A Quick Start to Edify as a Teacher

We will cover all the steps you need to get started with edify. This page will cover the basics of creating an account, logging in, and installing the edify launcher and Lesson Creator for teachers. For guides on creating, broadcasting, or joining a lesson, please go to our Getting Started page.
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Object Layers

On the left hand side of the layers menu, you have access to the full list of components within your object. These are sorted into groups of parents and children, and have their name taken directly from the model.

You can access the children within each parent by pressing on the dropdown arrow beside each name. If a component has no children, there won't be an arrow to press.

You can also reorder the list using the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Here, you can keep the standard order taken from the model, or choose to have the list in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.

In the future, there's consideration to enable users to reorganise the imported tree into their own format, including rename each component. If this sounds of interest to you, leave some feedback on our roadmap!

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Component Tree

On the left hand side of the layers menu, you have access to the full list of components within your object. These are sorted into groups of parents and children, and have their name taken directly from the model.

You can access the children within each parent by pressing on the dropdown arrow beside each name. If a component has no children, there won't be an arrow to press.

You can also reorder the list using the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Here, you can keep the standard order taken from the model, or choose to have the list in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.

In the future, there's consideration to enable users to reorganise the imported tree into their own format, including rename each component. If this sounds of interest to you, leave some feedback on our roadmap!

Hide / Show

The Eye icon is used to show and hide a particular component. This is useful for removing walls from a building, peeling away layers or structures of the human body, or anywhere you want to see inside or behind a particular component.

To hide an individual component, press the eye beside that components name. If the component you selected was a parent, all children associated with that parent will also be hidden.

There is also a Hide All button at the top of the tab. Pressing this toggles all components on or off (essentially hiding the full model). This can be helpful if you want to isolate a particular component, such as a particular system of the body - first you can hide all components, and then search the component list and turn your target component back on.

X-Ray

Similar to Hide / Show, the X-ray toggle can instead be used to partially hide a particular component, rather than hiding it completely. This is useful if you still want to see the specified component in context of objects around it, but still want to see components in and around it.

As with Hide / Show, the X-ray icon will toggle either individual or groups of components. The X-ray all button also functions the same way, changing the full model between transparent and solid.

Component Highlighting

While the Component Highlighting toggle is functionally similar to Hide / Show and X-ray, it's used for a different reason - rather than removing a component from view, the Highlight is designed to draw users' attention to the component instead.

Selecting a particular layer or group of layers will cause these the coresponding components of the model to become highlighted with a red border. This is also effective when there are other components obscuring the view of the component - the highlighted border will show through the rest of the model. This can be useful for components that run underneath the rest of a model, such as pipes within the walls, or bones within the body.

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