In my last post I mentioned how Tech Soft 3D is a harbinger of where engineering software is moving. We gain a big-picture perspective of the industry through our involvement with so many next-generation applications. While we can’t talk about what specific customers are doing with our HOOPS technologies until they ship their applications, we can share some macro trends that may be of interest.
There’s a major shift in 3D as companies move to cloud and mobile solutions. And even though we live and breathe the complicated world of 3D, nobody has a crystal ball. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts about what I see happening with the different approaches and challenges to viewing 3D data on modern platforms.
The beauty of 3D PDF is that while lightweight, portable and highly shareable, it’s also powerful enough to contain mind-blowing amounts of design data. With HOOPS Publish 6.1, we’re fully capitalizing on that fact by adding animation support. New APIs allow developers to easily define advanced animations within a 3D PDF.
It’s a great time to explore what the latest enhancements from the world’s leading CAD systems can bring to your software application. These unique offerings are designed as rapid development platforms for easily and cost-effectively designing cutting-edge software applications or creating scaled, standalone versions of AutoCAD or Inventor plugins.
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.
Component providers like Tech Soft 3D are typically behind the scenes, working hard to provide stable platform technologies to help our customers build successful software applications. Our job is more to be the workhorse of the industry, leaving the limelight to our customers. Rarely, if ever, do we see our work highlighted on the main stage.
What is the 3D PDF Reader? It’s an iOS app that lets users view and interact with 3D data embedded within a PDF file. Actually, it’s the only product available that can read the PRC file format, one of the 3D formats supported within PDF. PRC is a data-rich format like STEP, and supports geometry, assembly structure, and PMI – essentially, the information one needs in most engineering workflows.
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.
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.
AutoCAD OEM is a supplementary business model to the standard plugin development approach. Niche markets that don’t require a seat of AutoCAD benefit from a scaled-down standalone of an industry-specific application. Developers can draw from the full AutoCAD feature set to craft a branded application that services these niche industries appropriately and affordably.