From:  Michael Gibson
766.4 In reply to 766.3 
Hi Frank - at the moment you can get "there" by using the Area zoom on the bottom control panel. That lets you center your view on a particular point, and that point will become the new rotation pivot which will also be the focal point for zooming in.

But I agree with you, it would be better for the Space Navigator to have more free forward movement by default, I will see about tuning that up.

The only downside is that free movement also makes it more difficult to zoom in very closely to any one particular spot because you will tend to zoom right past it instead of approaching closely towards it. But you will still be able to use the area zoom to get in close.

- Michael