Learning to use new software can be a bit intimidating, especially when you're trying to figure out how to navigate it.
But no need to worry. We're here to provide a straightforward guide. In this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about viewing 3D Procedures in a clear and simple way.
Opening a Procedure
Opening a procedure is easy and can be done in two ways:
From the Digital Twin: In the side menu, you'll find a "Procedures" button. Clicking on it will show you all the project folders. From there, you can select and run a procedure.
Using the Knowledge Zone: Open the digital twin, locate the procedure you want in the Knowledge Zone, and simply open it.
The Description box at the top comprises various elements, and it's crucial to understand their functions.
Header: This serves as the title for the current step.
Description: Here, you'll find a brief explanation of the task that needs to be completed.
Play/Pause: You can use this button to either listen to the text-to-speech narration or pause it if needed.
Minimize: On the side of the box, you'll notice a small arrow that allows you to minimize the description box, giving you more screen space.
These four components will be present for each step. The elements that may change depending on the step are the media elements associated with that particular step.
If a media element is associated with a step, you'll notice an icon corresponding to that specific element.
Currently, Frontline supports four distinct types of media elements: Images, GIFs, Videos, and PDFs. (Images and GIFs share the same icon.)
Adjacent to each icon, you'll find a number indicating the quantity of media elements of that type.
To view the attached media elements, simply click on the icon. A dropdown box will appear, displaying the media element, whether it's an image, GIF, video, or PDF.
Within the media element panel, you'll also find an "Enlarge" icon that allows you to view it in full screen. If there are multiple media elements attached, a small arrow will enable you to navigate between them.
The control panel, located in the lower bar of the procedure, is your command center. It allows you to navigate through all the procedures by interacting with its buttons.
Here are the key functions of the control panel:
Next Step and Previous Step: These two buttons will be your primary tools. Use "Next Step" to advance when you're finished with a step, and "Previous Step" to backtrack a few steps.
Mute Voice: This button provides a quick way to mute the Text-to-Speech (TTS) audio for all procedures, eliminating the need to play/pause it from the description box.
Unlock View/Reset View: By default, the camera is locked to the step, providing the best context for animations and descriptions. However, if you want to see the step from a different angle, you can unlock the camera view.
Restart Procedure: This button allows you to restart the procedure from the beginning if needed.
End Procedure: When you're finished, use this button to close the procedure and return to the digital twin.
Play/Pause Animation: The timeline bar for playing and pausing animations will only appear if the step includes an animation. If there's no animation, you won't see this bar at all.
Before we conclude, let's discuss Active Objects.
As you play a procedure, you'll notice a specific object highlighted in blue. This is the active object, and it's designed for interaction. Simply click on it to trigger and observe the associated animation.
Engaging with the active object provides a more interactive experience while navigating the digital twin during the procedure. It's a hands-on way to explore and learn as you progress through the procedure.
don't worry about learning new software. We're here to provide a practical guide for 3D Procedures.
We've explained how to open procedures and understand the Description Box, Control Panel, and Active Objects. These tools will help you navigate the software comfortably.