In yet another sign that the future of 3-D design tools
involves mobility, Dassault Systèmes launched
3DVIA Mobile HD, an interactive 3-D model viewer for the Apple iPad.
Building on a similar app it released last year for the
Apple iPhone, 3DVIA
Mobile HD for the iPad lets users access, view and interact with
high-quality 3-D models hosted on the 3DVIA.com
content warehouse. Using the interactive 3-D viewer, users can pan, zoom and
inspect models using the iPad's intuitive finger movements and touch screen
interface. The software retains the fluid movement and ease-of-navigation
offered with the iPhone 3DVIA app, yet was redesigned especially to take
advantage of the increased screen size and resolution of the iPad, making it a
natural 3-D presentation tool, according to David Laubner, 3DVIA's vice
president of online product marketing.
With 3DVIA HD, engineers
can easily share rich product information with colleagues, customers,
prospects, in addition to design partners, Laubner explains. As such, the tool,
in combination with the iPad, has business applications for giving sales people
a sneak peek at early designs, for collaborating with partners on design
reviews, even for presenting customers with early versions of
designs-in-progress. "The exciting thing about the iPad is its higher
resolution," says Laubner. "Whether it's showing off a piece of manufacturing
equipment to a particular location or demonstrating a proposed design to
clients, you can spin a model around and up close on the iPad and get a much
better experience at a much higher resolution."
Users working with any 3-D modeling package can connect to
3DVIA.com to share their work for viewing on an iPad. Users simply create a
free 3DVIA.com account, upload the 3-D assets and connect with 3DVIA Mobile HD
to display those models on the iPad. 3DVIA.com accepts content in more than 30
formats, including 3DXML, .3ds, .obj, IGES and STEP. Dassault's modeling
applications, including 3DVIA Composer, SolidWorks and CATIA, can publish
directly to 3DVIA.com, further streamlining the process.
3DVIA Mobile HD for iPad is now available on the Apple App
Store for a limited time at $1.99. After the promotional period, it will be
available for $4.99.
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