3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator PE (Personal Edition) 3D Navigation Device USB ( 3DX-700029 )
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- Advanced 6 degrees-of-freedom optical sensor
- 2 programmable function keys
- Fly through Google Earth and 100+ 3D programs
- PE model includes non-commercial use license and online tech support only
- Ideal for 3D designers, students, artists and enthusiasts
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pThe key advantage of a SpaceNavigator over a mouse and keyboard is the ease of performing intricate adjustments to camera views and models with out repeatedly stopping to change directions, zoom, or rotate models. With a SpaceNavigator you can do all three at once./p
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From the Manufacturer
| Discover whats possible with a 3D mouse. |
Whether its flying past the Eiffel tower at Mach 2, modeling an addition to your home, or doing a flyby of next weekends cycling trip, the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse delivers effortless control of 3D worlds. Unlike a conventional mouse that confines movement to a flat plane, the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse allows effortless motion in all dimensionsup, down, forward, backward and sideways. By varying the amount of pressure on the cap users can easily accelerate or decelerate actions with precision.
Unique pressure sensing technology makes the 3D mouse a virtual extension of a users bodyand the perfect companion for todays most popular 3D enabled digital applications, including Google Earth, Google SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and many more.
| Explore, search, discover with Google Earth. |
"...the hours have just been flying by while I rediscover Google Earth with a level of control that is completely addictive. I need to remind myself to eat." - Stefan Geens, editor Ogle Earth Blog Support for the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse is built right into Google Earth, making it an essential sidekick for any armchair explorer.
The key advantage of a SpaceNavigator over a mouse and keyboard is the ease of performing intricate adjustments to camera views and models without repeatedly stopping to change direction, zoom, or rotate. With a SpaceNavigator you can do all three at once while simultaneously using the mouse to access commands and tools.
A heavy (479 grams) brushed stainless steel base keeps the SpaceNavigator stationary and provides a stable platform for the spring-mounted pressure sensitive controller cap. Convenience.
- Universal compatibility: Works with all your favorite 3D applicationson Windows, Mac, or Linux.
- Affordable precision: Step up to advanced 3D technology--at a price thats comparable with many 2D mice.
- Space saving: The small footprint of SpaceNavigator 3D mouse conserves space. Your work area remains uncluttered, even if youre also using a conventional mouse.
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The hardware is first class, solid heavy duty unit sits on the desktop beautifully and is a joy to view and manipulate.
The configuration/setup is very poorly done. It is really confusing and does not allow you to actually interact with the controller in order to decide and then immediately set whether you want normal or the inverse directional setting. The number of motions/directions are poorly illustrated and explained. This is not a trivial point, because not having this done right means wasting a lot of time once you understand what you need to do and what works for you. If you do not have patience you will most likely give up in frustration.
The control unit consists of a heavy metal base in which a concentric central control knob (with concave sides) "floats". The term "float" is an attempt to explain that the central knob is free to move a bit in all directions (parallel to the plane of the base of the unit, as well as turn/twist, and tilt a few degrees. Spring action returns the central knob to the center when you release it.
The big problem is that if you just push or tilt the controller knob you don't necessarily get clear motion control along 1 of the 6 different possibilities which are:
Looking down at the control unit I'm going to use North South and East West as direction indicators. Name enclosed in parentheses is Space Navigator Name for motion control.
1 Tilt control Knob North-South - Rotation about the X axis (TILT)
2 Tilt control Knob East-West - Rotation about the Y axis (SPIN)
3 Move Control Knob North-South -Move along Y axis (PAN Sideways)
4 Move Control Knob East-West -Move along X asix (PAN Up/Down)
Zoom (you can configure inverse direction action)
5 Push st. down on Control Knob Zoom In
Pull up on Control Knob Zoom Out
6 Twist /Rotate Control Knob (ROLL)
This does not do anything in DAZ Studio
The Panning motions are the most difficult to achieve. If you don't already know how to do these you will get Panning along with some Rotation and Spin.
How to get "pure" panning motion (moving along X or Y axis) is not clearly explained, so I am going to describe precisely how it needs to be done:
You must grasp the Space Navigator control unit with 2 fingers on the concave side surface of the central "floating" knob, with thumb and middle finger, making sure you rest the bottom edge of your fingers on the top edge of the outer base, and anchor your hand on the desktop to provide a firm anchor and simply move it East-West or North-South, without tilting or pulling or pushing the center knob (you must restrict movement to the lateral plane parallel to desktop, hence the need for resting on edge and anchoring the plam). This is how you get a pure lateral motion (Panning). I will repeat again, this is never properly explained or illustrated. The other manipulations such as tilting, or pushing or pulling the central knob are not complicated and thus quite easy to accomplish to get pure motion constrained in one of the 4 remaining modes.
It is absolutely crucial that you ANCHOR your hand to the surface the Space Navigator rests on, in order to get the purely lateral movement to work properly. If you are not properly anchored and get even miniscule tilt or push pull, will result end up with unintended and hence "confused" motions of the target figure.
The configuration/setup and various guides fail to explain this, or do so very poorly. I had to figure this out purely by trial and error.
A popup comes up everytime you open Photoshop and there is no easy way to tell it not to do that. I bring this trivial matter up simply to show another instance of how the lack of attention to the user's comfort.
In summary, this is a Superb 3D Controller, hobbled by an unforgiveably poor SOFTWARE for Configuration/Setup. It's a terrible shame. If you are willing to waste more time than you should figuring it out it is a very useful tool.
PS for anyone who already has the unit and uses DAZ Studio I ended up choosing to invert the default direction for Pan (both L/R and Up/Down) and Tilt because it worked better for me. This is done in the Advanced Tab of the of the 3D Connexion Control Panel pop up window.
I found that it took me about two full days to get used to it and feel comfortable enough with it to make going back to keyboard and mouse navigation painful.
Don't expect this to work with all (or even many) of your applications, even if they are listed on the 3DConnexion website as "supported". AutoCAD is a good example. Supported, yes, but I actually prefer to use the mouse and keyboard for 2D view navigation. Additional application support is promised, and will hopefully arrive soon, especially on the Mac side.
I have one at work (Windows, SpaceNavigator SE) and one at home (Mac, SpaceNavigator PE), and have used them in both contexts for the better part of a year. The Mac drivers are relatively on par with the Windows drivers, at least enough that device operation is consistent.
If you want to improve your SketchUp modeling fun and efficiency I highly, highly recommend this product.