Why create another Web Modeller¶
|date:||Feb 25, 2009 @ 12:22|
Now there’s a question.
Dassault already have an offering in this market with 3DVIA Shape and Google provide Sketchup.
3DVIA Shape is a free, online, modelling application that allows a user to create 3D models, not dissimilar in some respects to Sketchup.
Models are published (i.e. saved) to a users account on the web and can be shared within the community.
One limiting factor to the system, is that it will only work when you have a connection to their web-site.
Another restriction is that the system is limited to running on Microsoft Windows based boxes.
As mentioned, Google Sketchup provides a similar web-based modelling capability and has its own, associated development community.
In some respects, Sketchup could be considered to provide a better solution and is less restrictive in terms of hardware requirements and the need to have an Internet connection.
A competing product in this market will have to be very compelling with some unique aspects.
It should at the very least, have the following characteristics:
- Small footprint/download
- Automatic updates
- Ability to work both on-line and off-line
- Cross platform and OS
- Have local and remote modelling features
- Ability to share models
- Collaborative modelling
- Geometry Creation
- Model Assembly
- Access to off-Line Services (Rendering, Analysis, 3D Printing)
- Cloud Data storage