Shapr3D's innovative user interface provides users with several methods for accessing tools. You can choose the method that best matches your design workflow or preference. For more information on the methods available, explore the sections below.
You can find the menu bars of Shapr3D on the sides of the screen, floating over the canvas, keeping your design front & center.
The main menu is on the left side of the screen and sketch constraints appear on the right side.
Note for iPadOS: If you're left-handed or simply prefer to have the main menu on the right side, you can change the interface settings in Settings.
Sketching and modeling tools are organized into submenus, and the main menu provides convenient access to a few miscellaneous functions like enabling Measurement Mode or navigating between modeling, Visualization, and 2D Drawings.
Adaptive user interface
As you make selections in your design, Shapr3D predicts what tools you will want to use next and makes them available at the left. Using this adaptive user interface can be a fast and efficient way to develop your designs. This method allows you to focus on your model, rather than on browsing through menus.
To use this method for accessing tools, make selections in the design space or Items Manager, then make use of the default tool that becomes active or choose a tool from the customized menu at the left. For more information, see Adaptive User Interface.
To access additional tools from the adaptive menu, select More.
Keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys
The most frequently used tools can also be selected via keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts are highlighted next to the name of the tool in the side menu. To learn more about shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts, gestures, and hotkeys.
The Command Search function allows you to access tools by searching for the command name. As you type into the search field, valid commands appear in the list below. You can launch tools directly from the results list.
Depending on your platform and settings, Search Commands is available via the ‘X’ or Control/Command + F keyboard shortcuts, from the toolbar or the help menu.. For more information, see Command Search.
You can pre-select elements in your design before searching for commands. When you pre-select items, the search results are customized based on your selection.
If you're using a mouse or trackpad, context menus are another quick way to access tools and commands. Simply secondary click (right-click) anywhere in your design space to open the pop-up menu containing commands, actions, or options relevant to your workflow.
To learn about the different context menus available, visit Context menus.
If you're using a Mac device, you can also access tools through the menu bar. Simply go to the menu bar and select the options for Sketch, Add, Transform, and Tools to access the tools.