User Interface

If you are new to FACTORY I/O, it will be useful to get an introduction to a few basic concepts regarding the user interface and general workflow.

user interface overview

1. Toolbar

Button Action
welcome menu Welcome Menu
Provides quick access to Documentation, Tutorials, Scenes, Update Checker, etc.
run/edit Run/Edit
Switches the simulation mode (Edit/Run).
pause Pause
Pauses the simulation.
reset Reset
Resets the simulation.
timescale Time Scale
Sets the simulation time scale (slow motion, normal speed or fast forward).
When active displays a slider to change the timescale value.
timescale slider
orbit camera Orbit Camera
Selects the Orbit Camera.
fly camera Fly Camera
Selects the Fly Camera.
first-person camera First Person Camera
Selects the First Person Camera.
follow a part Follow a Part
Allows to select a part to follow.
cameras window Cameras Window
Opens the Cameras Window.
sensor tags Sensor Tags
Shows/hides the sensor's tags.
actuator tags Actuator Tags
Shows/hides the actuator's tags.
palette Palette
Shows/hides the palette.
FILE
New Creates an empty scene.
Open Shows the Open menu, where you can find all previously saved scenes and a list of included scenes.
Save Saves the current scene. By default, scenes are saved in Documents\FACTORY IO\MyScenes.
The default saved scenes path can be changed using a configuration file or through the Console.
Save as... Opens the Save menu, where you can give a name and a description to a scene before saving it.
Options Opens the Options menu.
Driver Configuration Opens the Driver Configuration window (refer to I/O Drivers for additional information).
Exit Closes the application.
EDIT
Undo Use it to undo the previously executed operation.
Redo Returns the last undo to its previous state.
Copy Copies the selected parts.
Paste Places the copied parts into the scene.
Select All Selects all parts in the scene.
Camera Auto Focus Enables camera auto focus. Whenever a part (or parts selection) is moved, the point of interest is automatically set at the center of the part (press and hold Left shift to keep it at the original position).
VIEW
Palette Shows the palette window.
Cameras Shows the cameras window.
Camera Navigation Shows the camera navigation gizmo.
Sensors Tags Shows the sensors tags.
Actuators Tags Shows the actuators tags.
Show Tags Address Shows the tags addresses.
Dock All Tags Docks all existing tags.
Clear Docked Tags Clears all docked tags.
Show Sensors Range Shows sensors range in Run mode.
Show Stats Shows performance statistics.
Open Console Shows the Console.

2. Palette

The Palette displays all parts available in FACTORY I/O. When creating a scene, you drag parts from the Palette into the 3D space. Select a category from the drop-down list to show only parts which belong to that category. You can filter parts by name using the Search input field.

part palette

3. Status Bar

Displays information about the current state of FACTORY I/O: current version, edition, scene name and selected driver.

status bar

Low Performance Indicator

The low-performance indicator pops-up when FACTORY I/O is unable to update the simulation above 15 frames per second. This may cause undesirable visual hiccups and errors in the physics calculations.

You can try to improve performance by:

  • Lowering the screen resolution (Options > Video)
  • Reducing the video quality (Options > Video)
  • Disabling V-Sync (Options > Video)
  • Decreasing the number of parts in the scene by deleting unused parts

low performance indicator