Working with Shape plots
This is the Shape plot for the Pyramidal cell model in
neurondemo as it first appears on the screen. Its X axis is
horizontal, the Y axis is vertical, and the Z axis is perpendicular to the
page. Shape plots can be rotated, magnified or reduced, and translated.
R click in the graph window and select 3D Rotate.
Lift the mouse carefully off the pad, so that its cursor remains in the graph
Press the L mouse button and hold it down.
Use the A, X, and Z keys to examine the cell from three orthogonal directions.
||down the Y axis
||down the X axis, i.e. from the right
||down the Z axis (standard view seen above)
Place the mouse back down on the pad, press the L mouse button, and run the
mouse around on the pad to see the cell rotate wildly.
Restore the standard view by pressing Z while holding the L mouse button
Use ^X, ^Y, or ^Z (^ = Ctrl key) to rotate the cell in 10o increments
around the X, Y, or Z axis.
Use the secondary menu of the Shape plot window to
zoom in or out by 10% increments
click and drag to open a NewView that focusses on a particular area
zoom in or out continuously (Zoom in/out) by clicking and dragging to R or
click and drag the image around the window (Translate).
Note: you can also move the image by holding down the shift key and then
doing click and drag
When you're done
be sure to set View/Section so you don't inadvertently cause other changes
to the image.
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