Vectorworks, Inc., a global leader in design and BIM software, has announced further information about its new integrated Omniverse Connector, providing Windows-based Vectorworks users a direct connection to the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for building and operating metaverse applications. (see our earlier report here).
The new connector is a plugin for Vectorworks that connects 3D Vectorworks models and scenes straight into the Omniverse via the Universal Scene Description (USD) framework, thus eliminating import/export process steps. This streamlines the collaboration process as well as opens it up to more applications.
A real-time connection allows designers to iterate on design concepts while working with others using high-fidelity models that are instantly shared in one click.
“The Omniverse Connector opens the door to a new realm of possibilities for our users,” said Vectorworks Chief Executive Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Designers can access the metaverse to work with colleagues, consultants, and clients in new and exciting ways, fostering the potential for groundbreaking, limitless designs. We’re excited to see the bright future this new feature sparks for designers and our software.”
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“The industrial metaverse delivers immense opportunities for everyone, including the many design professionals using Vectorworks,” said Richard Kerris, vice president of the Omniverse development ecosystem at NVIDIA. “The Vectorworks Omniverse Connector presents vast possibilities for these creatives, enabling cutting-edge ways to visualize, simulate and share projects while accelerating 3D workflows and empowering collaboration.”
The Omniverse Connector opens the door to a new realm of possibilities for our users. Designers can access the metaverse to work with colleagues, consultants, and clients in new and exciting ways, fostering the potential for groundbreaking, limitless designs.
The plugin connector will give users more options for viewing and publishing their designs created in Vectorworks applications, generating new types of workflows. For example, users can now launch the NVIDIA Omniverse USD Presenter application (formerly Omniverse View) and send their Vectorworks models in a simplified single step.
Users can also export a single USD file as a standalone asset usable in an Omniverse project or publish models to an Omniverse project on a Nucleus Server. Upon publishing, users define geometry detail affecting 3D curved geometry, organize scenes by Vectorworks layers or based on applied textures, or include metadata in exports. Moreover, checkpoint comments allow Omniverse project collaborators to track changes and send added information with project files as project progress transpires.
The Vectorworks Omniverse Connector is included in Vectorworks 2023 Service Pack 4. This Service Pack is a downloadable update for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2023, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks and ConnectCAD.
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