Tech Soft 3D Blog

6 Trends in Mobile App Development

Posted by Ron Fritz on Feb 25, 2014 8:15:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Product News, Partners, mobile, Industry Insight, Microsoft

Deciding between WebGL, Mobile Apps, or Server-side Rendering to Deliver 3D Content

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Nov 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Hoops Communicator, Product News, WebGL, Cloud, mobile, Server side rendering, Industry Insight

Add 3D PDF animations with HOOPS Publish 6.1

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Jul 16, 2013 8:55:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Product News, 3D PDF, HOOPS Publish

Autodesk 2014 Software Development Tools Now Available

Posted by Jeroen Walhof on Apr 17, 2013 7:29:00 AM
As the exclusive worldwide provider of Autodesk® software development tools, we’re pleased to announce the availability of AutoCAD® OEM 2014 and Inventor® OEM 2014.

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.

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Topics: Product News, AutoCAD OEM, Inventor OEM, RealDWG

What’s New in HOOPS Exchange v6.0

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Apr 15, 2013 12:38:00 PM
Hello HOOPS Exchange customer and future customers. I wanted to let you know that the latest version of HOOPS Exchange (v6.0) is now available from our Developer Zone. I encourage all current customers to check it out. If you’re not a customer, you can download our demo from the website at

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.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, 3D PDF, HOOPS Exchange

HOOPS Visualize Takes Center Stage at SWW

Posted by Jenny Ferello on Jan 29, 2013 1:06:00 PM
As always, SolidWorks World was an exciting, dynamic conference – from the preview of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual onstage to the wild ride of Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure! But one of the most exhilarating events for TS3D was the appearance of HOOPS Visualize as a “supporting actor” during the eDrawings onstage production.

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.

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Topics: Product News, Conferences, Trade Shows, HOOPS Visualize, SolidWorks

3D PDF Reader: Another new dimension to Tech Soft 3D

Posted by Ron Fritz on Nov 8, 2012 8:32:00 AM
Recently we announced a new product, 3D PDF Reader, which represents something completely different for us. A new dimension, if you will, for a company that deals in dimensions.

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.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, Product News, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Publish

New Releases for HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish

Posted by Jackie Aaro on Jun 21, 2012 5:25:00 PM
The 5.1 versions of our HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish toolkits are now available for download.

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.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

Introducing HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish Service Packs

Posted by Phil Spreier on Apr 6, 2012 9:36:00 AM
We are very happy to announce HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish v5.01. This is our first service pack release for both components. The goal of our service pack releases is to deliver timely fixes to business critical issues. We plan to have a service pack release on a monthly basis with the following exception: service packs will not be available in months where HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish have a major, minor or beta release.

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.

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Topics: Product News, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

AutoCAD OEM 2013 Now Available

Posted by Jackie Aaro on Apr 4, 2012 4:00:00 AM
In late March, Autodesk announced the release of AutoCAD 2013. Concurrently, the OEM version was released with the same new features and capabilities, including a new version of the DWG file format.

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.

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Topics: Product News, AutoCAD OEM

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