short­cuts: POP-UP MENUS

Make life eas­ier for your­self with pop-up menus

3D World - - ARTIST Q&A - rob red­man Rob is a 3D artist and cre­ative di­rec­tor, work­ing across TV, film and print. He runs a bou­tique VFX stu­dio. www.pari­ah­stu­

T hese Short­cuts pages are all about giv­ing you bite-sized chunks of use­ful info to help you speed up your work­flow and ex­plore your soft­ware’s op­tions.

Soft­ware like Maxon’s Cin­ema 4D are mas­sive. They pro­vide a great num­ber of tools, op­tions and cus­tomi­sa­tion, but that can make for a steeper learn­ing curve than you are com­fort­able with. With that in mind the devel­op­ers of­ten cre­ate quick-ac­cess menus, which can be hugely ben­e­fi­cial, es­pe­cially for tasks you do less fre­quently where the men­tal mus­cle mem­ory hasn’t been solidly cre­ated yet. Maxon have added a few of these to Cin­ema 4D and, although they are great for quickly find­ing a nested com­mand, they also serve to al­low users to cre­ate more work­ing room for their view­ports and man­agers. You could con­ceiv­ably have an in­ter­face set up that has no but­tons at all, sim­ply re­ly­ing on key­board short­cuts and a cou­ple of re­ally use­ful and pow­er­ful pop-up menus to nav­i­gate al­most ev­ery­thing the soft­ware has to of­fer.

So, if in doubt press the V key or hit Shift+c and you’ll get where you need.

01 what’s the prob­lem?

Me­moris­ing com­mands is hard un­less you use them all day. Hit­ting Shift+c opens up a text field. Start typ­ing the com­mand you want and a list will ap­pear for you to choose from, open­ing up the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion.

02 pop­ups for the win

Much of the time spent in Cin­ema 4D will be used mak­ing var­i­ous se­lec­tions, nav­i­gat­ing be­tween projects and work­ing with plu­g­ins or snap­ping set­tings. If you hit the V key a ra­dial popup will open, with these com­mon menu sets nested in­side. These are the most use­ful menus.

work smarter Give your­self more room by us­ing pop-up menus

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