Tech Soft 3D this week announced the release of HOOPS Communicator 2015, an easy-to-deploy developer toolkit for adding advanced import and visualization of 3D CAD and BIM file formats to mobile and browser-based solutions. Pivotal updates include an expanded API for creating custom operators including redline and measurement tools. Another enhancement gives developers more control to launch, manage and monitor server-side rendering processes to better optimize their IAAS (infrastructure as a service) costs.
“HOOPS Communicator provides a complete foundation for 3D web visualization, so engineering software developers are free to focus on differentiating their products,” says Gavin Bridgeman, VP of Products. “These new enhancements give them the opportunity to do just that with better ways to adapt and control their customers’ experience.”
Better WebGL and IFC Files Support
Developers also now have the flexibility to support the WebGL variant of the HOOPS Web Viewer for both iOS and Android, and enable import of the latest versions of Autodesk® Inventor®, CATIA® V5, Solid Edge® and Creo™ for their users. Additional performance improvements include the ability to handle large IFC files.
“HOOPS Communicator 2015 was vital to our ability to deliver such a powerful web version of eDrawings,” says Vajrang Parvate, Senior Director, Product Development at SolidWorks. “The new customization APIs made it possible for us to create the eDrawings ‘look and feel’ as well as offer support for Views and PMI and integrate a world-class viewer with our new MySolidWorks Professional offering. Tech Soft 3D’s technology and team have again demonstrated why SolidWorks has relied on them as a key technology partner for well over a decade.”
About HOOPS Communicator
HOOPS Communicator integrates seamlessly into applications to provide rich 3D data directly in a web page – with pre-built viewing environments for web browser, server-side renderer and mobile devices. Several leading cloud providers are currently shipping commercial solutions based on HOOPS Communicator technology, including GrabCAD, TeamPlatform (by 3D Systems), Kenesto, Aras, Directworks and Solair, with many more in active development. Developers interested in evaluating HOOPS Communicator can sign up for a free 60-day trial.