The 3ds Max window
contains an area at the bottom for prompt and status information
about your scene and the active command. There is a coordinate display
area in which you can type transform values, and on the left, a
two-line interface to the MAXScript Listener.
Time Slider and Track Bar
Mini Curve Editor
Click to display a version
View Curve Editor in place of the time
slider and track bar.
When curves are displayed,
you can click the Close button at upper left to return to a view
of the time slider and
The prompt line, located
at the bottom of the window under the status line, provides ongoing
feedback, based on the current cursor position and the current program
activity. When you don’t know what to do next, look down here for
- MAXScript Mini Listener
The MAXScript Mini Listener
is a single-line view of the contents of the
The status line displays
the number and type of object or objects selected. The status line
is located at the bottom of the screen, just above the
The time slider shows
the current frame and lets you move to any frame in the
time segment. Right-clicking the slider
bar opens the
Key dialog, which lets you create position,
rotation, or scale keys without using the Auto Key button.
- Track Bar
The track bar provides
a timeline showing the frame numbers (or appropriate display units).
It provides a quick alternative to
Track View for
moving, copying, and deleting keys, and changing key properties.
Select an object to view its animation keys on the track bar. The
track bar also displays keys for multiple selected objects.
- Selection Lock Toggle
Selection Lock Toggle
turns selection locking on and off. Locking the selection prevents
you from inadvertently selecting something else in a complex scene.
- Coordinate Display
The Coordinate Display
area shows the position of the cursor or the status of a transform,
and allows entry of new transform values.
- Adaptive Degradation Button
Turns adaptive degradation
on or off. See
Adaptive Degradation for
The grid setting display
shows the size of one grid square.
Time tags are text labels
that you can assign to any point in time in your animation.