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Display Options

The Display Options Display Options icon dialog allows you to customize various viewing and display options.

Display Option General Tab

General Tab

In this tab the user can define settings with respect to rotating the model. The user can select which Mode of rotation (Trackball, Turntable) and the Centre of rotation (Cursor, Point, Viewport Centre).

Turntable

With this option selected, the model is rotated in a manner analogous to a record spinning on a turntable.

Trackball

If this option is selected, the model is rotated in a manner analogous to a ball in the middle of the screen and dragging the mouse will roll this ball in the direction of the mouse.

Centre of Rotation

It is recommended for the user to enable the Show Rotation Centre to see how each of the options work:

  • The Cursor option uses the cursor's location to determine the centre of rotation for the model.
  • The Point option uses the origin as the reference point for rotation.
  • The Viewport Centre option uses the current viewport's centre point as the reference with which rotation is done.

The user can also change the sensitivity of the mouse by changing the Speed and Key Step.

The user should spend some time with these settings to become comfortable with the different rotation options.

Decimals Tab

In this tab the user can define the number of decimals they wish to see for the following values:

  • Loads
  • Coordinates
  • Factor of Safety
  • Query Values
  • Charts

Viewports Tab

Please see the Viewports page for more details.

Visibility Tab

Persistence

In this tab you can change whether the following entities remain visible regardless of the workflow tab you are working in:

  • Supports
  • Loads
  • Groundwater
  • Slip Surfaces

You can also choose whether any Discrete Functions are displayed. It is recommended that the user take some time and determine the settings that best suit their needs

Discrete Functions

The user can also choose whether they want values for any discrete functions to be visible.

The Show All Edges option allows the user to see the internal edges of the external geometry.

Bolt Forces Tab

The user can select the coloring mode for the bolt force diagrams.

Symmetry Line Tab

In this tab the user can customize the symmetry line, if one exists. You can change the Colour, Pattern and Width of the line. The user can also enable the symmetry line to be displayed in any of the workflow tabs (e.g. Geometry, Load & Support, etc.)

Results Tab

In this tab the user has a wide range of settings to customize the results and how they are displayed.

In the Visibility section, the user can enable/disable the following options:

  • Results Label
  • Sliding Direction Arrow
  • Lines to Center of Rotation
  • Bolt Column Force
  • Column Bases
  • Hide Failure Surface Top
  • Display Geometry As Inset
  • Show Only the Global Minimum Surface

At the bottom of the Visibility section the user can also edit the transparency of the external geometry.

You can also edit the Arrow Size and Colour in the Sliding Arrow section. In the Colours and Font section, the user can select a colour for each method of calculation (Bishop, Janbu, etc.). The user may also change the thickness of the failure surface outline in the Line Thickness section.

The FOS Label Font is where the user can change the font of the FOS.

Advanced Tab

Enabling the Hardware Acceleration allows the program to use an external graphics card instead of an integrated graphics card.

Enabling the Use Simple Transparency Rendering speeds up the transparency rendering. This option is useful when the machine doesn't meet specifications and is too slow for more sophisticated models.

Enabling the Hardware accelerated contour rendering also speeds up the contour rendering. This option is useful when the machine doesn't meet specifications and is too slow for more sophisticated models.

Notification Tab

Enabling the notifications will allow the program to send the user warning messages for the following situations:

  • Frame Rate is too low
  • Maintenance + License Expiring soon
  • Large History of operations done on an entity.
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