Work with Trimble Connect Visualizer

Windows

Work with Trimble Connect Visualizer

Use Trimble Connect Visualizer to creates basic renderings of your 3D models. With Trimble Connect Visualizer, you can take snapshots and create animations that demonstrate the design and build options of your model.

Pre-requisites for using Trimble Connect Visualizer

  • Trimble Connect Visualizer has been installed on the computer.

    You can download the installer here.

  • You have a Business license or a Business Premium license.

Open Trimble Connect Visualizer

In the Models list, click Create a visualization with texture and lighting.

Trimble Connect Visualizer opens.

According to your needs, see any of the following sets of instructions:

Zoom, rotate, or pan the rendered model

Do any of the following:
To Do this

Zoom in

Do either of the following:

  • Scroll forward with the mouse wheel.

  • Press the W key on the keyboard.

Zoom out

Do either of the following:

  • Scroll backward with the mouse wheel.

  • Press the S key on the keyboard.

Rotate the model

  1. Place the mouse pointer over the point around which you want to rotate the model.

  2. Hold down the left mouse button.

  3. Drag the model with the left mouse button.

You can also press the arrow keys on the keyboard to rotate the model.

Pan the model

  1. Hold down the middle mouse button.

  2. Drag the model with the middle mouse button.

You can also press the A and D keys on the keyboard to pan the model.

Adjust the scene

In Trimble Connect Visualizer, you can modify the following scene settings:
  • The used skybox, or background, and its rotation

  • The position of the sun

  • The brightness of the scene

  • The visibility and position of the ground plane

  1. Click on the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.
  2. Do any of the following:
    To Do this

    Change the skybox

    The skybox that is currently in use is highlighted with blue. To change the skybox:

    • Click another skybox in the skybox selector at the top of Trimble Connect Visualizer.

    You can also use your own images as skyboxes. Note that all skybox images need to have a ratio of 2:1. Save the skyboxes in the C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\TrimbleConnectVisualizer\Skyboxes folder. The skyboxes will be available in the skybox selector the next time you open Trimble Connect Visualizer.

    Rotate the skybox

    • Move the rotation slider at the top of Trimble Connect Visualizer.

    You can lock the position of the skybox and the direction of the sun together by clicking . After locking the direction of the sun and the position of the skybox, moving the rotation slider also moves the sun direction slider by the same amount.

    Adjust the brightness of the scene

    • Move the brightness slider at the upper-right corner.

    Adjust the position of the sun

    Do any of the following:
    • To change the direction of the sun, move the sun direction slider at the upper-left corner.

      You can lock the direction of the sun and the position of the skybox together by clicking . After locking the direction of the sun and the position of the skybox, moving the rotation slider also moves the sun direction slider by the same amount.

    • To change the height of the sun above the horizon, move the sun height slider on the left side of the rendered model.

    Show or hide the ground plane

    • To switch between showing and hiding the ground plane, click on the left side of the rendered model.

    When the ground plane is switched on, a slider appears below the button. You can move the slider to adjust the height of the ground plane.

Take and view snapshots

  1. Adjust the position of the model and the scene as needed.
  2. Click at the upper-left corner of the Trimble Connect Visualizer window.

Trimble Connect Visualizer takes a snapshot of the current view of the rendered model. The snapshots are saved in the C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\TrimbleConnectVisualizer folder.

To open the C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\TrimbleConnectVisualizer folder and view the snapshots that you have taken, click at the upper-left corner of the Trimble Connect Visualizer window.

Create animations

You can combine different views of the rendered model to create animations that show the model from different angles. Do the following:

  1. Click on the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.
  2. Do any of the following:
    To Do this

    Add a view

    1. Move the model to get the view that you want to use.

    2. Click + on the toolbar below the view.

    Repeat steps a to b to create all necessary views.

    Note that when you have added multiple views, you need to click + on the right side of the view after which you want to add the new view. Similarly, click + or on the left side of the view before which you want to add the new view.

    Remove a view from the animation

    • Click the Close button (X) at the upper-right corner of a view.

    Set the time between views

    The time between views determines the speed of the animation.

    • Type the desired time in seconds in the box below the rendered model ().

    Play or stop the animation

    • To play the animation, click on the toolbar below the rendered model.

    • To stop the animation and return to the first view, click .

    Play the animation continuously

    You can choose to play the animation in a loop without stopping.

    1. Click on the toolbar below the rendered model.

    2. To play the animation, click .

    Freeze the sun position in the animation

    In each view you create, the sun is in a different position. Animations can look strange if the sun moves, so it might be helpful to freeze the sun position.

    • Click on the toolbar below the rendered model.

  3. To save the animation, use a screen recorder, such as the built-in free screen recorded in Windows 10.

    You can find more information, for example, here.

Return to the initial view of the model

Click on the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.

The model returns to the view that was opened when you started Trimble Connect Visualizer.

Enter or exit full screen mode

Click on the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.

Show or hide the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane

Click at the bottom of the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.