3 Controlling The Application

The Coreform Cubit™ user interface is designed to fill multiple meshing needs throughout the design to analysis process. The user interface options include a full graphical user interface, a modern command line interface as well as no-graphics and batch mode operation. This chapter covers the interface options as well as the use of journal files, control of the graphics, a description of methods for obtaining model information, and an overview of the help facility.

    3.1 Session Control

      3.1.1 Starting and Exiting a Cubit Session Starting the Session in Cubit Command Mode Windows File Association

      3.1.2 Execution Command Syntax

      3.1.3 Initialization Files

      3.1.4 Environment Variables

      3.1.5 Environment Commands Examples

      3.1.6 Command Syntax

      3.1.7 Command Line Help

      3.1.8 Saving and Restoring a Cubit Session

    3.2 Graphical User Interface

      3.2.1 Coreform Cubit™ Application Window

      3.2.2 Command Panels Command Panel Functionality

      3.2.3 Drop Down Menus

      3.2.4 Options Menu

      3.2.5 Undo Button

      3.2.6 Graphics Window Viewing Curve Valence Selecting Entities in the GUI Key Press Commands for the GUI Right Click Commands for the GUI Graphics Window View Navigation in the GUI

      3.2.7 Tree View Model Tree Power Tools Geometry Power Tools Meshing Tools Mesh Quality Tools

      3.2.8 Command Line Workspace

      3.2.9 Journal File Editor

      3.2.10 Property Page

      3.2.11 Toolbars

    3.3 Recording And Playback

      3.3.1 Journal File Creation and Playback

      3.3.2 Controlling Playback of Journal Files

      3.3.3 Automatic Journal File Creation

      3.3.4 Idless Journal Files

    3.4 Graphics Window Control

      3.4.1 Command Line View Navigation: Zoom, Pan and Rotate

      3.4.2 Mouse Based View Navigation: Zoom, Pan and Rotate

      3.4.3 Updating the Display

      3.4.4 Graphics Modes

      3.4.5 Drawing, Locating, and Highlighting Entities

      3.4.6 Graphics Clipping Plane

      3.4.7 Colors

      3.4.8 Drawing Locations, Lines and Polygons

      3.4.9 Entity Labels

      3.4.10 Graphics Camera

      3.4.11 Graphics Window Size and Position

      3.4.12 Hardcopy Output

      3.4.13 Graphics Lighting Model

      3.4.14 Mesh Visualization

      3.4.15 Miscellaneous Graphics Options

      3.4.16 Saving Graphics Views

      3.4.17 Geometry and Mesh Entity Visibility

    3.5 Entity Selection And Filtering

      3.5.1 Command Line Entity Specification

      3.5.2 Extended Command Line Entity Specification

      3.5.3 Selecting Entities with the Mouse

 Specifying the type of entity to select

 Selecting the entities

 The Selection Keyword

 Echoing the ID of the Selection

 Using the Picked Group in Commands

 Creating and Modifying Selections

 Rubberband Selection Control

      3.5.4 Extended Selection Dialog

    3.6 Location, Direction, Plane and Axis Specification

      3.6.2 Specifying a Location

      3.6.3 Specifying a Location on a Curve

      3.6.4 Specifying a Direction

      3.6.5 Specifying an Axis

      3.6.6 Specifying a Plane

      3.6.7 Drawing a Location, Direction, or Axis

    3.7 Listing Information

      3.7.1 List Model Summary

      3.7.2 List Geometry List Names Example List Surface [range] Ids’ Examples Using ’List’ for Querying Connectivity.

      3.7.3 List Mesh

      3.7.4 List Special Entities

      3.7.5 List Cubit Environment Sample output