The KineMan Pro Show & Hide Bones Option allows you to hide individual bones, or to show individual bones in isolation. Hiding a bone allows you to see details that would be otherwise
obscured: for example, clicking on the frontal bone of the skull allows you to view the skull’s interior. Showing a bone in isolation allows you to focus
attention on it, and also to view details that are normally obscured by its neighbors. For example, you can isolate an individual vertebra, to examine the
shapes of its articular surfaces.
You can also show or hide combinations of bones. For example, for any bone, you can show it along with its ‘parent’, i.e., its proximal neighbor bone (or
group). This can be useful when focusing attention on the behavior of a specific joint, without the interference or distraction of other bones. Or, you can
Show All bones, to reset the view after hiding multiple individual bones. Options for showing or hiding any bone, or group thereof, are offered in a bone-specific context menu.
Hidden bones in KineMan Pro have special properties:
‘Invisibility’: To promote an intuitive sense, hidden bones behave as if they are ‘invisible’, and not ‘removed’. When you hide some bones, you may see other ‘newly revealed’ bones that had lain behind them; you can identify the newly revealed bones using KineMan’s regular ‘hover’ identification technique (as if the bones are invisible). At the same time, hidden bones are still ‘present’, in that they can be moved along with their neighbors, i.e., the skeleton is mechanically intact, and all joints work the same as ever.
‘Accessibility’: You can easily access the hidden bones, to use KineMan’s regular tools. Hidden bones are revealed temporarily when you hold down the [Ctrl] key. Temporarily revealed bones are rendered in a dark tone, so you can quickly distinguish the hidden from the unhidden bones. In this state, you can also:
Identify the bones by hovering
Select a bone by clicking (to permit moving the associated proximal joint)
Make a bone visibile again (via the Show / Hide context menu).
When you release the [Ctrl] key, the hidden bones once again become invisible, and they can no longer be accessed for identifying, selecting, etc.