Tape provides an on-screen
"tape measure" for determining and setting distances. The tape is
composed of two named objects, in the same way targeted lights and
cameras are. By default, these are named Tape## and Tape##.Target.
The tape and target icons are connected by a line representing the
current distance between them.
Using a tape helper
to measure the distance from floor to window frame.
You can drag a length
(the default), or enter a specific length by turning on Specify
Length. You can snap or align either end of the tape or link to
objects in your scene. Deleting either end deletes the tape.
When you add a Tape
helper object, 3ds Max Design automatically assigns a
to it, with the tape's target
object assigned as the Look At target. You can use the controller
settings on the Motion panel to assign any other object in the scene
as the Look At target.
You can select a tape-measure
object from either end, or from the middle. When you click the connecting
line, both ends of the tape object become selected so you can move
them as one. Note that the same is true of target cameras and lights.
NoteLine selection is
available only when clicking with the mouse. Region selection doesn't
work for this.
TipThe Length readout
of the tape object is displayed in the Modify panel only when you
select the tape end of the object (as opposed to the target or link
line). You can lock the Length display by activating the Pin Stack
button while the tape end is selected, and then proceed to adjust
any part of the tape object or any other object in your scene.
To measure a distance:
- Click Tape and drag from one point to
create the tape, and then drag to a second point and release the
mouse button to create the target.
The distance between tape and target appears
in the Length field. The number in the Length field is gray to indicate
that this is a read-only measurement.
To snap the tape
ends to object vertices, edges and so on, turn on
the appropriate snap settings activated.
- Move either end to a new
location. The line between stretches to the new distance, shown
in the Length field.
For accurate results
when moving a tape endpoint with Snap, you must turn on Pivot in
the Snap Settings panel as well as the types of sub-object you want
to snap to; see
This is because the endpoints are actually pivots.
To set a distance:
Specifies the length
of the tape object. You must select the Specify Length check box
to enable this option.
- Specify Length
Activates the Length parameter
setting. Otherwise the tape object's length will be specified by
clicking and dragging in the viewport.
World Space Angles group
- To X/Y/Z Axis
Displays the angle of
the tape object relative to each axis in world space.
- To XY/YZ/ZX Plane
Displays the angle of
the tape object relative to each of these home planes.