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Features in the spotlight: Cut Plane

In this series of blog articles, we will put the spotlight on features and dedicate a blog to a single feature. We will explain how to use this feature in the architectural process and hope to give you some new ideas on how you can put that feature to use.

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In this article, we discuss Xuver’s Cut plane feature. This feature allows you to cut planes in your design, showing it to your clients from all different angles.

Cut planes horizontally, vertically and diagonally

So when and how do you use this option inside Xuver? Here’s an example: you are walking around inside the 3D design of a future apartment block with your client, a real estate development company. The apartment block has several levels, but your virtual meeting is just about the lower level. In that way, you can ‘cut off’ the rest of the building by using the section cut feature. This will make sure that floor that needs special attention can be viewed from all different angles, without anything being in the way.

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Help your client visualize your design better

Besides this horizontal cut, you can cut planes at will: vertically or at any desired diagonal degree. This brings about lots of different opportunities to show your design to your clients. Removing that front side will literally open up your design and show how the exterior aligns with the exterior. Which room ends where, and which outside window belongs to the kitchen? A good plane cut makes all the difference for your client envision your design a little better.

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Use plane cuts to inform colleagues or fellow designers

The plane cut feature is particularly useful when you are showing your 3D designs to your colleagues or fellow designers. Do you want some quick feedback on your design from some peers? With Xuver, you can convert and upload your model in minutes. A professional crowd most definitely wants to view your design from all possible angles and without interference. The cut plane option makes that possible, so you are guaranteed to have a productive virtual meeting inside the 3D design.

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Focus on dimensions in the online model viewer

Showing a fully detailed 3D design in Xuver’s model viewer can be a great eye-opening experience for your client. On the other hand, it can distract from the true dimensions of your design, especially when your client is a layman. Why not show them a digital model that focuses on dimensions instead of one with too many details that can only be distracting?

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The power of showing a stripped-down model

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You might think showing your design in a 3D model viewer when it’s not fully finished is a bit early. You might even think it’s not at all useful to show only the outlines and dimensions. That vision has some logic to it, but it can still be useful to view a dimension-only model with your client. Here’s why:

  • When you show your completed, fully furnished design of a new villa in a 3D model viewer, your client can be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of details you are showing them. This limits the effectiveness of your meeting. Less is more in this case, and showing an unfurnished, scarcely detailed design will eliminate distractions and provide more clarity.
  • Sometimes you just want to meet inside the model viewer and get to know what the client thinks of your initial design and get some quick feedback on a certain part of it. How does the client feel about your design choices? You can also show them several options, by using the layer function. Show and hide interior walls, or test out several types of windows.
  • If you choose to involve your client from an earlier phase in the 3D model viewer, you will also see that you can solve issues as they arise. Your client is most likely not familiar with structural necessities like pillars and retaining walls. Showing and explaining in an earlier stage of the modelling process why these components need to be there – indeed, to keep the place from falling apart – will prevent these discussions in a later phase.

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Get a clear focus on dimensions with Xuver

Xuver is an excellent 3D model viewer to show your client all stages of your design. This is the first online model viewer. You invite your clients and after receiving the link everyone will log in from their own location. Once everyone is inside the model viewer, they can easily walk around with their own 3D figure, the avatar. The avatar makes everyone experience the true scale and dimensions. So whether you are designing a new house for a client, or a complete apartment block: using Xuver as your online model viewer will definitely bring clarity.

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Register now and start using Xuver’s viewer straight away! This online model viewer works for every stage of your modelling process. Try it out: send a stripped down version of your design to a client and make them experience dimensions and space. At a later stage, you can always give them a detailed version. Follow the button below to sign up!

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Provide feedback on your fellow architects designs

You might think an interactive visualization tool such as Xuver is only used to show clients your designs. But Xuver is also an excellent tool to provide valuable feedback on your fellow architects designs and can be used as a handy tool between colleagues.

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Sometimes your colleagues or fellow architects need a pair of trained eyes to look over their 3D design before sending it out to the client. If multiple people see the design, other insights can be obtained and errors that have been overlooked by the designer can be spotted and corrected.

Normally you would just sit down at their desk and check out their 3D drawing, but with Xuver that is no longer needed. As Xuver works within the browser, it is no longer needed to be physically present in the same room to view your colleagues’ design. You just need the browser link and you can enter from wherever you are at that moment.

Connecting architects and 3D designers worldwide

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This easy, worldwide access also provides a great opportunity to share designs with befriended architects and designers. Any old mates from university or former colleagues that now live abroad? With Xuver one can show a design just as easily to someone across the world as to someone sitting in the same building. Showing a design to someone from a completely different country and architectural background will also lead to new inspirations and creative designs.

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Take a journey through your colleagues’ design…

Let’s say you have been very busy designing a new shopping mall. With Xuver, you can walk your colleagues through your design and view the mall as if it was already built. This viewer uses a 3D figure, the avatar to create a sense of space and dimension.

Your colleagues will get a clear view of your model right away. While you are walking with your colleagues through a 3D design, you can communicate live with them using the voice module. A laser pointer can be used to point at what is being talked about at that moment so no one loses track. These features are sure to bring your architects designs to life and make it easier and more effective to gain feedback on your models.

..And provide the feedback they need

But those functions are not all. While walking through the model, layers can be shown and hidden at will. This is an excellent feature to test out different design scenarios in the new shopping mall. Should there be single or double escalators? How big is the food court going to be? With the layer feature, these different scenarios can be created and shown to you. In the meantime, you can give your colleague the feedback they need through the voice module.

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Would you like to start using Xuver today? You can sign up quickly and start sending your 3D designs to your colleagues for feedback. Or get your colleagues to sign up and review their creations! Everything is possible: Xuver works with file sources of SketchUp, Revit, ArchiCAD and IFC. Follow the button below to sign up for the two-week free trial.

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‘What’s that?’ How the modern architect shows everything

In a time where we all spend several hours a day behind a screen, visualization becomes more important than ever. With Xuver, you can show your design in every possible phase. Keep your client involved from sketching to the construction phase, which improves overall communication and manages expectation.

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Foundations and basic dimensions

Showing your client a 3D model of the foundations and/or basic dimensions of a project might seem a bit early, but it certainly has its advantages. As your client is often a layperson, they are unfamiliar with every part of the modelling process. Keep them involved and show them your early stages, so they can already start imagining their new home and get inspired. Another benefit of showing them a very basic model is that there are no distracting details and only that is shown what your client needs to see.

Take your clients on a virtual viewing inside your 3D design
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Try uploading an all-white, non-detailed 3D design and invite your clients for a virtual Xuver tour. You will see: they will get full insight into the early stages of the process as well. This will only benefit communication later on, as you can always grasp back on the foundational choices that you made together during the sketch phase. And once the foundation is set in (virtual) stone, you can return to the 3D drawing board and start thinking about the rest of the model.

A detailed, walk-through model

In contrast to the basic shapes and dimensions, you can also show your finished design in its full glory on Xuver. Your clients and you walk through the 3D design with an avatar, as if it were a viewing in real life. This approach makes it even easier for your clients to imagine their future home, as the avatar adds scale and dimensions of the model. Among many other features, there is a voice module that can be used for communication inside the model. This will make it incredibly easy for your clients to understand your design.

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Show different scenarios

But that’s not all. As we said in the title: the modern architect shows everything,so that truly means everything. Luckily, with Xuver you can easily show different scenarios to get a clients’ approval. The days of scheduling face-to-face meetings weeks in advance and traveling a lot to your clients to show them something that could be done in half an hour are over. In Xuver, you find the Layer feature. This option can be used to lay out different scenarios for your client.

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Show everything, but stay in control

For example, your clients are not sure whether they want an open or a closed kitchen, or perhaps even a bar instead of an interior wall between the lounge and the kitchen areas. With the layer function, you can show and hide these three different scenarios so your clients can see what the implications of each of those are for the initial design. As everyone logs in from their own location, it is incredibly easy to gather everyone and show your 3D model online. You can reach quick agreement on the best option for their kitchen and go back to your drawing board. Using Xuver to meet your clients will reduce your traveling times by about 50%. With Xuver you show your clients everything, while you stay in control of your 3D design.

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You can start showing your designs to your clients today. Xuver only needs a quick registration and off you go. You can start inviting your clients today and showing them all phases of your design. Keep them informed and in the loop, and you will see that the overall progress will go much smoother.

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Show, feel and experience scale with the avatar

Xuver is the world’s first in-browser visualization platform that has been designed to inform every type of client, even those that are unfamiliar with architectural software.

In order to make sure that everyone inside the 3D design will understand the scale and dimensions of the project, we have added a 3D figure, the avatar. The idea behind the avatar is simple: if there is a ‘person’ inside the model, it becomes easier to understand scale and distances.

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So you’re an architect or 3D designer that wants to show a design to your client, who is a layman. This is a difficult task, as you need to make sure this client gets your design by either showing them high-res renders that are expensive and not very interactive or by showing them your design on your own laptop.

The software that you design with might be very clear for you, for your client it often brings about more questions than answers. In order to make a 3D design truly tangible, we added the avatar.

Why the avatar?

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The avatar is a 3D figure that can easily be navigated by using the arrow or A.W.S.D keys. The avatar was added to add a sense of scale and dimension to the average client that is unfamiliar with specialized 3D design software. Furthermore, your clients are getting more and more accustomed to spending considerable hours in front of a laptop screen.

The client, who is used to these modern times, sees it as only natural that the visualization techniques also live up to their expectations. With the avatar, they can walk inside their future apartment as if it was already built.

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Your models will come to life

And that’s not all. While doing so, everyone that you, the architect, invited into the 3D model walks around with their very own avatar. This is as close as it gets to a viewing in real life. A new housing block, an industrial complex or even a big new shopping mall will come to life to everyone involved in the modeling process.

Xuver has also added a laser pointer that will shoot from the avatar’s right hand to anything that needs some extra attention. In combination with the added voice module that allows audio communication, you can be sure that everyone involved will be up to speed in no time.

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You can get started with Xuver today and invite your clients inside your 3D design with their very own avatar. Everyone can log in from their own location, which will save you considerable traveling time. Meet online, walk around with your avatars and inform everyone on the progress of the model. This all can be done in just a few mouse clicks. Follow the button below to sign up and start using Xuver today.

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Xuver features in the spotlight: measuring distances

In this series of blog articles, we will explain to you a feature in Xuver and how to use this function in the process of clarifying your 3D designs to your clients. In this article, we will discuss the measuring tool. This feature allows you to measure distances inside the model, which will make sure that everything inside understands the distances and dimensions of the 3D design.

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Measure from point A to point B

Xuver is an online viewing platform created for architects and 3D designers to meet with their clients inside a 3D model inside the browser. Everyone logs in from their own browser, the only thing that’s needed is an internet connection. You can meet your clients inside their future home and show them everything they need to know. While doing so, the measuring tool can be used to show them the true sizes of their future place. How high is the ceiling? Or what is the width of the bedroom? This will all become clear, simply by dragging the measuring tool from point a to point B.

This is how the measuring tool works
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A useful tool for every type of client

By using the measuring tool, your clients can experience the true dimensions of your new home. While walking around in Xuver, they can measure the sizes of the living room and see if their furniture will eventually fit. This will make it easy to get inspired and start looking for good deals for their new interior in advance.

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In combination with other Xuver features

The measuring tool can be used on its own, but also in combination with other features that have been added to Xuver. You can speak to everyone inside the 3D design with the added voice module, so explaining while measuring is a piece of cake. One everything has been measured, your client gets a clear view of which furniture or other interior aspects (machinery, equipment) will fit.

And is there something in the way of an exact measurement? In that case, you can use the Layer feature to show and hide layers (e.q. an interior wall or a window) that potentially stand in the way of a good overview. After you’ve done so, you can measure the exact height of a steel beam structure in a large industrial complex without a problem.

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10 different ways to show your designs with Xuver

Xuver is an exceptionally versatile visualization platform to show your designs to anyone who would like to experience it. From a private to a commercial client, to fellow 3D designers: everyone involved in the modeling process has a use for Xuver.

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There are so many different ways to use Xuver. In this article we will give you some inspiration to show your 3D designs to your clients, so you can be sure to provide the right service to each and every one of them!

1- invite multiple users at once inside your 3D model

Xuver is a multi-user platform, which means that you are able to invite your clients, colleagues or other interested parties inside your 3D design. This creates opportunities to have a virtual viewing. You can walk in and around the model with anyone who is also logged into Xuver. Inviting people is easy, just send them the browser link and they will be able to see your model in no-time.

2- Organize virtual meetings and use the voice module and laser pointer to explain your design

After you’ve invited others inside the model, you can start a virtual meeting about your design. To optimize communication inside the model, we have added a voice module so you can instantly talk to everyone else online. Show your clients around their new bungalow while you discuss everything and answer all their questions. A feature that works well in combination with the voice module is the laser pointer. With this feature, you can point at everything that needs some extra attention.

Use the laser pointer to point at everything that needs special attention
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3- Show and hide different layers of your model

Showing a big industrial complex in Xuver? In order to bring certain design choices forward, you can use the layer option. With this feature, you show and hide different layers of your design. Would you like to show the beam structure of a turbine hall and remove all other distracting factors? Just hide the rest and you will see clearly what normally remains hidden!

How to show and hide different layers inside your model
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4- Use the layer function to create different design scenarios

But the layers can also be used for other options. It’s possible to show different options to your clients. Are the future homeowners not sure which kind of roof they would like to see? Show them different styles as layers in your model. You can turn one off while showing the other option. Decisions can be made quicker and you can go on with your modeling work.

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5- Make cross section cuts to show your construction in every possible way

In order to make sure that no angle of your 3D design is left unattended, you can make cross-section cuts in the model. This is particularly useful if you need to get to some hard to see places. Just cut it in half and all becomes clear.

Make cross section cuts inside your model
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6- Highlight objects to get the focus to the right object

Besides the laser pointer, you can also use the highlight objects feature to point out objects that need some extra attention. This will enable you to focus on a certain topic for a while. Why must this wall be there? By highlighting the object, your clients will be able to focus on what’s important and not be distracted.

Highlight objects in your model
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7- Show the outlines of your 3D model, instead of the detailed version

Xuver is useful for all phases of the modeling process. Even if your final version isn’t quite ready yet, it can still be useful to show it to your clients for quick feedback. Try it out: convert an all-white, non-detailed version of your model to show to your clients. In this manner, you can focus on space and dimensions instead of materialisation. In a later stage, you can always add details.

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8- Guide your colleagues or fellow 3D designers around for professional feedback

If you need some professional feedback or a quick review from a colleague or fellow 3D designer, you can use Xuver to get it done quickly as Xuver opens a 3D model within seconds. View your design together and you will see that someone else will look at it with different eyes, giving you new insights and inspiration to continue with the designing process. And your fellow 3D designer can be anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.

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10- Show your construction on site to the construction company

Even in later stages of the architectural process, it is useful to continue using Xuver. Keep everyone involved up to speed by showing your 3D design directly to the construction company. Even for those clients who are already familiar with 3D drawings, this approach is useful to make a design tangible and make sure everything goes according to your design.

11- Show your portfolio on your website

Alright, an extra one! Xuver can also be used as a portfolio tool. Do you want to give potential clients an experience to see your design in a way that will certainly speak to them? Then you can make your 3D designs publicly available and post them on your website, after which all visitors

Of course, there are more than the abovementioned 10 (or 11) ways to show your 3D designs with Xuver. Are you using any that did not make the list? We would love to hear from you. If you want to start using Xuver, you can follow the button below to start your two-week free trial period.

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Showing different scenarios using Layers

Sometimes you want to show your clients some different scenarios within the same model to lay out some options and see what’s possible. With our Layer option, two different roof styles, or different sizes of an extension will become visible with one mouse click. Make your clients imagine those different options and smoothen the decision-making process.

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The Layer option: What you should know

Layers

So what exactly is this Layer option in Xuver? Once you have uploaded your 3D design to your Xuver portal, you can publish it and walk around in it with your clients, each with their own avatar. While doing so, the different layers that you used in Revit, ArchiCAD or IFC can be shown and hidden.

Do you want to show your clients how your model looks without an interior wall? Hide it. Or put the focus on structural beams in an industrial complex by removing ceiling and walls. Besides showing and hiding different layers, the Layers option is also used to create different scenarios for your client.

Take control over your 3D design

And that is particularly useful for your client, who is often a layman, to truly understand your designs. Sometimes, your client doesn’t know what’s technically possible, which results in unrealistic design expectations. With the Layer feature, you can take back control over what your clients see. Show them the possible options, without giving them room to misinterpret your design.

While doing so, you can explain to them why that interior wall, structural beam or pillar really has to be in a particular spot, in order to keep the whole structure from collapsing. This will bring everyone up to speed, not only on what is aesthetically pleasing but also on what is architecturally possible.

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Show scenarios and get quick approval

The Layer function offers a great tool in showing your clients the implications of a certain design choice. There can be a few small ones or one large window in the extension of a house. These different solutions can be laid out and communicated separately while you walk your clients through the design inside the browser.

Both you and your clients view the model from their own location. In the past, laying out different design options often meant traveling to your clients and showing them either time consuming and expensive or your 3D design on your own laptop, which -due to its professional nature- is not ideal for an average client.

No special training or complicated downloads

When you use the Layer function on Xuver, you tackle both problems at once. You will save in traveling time and costs, and you have a tool that your client can actually use with no special training or complicated downloads required! With Xuver, you can lay out the different options, get your answers and clients’ approval and go on with your job. Smooth, thorough and above all: quick. Everything you and your clients need to know will become clear in just a few mouse clicks.

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Xuver feature in the spotlight: Highlight objects in your 3D design

In this series of blog articles, we will put the spotlight on features and dedicate a blog to a single feature. We will explain how to use this feature in the architectural process and hope to give you some new ideas on how you can put that feature to use.

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In this article, we discuss Xuver’s option to highlight anything you want inside your 3D model. This feature allows you to put the virtual spotlight on different aspects of your design, so you can be sure that the focus will be on that particular part.

A feature made for virtual meetings

Select Objects

Xuver is the world’s first multi-user viewer that works inside the web browser. That means that this platform was designed to organize virtual meetings about your 3D designs. For example, you are designing an offshore drilling platform for a big oil company.

A complicated design with many details requires some extra tools to keep everyone inside the model on their toes and clarify what is being talked about. If you highlight a certain part of your design (e.g. a wall or steel beam construction) by clicking on it, you can be sure everyone gets the essence of the virtual meeting.

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In combination with other features

The highlight feature can be used perfectly on its own, but in combination with other added options inside the viewer the true combined power of this viewing tool comes across. You can use this feature in combination with the voice module.

Highlight at will, while at the same time walking your clients through the new interior of their house and talking to everyone inside in real time. While talking and highlighting, you can even use the added laser pointer. Do you want to discuss only a certain part of the highlighted part of your design? The highlight feature in combination with the laser pointer is the way to do this.

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Are you excited? In just a few minutes you could have your first virtual meeting and highlight away! Sign up now and see how you can use Xuver in your projects. Start inviting your clients, stakeholders, colleagues or friends inside your models today and experience the future of visualization!

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From mumbo-jumbo to a comprehensible story – make your designs accessible with Xuver

For many clients, trying to comprehend your 3D design comes down to trying to make sense of a lot of technical mumbo jumbo. Without accurate communication, it is often hard to comprehend a 3D drawing. So how do you make your designs accessible to even the most untechnical client and eliminate communication errors?

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Make your 3D design comprehensible

We live in visual times and spend a considerable amount of hours per day in front of a screen. This also creates a demand from the client for you to use comprehensive visualization techniques. These techniques can be used to show your 3D designs to your clients, which makes it easy for them to create an image in their head. You can use high-tech renders or a viewing tool such as Xuver. With a viewing tool, you can give your clients the opportunity to truly check out a design as if it were already built and make them imagine your design better.

Availability of your designs

Wouldn’t it be great if your clients could view their designs without downloading or purchasing any software, but simply by following a browser link? With Xuver, you can make your designs always easily available to everyone involved in the modelling process.

Your client is able to view the 3D design together with you and check out all angles of the design. As the publisher of your design, you invite your clients into it by sending them the browser link, after which they can access the design from their own location.

You and your clients will appear inside the 3D model with a 3D figure (the avatar). The avatar will add space and dimension to the design as it can be experienced as if it were already built. This will make it easier for your client (who is often a layman) to imagine your design.

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Interact, show and explain

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In order to prevent communication errors, it is important to keep your clients updated on the process. However, your technical knowledge can come across as complete mumbo jumbo to the average Joe, who is unaware and inexperienced with 3D modeling.

By taking the client on a journey through your design with Xuver, you are not just telling them, you are showing them the design. Furthermore, you can use the many interactive features to clarify your 3D design. Among many others, we’ve added a voice module for communication, a laser pointer to point out objects and an option to show and hide different layers in the model.

What’s in it for me?

So what are the benefits for you, the architect? Xuver can be used without any large additional downloads or complicated steps. Only a quick convert of your SketchUp, Revit, ArchiCAD or IFC files into a .xr file (file compatible with the Xuver viewer) will suffice and in just moments, you can make your design available to anyone involved in the modelling process.

For you, the 3D designer, meeting inside the viewer means that you will have to travel about 50 percent less and decisions can be made quicker and easier as they no longer have to be settled in a face-to-face meeting. Your client will be able to fully understand your 3D designs, after which you can go on with the process!

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