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3DVIA Mobile HD Launches for iPad

3DVIA Mobile HD Launches for iPad

In yet another sign that the future of 3-D design tools involves mobility, Dassault Systemes 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 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 to share their work for viewing on an iPad. Users simply create a free account, upload the 3-D assets and connect with 3DVIA Mobile HD to display those models on the iPad. 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, 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.

3DVIA Mobile HD brings 3-D model viewing to the iPad.
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