SoTabPlaneDragger.3iv man page

SoTabPlaneDragger — object you can translate or scale within a plane by dragging with the mouse

Inherits from

SoBase > SoFieldContainer > SoNode > SoBaseKit > SoInteractionKit > SoDragger > SoTabPlaneDragger


#include <Inventor/draggers/SoTabPlaneDragger.h>

Fields from class SoTabPlaneDragger:

SoSFVec3f scaleFactor

SoSFVec3f translation

Fields from class SoDragger:

SoSFBool isActive

Fields from class SoInteractionKit:

SoSFEnum renderCaching

SoSFEnum boundingBoxCaching

SoSFEnum renderCulling

SoSFEnum pickCulling

Parts from class SoBaseKit:

(SoNodeKitListPart) callbackList

Methods from class SoTabPlaneDragger:


void adjustScaleTabSize()

static const SoNodekitCatalog * getClassNodekitCatalog() const

static SoType getClassTypeId()

Methods from class SoDragger:

void addStartCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void removeStartCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void addMotionCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void removeMotionCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void addFinishCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void removeFinishCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void addValueChangedCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

void removeValueChangedCallback(SoDraggerCB *f, void *userData = NULL)

SbBool enableValueChangedCallbacks()

void setMinGesture(int pixels)

int getMinGesture() const

static void setMinScale(float newMinScale)

static float getMinScale()

Methods from class SoInteractionKit:

virtual SbBool setPartAsPath(const SbName &partName, SoPath *surrogatePath )

Methods from class SoBaseKit:

virtual const SoNodekitCatalog * getNodekitCatalog() const

virtual SoNode * getPart(const SbName &partName, SbBool makeIfNeeded)

SbString getPartString(const SoBase *part)

virtual SoNodeKitPath * createPathToPart(const SbName &partName, SbBool makeIfNeeded, const SoPath *pathToExtend = NULL)

virtual SbBool setPart(const SbName &partName, SoNode *newPart)

SbBool set(char *partName, char *parameters)

SbBool set(char *nameValuePairs)

static SbBool isSearchingChildren()

static void setSearchingChildren(SbBool newVal)

Methods from class SoNode:

void setOverride(SbBool state)

SbBool isOverride() const

SoNode * copy(SbBool copyConnections = FALSE) const

virtual SbBool affectsState() const

static SoNode * getByName(const SbName &name)

static int getByName(const SbName &name, SoNodeList &list)

Methods from class SoFieldContainer:

void setToDefaults()

SbBool hasDefaultValues() const

SbBool fieldsAreEqual(const SoFieldContainer *fc) const

void copyFieldValues(const SoFieldContainer *fc, SbBool copyConnections = FALSE)

void get(SbString &fieldDataString)

virtual int getFields(SoFieldList &resultList) const

virtual SoField * getField(const SbName &fieldName) const

SbBool getFieldName(const SoField *field, SbName &fieldName) const

SbBool isNotifyEnabled() const

SbBool enableNotify(SbBool flag)

Methods from class SoBase:

void ref()

void unref() const

void unrefNoDelete() const

void touch()

virtual SoType getTypeId() const

SbBool isOfType(SoType type) const

virtual void setName(const SbName &name)

virtual SbName getName() const

Macros from class SoBaseKit:

SO_GET_PART(kit, partName, partClass)
SO_CHECK_PART(kit, partName, partClass)


SoTabPlaneDragger is a dragger which allows the user to interactively translate and scale in a plane. It looks like a square white outline with smaller green squares (or tabs) set in the corners and along the center of each edge. Dragging a corner tab scales the dragger in 2D by scaling about the opposite corner. Dragging an edge tab performs 1D scaling about the opposite edge. The rest of the dragger is invisible but pickable; selecting it initiates translation within the plane.

The dragger tries to keep the small tabs a constant size in screen space. Every time a drag begins or ends, the size is recalculated based on the viewing and modeling matrix.

When dragging the translator part, press the <Shift> key and you can constrain motion to either the local x axis or the y axis. The direction is determined by your initial mouse gesture after pressing the key. Releasing the key removes the constraint.

When the translator part drags, the dragger updates its translation field. The various scaling parts cause changes to both the scaleFactor and translation field, since scaling about a point other than the center adds translation to the center of the dragger. If you set the field, the dragger will move accordingly. You can also connect fields of other nodes or engines from this one to make them follow the dragger's motion.

You can not change the shape used to draw the tabs. This part is kept privately and may not be changed; the coordinates for the tabs are edited during adjustScaleTabSize().

The SoTabPlaneDragger class does contain three other parts you can change: tabPlaneTranslator, tabPlaneScaleTabMaterial and tabPlaneScaleTabHints.

Each of these is set by default from a resource described in the Dragger Resources section of the online reference page for this class. You can change the parts in any instance of this dragger using setPart().

You can make your program use different default resources for the parts by copying the file /usr/share/data/draggerDefaults/tabPlaneDragger.iv into your own directory, editing the file, and then setting the environment variable SO_DRAGGER_DIR to be a path to that directory.


SoSFVec3f scaleFactor
Scale factor affecting the dragger.

SoSFVec3f translation
Position of the dragger.



void adjustScaleTabSize()
Cause the scale tab sizes to be re-adjusted so that they remain a near constant screen space size. This happens automatically upon dragger finish. Call this to adjust the scale tab sizes at other times, for instance after the camera has changed in a viewer finish callback.

static const SoNodekitCatalog * getClassNodekitCatalog() const
Returns an SoNodekitCatalog for this class

static SoType getClassTypeId()
Returns type identifier for this class.

Catalog Parts

All parts
Part NamePart TypeDefault TypeDefault
Extra information for list parts from above table
Part NameContainer TypePermissible Types
callbackListSeparatorCallback, EventCallback

Dragger Resources

.in 0n+.5i

Resource: tabPlaneTranslator
.in 0n+.5i
Part: translator

Appearance: Outline of a Square. The region within it is pickable

Description: Begins translation within the plane

.in 0n+.5i
Resource: tabPlaneScaleTabMaterial
.in 0n+.5i
Part: scaleTabMaterial

Appearance: Green - half diffuse, half emissive.

Description: Used as material for scaling tabs.

.in 0n+.5i
Resource: tabPlaneScaleTabHints
.in 0n+.5i
Part: scaleTabHints


Description: Property for the tab nodes.

File Format/Defaults

TabPlaneDragger {
renderCaching	AUTO
boundingBoxCaching	AUTO
renderCulling	AUTO
pickCulling	AUTO
isActive	FALSE
translation	0 0 0
scaleFactor	1 1 1
callbackList	NULL
translator	<tabPlaneTranslator resource>
scaleTabMaterial	<tabPlaneScaleTabMaterial resource>
scaleTabHints	<tabPlaneScaleTabHints resource>

See Also

SoInteractionKit, SoDragger, SoCenterballDragger, SoDirectionalLightDragger, SoDragPointDragger, SoHandleBoxDragger, SoJackDragger, SoPointLightDragger, SoRotateCylindricalDragger, SoRotateDiscDragger, SoRotateSphericalDragger, SoScale1Dragger, SoScale2Dragger, SoScale2UniformDragger, SoScaleUniformDragger, SoSpotLightDragger, SoTabBoxDragger, SoTrackballDragger, SoTransformBoxDragger, SoTransformerDragger, SoTranslate1Dragger, SoTranslate2Dragger