Tech Soft 3D and tetra4D today announced the acquisition of tetra4D by Tech Soft 3D. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the 3D PDF world, and I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what this means for the customers of 3D PDF Converter, the partners who have helped build tetra4D into a growing business, and Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS customers.
There are a wide range of developers who license and use HOOPS Exchange. They develop everything from 3D printer solutions to FEA solvers that help optimize engine cylinder block design. Most of HOOPS Exchange’s file readers provide access to the exact mathematical definition of the model, known in the mechanical CAD world as the boundary representation, or b-rep for short. Some of our partners, like those in the view/markup space, simply need the b-rep to get access to the triangulated version of the model. However, the majority of our partners need to access the b-rep and map it to their geometry engines.
I have to say that I continue to be amazed with the ability of our Lyon R&D team to deliver great releases. We’re not only keeping all of our CAD importers up-to-date with the latest versions, but we’ve also solved all manner of corner cases with certain models, expanded the list formats we support and moved the technology to new platforms. I’m confident that HOOPS Exchange‘s pace of progress is the best in the translation industry.
The answer to both questions is: Yes, very much so. If anything, we underestimated the specific upsides, but trusted ourselves that we would discover opportunities once we “took the leap.” I’m sure there are even more upsides still undetected, but which will emerge over time.
Those two years have passed quickly, with the technology and the outstanding development team in Lyon, France, quickly becoming a natural and important part of Tech Soft 3D. We’re forever changed.
This latest release continues our commitment to helping customers incorporate the fastest, most comprehensive 3D CAD data access into their applications, with HOOPS Exchange updates to Creo® Parametric 2.0 and Autodesk® Inventor® 2013. HOOPS Publish will feature table support for generating even more sophisticated 3D PDF files. As usual, we’re eager to know our latest development efforts are hard at work within the many applications that use our technology.
We were blown away by the many great people we connected with in our stand. It was the first time Tech Soft 3D exhibited, and it was a great success. There was plenty of interest in HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish -- and 3D PDF as well. Despite being held in the heart of the German engineering sector, we had visitors from all over the world – Québec, the United States, France, Spain, Lithuania and Japan.
Downloading and installing the service pack is very easy. You can download the zip file from the HOOPS Developer Zone. The service pack is a full release and should be installed in its own directory. Copy your v5.0 license key file (A3DSDKLicenseKey.h) into the /includes directory and you are ready to go. Please see the release notes for more information on specific fixes available in this release.