ivview man page

ivview — fast, interactive 3D viewer of Inventor files


ivview [-hpw]
[files | < file]


ivview reads an Inventor file (or files) and provides a simple interface to quickly view 3D data. The input files must be valid Inventor 3D files (versions 1.0 or 2.0). All the files specified at the command line are read in and rendered.

ivview presents a single window containing an Inventor viewer (examiner viewer or the walk viewer) and a menu bar.

Note that if you click and hold the right mouse button, the viewer pop-up capabilities will be displayed. Also, note that the viewer has a help card that provides detailed instruction on how to use it.

The menu bar contains the following menus:

This menu presents a file Open button, (reads an Inventor file and replaces existing object), an About button, (displays information about the program), and a Quit button.
This menu includes a High quality transparency toggle button that turns the high-quality transparency option on and off (high quality uses DELAYED_BLEND transparency, low quality uses SCREEN_DOOR transparency), and an Edit background color button that pops up the Inventor Color Editor to change the background color.
This menu includes an Optimize for speed toggle button that will run the ivfix utility and a Cull backfaces toggle button that will insert an SoShapeHints node that will cause only front-facing polygons to be drawn. When checked, both of these options apply to the current scene and any scenes read in using the File/Open menu. Note that the ivfix utility completely restructures the scene, losing any interaction or animation nodes or engines.


The following command line options are allowed:

Prints the usage message for ivview.
Enables the performance meter. Off by default.
Use an SoXtWalkViewer instead of the default SoXtExaminerViewer. Off by default. This option is incompatible with the -p option.


ivview < /usr/share/data/models/toys/jackInTheBox.iv

ivview -w /usr/share/data/models/buildings/Barcelona.iv

ivview myCameraAndLights.iv myObject.iv

Source Code

Note that the source code to ivview comes with the Open Inventor 3D Toolkit.


/usr/share/data/models/* - Sample Inventor data files /usr/share/src/Inventor/tools/ivview/* - Source to ivview

See Also

inventor, ivfix, ivcat, ivinfo, SceneViewer, gview

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