CATIA V5 Plug-in ReadMe

1 Plug-in Description

This plug-in enables you to move objects in Catia V5 with the SpaceController. Furthermore it incorporates Catia's menu items in the SpaceController Panel's Key Configuration Dialog for easy mapping of menu items to the SpaceController's function keys.
Unfortunately this is not true for Catia V5 R21 and newer: Dassault has changed Catia's programming interface, and Catia ignores all attempts to trigger a menu function using the interface. You have to record keyboard macros instead and to assign these to the SpaceController's keys or wheel. See section in the user manual for details.

The plug-in is a background process ("catia_v5_plugin.exe") which is started by the SpaceControl driver as soon as Catia comes into the foreground the first time.

2 Setting the Rotation Center

There are some possibilities how you can move and rotate an object with the SpaceController. Basically you can change between the "scene" perspective (moving the cap seemes to move the scene you are looking at) and the "camera" perspective (moving the cap moves the virtual camera looking into the scene). Further settings control the rotation center, switch a special hover mode on and off or lock the horizon. All this can be configured with the SpaceController Panel's Advanced Configuration dialog in the Move Mode panel:

Advanced Configuration Dialog

See chapter Advanced Configuration in the SpaceController's user manual for details.

The mode Camera Mode: Rotate around Camera and Hover will work only in Catia's perspective mode. In parallel mode the first one will rotate around the focal point instead of the camera, the second one will not work at all due to mathematical restrictions.

3 Special functions

There are three special functions available in Catia's Product mode which can be used in Catia when they have been assigned to a key or the Wheel Function Launcher. To activate them load a product in Catia, open the Function Assignment dialog, open the branch "Catia/SpaceController" in the function tree and drag the functions therein to the function keys:

Function Assignment

Pressing the SpaceController keys will toggle the function now. The following functions are available:
The functions are marked as experimental because you may observe some performance issues and because it is not very nice that you can not see if the function is active or not. We will try to deliver an enhanced solution in the future.

4 Change Log

27 October 2017, Version 2.9.0:

23 March 2017, Version 2.8.7:

22 November 2016, Version 2.8.6:

2 October 2013, Version 2.6.0:

5 July 2013, Version 2.5.1:

22 February, Version 2.5.0:

22 February 2013, Version 2.5.0:

26 October 2012, Version 2.4.0:

30 May 2012, Version 2.3.2:

4 April 2012, Version 2.3.1:

20 October 2011, Version 2.2.0:

16 June 2011, Version 2.1.0:

15 February 2011, Version 2.0.0:

14 May 2010, Version 1.4.1:

27 April 2010, Version 1.4.0:

30 November 2009, Version 1.2.0:

5 April 2009, Version 1.1.0:

5 March 2009, Version 1.00:

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