3D Navigation addon enhancements
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Description

Hello.

Here are some ideas about new features for the 3D Navigation addon:
https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/3D_interaction/3D_Navigation

I think it might be interesting (and useful) to add extra views. At first, I thought of adding all other buttons next to the Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, Bottom buttons:

... but that would clutter the panel. Too many buttons might confuse the user.

But a simple dropdown button could gather them all without filling the whole interface:

Also, I think it would be useful to be able to save views in bookmarks:

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Design
xan2622 (xan2622) changed Type from Bug to Design.
Brendon Murphy (meta-androcto) triaged this task as Low priority.Sep 30 2017, 6:31 PM

hi, thanks for your ideas, as discussed in irc:
we have the stored views addon which does already the bookmarking of view locations.
your suggestions for the view angle combinations? are unwritten code, not sure that they are needed and imo are outside the scope of the addons initial 'simple' design.
the concept behind this addon was to provide simple buttons laid out for ease of navigation and for people with mobility issues. also to expose these functions in the toolshelf.
it may be in blender 2.8 that there's navigation widgets and new ways to do this.
i won't be looking at any redesign of this addon until blender 2.8 is stable.
thanks. i will keep in mind, but any redesign of this addon will not be happening for some months yet.

Thanks for your answer, meta-androcto.

I didn't know that the "Stored Views" addon existed. Thank you for telling me about it.

And about the extra angle combinations, I do think they can be useful (and imo, adding a simple dropdown button will not break your simple design):

You told me on IRC that one of your concerns was to find the way to create the new extra views. I am not a coder but there is a simple workaround that comes to my mind:
For example, if the user clicks on Front Right:

  • your addon displays the Front view
  • then quickly simulates a Down pressed button twice
  • then quickly simulates a Left pressed button three times

If it's done automatically by your addon (hense faster than if a user pressed these buttons himself/herself), the transitions would be seamless.