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  • WHIP! Download
  • WHIP! Help
  • Layer Manipulation
  • Miscellanious Tips

  • As these pages have been generated automatically and the tool that built them is still in its infancy, the formatting may leave something to be desired. We would appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have as simple changes in the code may be all that is necessary to produce a more intuitive or useful product.

    In general, if you click on text you should get a document, and if you click an image you should get another image, or sometimes a drawing. When you click in the left frame, the response will usually be in the right frame, unless the item chosen is another index. However, if you click in the right frame a new window will often appear. This is usually intentional as it lets you keep the image while you continue to read the supporting documentation. Let us know how you like this arrangement.

    An exception to the above is the DWF file from the CAD model. Because the WHIP! plug-in does not yet support frames, picking a link in the model will overwrite the model page with the new information. For this reason, and because an incompletely installed WHIP! can cause grief of a more serious sort, a GIF imitation of the drawing file currently occupies the model spot in the index page. Putting the drawing in the right frame (the default if you click the image) or maximizing it are the only options until an updated plug-in appears.

    Database tables can quickly get out of hand, so the larger ones are chopped into one hundred record chunks with an index of sorts in the left frame and the data in the right. The records from all tables that are associated with any particular object will be appended to the page for that object, if it has other supporting documentation. Objects without supporting documentation do not have a page written for them unless the HTML detail function is chosen when the project is published, in which case only the relevant database records will be on the page. Any records supported by further documentation should have hyperlinked "O_NA" fields in any database table that refers to them.

    Get Autodesk WHIP! Download the WHIP! Plug-in

    To test your whip installation click here: CART.DWF
    If you do not get a 3-D CAD model, (it should be in a new window) you probably have one of the following problems:

    If you get a symbol looking something like a piece of a puzzle
    You probably need to download and/or install the WHIP! Plug-in. Start by clicking the WHIP! icon above.
    If you get a message suggesting that CART.DWF is not a valid DWF file.
    You may need to modify the icon that launches Netscape by appending "-start_java" (without the quotation marks) to the target string. The part after the path to netscape.exe should be modified to look like the following (quotation marks and all).
    "?:\...\...\...\netscape.exe" -start_java
    (This problem has not been reported by Explorer users.)

    How to use the WHIP! Plug-In

    Click the Right Mouse Button in the image window to produce a menu with the following options

    Pan Use the arrow keys to move around the drawing or, when the hand is the icon, just click and drag
    Zoom Use PageUp and PageDown to zoom in and out
    Zoom Rectangle Zoom to a rectangle you specify
    Fit to Window Zoom to see everything
    Layers Provides a seperate window for Layer Control
    Named Views Allows you to choose among the views saved with the drawing
    Location Provides a window with coordinate information
    Full View Causes the drawing window to expand to fill the current window
    Highlight URLs The shift key highlights any objects linked to other documents. Clicking on such an an entity will access the associated document.

    Layer-Manipulation Options

  • Right Mouse in the Layer Box for selection options.
  • Multiple layers can be selected by usung the SHIFT key.
  • Click the light bulb to toggle visibility.
  • Clicking the light bulb affects all selected layers.
  • Toggle forces all selected layers to opposite visibility.

  • Some tips

  • You can move the menu boxes if they are in the way
  • If you are having trouble selecting the correct link you may have to turn off interfering layers

  • Last change: March 3, 1998 (Steve Nickerson)