Resolving "ZoomFactor" in 3D for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture

Overview ---- Body ---- Conclusion

The Problem

In the last couple of release of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture it appeared to me that something changed in the way Zooming behaved in Perspective Views; more jumpy than in the past.  If you have noticed this phenomena then you know what I am referring to.  For me the problem usually presented itself when I had a Camera View almost perfectly set but I want to get a little closer to my model; I would roll the Wheel on my mouse just once and I would end up well beyond the point I wanted.  One day I decided to experiment with various tools, such as Dynamic Zoom, Adjust Distance and Scrolling.  Though using the Adjust Distance tool was a little better, it still did not provide the sensitivity I have been wanting.

A Solution

If your use of AutoCAD goes back far enough you might recall when Dynamic Zooming was introduced and with it a new variable named "ZoomFactor".  If you set your ZoomFactor to something like "10", you should find that Zooming, "Wheeling" and Adjusting the Distance will provide a lot more sensitivity.  The drawback to setting this variable to something so low is that it affects the sensitivity of Zooming in all Views; such as Plan View where it will likely drive you crazy.


A Toggle

Here's a little Lisp routine that you can use to quickly toggle between two preset ZoomFactor values:

(defun c:zf ()
(if (= 60 (getvar "zoomfactor"))
(if (not oldzoomfactor)
(setvar "zoomfactor" 10)
(setvar "zoomfactor" oldzoomfactor)
(setq oldzoomfactor (getvar "zoomfactor"))
(setvar "zoomfactor" 60)


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