In this tutorial we’ll introduce you the interface of Speedernet Sphere. It was thought of to be easy to get familiar with. Sphere has two main screens:
- Project view (Home)
- Composition mode
Read what’s next to discover them.
Project view (Home)
When opening or creating a project, you will arrive on the screen below. It allows you to view the experience in its entirety (in terms of scenes).
Add a scene
It’s from this screen that you create the scenes of your experience using the “add a scene” button. Every time that you create one, it adds up to the existing ones. To enter a scene, click on “open scene editing” or double click on the scene. To know more about scene management, go to the tutorial “How to: manage the scenes of an experience”.
On the left, you have access to the toolbar. It is always available and has the following functionalities:
- Media Manager
Some of these functionalities (Conditionals, Events, etc.) are not available at the beginning of your project. They become available as soon as you add elements in the project.
Composition mode (3D view)
When you enter a scene, you arrive on its composition mode. The first thing you’ll see is the panorama and you will be able to navigate at 360 degrees (“Static view” by default). You can enrich the panorama by adding the elements of your project.
The “add element list” button enables you to import elements one by one into your virtual environment:
- 3D Mesh element
On the right, you’ll find the Elements column. This column shows you the list of all the elements present in the scene. Each added element shows up in this list.
It also enables you to manage, for each element, its properties and conditionals. Moreover the looking glass in front of each element and aspect makes it easy for you to find them on the scene.
Zoom in/Zoom out
You have access to a handle to zoom in and zoom out of the scene. Use the buttons “+” and “-“ or move the cursor towards the top or bottom of the line, or use your scroll wheel.
Positioning the elements
At the bottom of the screen, Sphere gives you 3 ways of positioning the elements:
- Spherical movement mode
- Manual positioning with: Position, Rotation, Scale
- The Cartesian data system, which give the possibility of positioning an element by manually modifying its coordinates.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with the interface, we invite you to check the tutorial on “How to: Manage your media within a Sphere project”. This will make you save a lot of time in the production of your projects.
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