At first I was worried that Autodesk was just duplicating locations for commands again like when they introduced the Workspaces button on the Quick Access Toolbar… when it was already on the Status Bar? But I am happy to announce I see some true advantages here. So what are the In-Canvas Tools anyways? The New In-Canvas Viewport Controls is a new menu area (sort of speak) with commands that have been around for a while that enable you to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles… But it happens directly on the viewport canvas in Model space or within a Model Viewport in Layout. The thing I like the most is having access all the time without having to click through several Ribbon Tabs or have to Change Workspaces to access some commands.
As you can see what just the [+] (“plus sign” is if you have more than 1 Viewport OR a [-] Minus if only single Viewport) covers in a single character that can always be accessible no matter what menu you are in. And the other two Options next to it View Controls and Visual Style Controls offer same type of easy access to their related commands and options.
Controlling the display for the in-canvas viewport controls can be done inside the 3D Modeling tab of the Options dialog box, this includes controls for display and you can specify the color of the viewport control in the Drawing Window Colors dialog box, which is accessible from the Display tab of the Options dialog.
So is it “Just another location to an existing command?” Well… It kind of is… but with these duplications they are always available unlike before and they did a great job keeping the screen space used to a minimum.