The uMake Interface

Getting to know the uMake interface will help you be able to move quickly and easily as you create in uMake. There are five main components to the uMake interface: 

Top Menu

Side Menu

Orbit button

Quick Tools

Default Views

Side Panel

Top Menu: 

The top menu is where you can access your file manager, duplicate a file, and select your drawing tools. The Pencil and Pen are always available, but upon selecting a surface, the brush changes to a surface editing tool which allows you to change the color and opacity of a surface. 

Side Menu: 

The side menu is where you will find many tools during the creation process in uMake. This menu is dynamic and changes depending on the function you are currently using. This helps free up space to work in, and keep things simple. 

The side menu appears only when there is a selection, and disappears during the sketching process to allow for more canvas space. 

Upon selecting a curve, surface or group, the menu will change to show options related to editing the selection. 

With some tools the menu will dynamically change to show settings  depending on what function you are using. For example, if you decide to create a revolved surface, settings for the angle of rotation appear here for more precise control. 

When using a tool, there is a small green circle with a check mark that appears in the bottom. Tap this when you are finished using the tool to exit the tool.

Orbit Button

Viewing in uMake is very important to the creation process so we wanted to make it simple and as unobtrusive as possible. 

To move in space, tap the big blue orbit button that is by default in the bottom left corner. While holding, use another finger or stylus to swipe on the screen, and the camera will move. 

When sketching, the undo and redo button will appear just above the orbit button to make accessing them easy and intuitive. 

The Orbit button is responsible for the configuration of the uMake interface. You can move the orbit button to any corner of the screen, depending on what is most comfortable for you. Simply tap and hold the orbit button and it will become moveable. Move it to one corner and the rest of the interface will automatically reconfigure itself. 

Quick Tools: 

Quick tools are a new addition to the interface and allow you to quickly access functions to speed up the creative process. 

Next to the Orbit button you have the lasso tool for selecting multiple objects or control points when editing a curve. 

The connect and Trim tool are located next to the lasso tool, and enable quickly connecting two curves, or trimming a curve. 

On the other side of the interface is a quick tool that can be changed to allow for easy access to snapping tools and symmetry tools. 

Default Views

In the opposite corner of the Orbit tool you can find the default views, indicated by a small icon that looks like a pair of glasses. Tap here to expose 6 orthographic views and one "show all" view. This is where you can view your sketch from he front, back, right, left, top and bottom. 

Side Panel: 

The side panel, which is located on the opposite side of the interface from the orbit button can be opened and closed by tapping on the icon with three lines in the top corner of the screen. 

The side panel is where you can access reference images, layers, snap settings, in app help, and export settings. The side panel can remain open or closed during the creative process and is designed to be there when you need it and out of the way when you don't. 

That about covers it for the overview of the interface. Other than the dynamic changes in the Side Menu and Top Menu, there are no real hidden interface elements in the updated interface. 

That is the basic introduction to the uMake interface. Check out the videos in in-app help and the tutorials, and have fun! 

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