OpenOutcrop provides a number of views to allow you to see outcrops in various ways. Each of these options is available under the main menu option “View”.



Points, mesh and solid views


OpenOutcrop will allow outcrops can be viewed as points, meshes or as solid surfaces (the default). Each of these views are shown below.






Axis, North arrow and reference mesh


These options assist in visualizing orientation, direction and distance. Each can be toggled on or off.



Perspective, Orthographic and Orthopanel views


The default view provided by OpenOutcrop is a perspective view of outcrops with a (near) 170 degree field of view. You can chose an orthographic view where distance is not diminished the further away an outcrop is from the viewer. Alternatively, you can choose an “Orthopanel” view which is simply an orthographic view that does not allow rotation in the Z-plane and is centered at the (calculated) midpoint of the outcrop.


Various views are shown in the diagram below.


Default perspective





View/Properties (toggle)

The properties panel on the right hand side of OpenOutcrop can be hidden by using the View/Properties option. If hidden, the properties panel can be restored by clicking on the option again.


View/Log editor (toggle)

The default view when editing lithology logs hides the properties panel. You can toggle between the two views using this option.


View/Toggle visible meshes

This option makes each visible mesh invisible and vice versa. It can be handy, for example when flipping between two opposing views of multiple outcrops.


View/Reset view to visible meshes

If a mesh is made inactive by unticking it in the tree view, the default view remains unchanged, i.e. the view encompasses the meshes that have been unticked. The default view centers the default “View to …” position to the center of all active meshes. At time, this can make the rotation of meshes appear non-intuitive. Click on this option to direct OpenOutcrop to recalculate the view positions based only on active meshes.