3.1.6 Status Bar
At the very bottom of the Main Window is the Status Bar where you’ll find various status information.
The loading bar indicates how much work has been completed in the current render. Once Phoduit finishes rendering, the loading bar is hidden.
Node Specific Indicator
Some nodes, when selected, have indicators that are only visible under certain conditions. These indicators usually provide an explanation as a tool tip that can be seen by hovering your mouse cursor over them. A detailed description for each indicator is available in the corresponding section of Chapter 9. Nodes for the selected node.
Canvas Zoom Combo Box
The Canvas Zoom combo box is used to adjust how big the Canvas appears on your screen. You can type in a specific zoom percentage or select from a predefined value. See the Getting around the canvas section earlier in this chapter for details.
Canvas View Combo Box
The Canvas View combo box lets you select which node the Canvas shows. It can also be used to hide the Canvas if you find it distracting. See the Changing which node the canvas shows section earlier in this chapter for details.
Phoduit makes aggressive use of caching so that the changes you make can be shown to you quickly. Caching is very memory intensive but it’s fine most of the time because computers now days come with lots of memory. Sometimes though, when working with very large graphs, processing will get slow. This is usually because you don’t have enough memory available and parts of the cache must be swapped out to your much slower hard drive. Keep an eye on your memory usage in the lower right corner so that it doesn’t exceed about 80% of your system’s memory to prevent this slow down.
There are a couple tactics you can use to keep memory usage under control. The first is to lower the maximum amount of memory available to caching in the Preferences dialog. The second is to zoom out the canvas so Phoduit works with smaller images and thus caches less.