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The Viewports are the four main modeling and results viewing screens in Slide3.

  • Three viewports show the model in orthogonal XY, ZX and YZ views (top/front/right).
  • The fourth viewport is the 3D perspective view.

This is the default viewport configuration. This can be customized in the Display Options dialog.

  • Viewports

The viewport layout of a project can be changed by selecting an option from the dropdown menu at the top right of the document view. There are three views available the 2x2 View, the Special View, and the Split Screen View.

The layout option can also be set in the display options menu, and can be set as the default setting by pressing Defaults>Make current settings default.

Display Options Dialog - Viewports Tab

2x2 View

2x2 View in Viewport

The 2x2 View is the original viewport in Slide3. It consists, by default, of three fixed orthographic views, and one projection view on the top right.

Special View

Special View in Viewport

This view is set as the default for projects on loading. The initial configuration has the three stacked panels displaying fixed orthographic views of the model, with the large viewport displaying a perspective view.

Split Screen

Split Screen VIew in VIewport

The Split Screen view unlike the others has only two viewports, One perspective and one orthographic, both with rotation enabled.


Modeling options which require 3-dimensional input or selection can be carried out in any of the viewports depending on the viewing angle you desire. This includes:

  • Adding / Editing Geometry
  • Adding / Editing Support
  • Adding / Editing Loads

Many modeling options are available through right-click shortcuts in the viewports. The available right-click options depend on the currently selected workflow tab. It is recommended that the user experiment to see which modeling options are available for each workflow mode.

Analysis Results

Analysis results displayed in the viewports include:

Viewing and Display Options

A wide variety of viewing and display options are available in the viewports including:

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