You can use '3D compass' tp perform a certain number of manipulation on certain oject created and manged by certain applications.

The 3D comapss is always active.You can show and hide the compass by toggling the View->Compass command.

The letter X, Y, Z represnt the axis .The Z axis is the default orientation.The point close Z axis is the free rotation handle used for freely rotating the compass and the document's object at the same time.The red square is the Compass manipulation handle used to drag the compass and place on objects to manipulated.You can also rotate objects around this point.The base of the compass ,the X y plane .is the privileged plane.