So, without knowingly changing the settings, I opened up a fresh instance of Blender and found that I had a horrible problem! I can no longer select or use the 3d manipulator arrow widget!
Yes, I can, in fact, see the the arrow manipulator widget on the model, and that is what I’m referring to, not the minature colored axis reference points on the bottom left hand corner. It is enabled, set to Global, and yet, when I try to click on the arrows like I’ve always done, all it does is move the 3d cursor to the location instead of clicking on the arrows. I can right click on the selected face, and this will put it in a free translate mode (which I don’t want). Trying to right click on the arrows does the same thing. I’ve tried changing the widget to Local, normal, gimbal, and view, and none of them work. I’ve also tried the translate, scale, and rotate modes, and none of those work either. I’ve also tried resetting things to factory settings.
I can SEE the widget right there, and it seems to behave normally when you select multiple objects in that it does move to center itself. . . I just can’t interact with it.
I tried updating from Blender 2.61 to Blender 2.63 to see if that did anything, and it doesn’t. I still have the same issues in 2.63.
The only other things of note that happened is that in the last day or two, I did do the big windows update (running Win 7, 64-bit, professional), and I upgraded from Catalyst Control Center 12.3 to 12.6 (they really updated a lot in such a short span).
Can someone please help me in getting my arrows to work again? I know the short-cuts to move and scale things along the x,y,z axis, but being able to use the arrow widget saves me a TON of time, especially when I want to do multiple moves in a row.
Update: I’ve tried changing the input for the 3D manipulator, and that doesn’t work either. I’ve also tried:
– Uninstalling and reinstalling Blender with all the config files removed (didn’t work)
– Restoring all of the default settings (didn’t work either)
– putting the 3D cursor on a different key (I still couldn’t interact with the 3D manipulator)
– Toggling between Normal, Local, Global, View, and Gimble modes (none of these modes worked either)
– Toggling between Rotate, scale and translate modes (They didn’t work either)
None of these things have worked. My 3D manipulator widget arrows are still unresponsive to anything I do.
I’d be incredibly grateful to anyone who knows how to fix them for me. I’m finding that I miss the nice precision work that the manipulator allows me to do.