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3DConnexion SpaceNavigator Configuration


I have finally had time to work with the SpaceNavigator again from 3DConnexion on macOS Sierra 10.12.1.


This machine was upgraded from 10.11 so I manually deleted each custom profile I had configured for each application by going to System Preferences > 3DConnexion > Configure > Remove Application (I had Vectorworks 2016, 2017 and a few other like Sketchup already configured, I removed them all.) Then I uninstalled the 3DxWare utility completely and reinstalled the latest version (10.4.2) from their driver site: http://www.3dconnexion.com/service/drivers.html


I then opened the newly reinstalled preference pane and ran the Install Plug-Ins command from the Tools submenu. Then, added a New Application from the Configuration menu, selecting Vectorworks 2017. Then launched Vectorworks 2017 SP2 and configured my Axes the way I like (I mainly use the Helicopter/Walkthrough mode in Perspective with the knobs movements directly mapped to the view movements in Vectorworks), pictured below:


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I noticed that the Walkthrough mode when in Perspective view seems to work just fine, nice and smooth with no issues. However, I did have to reduce my Overall Speed (I settled on 1/4 of the way up the bar) under the Device pane of the preferences window, as my model was in a 1:1 scale, the speed of this movement is related to the default units and changing the scale of the drawing area affects the speed of the SpaceNavigator's movement currently.


My 2D movement in Top/Plan also seemed smooth and to work as expected.


However, I noticed that 3D rotation when in Orthogonal projection using the Flyover control mode always seemed to focus on the document's 0,0 origin regardless of selected objects or the setting of the Flyover tool itself, which seems to be to not be the correct behavior. I would expect it either to default to center on selected geometry or to inherit the setting from the Flyover tool, such as the newer View Center mode which should make it behave a lot more like Sketchup's 3D view control.


If anyone gets a completely different experience, or if they can verify my findings as well, please let me know. I'm gathering everything on this kind of navigation together for a larger bug/wishlist submission.

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I don't think Big Sur will help.

I find the choppy movement on VW2021 on an older mac running Mojave, and also on a brand new mac running Big Sur. And also in VW2020

In VW2018 the problem is not there so I think the issue is with VW2020/2021.


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My main hope at the moment is that maybe they will have improved things in the next SP of VW2021. But I am not sure that VW is even recognising that thers is an issue (beyond the documented random-jumps problem in Big Sur)


My impression is that the performance of 3dconnexion devices gets worse with each new release of VW, rather than better.

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