Select objects through transparency

In v8i I'm able to select these objects or snap to points along the yellow line THROUGH the glass box.

In CE it seems I'm not able to do so. What am I doing wrong?

PS. I have Disable Drag Operations checked in both v8i and CE, but I don't think this is related to the problem.





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  • Locate Interiors: Visible mode, I think it works exactly as expected:

    Not really - the vertices ARE actually visible (through the transparent box). At least that's how v8i understood the terms.

    I think the problem is Locate Interiors: Never mode, because when used, it blocks the interior elements selection.

    So it's actually doing what it says it should - NEVER selecting elements inside another element.

    With further testing, it seems to work better using the Transparent Display Style, although the terminology is no longer descriptive of what is going on. With Locate Interiors: Never selected, selecting geometry actually works accurately without scrolling through alternative snap points. With Visible and Always selected, it once again has to scroll through alternative snap points.

    However, my point remains. v8i works much better than CE in Illustration mode. CE's Transparent model more closely resembles the behavior of v8i for my purposes (Locate Interiors: Never), but shows too much visible geometry in the view to be practical. CE simply does not work at all if I want to rotate a view around a selected point inside a transparent box (Illustration mode).

    As a challenge, I compared the number of data points required to draw these red and blue lines from the top of their respective cones to meet various geometry inside the transparent box. The blue lines are to meet the vertices along the yellow line, and the red lines are to meet the hidden bottom corners of the five cubes.


    Blue lines: v8i = 15 clicks, CE = 25 clicks

    Red lines: v8i = 15 clicks, CE = 32 clicks (ie. CE is more than three times less efficient than v8i in this case)

    Transparent mode makes it a bit easier, but is not the way I want to work with complex models. through transparency.dgn