Below is a demonstration of the features of the vcw function





The vcw function, the view control widget, allows the user to rotate, pan and zoom a figure using key presses and mouse gestures. This makes 3D view manipulation feel like what one would expect of a CAD package.

The vcw widget is loaded by default when using cFigure but can be loaded for any other figure by using: figure; vcw; You can load vcw either before or after creating axes.

This code was inspired by the fcw function by Oliver Woodford (which was based on Torsten Vogel's view3d function, which was in turn inspired by rotate3d from The MathWorks, Inc.). VCW is inspired by and similar to fcw function by Oliver Woodford. However vcw offers the following added features (including toolbar button):

  1. handing of colorbars (bug in fcw when view(2) is used combined with panning which induced zooming and panning)
  2. overobj based axes selection so that the current axes is determined based on mouse pointer location for most functions
  3. A toggle button for activation and deactivation in the figure toolbar
  4. ability to start vcw before objects are plotted
  5. "proper" closure of the vcw widget, in fcw the q button did not exit the keyDown functions such as panning etc. Now the quit action deactivates the widget
  6. Upon activation of the vcw widget the plotting and default view manipulation tools and buttons are disabled (to avoid interference with vcw)
  7. Added "linked" mode by using ALT button to alter views for all axes in figure uppon keypress
  8. Altered keypress functions and behaviour with SHIFT (which now negates directions)
  9. Added i key option to display help information.
  10. Allows for saving of a new default view

Once loaded users may press v key to activate widget (or press the toolbar button). Press i to show the following help information:


Using the preloaded view control widget (vcw) in cFigure

A cFigure window with the view control widget loaded by default. To activate widget press v or click on vcw button in the toolbar.

Use with figure

The default MATLAB figure does not contain the view control widget. To load it here the user must enter vcw; either before or after axes are created. e.g.:

figure; surf(peaks(25)); axis equal; axis tight; vcw;

which is equivalent to:

figure; vcw; surf(peaks(25)); axis equal; axis tight;


You can create your own figure function that simply contains figure; vcw; to create a standard MATLAB figure containing the view control widget.


Kevin Mattheus Moerman, [email protected]