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Viewing Assembly Files and Part Files
Viewing Assembly Files and Part Files

This article helps you understand how to view assembly files and part files in Asite Model File Viewer.

Updated over a week ago

1. To view files on Asite Viewer, click on file name.

2. When you click on any 3D file, it opens that file in the online 3D viewer. To view the assembly file, system will use the attached part file.

3. By default, any model that you open will be default in HD i.e. in fast rendering mode. In case you are using a low memory device, you may click on 'SD' to switch to slow rendering mode for lesser memory consumption. You can always switch back to fast rendering mode by clicking on 'HD' if required.

4. For 3D viewing, various functional tools are available at bottom of the view pane. You are able to perform following functions.

4(a) Reset View - Reset the default view of the model by clicking on home icon.

4(b) Reset - To reset the model when using 'Measure' or 'Compare' features. Click on reset icon to reset the model.

4(c) Navigation - Click on Navigation icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are two navigation modes available.

- Stands for Orbit Navigation

- Stands for Walk Navigation

Orbit - Free orbit to navigate the model across the viewer area. Click and hold the mouse wheel to pan around the model. Scroll the mouse wheel forward or backward to zoom in or zoom out of the model respectively. Zooming in is supported to an extent wherein you can clearly view small model parts or objects - for example, a cupboard handle. Moreover, 360° rotation is supported along-with zooming in making sure you get an angular view of that particular model part or object.

Walk Mode - To navigate the model as in walk mode. Long press and move the mouse pointer to the direction you wish to walk forward to. Scroll the mouse wheel forward or backward to zoom in or zoom out of the model respectively. Zooming in is supported to an extent wherein you can clearly view small model parts or objects - for example, a cupboard handle.
While walk is activated, you can click and hold the mouse wheel to pan around the model. Use Shift+Left key to get up/down focus of camera.

4(d) Visual Style - View an object with different visual styles by clicking on appropriate option in the ribbon above model view.


Click on Visual Style icon to expand available options if required. Currently there are three visual styles available.

- Stands for Shaded with Edges

- Stands for Shaded

- Stands for Hidden Line

4(e) Measure - You can measure distance between two points or an angle of a model, as well as set a calibration to define measurement unit and precision.


Click on Measure icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are three measurement options available.

- Stands for Distance measurement.

To measure distance between two points of the model. By default, any distance is measured in 'mm' - it can be changed using other available options from the 'Calibration' option.

- Stands for Angle measurement.

To measure angle between three points based on X axis and Y axis. By default, any angle is measured in 'Degrees' - it can be changed using other available options from the 'Calibration' option.

- Stands for Area measurement.

To measure distance of selected area. By default, By default, any area is measured in m2 i.e meter square - it can be changed using available options from the 'Calibration' option.

- Stands for Calibration.

To define unit as well as precision for 'Distance' and 'Angle' measurements. Please note this will only be applicable as long as the model view is open. As soon as the model view is closed, the calibration will be reset to default settings. Available calibration options are:

Distance Calibration - Distance can be set in MM, CM, Meter, Inch, Feet, Fractional Feet, Fractional Feet & Inch.

Angle Calibration - Angle can be set in Degrees, Degrees - Minutes - Seconds, Radians.

Area Calibration - Area can be set in mm2, cm2, m2, in2, ft2, Acres, Hectare.

Precision - Precision can be set to 0.1, 0.01, 0.001, 0.0001, 0.00001.


You can continue navigating across the model while using the 'Measure' options; however, if you click on a navigation option - like 'Orbit' or 'Walk' - or use the 'Reset' option, that specific navigation mode will be enabled and you will need to click required measurement option again to make new measurements. Please note that any existing measurements made if any will not be affected while using navigation options,. Clicking 'Reset' option will stop display of existing measurements made if any.
To undo any measurements created if required, click 'Ctrl+Z' key combination.

4(f) Review - Click on cloud icon to expand available markup tools if required.


Markups - It allows you to create various markups in 3D visualization pane by clicking on appropriate option in the ribbon above model view. There are various options to create different markup. It allows you to create various markups like - cloud, arrow, line, circle, rectangle, freehand and create text.

With every markup option, you are able to set configuration as applicable:

Markup configuration includes color, line thickness, text size, arrow head. These configurations will work depending on selected markup option. For example, color and line thickness are generic options, text size and arrow head are specifically meant for 'Text' and 'Arrow' markups respectively.


Save Markup - After creating any markup, save your markup by clicking on save (floppy disk) icon. Clicking on 'Save Markup', a 'Save As' prompt is displayed.

Enter markup name and click 'Save' to continue.

4(g) Analysis - Click on Analysis icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are three analysis modes available.

- Stands for Cutting Planes.

It enables you to cut model within X, Y and Z direction by creating cutting plane. Cutting plane options are same as the model cutting plane in Asite Navigator. You are also able to select cutting plane in reference to any direction and also can move the plane using slider.

- Stands for Show Model Colors.

It enables you to apply colors on selected model object. Select the concerned model object, right click and select 'Assign Color' option, An option to pick color would appear under 'Show Model Colors' icon. Select a color and click on 'Apply'. Next, click again on the 'Show Model Colors' icon to view the model object with updated color. Model objects with same GUID in multiple revisions of same model record will show with same color irrespective of selected model revision. Once a color is assigned, the right click options for that particular model object would change to 'Edit Color' and 'Remove Color', allowing you to edit or remove color from selected model object.

- Stands for Show Navigation Map.

It enables you to view a map of the model plan while you are navigating across the model. This map would appear at bottom right side of the model when navigating.

- Stands for Explode.

It enables you to view the exploded view of whole model assembly. You are able to explode the assembly using the explode slider.



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