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Network rendering is one of my top three enhancements for PhotoView 360 2013. It will definitely save people time when processing final renders or fully rendered animations. Have a look at the video to find out more.
The application of appearances has been made easier with enhancements to the appearance target and the addition of the appearance filter. Check the video.
PhotoView 360 users now have the ability to use Modo materials as appearances! The video takes you through the process step by step.
Copy/paste has returned for SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 in 2013. It’s nice to have it back. The video also shows a nice little tip/trick to consolidate appearances so make sure you watch in it’s entirety.
A great enhancement to PhotoView 360 2013 is the “Rounded Edge” option found in the appearance property manager. This will not only save you a lot of time but also enhance your images. Watch the video to find out more.
Join me on Wednesday June, 13th in Montreal, Canada for the User Groups SolidWorks Quebec (GUSQ) meeting. I’ll be presenting all things PhotoView 360 and answering questions on all SolidWorks topics. I’m scheduled to talk for 60-90 minutes. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Montreal. The city is a great place to relax and have fun during the summer months and it will be good to visit for the day. If you’re in the Montreal area stop by and learn something new. Look forward to seeing you there.
Unfortunately PhotoView 360 for the i-pad doesn’t exist ;( I was thinking with the recent release of e-drawings for i-pad 3DS may be thinking of releasing more mobile versions of their software and if they are I’m wondering if Photoview 360 is on the list. What do you think? Would it be crazy to release a mobile version of PhotoView 360? Lets take a closer look.
Every so often I run into people who’d like to see the stand alone version of PV360 re-released. If you can remember back to 2009 and 2010 PhotoView 360 was a standalone application. It had no connection with the SolidWorks file, had a very minimal UI and was very easy to use. It was light on functionality but if your goal was to make a good looking basic rendered image quickly it was the perfect software. The same reasons users like standalone PhotoView 360 on their computers also makes it a good candidate for a mobile device.
No connection to the SolidWorks file: PhotoView 360 loads the display data from a SolidWorks file, essentially the same information e-drawings (and e-drawings for i-pad) does. This means it doesn’t require SolidWorks be loaded and therefore the overhead to run SolidWorks can be left behind. In the case of a mobile application this is important. 3DS has already shown the display list data can be successfully loaded and manipulated on a mobil device with e-drawings for i-pad. This makes PV360 for i-pad a more realistic possibility.
Minimal user interface: Mobile devices have limited screen real estate so it’s important their UI be as efficient as possible. like the computer version the PV360 mobile version could have a minimal toolbar and flyout window housing the material and environment library. Very similar to the e-drawings for i-pad app.
Easy to use: In terms of ease of use for rendering applications it’s tough to beat PhotoView 360 standalone. Load your file, drag and drop some materials, choose an environment and your finished. Well almost, you still have to process the image and that’s the largest hurdle I think for rendering on an i-pad.
Performance: We all know rendering software requires performance for the realtime updates as well as processing a final image. In the case of PhotoView 360 CPU performance is crucial. The latest version of the i-pad has a dual core CPU. For rendering power that’s not very performance minded but since the screen is small the realtime updates may be quicker than you expect. Final render processing however would be a lengthy process. Of course the next generation of tablets will no doubt have quad core chips and more RAM to go with it.
So, is PhotoView 360 for the i-pad practical thinking? Probably not at the present time but the near future may make this reality? What do you think?
August is shaping up to be a busy month and I have SWUGN and PhotoView 360 to thank. Seems PhotoView 360 presentations are in high demand at SolidWorks user groups and I ‘ve been asked by a number of group leaders to present the topic. Typically I limit my user group traveling to a 4 hour one way maximum drive so I’m not able to go to every group that makes a request but I do have a couple of meetings this month.
First meeting is for the Boston Area SolidWorks User Group (BASWUG). I’ve presented for this group in the past and they always have a good meeting turnout. That’s to be expected I think when your in SolidWorks back yard. The meeting will be help on Thursday August, 18th from 5:30 to 9:00 at Nuvera in Billerica, MA. I’ll be giving a presentation covering both PhotoView 360 2010 and 2011. Julie Napolitan from SolidWorks will also be there showing plastic part design. You can see a full agenda and meeting details here.
Next stop is the Tech Valley SolidWorks User group (TVSWUG) in Albany, NY. The meeting will be on Thursday August, 25th from 5:30-9:00 at the Albany Public Library. My presentation will cover PhotoView 360 2011 as well as modo. Some members of Tech Valley group specifically asked for a look at modo so I’m going to show both. John Picinich from CADimensions will also be on hand to cover EPDM. You can see a full agenda and meeting details here. I’m breaking the rules on this one a bit, Google shows a driving time of 4 hours and 9 minutes.
If you’re in the Boston or Albany area stop by and check out your local SolidWorks user group. Chances are you’ll leave with more than what you came with.
One last thing on the agenda for August is the blogger/press meeting at SolidWorks. I’ll cruise back down to Boston for this and spend a couple of days learning all about SolidWorks 2012. While I’m there I’m also going to try and find some new information on “SolidWorks V6″. It’s been a while since the CAD community has been updated on the status of ”SolidWorks V6″ so hopefully I’ll be able to report something. It would also be nice to have a test drive of SolidWorks Live Buildings which was shown at SolidWorks World. Fingers crossed.