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How it works

Navigating in the main window

Parts of the main window

The drawing area is where you arrange and view the plants in the open plant file. The mouse cursor modes, which you select by clicking the first four buttons on the toolbar, determine what you can do with the mouse in the drawing area.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif In Select/drag mode gif/plantstudio00000034.gif, click on plants to select them (Shift-click to select more than one plant). You can ONLY select plants in Select/drag mode.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif In Scroll mode gif/plantstudio00000035.gif, click and drag in the drawing area to move the entire contents of the drawing area around.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif In Rotate mode gif/plantstudio00000036.gif, click and drag in the drawing area to rotate all selected plants. Drag left-right to rotate in the
X direction; drag up-down to rotate in the Y direction, and right-drag left-right to rotate in the Z direction. You can also click without dragging to rotate a fixed number of degrees in the X direction.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif In Magnify mode gif/plantstudio00000037.gif, click in the drawing area to zoom in on the point where you click. Right-click or Shift-click to zoom out.

Next to the four cursor mode buttons in the toolbar is a drop-down box showing the current magnification. To change the magnification without using the mouse, choose another magnification from the list (or type a number and press Tab or Enter). Clicking the Scale to Fit button scales the drawing so all visible plants fit in the drawing area.

The plant list in the main window shows all the plants in the open file. Below the plant list is a pencil indicator that is colored in if you have made any changes to the open file, an indicator of
plant bitmap use, and a bar that shows plant drawing progress.

The focus panel has four tab panels. Click on the tabs to change which panel is showing.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif The Life cycle panel shows the age and size of plants against a graph of their size (
biomass) over their life cycle from seed to maturity. Use the Life cycle panel to change plant ages.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif The Rotation panel shows the x, y and z rotations of the focused plant. Click the up or down arrows to change the rotations of all selected plants.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif The Parameters panel contains the 200 or so parameters that make up plants. Use the Parameters panel to
change how a plant grows and is drawn.
gif/plantstudio00090000.gif The Parts panel is a read-only display of the relative sizes of the different parts of the plant (leaves, stems, flowers, etc). Use the Parts panel to
evaluate how well the plant weight (biomass) is distributed between parts of the plant as it grows.

Between the three main parts of the main window (drawing area, list, focus panel) are two splitter lines. Click on either of these two splitter lines and drag to change the size of the panels.

See also:

Changing plant ages

Using parameter panels

Choosing viewing options in the main window

Understanding the parameters

Undoing and redoing

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