Viewer functionality

Movement and basic controls


Changing direction
Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse.

Moving the camera
The easiest way to move is to scroll, and you fly to the mouse courser
Some users prefer WASD+QE to fly.

Rotate around object
Hold right-click mouse button to rotate around an object (360 view)

Up, down, right and left
Hold scroll mouse button to move up, down, right and left

To select an object left click.

Phones and tablets

Changing direction
Hold one finger on the screen and drag the finger.

Moving the camera
Pinch in or out to move in the direction you wish to fly. The camera will fly towards where you are pinching on the screen.

Rotate around object
Hold three fingers on the screen to rotate around an object (360 view)

Tap an object to select it.

Movement modifiers

The buttons are in the bottom center

Speed control

The speed button has three modes “normal,” “fast,” and “slow.” Each mode alters the movement/ camera speed.

Step back

Step back button steps the user back to the previous camera view.

Step forward

Step forward button steps the user forward to the previous camera view.


The home button takes the user back to the initial camera view.


The fullscreen button makes the 3D fullscreen

Selection modifiers

The buttons are at the bottom left


Clears/unselects the current selected object(s).

Hide / unhide

Hides/disables the current selected objects(s).

When “Hide” is clicked, the button turns to “unhide.” Enabling you to unhide/enable the hidden objects.

Single / multi-select

When the button displays as “single”, Single selection mode is enabled, enabling you to select one object.

When “multi” is enabled, the user can select multiple items.

All objects / selection only

The “all object” button indicates if all objects should be shown or only selected items.

Color picker

Chose the default color for selected items


The button is at the bottom right

Open functions

Click the functions button to open up all features


Use the search function to search for elements. You can search for any string, and it will return all objects that have part of this string as either name or in its metadata. For example: if you search for “column”, it will return all items with the column attribute.


By selecting “Advanced” it allows you to search for a specific property value.

If you select the = button  it will  return exact matches.

Model Tree

Select model tree to see the hierarchy of the 3D model from the input data. Users can either dig down or select an object and see where the item lays in the hierarchy.


The property button displays all metadata/attributes of every element.

It can be used to view all of same type. See in the GIF below how all windows are selected.


Measure allows for detailed measuring show distances, differences, elevations and more


Use clipping to see section planes


Bookmarks allows the user to jump  to  predefined areas in the model. These predefined areas may also contain measurement, clippings, groups and more.

It will also change the properties view, by showing the items that are selected in the current bookmark. See GIF below

The “share link” creates a URL that can be shared or stored.
The URL contains all the information about the current view state. Like selected objects, camera position, clipping plane, etc.
Think of this as taking a screenshot, but the receiver can move around from your exact position and view state.

Optimal rendering  options


  • Enter “Graphic Settings” on your computer
  • Enable “Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling”
  • Under the “Choose an app to set preference” (in the second red circle), select the browsers and applications that you are using with Novorender, and set them to “High Performance”