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The Main Window

Starting the Model Editor

Start the Model Editor via the File-New or File-Open menu items. Like the other asset editors, the Model Editor is a part of CaWE. You start it via menu items

  • File → Open… (Ctrl+O) or
  • File → New → New Model (Ctrl+Shift+N)

With both menu items, you're next presented the File Open dialog to open a previously created model.

Note that while the Model Editor can load or import models from many different file formats, it can save models only in the cmdl file format that is specific to the Cafu Engine: Unlike any other file format, cmdl models files reflect all the model features that are implemented in the Cafu Engine.

Main Window Elements

3D View

The 3D view shows the currently loaded model. The mouse and keyboard navigation works exactly like in the 3D views of the Map Editor: See

for details.

Tip: Especially the MMB can be helpful for effective navigation in the 3D view.

Detail Panes

Model details, scene settings and some dialogs of the Model Editor are presented in panes: Small windows that can be docked to the borders of the parent frame, or be “floating” freely on the desktop.

If you grab a pane by its title bar and drag it over the screen, a translucent highlight will indicate where the pane will dock when the left mouse button is released. Press and hold the CTRL key while dragging the pane in order to prevent it from docking at all (it will remain floating instead).

If you close a pane, use the appropriate item in the View menu to show it again at any time.

Model Element Panes

Most of the panes present model elements of a specific type:

  • the skeleton (also called the joints hierarchy),
  • meshes,
  • skins,
  • GUI fixtures,
  • animations,
  • channels,
  • submodels, and
  • level-of-detail models.

Note that for most model elements, there are in fact two panes: One that shows the list of all elements in the model, and one that shows the details of the currently selected element.

For example, the “Skeleton” pane lists all joints in the model, hierarchically arranged. Double-click any of them to bring up the “Joint Inspector” that shows the properties of the currently selected joint.

On the following pages in this manual there is one chapter for each element type. Each chapter explains the model element type and its related “list” and “inspector” panes.

The Menu

The program menu provides access to all program features.

Refer to chapter Menu and Toolbar Reference for a detailed description of each menu item.

The Toolbar

The toolbar provides quick access to the most frequently used menu items.

Move the mouse over any toolbar button to see a tooltip that describes the purpose of the button.

modeleditor/mainwindow.txt · Last modified: 2013-01-07 12:07 (external edit)