Wiring View

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Wiring View

This window displays a diagram showing how pixel-based props are wired together - with every pixel labeled with its string and pixel number. This can be useful for props with predefined shapes where the pixel order may not be clear - candy canes, spokes, and wreaths for example. But it is most useful for custom pixel props from companies like Boscoyo Studios, where determining which pixel to put into which hole can be confusing. The Wiring View clearly shows the path that the pixel string will take through any prop.

 

The first line of the dialog shows the prop's name - "cc2" for the example below. That is followed by the toolbar.

 

Front View of a Right-Facing Candy Cane Prop

Front View of a Right-Facing Candy Cane Prop

 

 

The Toolbar

 

You can customize the Wiring View using the toolbar controls.

 

WiringViewToolbar

 

View

 

You can view you prop from the front or the back. It is very important that you have this set correctly, or you might wire you prop in reverse! Normally when assembling a prop, you are pushing pixels in from the back. In that situation, the Rear view will be most helpful because you can just follow the diagram shown on the screen without having to do any translations in your head.

 

Background

 

You can set the background color to dark or light. If viewing the on the screen, you probably want the dark background. However, if you take a snapshot and intend to print it, you might want to set the background to "light" first; as snapshots with a white background will print using a lot less ink.

 

Text Size

 

You can vary the text size by dragging the slider in order to make the labels on each pixel more readable.

 

Zoom

 

Large props will be too big to view all at once. Use the Zoom slider to enlarge the wiring diagram, then use the scroll bars to move around to your area of interest.

 

Snapshot

 

camera20x15 clicking this icon captures a snapshot of the current wiring view and prompts you for a file name where the image can be saved (PNG format). You can then open that image with another program, such as a photo viewer, in order to print it.

 

 

Zoom Example

 

Here is an example where we have zoomed in to see the wiring detail on a complex prop from Boscoyo Studios. Without zooming in, it would be impossible to follow the pixel order.

 

Zooming in to see the detail

Zooming in to see the detail