/down the screen the scene follows your drag. Shift+drag the field right/left or up/down the screen rotate the scene around the vertical or horizontal axis. Ctrl+drag drag the landscape to rotate your viewpoint. Alt+drag drag down to look down, drag right to look right, etc..
←/→/↑/↓ slide your view to the left/right, away from/towards you. Shift+←/→ rotate landscape clockwise/counter-clockwise. Shift+↑/↓ tilt landscape towards the birds-eye view/horizon view. Ctrl+↑/↓ ←/→ look up/down left/right. Alt+↑/↓ rise and fall vertically Alt+←/→ look left/right.
Moving the wheel backwards and forwards zooms out and in from the point where your cursor is in the Map or 'Scape window. Holding down the Alt key while moving the wheel backwards and forwards causes the view to tilt up and down. Holding down the Ctrl key while moving the wheel backwards and forwards causes the point from which you see the scene to rise or fall.
Topicscape classic style flight
Cursor keys or mouse drag direction is the flight direction.
↑ / ↓ Fly straight ahead (into the scene) / back ← / → Swing left/right (in the Topic Center, slide left / right) Ctrl+↑ / Ctrl+↓ Ascend / Descend Ctrl+← / Ctrl+→ Slide left / Slide right Shift+↑/Shift+↓ Zoom in/Zoom out (see the description of zoom below) + and - The + and - keys on the number pad also provide a zoom in and out function. Customization allows you to swap the functions between these two keys. (See Tools | Options | Flight Control | Customize (Zoom)) Shift+← / Shift+→ (no action) Alt+↑ Tilt up (in nod mode) or tilt down (in pilot mode) Alt+↓ Tilt down (in nod mode) or tilt up (in pilot mode) Alt+← In the 'Scape window: Swing left. In the Topic Center: equivalent to Backspace (this therefore equivalent to Internet Explorer behavior). Alt+→ Swing right mouse wheel - Moving the wheel backwards and forwards zooms in and out from a central point of your Scape window.
- Holding down the Alt key while moving the wheel backwards and forwards causes the view to tilt up and down.
- Holding down the Ctrl key while moving the wheel backwards and forwards causes the point from which you see the scene to rise or fall.
HINT: For zooming, many people find QuickZoom much faster and easier to use.