Getting Started

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Starting The Program. After you install CaveXO, you will find a new icon CaveXO icon on your desk top. Double click on it to start the program.


Understanding CaveX. If your are running the program for the first time, it is useful to familiarize yourself with the way CaveX works. The easiest way to do this is bring up some of the Test Objects and experiment with the features. This will make it easier to understand what is happening when you work with more complicated features.


Once you have a basic familiarity with the way the program works, try loading a standard Compass cave file (PLT). I have included a copy of Fulford Cave. It is about the right size to give good animation rates, even on a slow machine. To load a cave file, select the "File|Open Plot File" option from the menu bar.


There are several options that control the way the caves appears on the Tool Panel on the left hand side of the screen. For example, the program can automatically smooth and texture the cave, using a limestone photograph as the texture. To do this, select the "Rock Texture" checkbox on the left panel.