Animations, such as point cloud fly-throughs, are generated from keyframes set by the user in the animation panel. The animation panel is accessed by selectingfrom the PYMEVisualize menus.
A populated Animation pane is shown in Fig. 13. Each row in the animation table represents a keyframe. A keyframe marks the end of a transition in the animation. A keyframe is set by rotating, translating, or zooming the data to have a desired look and then pressing Add in the Animation pane. Double-clicking on a row allows editing of the keyframe name, which can be used as a unique descriptor, and duration, which edits the length of the transition from the previous keyframe to this keyframe (note that the duration of the first keyframe is therefore a dummy variable). Selecting a row and pressing Delete removes the selected keyframe from the animation. Keyframes can be saved and loaded in a JSON format using Save and Load, respectively. All keyframes can be removed at once by pressing Clear.
When the play button is pressed, the animation will play in as a seamless transition through the keyframes in order. If Capture is pressed, a dialog will pop up and the user will choose a folder in which to save this animation as a series of image files. Expanding Settings… reveals a dropdown menu labeled Export file type, which allows the user to change the file type of the images exported to JPEG, PNG, or TIFF.