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.
CaniVIZ 3D Pro 1.1.4 and CaniVIZ 3D Preview 1.1.4 are both available at the Apple AppStore.
CaniVIZ 3D Preview is a standard Apple QuickLook plug-in that generates previews for common 3D files.
It will replace all the recognized 3D file icons in your Finder by the previews as well as in the Mailattachments.
The great feature is that CaniVIZ 3D Preview can generate previews for file formats that does not have previews, such as STL, WaveFront, 3DStudio or ASCII Point clouds. In addition, previews of our VIZ files and of AutoCad DWG are displayed if the files have been saved with a preview.
It also generates previews for our VIZ file format, of course, and for AutoCad DWG…
The new Web site version 3 is on line at https://caniviz.com ; It is not perfect, but it is on line !
This web site is important because it is mandatory for the Windows Store where CaniVIZ will be available soon.
In addition, this Web site use Quick’n Easy Web Builder as replacement of Apple iWeb that is not maintained since 4 years… The Web site is more efficient because iframe created by iWeb when HTML code is embedded in a page are not needed by QEWB ; in addition, the generated page does not longer need to be parsed by PHP after the generation in order to add some missing iWeb features…
We remember 10 years ago, when we wrote the first line of the source code, we would like to design a nice 3D viewer, powerful enough to handle wide 3D files, simple enough to be used by everybody, portable enough to be launched on the main operating systems, and efficient enough to be able to work on SmartPhones…
Now, CaniVIZ has 650k line of source code, it works on Window®, Mac®, Linux® and in the Web browsers, it is able to open 15 million polygon files on a simple 2008 white MacBook®, it worked on Windows Mobile (abandoned due to the unclear Microsoft® strategy ; new port should be scheduled in end 2013) and it is currently ported to iPhone/iPad®…
Now the static viewer is done (1.0 line), now the collaborative tools are implemented (1.1 line), our next step is to enhance the animation capabilities with objects moves in the scene, and programmed movements such as rotations, etc…
Standard 3D files can now be converted online in our VIZ format with a lot of customizations.
In your workshop, simply upload a 3D files, and optionally its textures, open its contextual menu, and select ‘convert’ that opens a conversion dialog. The conversion is schedulled in the process pipe.
The 3D file formats that can be converted are WaveFront (OBJ), Stereo Lithographics (STL), 3D Studio (3DS) and ASCII Cloud (ASC, PTS)…
The other CAD file formats such as Catia, Step, IGES, DXF/DWG will be supported later…
CaniVIZ Free 1.1 and CaniVIZ Light 1.1 are both available at the Apple AppStore.
We hope that it will meet your wishes…
Notice that the AppStore versions are slightly different from the regular versions because they use the Apple Sandbox protection required for the AppStore submissions (while the regular versions also use the Sandbox in a more permissive way).
Apple Sandbox enforces the application security by running it in a sand box:
Firstly, the application can only use the resources that it needs ; for example, CaniVIZ only needs to access in read mode to the files opened by the user ; it does not need to access to the camera, to the USB devices, etc. If the application is cracked, there is no way to access to disabled resources.
Moreover, all the files it can accesses are “virtualized” expected those explicitly opened by the user. This means that the cracked application cannot cause any damages to the user’s system…
The problem of the Sandbox security raises when the user wants to open a 3DStudio file linked to some textures, for example. CaniVIZ will access to the 3DS file in read mode, but it cannot access to the linked textures because the user does not select them explicitly. In order to allow such accesses, CaniVIZ asks to the user on startup to select a Documents folder that should his 3D documents… If the user select this folder, all the files hierarchy in the folder are openable in read mode… Of course, the user can choose to do not select this Documents folder…
The regular applications use the Apple Sandbox too, but allows to open all the files in he Documents folder in read / write mode ; this way, the user is not bothered at all…