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Overview of Interface Items

In previous sections, you were introduced to the new Activity Tabs that appear in DAZ Studio: the Load Activity tab, the Pose/Animate Activity tab, and the Render Activity tab. Common to these tabs are several other types of menu commands, toolbars, viewports, panes, and tabs. The figure below shows a typical arrangement of these various elements.

The Studio interface

Briefly, the various parts of the interface serve the following functions:

  • Activity Tabs: Click one of these tabs to display the various panes and controls that you will commonly use when you Load, Pose, or Render your DAZ Studio scenes.
  • Menu Bar: The menu bar appears at the top left of the DAZ Studio workspace. The menu bar contains seven menus: File, Edit, View, Render, Create, Tools, and Help. Click any menu header to display the commands that appear in each menu. For example, click File or press Alt+F to display the commands in the File menu. The commands in these menus are listed in the Command and Toolbar Reference.
  • Toolbars: Toolbars contain icons for many common tasks. By default, a different toolbar appears beneath the Activity Tabs in each view.
  • 3D Viewports: Viewports are your windows to the virtual universe inside your computer. Whenever you look at your scene, you are looking at it through a virtual camera. The Viewport Selection menu, located at the upper-left corner of the Viewport window, allows you to display the view of any camera. Camera controls also allow you to tilt or rotate, pan, or dolly the camera to improve the view of the scene.
  • Panes: Panes appear at the left and right sides of the DAZ Studio workspace by default. These panes are used to display various tabs that contain common controls, functions, and options. Controls in each pane allow you to show, hide, expand, collapse, and resize the tabs contained within them. See “Customizing the Layout” to learn how you can customize the layout of your panes.
  • Tabs: By default, there are several tabs that you can show or hide using commands in the View > Tabs Menu: Surfaces, Content, View, Scene, Parameters, Timeline, Help, Render, New at DAZ, Align, Tool, D-Form, PowerPose, and Scene Info. Additional tab options may also appear in this menu if you have additional plug-ins installed. Tabs contain most of the functions that you’ll use while working with DAZ Studio, and are typically placed within panes. See ”Customizing the Layout“ to learn how you can customize the layout of your tabs.

Tip graphic TIP! By default, DAZ Studio loads with one viewport. You can view your scene using up to four viewports at once. In addition, DAZ Studio gives you control over several viewport properties such as size, location, and selected camera. Refer to Viewports and Cameras for more information.

Tip graphic TIP! You can also use navigation keys to navigate through any tab that contains a list or tree. Click to select an item and navigate through the list as follows:

  • Press PgUp to scroll up one page.
  • Press PgDn to scroll down one page.
  • Press Up Arrow to scroll up one item in the current list.
  • Press Dn Arrow to scroll down one item in the current list.
  • Press Right Arrow to expand one level in the current list, or to the next level in an expanded list.
  • Press Left Arrow to collapse one level in the current list, or to the previous level in a collapsed list.