Where you see what is happening in Smode. You can do without it but what would be the point?

  1. 2D-3D view Switch 2D/3D view Read More
  2. Show/hide rules
  3. Snap to pixels
  4. Display helpers with model/World reference
  5. Display/Hide helpers
  6. Show Outline
  7. Show only wireframe
  8. Set background
  9. View Color and alpahe, only color, R, G, B, luminance or Depth pass
  10. Zoom or fit view
  11. Show/hide pixel and 3D grid
  12. Take a preview screenshot
  13. Switch camera
  14. navigation mode
  15. Translate mode
  16. Rotate mode
  17. Scale
  18. Edit Mode Allow to edit quickly some layers parameters Read More
There are two different viewport modes for a Compo Composite 2D Layer, Shape layer and 3D Layer together. [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [N] to create a new composition after opening Smode Read More with different behaviors each: 2D and 3D.
Post-effects are not applied in the 3D mode, which can make them faster to compute.

4-Splitted Views

Double click on the 3D viewport to go in four splitted views mode:

Visualizer (Green arrow)

To see only an element or a modifier of the composition you can engage the visualizer mode which is the green arrow by the side of each Layer and Modifier.
This will allow you to see only the selected element :

If you engage this tool on a modifier then you'll be able to see the layer on which it is applied in a two state mode, before and after the modifier had been applied :

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