This is documentation for Mathematica 6, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.

ViewPoint

 ViewPointis an option for Graphics3D and related functions which gives the point in space from which three-dimensional objects are to be viewed.
• ViewPoint->{x, y, z} gives the position of the view point relative to the center of the three-dimensional box that contains the objects.
• The view point is given in a special scaled coordinate system in which the longest side of the bounding box has length 1. The center of the bounding box is taken to have coordinates {0, 0, 0}.
 {1.3,-2.4,2} default setting {0,-2,0} directly in front {0,-2,2} in front and up {0,-2,-2} in front and down {-2,-2,0} left-hand corner {2,-2,0} right-hand corner {0,0,2} directly above
• The following symbolic forms can also be used:  »
 Above above, along the positive z direction Below below, along the negative z direction Front in front, along the negative y direction Back at back, along the positive y direction Left left, along the negative x direction Right right, along the positive x direction
• Choosing a ViewPoint farther away from the object reduces the distortion associated with perspective.
• Infinite coordinates can be used to specify orthographic views:  »
 {0,0,Infinity} view from above (plan view) {0,0,-Infinity} view from below {0,-Infinity,0} view from the front (front elevation) {0,Infinity,0} view from the back {-Infinity,0,0} view from the left {Infinity,0,0} view from the right
• The coordinates of the corners of the bounding box in the special coordinate system used for ViewPoint are determined by the setting for the BoxRatios option.
• In a notebook front end, dragging with the mouse rotates a 3D object, by changing the azimuthal components of ViewPoint, as well as the setting for ViewVertical.
• Dragging with the mouse while pressing Ctrl, Alt or Option zooms in or out, changing the radial component of ViewPoint, but keeping ViewAngle fixed.
Specify the view point using special scaled coordinates:
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Use symbolic view points:
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Specify orthographic views:
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