Using the Canvas

Use the canvas to view or reposition Objects.

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Object Manipulation Tool

Controls the movement of Objects on the canvas. The Object has the ability to move along its X, Y and Z axis as well as the capability to move freely based on your cursor command in an undefined movement of your choice. 

To begin, hover over the Object you would like to move, the Object will be highlighted with a red outline in the hover state. Clicking the Object will highlight it yellow, indicating a selection. A third click will display the Object Manipulation Tool.

To learn more about navigating the Canvas, refer to the Canvas Overview.


The Object Manipulation Tool features include:

Axis ArrowsAngle Selection | Plane Movement | Undefined Movement | Transform


Axis Arrows

There are three axis arrows, X, Y and Z each are defined by color.

  • X Axis (Red) - Moves the Object left and right across the Space. 

  • Y Axis (Green) - Moves the Object towards the front and back of Space.

  • Z Axis (Blue) - Moves the Object up and down creating height of the Object in the Space.


By clicking an axis arrow and dragging the Object, it can move back and forth on a particular axis, without affecting its other coordinates. These act logically with their visual directions on the canvas. For example, by clicking the green arrow and dragging along the Y axis, the Object can move along the axis, without affecting its X and Z coordinates.

Note: Hold shift on the keyboard and drag an axis arrow to increase or decrease the size of the Object. Increasing or decreasing the size affects how much space the Object takes up and how big or small the sound is. 

Angle Selection

Clicking and dragging the round connections between two axis arrows adjusts the rotation of the Object and its children in that direction.

The color of the angle selector is matched to the respective axis arrow it will rotate around.

Plane Movement

By selecting the Space in between a connection arch and the axis arrow you can move Objects along the desired plane. Planes act logically with the arrows and arches. 

For example, the area in between the red and blue arrows, under the green arch connection will allow you to move the Object along the X and Z (horizontal and vertical) plane.                                           

Undefined Movement

Objects have the ability to move along an undefined path you control, disregarding the Z coordinate. Click and drag the desired Object to move with your mouse along a horizontal plane. Inversely, hold command [⌘] to lock onto the vertical plane.

Canvas Shortcuts

Canvas shortcuts are actions once an object has been added to the canvas. You can view the shortcuts by right clicking on the Object.


Undo [⌘Z ] Undo the previous command. Press Command-Z to Undo. You can undo multiple commands.

Redo [⇧⌘ Z] Redo reverses the undo command. You can press Shift-Command-Z to Redo. You can redo multiple commands.

Cut  Cut the selected item and prepare for it to be pasted.

Copy  Copy the selected item and prepare for it to be pasted.

Paste  Paste a copied item.

Delete  Delete the selected item.

Delete Immediately  Delete without a warning dialogue.

Select All  Select all relevant items.

Duplicate  Duplicate the selected item.

Solo  Solo the selected Object. This does not affect published Scenes.

Mute  Mute the selected Object.

Visual Solo  The selected Object (or Object Group) will be visible on the Canvas, where all other Objects will be hidden from view. This does not affect audio.

Visual Mute  Hide the selected Object or group from view.

New >  Select an Object or Soundset to add to the selected Object.

New > Add Object  Adds a child to the parent Object selected.

New > Add SoundSet  This feature attaches a Soundset to the selected Object to be used for importing an audio file.

New > Sibling Object Above  Adds an Object to the same level of hierarchy as the selected parent Object, placing it just above the selected Object in the Objects list.

New > Sibling Object Below  Adds an Object to the same level of hierarchy as the selected parent Object, placing it just below the selected Object in the Objects list. Nesting a new Object under the selected parent Object.

Add Audio >  Choose how to import audio. Learn more here.

Select Object >  Choose to select the Object’s parent or cycle through selected Objects.

Motion Path >  Choose how to add a new motion point. Learn more here.

Rename  Rename the selected item.

Group Objects  Group Objects and create a parent Object. Note that some timing properties can be affected.

Focus on Object  The Canvas will be set to focus on the selected Object.

Clear Object Color  Revert to the “inherited” state of Object color.

Select Listener  Select the listener Object for Spatial Headspace.

 Start Dictation… To start dictating, press the function key twice or choose Start Dictation.

 Emojis & Symbols  [^⌘ Space ] Show the character viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols.

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