The FigureRotator is a light and fast tool allowing a user to easily navigate around a target point in a 3D figure using a mouse. The camera will "orbit" a target point, move in and out, and zoom.
While these types of motion are available in MATLAB's built-in Camera Toolbar, the FigureRotator provides a combined interface allowing rotation, movement, and zooming to happen all at once by using the left mouse button for rotation, the scroll wheel for movement in and out, and the right mouse button for zooming, allowing a user to explore a 3D object more quickly. Further, the FigureRotator appears to work more quickly than the Camera Toolbar tools if the figure is also being animated.
f = FigureRotator(gca());
Try 'help FigureRotator' for more examples or see example_figure_rotator.m for an example involving smooth motion during animation.