This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.
Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.
A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.
A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.
A "hitch" is a type of knot that must be tied around another object.
"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.
The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).
Tips & Keyboard Shortcuts
These tips will help you get the most from vRigger.
- Watch the free training videos. It will take an hour, but you will save many more.
- Click your right mouse button on everything! The mouse right-click displays a relevant
- Avoid changing the
size of individual pieces of gear. Instead, change the
- Watch the
message bar above the workspace for helpful instructions.
Left edges of the selected items.
Ctrl+Alt+C to align the horizontal
Centers of the selected items.
Ctrl+Alt+R to align the
Right edges of the selected items.
Ctrl+Alt+T to align the
Top edges of the selected items.
Ctrl+Alt+M to align the vertical
Middle of the selected items.
Ctrl+Alt+B to align the
Bottom edges of the selected items.
Ctrl+C to copy the selected gear to the
Ctrl+X to copy the selected items to the
clipboard and then delete them.
Ctrl+V to paste gear from the
clipboard into the workspace.
Ctrl+Shift+C to copy a medium-sized
image to the
- Type the first few letters of any gear name and then select it from the
Enter when there is only one item in the
Gear Finder's only list, or when you've typed the entire name of the gear (e.g., type "rope"), will insert that item and close the Gear Finder.
- If the Gear Finder doesn't appear when you start to type, click on the workspace and then resume typing.
- Click the
Gear Manager at the bottom of the Gear Finder to select which gear appears in the list.
- The easily-overlooked
displays a list of all of the gear that is on the workspace.
Moving Gear (using your mouse)
Ctrl and then click-and-drag on gear to
drag connected gear.
Shift when dragging gear to keep it vertically/horizontally aligned with the gear's starting location.
rotating gear to constrain the rotation to 15° increments.
Moving Gear (using the
Arrow keys to
nudge the selected items)
Ctrl while nudging to
move the connected gear.
Shift while nudging to move the item faster.
Enter after nudging to
connect overlapping gear.
- Click-and-drag while pressing
Space to scroll the entire workspace.
- Roll your mouse wheel forward (to scroll up) or backward (to scroll down).
Shift and roll your mouse wheel forward (to scroll left) or backward (to scroll right).
- Click on gear to
select all of the items on the workspace.
unselect all of the gear.
- Use the
Shift+Tab keys to
undo your last command.
redo the last command you undid.