This article will review how to get started using Visible Biology (mobile). Learn about available content, how to move the 3D models, how to search for preset views, and how to create your own custom content.
Where to start
After launching Visible Biology, you can choose a topic on the "Units" tab or search for something specific using “Search.” Check out the other main menu options, such as the “Study” tab. The "Study" tab allows you to view Quizzes and Lab Activities. In “My Library,” you can find any of the custom content that you have created and saved.
3: My Library
5: 3D Models
6: Content Search
Navigating the model
Use these instructions to interact with the 3D models
- Rotate: Drag one finger to rotate the model
- Move/Pan: Drag two fingers to move the model around the screen
- Zoom/Scale: Spread two fingers apart to zoom in. Pinch two fingers together to zoom out.
- Select: Tap on a structure to select it
- Change center of rotation: Double tap a structure to make it the center of rotation
- View Navigator: Located in the top left. Allows you to move back and forth between visited "Views."
How to learn more about a structure
Start with a 3D model and select any structure. The "Info" box will appear with additional information.
Inside the Info box, if there's additional content related to the structure you’re viewing, you can select the additional icons to learn additional information.
- Information icon: lesson text
- Book icon: structure definition
- Speaker icon: pronunciation
How to customize a 3D view
You can edit a 3D model to make it your own using the "Systems Tray," tools in the Info box, or anatomy search. To save the state of your model for future use, select "Save View." Saved views appear in the "My Library" tab.
- Anatomical Hierarchy/Breadcrumb Trail
- Systems Tray
Add and remove anatomy
There are several ways to add and remove anatomy on screen.
- Anatomical Hierarchy: Select a structure and tap its name, then view the hierarchy for that body system. Select any group in the hierarchy to add anatomy from that group to the model on screen.
- Systems Tray: Add the anatomy from a body system to the on-screen 3D model
- Search: Use the Search feature to find and add anatomy to most 3D models
- Hide: Located inside of the Info box. This removes selected structures from the screen. Tap the Multi-Select button in the bottom menu bar to select a series of structures, then select Hide to remove multiple structures from the screen. Tap Options under Select Others, choose Same System, tap Select Others, and then Hide.
- Systems tray: Select the icon for a system to remove its structures from the view on the screen
- Info box: Select a structure to view the Info box
Use Saved Views to create a Tour
When in a 3D view, select "Save View" from the bottom menu bar to add the view to My Library on the top bar of the home screen.
To link a set of saved views, go to My Library, then Tours from the top bar. Select Start. Select the desired views (there must be at least two) and select Save. The presentation will appear in the Tours menu.
The Study section
Use Quizzes or Lab Activities to practice and learn more.
- Lab Activities: Designed to be used with worksheets available for free on the Visible Body website. Use the activities in Augmented Reality mode for a more engaging experience.
- Quizzes: Organized by system. Once in a quiz, select a structure and submit an answer. In some cases, rotate around the model and hide structures to locate the correct answer.
Watch this video to learn how to change your preferences and how to make Visible Biology more accessible. Go to "Settings," located at the bottom menu of your device by selecting the gear icon.
Note: The video linked above is a visual example of how to navigate Settings preferences. Do not go by the list in this video. For accuracy, get everything from the Visible Biology app itself, or refer to the image above.