Cadalog has released Viso3D to export SketchUp models for the iPad. Viso3D will export SketchUp faces and textures, add a lightmap and then provide the ability to view and navigate the 3D model on an iOS device. The lightmap will simulate SketchUp sun, shadows and indirect lighting. The iPad app supports walk-through, orbiting, panning, lines for edges and SketchUp scene positions.
Viso3D is comprised of two separate programs. One is a SketchUp plug-in which will export a SketchUp model along with textures, scenes, sunlight and shadows to an iOS-supported file format called .xcs. This SketchUp plug-in has a lightmap option that will bake sunlight and shadows to SketchUp textures and add indirect lighting to the model.
The other program is a free iPad/iOS app that will allow users to view and navigate the 3D .xcs file. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes app store. It includes 3D navigation tools such as orbiting, rotating, panning and walk through motions.
Using the free Viso3D iOs app, users can view and navigate an exported SketchUp model, and send the converted .xcs file by e-mail or download the files using Dropbox for iPad or any other iOS file manager. Alternatively, iTunes can be used to transfer the .xcs files from a computer.
For more information, visit Cadalog.
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