The positioning controls are used to quickly keyframe new flight paths for an object in the FX. You can simply move the preview slider to a particular time in the FX, then use these controls to move an object, and you will have created a new path. For more advanced keyframing of paths, you will use these controls together with the Envelope Editor.
The edit fields
For each tool, there are also text fields where you can enter a specific value for each axis rather than using the interactive tools in the Monitor panel. These fields will change to show the current values when you are using the interactive tools.
Properties positioning tools
These tool buttons let you select a tool to use in the Monitor panel. When one of these tools is selected, you can click-and-drag in the Monitor panel to interactively edit the position, rotation, size, and pivot point of the selected object. These tools are also affected by the Axis buttons described below.
When the move tool is selected, clicking-and-dragging with the left mouse button in the Monitor panel will let you move the object along the X axis by moving left and right, and along the Y axis by moving up and down. Using the right mouse button, you can move the mouse back and forth along the Z axis by moving the mouse up and down.
When the rotate tool is selected, clicking-and-dragging with the left mouse button in the Monitor panel will let you rotate the object around the Y axis by moving left and right and around the X axis by moving the mouse up and down. Clicking-and-dragging with the right mouse button will rotate the object around the Z axis.
When the scale tool is selected, clicking-and-dragging within the Monitor panel will resize the object along all axis simultaneously. If you want to scale the object along a single axis, hold the Shift key while clicking-and-dragging. The left button controls scaling along the X and Y axis, while the right mouse button scales the object along the Z axis.
The pivot tool lets you adjust the pivot point of an object. The pivot point indicates the point in space that an object rotates around. Moving the pivot point can create entirely new results when rotating an object. The pivot point is indicated by a light blue X shape for the selected object. Use the left mouse button to move the pivot point along the X and Y axis. Use the right mouse button to move the pivot point along the Z axis.