We have decided to update out Web site at all: we have enough on automatic tools that promise to simplify our job, and, in fact, make it more complicated…
The new Web site has a responsive ‘one-page’ design. It intensively uses Ajax to refresh the page parts. The main page is purely static, there is no PHP code inside. Nice for the Web caches!
In addition, we have implemented a MVC controller that is much more versatile and simple that the existing ones.
And there is no database! We follow the ‘no-db’ movement. We have implemented a PHP class that abstracts the data access (and that is mainly used by the ‘M’ part of our MVC controller.
The ‘in-dev’ preview can be view at www.caniviz.com/new. This is really a development preview, so some parts are really ugly. We proceed with the Agile method, with recursive improvements…
We are finishing our WebGL CaniVIZ viewer integration: caniviz.js is a tremendous 3D viewer for the Web browsers.
From CaniVIZ Free, Light and Pro, everyone will able to save a file in either J3D (our custom 3D format for the Web) or directly in HTML with the J3D file embedded inside and put in in the Web (The caniviz.js functionalities however will depend on the used CaniVIZ generator).
In addition, we have added a nice feature in the ‘File/Send by email’ menu of CaniVIZ: in one click, the current file can be send by email to any receivers, either in VIZ our in HTML. With the HTML format, the receiver will be able to display the 3D file without the need of installing any software…
In the future, the sent files will be optionally ‘managed’; this means that they will be stored in our server, and any receiver will be able to annotate it; the annotations will be dynamically shared between all the receivers.
The last update of CaniVIZ 3D Preview 1.1.13 now works with Trimble Sketchup files, as a bug is now fixed! This is nice to have a preview in Finder. It just has been approved by Apple App Store reviewers.
Notice that the Windows version does not have this bug and works well to with Google Sketup files.
A new version of CaniVIZ 3D Preview is submitted to the Apple Store today. This release has the following changes:
fix of a problem that avoided to preview the Google Sketchup .skp files on MacOSX computers,
the application windows is no longer forced as top-most,
the small logo on the top-left corner is now smaller and lighter.
CaniVIZ 3D Preview is a tool that replaces the 3D file icons by a thumbnail of their contents. What is nice with CaniVIZ Preview is that it allows to generate a preview for file formats that does not have a preview image inside, such as STL that is pure ASCII file. CaniVIZ 3D Preview comes with a plug-in that is used by the system to generate the preview in the Finder or in other places where preview are allowed, and with an application that allows drag and drop. CaniVIZ 3D preview handle the following formats: 3D Studio, STL, WaveFront, ASCII point cloud, Step / IGES, AutoCad® DWG™, Google Sketchup® or Dassault System 3DXml®, CATPart® and CATProducts®. Notice that the rendered files are rendered without the textures due to the Apple QuickLook technology that is protected by a sandbox, and some wide files cannot be rendered due to time and resources limitations.
This is a great improvement: CaniBlog now supports file dropping: Instead of opening a menu to add some files in a folder, you can now simple drop them from Finder or Explorer directly onto the Web page and the files are automatically uploaded.
The futur direction of CaniBlog is to progressively include PLM (Product Life Management) features such as the management of the file histories.
In addition, free blogs will be switchable to private.
CaniVIZ Blog is an online file manager that allows to display online 3D files. The files are put in a folder hierarchy. The access rights can be vary accurately setup for each user who can access to your workshop.
In addition, CaniBLOG can manage images easily and show them in slideshow, in full window mode; very nice to share pictures with your friends.
And these features are free of charges! The only limitation of the free access is storage space…
The Web plugin of CaniVIZ as been released for Windows and Mac to the version 1.1.11.
Internet Explorer for Windows,
Firefox for Mac and Windows,
Google Chrome for Mac and Windows
Safari for Mac and Windows
If you access to our Web page that demonstrates the Web plugin, Internet Explorer and Firefox should automatically updates the plugin or you can find in this page the setup installer for Google Chrome and Safari.
Onerender, a new startup specialized in online ray-tracing and andéor announce their partnership.
The goal of this partnership is to integrate OneRender in CaniVIZ, our famous CAD 3D viewer. With this integration, our users will able to obtain photo-realist images from their 3D models. And because Onerender uses their custom high performance ray-tracer, this is very fast!
CaniVIZ 3D Preview for Windows is now available in our store at http://www.caniviz.com/caniviz/store_en.html.
CaniVIZ 3D Preview is a standalone application and a plug-in integrated in the Windows file explorer. It displays a thumbnail preview of the reconized 3D files instead of the standard explorer file icon, even for the file formats that does not have previewing such as STL…
With CaniVIZ Preview 3D, navigation in numerous 3D files becomes easier than ever.
The supported file formats are VIZ, our native CaniVIZ 3D format, DWG® all versions from AutoCAD®, STL, WaveFront OBJ, 3D Studio®, point clouds ASC or PTS, Step, Iges and Google Sketchup®.
Our new CAD readers are in progress for all the platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux). They will read ACIS, CADDS, CATIA 5, 5, 6, CERCON, CEREC, CGR, DCM, Inventor, JT, ParaSolid, Siemens PLM/XML, ProCera, Pro/E, SolidEdges, SolidWorks, Unigraphics and VDA… Planned in August…
Step and IGES are readable for free in CaniVIZ Windows and Mac… For Linux, it is planned in August…
Spatial Interop is our CAD file format readers (Step, IGES, CATIA, Pro/E, etc).
They have chosen to change their license in a way that is clearly unfriendly for startups and small business companies. This group only focus on money and profit without any consideration for investment in the future. This is very inglorious for this French company.
But finally, this an excellent news for our customers because we now have a second source CAD reader that is much more efficient (models are smaller and more beautiful), much more small (the binary libraries are about 30MB while Spatial Interop was +250MB!) and with a much more affordable price… In addition, the readers will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux!
We are working very hard to make available the new CAD readers.
CaniVIZFree & Light 1.1.4 for Linux are available on our Web site and at the Linux Ubuntu Storefree of charge for the customers. They are compatible with the last official Ubuntu Linux 12.10 and previous.
In our Store, the Debian, Redhat and Slackware packages will be available.