VISITview comes up with a Big Red Pointer being shown on the screen.
This pointer can be moved by positioning the mouse cursor to a different
location in the window and clicking it. When you do this, a message
is sent to the VISITview server which then tells the software for all other participants (including instructor "ViewClients" to move the Big Red Pointer. Therefore, you will see
a slight time delay in actually repositioning the pointer after you click
your mouse button.
Here's a summary of all the keystrokes and mouse-related buttons (bold red indicates instructor functionality only):
Mouse click left button - move the Big Red Pointer to that position for
Mouse click right button - if the controls have been hidden, this
will bring them to the top.
Mouse drag with left button depressed - draw a freehand line on the screen; when you release the button, the line will be drawn on everyone's screen
Mouse drag with left button depressed and holding CTRL
key - draw a straight line on the screen
Mouse drag with left button depressed and holding both CTRL and SHIFT
keys - draw a rectangle on the screen
Mouse drag with left button depressed and holding SHIFT key - "roam"
around in a portal; when you release the button, the Pointer will be moved
to that position on eveyone's screen. This has no effect other than
pointer repositioning if portals are not being used
ALT+Z - zoom the window by one factor so as to leave the Big Red Pointer
is the same location on the screen (may be done repeatedly)
ALT+R - unzoom the window
ALT+C - open a "chat window"
that allows site-to-site communications by
ALT+T - to make a text string on the screen. Move the text
by moving the pointer; pick a different color if you like. Type in the
phrase (you may use the backspace key to erase. Hit
Enter to send the text to everyone. Or press ESC
to abandon this. See example text with portals.
ALT+O - open a "phrase window"
that allows the instructor to
pick pre-defined phrases, and then goes in to ALT+T mode using
the selected phrase. The box can be removed by double-clicking on the upper-right (X) or upper-left to close.
ALT+M - show the controls if they were hidden (also
ALT+L - bring up an independent "page list window"
on it; clicking on a page in this list loads the page. Clicking on the 'keep graphics' checkbox allows any annotations to persist into the next page.
ALT+S - bring up an independent "status window"
which shows the status of
all users in this group. This is only available to the Master
session, and should be used only by the one instructor during a
session. More details here.
ALT+B - turn the viewing screen into a blackboard. All annotation capabilities remain the same. ALT+B again will
restore the previous page display. (There is also a bb
key on the control panel for this.)
ALT+? - bring up a Help Window with all this info on it.
The next page has some troubleshooting tips and links to VISITview FAQs.
Go to Troubleshooting tips.