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Navigating the Atlas

Once you have launched a 3D View by clicking on one of the 36 thumbnails in the Atlas, a menu bar displaying eight icons appears at the bottom of the screen. These icons allow you to navigate through the Atlas section and access additional content and functionality.
Home: Click on this icon to return to the Home screen and select Show, Atlas, Quiz, Gallery or Help.
Views: Click on this icon to go back to the 36 Atlas View thumbnails to choose a different 3D model to launch.
Definition: Click on this icon after selecting an anatomical structure in the View to display the definition of the selected structure. The window remains open if you select a different structure, and the definition for the most recently selected structure is displayed. To view a definition for a grouping of structures within the circulatory system, click on a structure within that grouping. Click on the name of the grouping in the breadcrumb trail at the top of the screen to select it, then click on the Definition icon. To close the definition window, click on the "Done" button in the top right corner of the window.
Actions: Click on this icon to access several actions for adjusting and interacting with the 3D model. Information on these specific actions is included in the Adjusting Views, Selecting Structures, and Showing, Fading and Hiding Structures help sections.
Draw: Click this icon to access the drawing feature. A window will appear showing drawing tools. Use "Marker" to draw over anatomy in the View with the mouse. Selecting "Eraser" allows you to erase your markings manually, while "Erase All" clears all markings from the View. You can also choose to save your drawing to your desktop (on a PC) or to your Pictures folder (on a Mac) by clicking on the "Screenshot" button. Exit the draw mode by clicking on the "Done" button in the upper right corner of the Draw window. If you exit the draw mode, your drawing will be erased, so be sure to save a screenshot of your drawing if you wish to preserve it for future reference.
Screenshot: Click on this icon to take a screenshot while in a View. The screenshot will be saved as a separate file on your computer's desktop (on a PC) or in your Pictures folder (on a Mac).
Help: Click on this icon to return to these help instructions and view a step-by-step video tutorial on the key content, features, and functionality of this app.
Search: Click on this icon to search for anatomical structures when you are in a View. To search by keyword, type three or more letters of the structure you are searching for, then click the "Done" button or the "Return" button. Search results include the names of all relevant structures and the name of the system to which each structure belongs.
Each circulatory system search result also displays the buttons "Add/Go To" or "Select/Go To". Clicking on the word "Add" adds the structure to the View. Clicking on the word "Select" highlights the structure in the current View. You may need to reposition your view to see the selected structure if it is outside your current frame or obscured by other anatomy. Clicking on the name of the structure in the search results is another way to add or select the structure in the View.
To automatically generate a new View featuring the circulatory system structure you found via the search tool, click on the words "Go To" in the search results. The app selects (or adds and selects) the structure and repositions the image so that the desired structure is centered in the View.
Although structures in systems other than the circulatory system (e.g. skeletal, nervous) are shown in the search results, they cannot be added to the models in this app. The full set of over 2,500 structures in 10 anatomical systems is included in Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas, available at

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