how to use?
All shapes, that can be elevated, have corresponding parameter in their Data. Usually it is Base Elevation, though can differ for some specific shapes. For example, it is Window Header Height for windows and Beam Top Elevation for beams. Just change those parameters in shape`s data and see it changing in 3D Scene.
Please read this tutorial from Microsoft and create you rooms. 3D view will automatically follow your actions.
There is a very useful feature in 3D Visioner, that lets you look throw the walls and wall objects (columns, spaces, pilasters, slabs, beams etc.)
Use this feature to see the interior of rooms and buildings without any 3D scene rotation. Just check Glass Walls on 3D Visioner ribbon and get the result. To make walls again solid, uncheck the button. This doesn't affect already transparent walls with transparency set from Visio.
It is very useful to create each floor on a separate page and then place them on the top of each other with Stack page layout feature of 3D Visioner. If you then uncheck Show Pages button and set the Interpage space to None, you will see the whole building with all floors.
It is very useful to switch between different page layouts during your work with 3D Visioner. With just one click you get your floors arranged in one plane or vertically as you designed for your building.
Since you see the whole project in 3D, it is very useful to navigate and select objects from it. To enable this feature check Sync Selection button on 3D Visioner ribbon. Now, when you click on an object in 3D, it will become selected and centered in Visio drawing, so you don't need to waste time to find a required object by switching from page to page.
Set Focus on 3D Visioner window and use mouse wheel to zoom the scene in and out. You can also use + and - keys and move mouse with left and right buttons pressed together to get the same functionality. The last two methods are useful for notebooks.
Rotation is performed using the left mouse button. Click the left mouse button and, while holding it, move the mouse. The scene rotates around a rotation center. Initially the rotation center is set at the center of the entire scene. You can set it to the center of the active page (pin the page) by double clicking the left mouse button on that page. In this case the scene will rotate around the center of the active page. The same for any other 3D object, you can pin it with double-click. To set the pivot back to the center of the entire scene, double-click left mouse button into an empty space of the scene.
Move your mouse keeping right mouse button pressed and the scene will follow your moving.
Use "Left", "Right", "Up", "Down" arrows and "Page Up", "Page Down" keys to change the view in 3D scene. To reset the view to default, press "Home" key.
You can do the same from dropdown menu in 3D Scene window.
You can open as many 3D windows as you need in each Visio project. All 3D Visioner windows are usual Visio "Anchor windows", so you can dock them and work as you get into the way of using them. Rotate, scale and pan the 3D scene of each window to set the most convenient angle of view. Also when you edit your Visio project (add, delete or move Visio shapes, create or delete connections, etc.), all changes are immediately reflected in all opened 3D windows.
Press Print button on 3D scene window toolbar to print the visible area of 3D scene.
There is an option telling the scene to print the gradient background or not. Use it if you print b/w or if you want to save ink.
You can save the project in Wise Dimensions 3D file, which you can send to others. To view it, ask them to download free Wise 3D Viewer from our site. The 3D Viewer is a standalone application that does not require Visio. It includes all of the viewing functionality of 3D Visioner without editing and saving capabilities.
To save the project in *.w3s press "Save As" button on 3D scene window and choose w3s Wise3D (*.w3s) as output format.
This feature will be available in Enterprise version of 3D Visioner.