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The first Sketchup online viewer!

Xuver has developed a truly one-of-a kind tool that will change the way you show off your designs. As a Sketchup designer, it is always a great feeling when a design is finished. With our viewer it is easier than ever to show your designs to anyone who would like to see them. Walk around inside your own model.

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A Sketchup online viewer made for interaction

While walking inside your own model is already a thrilling experience, the real fun starts when you start inviting others to join you inside. Simply add them to the project via e-mail. Everyone receives a link after which they are able to easily join you inside the 3D environment.

Anyplace, anytime anywhere

Everyone can do this: anytime they like and from their very own location. A three-dimensional walk-through of your model can be arranged with several others. Walk, talk and point out everything they need to know and more. With Xuver, you can update everyone without anyone needing to leave the comforts of their own location.

Bring your Sketchup design to life

Whether you design ships, houses, industrial plants or fantasy objects: this in-browser viewer will make the journey through the modeling process (and that of your clients) significantly easier! This blog tells you all about the many interactive functions of this multi-user tool. Xuver is informative, easy and fun to use!

An Sketchup online viewer that is a true multi-user experience

So what exactly is so special about this viewer? What makes Xuver a one-of-a-kind tool is that it provides a true multi-user experience. Everyone involved is invited into the model and walk around in it in only minutes. The interface of Xuver has been designed in such a way that everyone can use it without any special training required. Everyone involved just uses the familiar keyboard functions to navigate their avatar through the model. That’s true: you can actually walk in and out of your models with a 3D figure. Everyone inside the model can use the in-built voice module to communicate.

Your Sketchup model becomes a 3D world

As a Sketchup designer, we understand that you want your creations to look as you intended them to. In our viewer, you can easily upload your own files. Convert your design rapidly into a .xr file -which is a format specifically created by Xuver- with our free sketchup plugin. Upload the converted file in the Backend System as a new project, set the avatar position and within minutes you can freely walk in and around your very own model. Your Sketchup model becomes a 3D world.

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Communicating inside the Sketchup online viewer

Projects come in all shapes and sizes. Large, small, complicated or simple. But no matter the size or complexity of the job: communication is always key. And that is exactly why our viewer is an excellent tool to keep communication smooth and clear. Furthermore, we added a voice module inside the viewer, which simply works through the microphone on your device. With this added function, everyone involved can speak in real-time. Viewing and checking out a design with your clients was never this easy.

Interactivity and user-friendliness combined

Two other key points of Xuver are high interactivity and outstanding user-friendliness. The latter we already talked about a little bit, it mainly comes forward in an easy interface and accessibility of the model for the client. However, for the professional architect, 3D designer, real estate broker, asset manager or the like, Xuver is a breeze to use. To use the viewer, simply download one of our free converters or plugins -depending on the file format that you use. The converters or plugins are necessary to turn your file into a Xuver (.xr) file, which can be uploaded into our Backend system.

A Sketchup online viewer that works for you

Both high interactivity and ultimate user-friendliness are combined in this tool, and that benefits everyone involved in the process. Your Sketchup designs will truly come to life. Everyone who walks through the models can experience space and dimensions of the project like never before. There are also other added interactive features to clarify your design. You can use the laser pointer to show everyone involved the details of your design. In combination with the voice module, these communication methods make sure everyone inside the model gets a clear overview.

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The future of visualization

With Xuver, you are entering the future of visualization. For the first time, this tool makes it possible to walk through your designs inside your own browser. We developed this tool with convenience, speed, quality and user-friendliness as top priorities. In that sense, there is no training required to use Xuver, so everyone can navigate the avatar through the model right away. The future of visualization is at your doorstep!

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Our viewer is available as a two-week free trial. Click on the button below to sign up and start using Xuver for your Sketchup files right away!


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From skp file to Xuver: a step-by-step guide

Xuver has developed the world’s first in-browser viewer. With this one-of-a-kind tool and our especially for this purpose developed Sketchup plugin, your skp files will truly come to life. In this article we provide a step-by-step guide into this process from skp file to Xuver.

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As a Sketchup designer, your designs are your pride and joy. With Xuver, you can provide a walk-through version of your creations to everyone that needs to see them. Whether you use Sketchup as a hobby, or on a professional basis: With Xuver you will always be able to invite anyone involved and give them live updates while walking through your very own 3D model with an avatar (a 3D figure).

Step 1: signing up and plugin download

Starting to use Xuver is an easy and quick process. In a matter of moments, you can already walk through your design and invite others. The first step you take is to register. Xuver offers a free trial for a period of 2 weeks, after that we offer several different subscriptions. After signing up, you have to download your plugin. In this case that means downloading the sketchup plugin. The plugin itself is free and works inside Sketchup after a quick installation. With this plugin, you can convert any skp file into a Xuver (.xr) file.

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Step 2: Convert your skp file

Congratulations! You are now ready to convert your very first skp file into a Xuver file that is compatible with the in-browser viewer. After installation of the plugin, you can open Sketchup. A message will be shown that your plugin has been installed and it’s now only a matter of following the steps provided by the plugin. Select your desired skp file, the location to save it in and off you go! Your file is now converted and ready to be uploaded into the Xuver Backend System.

Step 3: Upload, view and share!

Log into the Backend System and click on the option ‘add new project’. Name your project and select the converted file from your hard-drive. Upload this .xr file and let Xuver do the rest. Select ‘set avatar starting point’ when asked. You can now set where you want the 3D figure -the avatar- to start walking. The fun starts: you can check out your model while walking around and explore the many interactive functions in this one-of-a-kind browser tool. But the real fun starts when you start inviting others inside your model. Take your clients on a journey with this in-browser viewer.

Sharing your model with clients, colleagues or friends is a very easy process. Go back to your projects and click on the icon that says ‘share project’. Here you simply fill in the e-mail address (or addresses). Your invitations are now sent, and everyone invited can now enter the model from their own location, with their own avatar. Now you can walk through the model together, while you use the voice module to update everyone inside and discuss details. You can also point at details to further clarify what you are talking about. Ultimate multi-user interactivity, without even leaving your own office!

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Xuver welcomes you!

We created this one-of-a-kind platform with you, the creator in mind. The convenience of in-browser viewing, together with interactivity and multi-user compatibility makes this the ultimate tool to share your designs to everyone who wants to see them. We welcome the Sketchup community with all its creativity to use our viewer as an amazing addition to their toolbox.

Would you like to know more about our viewer and how to convert your skp file into Xuver? Feel free to read our FAQ or contact us directly for more information. Or experience Xuver directly by signing op after clicking the button below!

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Xuver SketchUp converter for Mac users

SketchUp is rightfully a very popular software program for designers. For everyone using SketchUp on a Mac computer, Xuver has now developed a custom SketchUp converter. This converter will turn your SketchUp file into a Xuver (.xr) file. The converter can be downloaded for free and is available through our website. In this article we will tell you all about this handy converter and how to use it for Xuver’s in-browser viewer.

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What is Xuver?

So first of all, what is Xuver all about, and how can it be used by the SketchUp designer? Xuver is the world’s first viewer that works completely inside the browser. Besides that unique fact, this is also a multi-user viewer, which means that you can invite others inside your SketchUp design to view it with you. As a SketchUp designer, showing your designs to clients, colleagues or anyone else who is involved in the process is an important part of your job.

Xuver in a nutshell

So what easier way is there than just simply walking them through the 3D model, as if it were a real-life viewing? That is what Xuver is about. Viewing a model is easily done by navigating your avatar (a 3D figure) through the building. This approach creates an unprecedented sense of dimension and space, which makes it easier for your clients to visualize a model. Would you like to read more about this one-of-a-kind viewer? This article will tell you everything you need to know.


The SketchUp converter for Mac users

So how does one use the SketchUp converter? As a SketchUp designer, there is a big chance that you are using Apple hardware for your work. For Xuver it would only be logical to create a plugin for this popular drawing program. The SketchUp converter can be downloaded for free through the Xuver website. First thing to do is a very quick sign-up for our free trial. Now download the SketchUp convert. Which installs itself just by following the simple steps provided by the software.

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Using the SketchUp converter

After signing up for Xuver and installing the SketchUp converter, you can start using this handy software to convert your skp files into the aforementioned .xr file. Simply open the converter after installation and drag and drop your desired SketchUp file into the Sketchup converter. Now click ‘convert’ and your file will be converted in seconds! This step is necessary to visualize the file inside your own browser. Now you login to our Backend System with your own credentials, create a new project and upload the file that was converted. Upload this file as a scene. Now you select ‘submit’. The only thing you need to do now is to wait a few seconds for the file to load and set your avatars starting position. After doing this, you can walk around the model freely and experience Xuver.

Multi-user accessibility and interactivity

But the true potential of Xuver comes across in its multi-user accessibility. With Xuver, you can invite others into your model, after which everyone can walk around explore the model. Take your clients, colleagues or any other interested parties on a journey inside your model. While viewing the model with others, you can also explain all the details through the built-in voice module. That is just one of the many interactive features added inside Xuver. Another key point is user-friendliness. Everyone can use the viewer right away and navigate through the model.

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You are only a few small steps away from using Xuver to explain your SketchUp designs to your clients. Sign up for our free trial below and experience for yourself how convenient this tool is for you and your clients. Welcome to the future of visualization!

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Xuver ArchiCAD plugin for Mac users

Good news for Mac users that design with ArchiCAD! Xuver developed an ArchiCAD plugin especially for this large group of users. The ArchiCAD plugin converts your ArchiCAD file into a Xuver (.xr) file. The plugin is free and available through our website. In this article we will tell you all about this handy plugin and how to use it for Xuver’s in-browser viewer.

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What is Xuver?

So first of all, what is Xuver and how can it be used by the ArchiCAD designer? Xuver is the world’s first viewer that works completely inside the browser. Besides that unique fact, this is also a multi-user viewer, which means that you can invite others inside your Archicad design to view it with you. This is easily done by navigating your avatar (a 3D figure) through the building. This approach creates an unprecedented sense of dimension and space, which makes it easier for your clients to visualize a model. That -in short- is Xuver. Would you like to read more about this one-of-a-kind viewer? This article will tell you everything you need to know.

The ArchiCAD plugin for Mac users

So how does one use the ArchiCAD plugin? As an ArchiCAD designer, there is a big chance that you are using Apple hardware for your work. For Xuver it would only be logical to create a plugin for this popular drawing program. The ArchiCAD plugin can be downloaded for free through the Xuver website. First thing to do is a very quick sign-up for our free trial. Now download the Archicad plugin. Which installs itself just by following the simple steps provided by the software.

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Installing the ArchiCAD plugin

After signing up for Xuver and installing the ArchiCAD plugin, you can see a notification in ArchiCAD that a plugin has been installed. From there you can use the plugin to select your desired ArchiCAD file. The plugin will convert your file into the aforementioned .xr file. This is necessary to visualize the file inside your own browser. Now you login to our Backend System with your own credentials, create a new project and upload the file that was converted. Upload this file as a scene. Now you select ‘submit’. The only thing you need to do now is to wait a few seconds for the file to load and set your avatars starting position. After doing this, you can walk around the model freely and experience Xuver.

Complete multi-user accessability

But the true potential of Xuver comes across in its multi-user accesibility. With Xuver, you can invite others into your model, after which everyone can walk around explore the model. Take your clients, colleagues or any other interested parties on a journey inside your model. While viewing the model with others, you can also explain all the details through the built-in voice module. That is just one of the many interactive features added inside Xuver. Another key point is user-friendliness. Everyone can use the viewer right away and navigate through the model.

Start using Xuver right away

You are only a few small steps away from using Xuver to explain your ArchiCAD designs to your clients. Sign up for our free trial below and experience for yourself how convenient this tool is for you and your clients. Welcome to the future of visualization!

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An online viewer for an online architect company

Architectdirect.nl’s Nick Matulessy talks about the viewer

Xuver’s interactive online viewer offers a solution for an exceptionally broad target audience of professionals. One of them is Architectdirect.nl, an online architect firm that offers quick 3D drawings, especially for smaller construction projects. Founder Nick Matulessy tells about the online viewer by Xuver, and in which way he uses it in his communication towards his clients.

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This young company started from a contemporary thought about online architecture. Matulessy explains how this happened: “Architectdirect started about two-and-a-half years ago with the idea that a lot of things can be done easier. Much time is wasted on traveling back and forth and endless meetings. So what if you take those factors out of the equation? If there is no need to travel to your client in person, it is possible to offer your services at a very interesting price.”

And for this approach was a market. “We noticed that there was a large target group with a need for a quick solution for relatively small-scale projects. A simple 3D drawing, for example when you are planning to renovate your house and need a building permit. This all can be done completely online, which makes our geographic range virtually endless. Xuver’s online viewer, which we have started using recently, contributes to that service.”

The practical use of the online viewer

In a few words, Matulessy lays out the essence of the online viewer. One of the key points of this tool is to make sure that interactive 3D models can be viewed and discussed from a distance. But how does Architectdirect.nl use the online viewer, and in what way does this differ from their previous approach? Matulessy: “In the past, we would send a static 3D image to the client. This was also very wel-received, however there is not much interaction to this approach. The viewer can be used as a complete explanation tool, which makes communication towards the client more efficient. We can now walk through the design with the client, which gives them a good overview. All the choices that were made in the design can be easily explained now.”

An easy decision

For Nick Matulessy, it was an easy decision to start using this versatile tool. “When we learned about the existence of this online viewer, it was clear to us. This is a tool that is especially useful for us, simply because we do everything online. As professionals, we always use the sketching program Revit, which works greatly in combination with the viewer. We have only started using it recently, but it already shows a lot of potential, which we will further develop over time. The way I see it is as a quick viewing tool: Show your client around in the model and explain your decisions while doing so. Efficient and time-effective: that is how we like to work.”

Positive responses from the client

Within Architectdirect.nl’s formula, Xuver’s online viewer is a great addition. An online tool in this manner, was not yet available. However, this unique aspect was not the most important factor for Architectdirect.nl to start using the viewer. “As professionals, we are very enthusiastic about it and we definitely see how special a tool like this is. But I don’t think that it matters our client that this is the first interactive viewer that works in the browser. Our client wants a quick 3D drawing for a good price. If you can make that process as smooth as possible, you will see happy faces. Using the Xuver viewer definitely  makes that happen.”

Architectdirect.nl has recently started to use the Xuver online viewer. Matulessy is excited about the possibilities of it for the near future: “I think this has a lot of potential for us as a company. The clients that already worked with this viewer gave us very positive feedback. It is now time to build upon that and make sure that all clients can use the viewer as optimally and independently as possible in order to view our designs quickly. But personally I think that is not going to be a problem.”

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A 3D viewer within the browser, for architects and clients

An example of Xuver. (showmodel, created in Revit)

Xuver has developed an interactive tool that allows you to walk through a 3D drawing.

With the Xuver viewer, 3D architectural drawings can now be viewed within the browser. This interactive tool simplifies the process of explaining a 3D design to a client and was received very well by many architects in The Netherlands.

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“Among architects, it’s common knowledge that it takes a lot of time and effort to explain a design to a client or contractor.” Laurens Kok, sales manager at Xuver, “With our viewer, everyone involved is able to walk from their own location and their own browser through the 3D model, while discussing the design at the same time.”

Laurens opens his laptop and within mere moments, a life-like 3D person (the avatar) is walking through the building in the virtual environment. “See? this means you can easily take your client inside the building, even during the architects sketching phase. Within the viewer, there is a built-in speaking module that allows audio communication. It is also possible to point at details with the laser pointer. These are just a few of the many interactive possibilities that this viewer has to offer.”

One of a kind

A tool like this one -working from the browser, without any complicated downloads, hasn’t been available yet. It took about seven years of research and development to realize this viewer. Laurens: “It was especially challenging to maintain a high performance inside the browser while working with 3D graphics models. If you look at how hard that is in a technical sense, this viewer is definitely one of a kind.”

Creating a tangible model

This unique viewer makes it an invaluable tool for the architect to explain a model to the client. “Because a client usually doesn’t possess the same technical knowledge that the architect has, it is very important to create a tangible model. Clients also usually don’t have the software that is needed to view a 3D drawing. This all makes discussing a design a complicated matter. To solve this problem, high-resolution digital images or short videos are created. But these are costly and offer no interactivity. With this in-browser viewer, we have a solution: everyone can access the virtual interactive environment from their own location.”

A promising tool

The results of the test phase, which took place before the recent launch of the viewer, are promising. The tool opens up a world of possibilities for the architect scene. Laurens explains how Xuver tested the viewer: “We had about two-hundred architect firms cooperating with our test and the vast majority of those companies are now using this tool. Because of how different they may be: all companies need to inform the client, who wants to get a clear image of the project. With our viewer, this can easily be offered. About eighty percent of the approached architect firms responded very enthusiastically and now using the viewer to show their designs to clients.”

An interactive approach

And that is exactly what Xuver is about. “By offering an easy solution to show a 3D design to both architect and client, the building project becomes insightful for everyone involved. Also: our viewer can be used by everyone. By navigating through a building with a person, the client gets a good sense of the scale of the 3D model. Last but not least: people also really enjoy walking through the building with the avatar.”

“People really enjoy walking through the building with the avatar.”

Available for Revit, Archicad, SketchUP and IFC

The testing phase is now done and the viewer is ready to be used and available for four different file formats. which Laurens explains: “With a fitting converter or plugin, the architect can easily convert his or her Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp or IFC file into a file that is compatible with our viewer. After this, the interactive 3D model can be viewed within moments. We chose these four file formats because they are very popular, but in the near future, we will undoubtedly launch more converters and plugins.

Free two-week trial

This online tool is now available as a free two-week trial and can be used by everyone after a quick signup. Besides the architect scene, this viewer also offers possibilities for other professionals, such as real estate brokers, interior designers, the offshore-industry and even e-learning and webshops. Laurens Kok summarizes it briefly: “Pretty much everyone who is involved in 3D designing and who wants to offer a clear, supporting image to the client can find a use for this versatile viewer.”

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Online insight of all your 3D assets

All your 3D assets, easily viewable in a handy, online 3D model. Xuver’s online viewer is a beautiful addition to the arsenal of every serious, modern asset manager. From now on, you can do your asset management from your own browser anywhere in the world!

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View 3D assets from your browser

This completely new way of asset management is a great addition to a line of work that requires key efficiency and where there is a lot at stake. With these key points in the back of ones head, the Xuver team started to optimize the online viewer for 3D asset management. We are a company that is specialize in three-dimensional visualization. With our online viewer, we take this to the next level. Walk through a digital world in which you can view all your 3D assets. By linking your Property Management System and your Maintenance Management System you can access all your information with just a few clicks. Which 3D assets need replacement? Which ones are still okay to use? Find out in the blink of an eye.

Revolutionary 3D asset management

The fact that this online viewer works within your browser is in itself a unique factor, however the amount of interaction makes this versatile tool also very useful for asset management. Because this viewer simply works from within your browser, you can literally view all your 3D assets from anywhere in the world. Another key point of this viewer, is that it is a multi-user viewer. Walk through the three-dimensional version of the building. You can do this with others, such as suppliers and/or colleagues. This will give everyone involved a clear image of what needs to happen. And eventually that is what effective asset management requires.

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View all your 3D assets where and when you want

Using this viewer for 3D asset management, means that you will definitely not regret this decision. This line of work that requires top-notch efficiency and an optimally aligned asset management system saves money. 3D asset management from literally anywhere in the world, and anytime you want to is a valuable addition.

Want to know more about 3D asset management?

Would you like to learn more about the many possibilities and the insight in your 3D assets that this viewer for 3D asset management offers? In that case, the Xuver team can be of assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us, or look further. In our FAQ, for example. Or sign up for the free trial by clicking on the button below.

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An online visualization of all your 3D models

An example of Xuver. (showmodel, created in Revit)

Are you looking for a way to view all your 3D models online? Within the professional branch of 3D drawing, there are many different file formats being used. At Xuver, we want to make our viewer available to as many different users as possible. This means we also want to be able to visualize as many 3D models as we can. Read on to find out more.

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An online viewer for 3D models

But what exactly is our online viewer? At Xuver, we specialize in 3D visualization. We noticed that there was a great need for a simple, online solution in order to view a 3D model via the browser and that is exactly what we worked on behind the screens. Our online viewer is now ready to be used after years of hard-work. We can now convert your 3D file within seconds, after which you can literally walk through the building or project. Now, all your 3D models are converted into a truly three-dimensional world.

The advantages of our online viewer

Our online viewer is actually the first of its kind. It used to be nearly impossible to show 3D models effectively in your own browser, and keep their resolution with added interactive functions. That is exactly what Xuver managed to do. With our online viewer, everyone can work right off the bat. You can view your 3D models inside your own browser without the need to download heavy or expensive software! This handy tool allows you to literally walk through a digitalized version of the building, which creates a huge level of interactivity and opens a treasure chest of possibilities.

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use the laserpointer to point out details in the model

Handy and interactive features

In order to visualize your 3D models as accurate as possible, we added a lot of interactive features in the online viewer. Firstly, this viewer is a multi-user viewer. This means that you can walk through the model with others. You can – quite literally – lead them through the model, while discussing all the details through the built-in speaking module. While you do this, you are also able to point out objects and details that require extra attention; highlight objects easily and remove layers in the model, only to re-add them later in the explanation. This makes everything clear very quickly and enables every party involved to understand exactly what the plan is.

3D models clarified for everyone

And that is exactly one of the key points of this viewer. With this tool, everyone is able to view the model from their own location and find all the ins en outs of the model quickly. In this manner, the parties that have less extensive technical knowledge also get an accurate view of the project. All relevant details can be clarified in an unprecedentedly easy manner. This gives everyone a good view of the project and its progress. For you as a professional, this viewer offers another massive advantage. Namely: in order to update your client it is no longer necessary to leave your office. Simply put: everyone just logs in from their own location and in their own browser. You don’t even need to leave your office to effectively update your client. Thus, this online viewer will save you both time and money!

Rapidly convert your 3D models

Another major benefit of this 3D viewer is the possibility to rapidly convert your 3D models. Among others, we have fitting solutions for Revit, Sketchup, ArchiCad and IFC. With our converters and plugins, we are able to rapidly turn these 3D models into a Xuver (.xr) file. After this step, this file can be uploaded into our Backend System, which turns it into a beautiful 3D visualization. You 3D models will come to life and after mere moments you can already walk through your 3D model in the online viewer. Would you like to learn more about the conversion process? Please read our FAQ.

Who can use the online viewer?

But who exactly can use this 3D online viewer? Since Xuver specializes in innovative visualization solutions, it has been an incredible journey for us to create the very first complete online viewer. The result of our efforts is a greatly versatile tool that can be used by professionals, hobbyists as well as clients and contractors that is not only accessible but easy-to-use. This online viewer has many uses and perhaps an even greater target audience. In the list below we will explain a few of these for you. However, this is only a small part. If your profession is not listed, you can always contact us. We are always willing to advise you how this handy tool can be useful for you!

1. The (online) architect

Perhaps the most obvious target audience for this online viewer: architects. This group of professionals requires a way to show 3D models easily to clients or contractors. That is possible with this 3D viewer. Our Archicad plugin makes sure that this group is able to convert their 3D models in a quick and effective manner. After this, a client – who doesn’t necessarily have the greatest technical know-how, can quickly be brought up to par and understand the project really well.

2. The modern real estate agent

In a competitive market in which targets are key and real estate is being sold before it is actually built, our viewer offers a solution. With this viewer, you can plan viewings remotely. Simply send potential buyers the secure HTML-link, after which everyone can access the premises from their own location and browser. Quite literally, you can walk interested parties through the model as if it were a ‘real viewing’, while explaining everything!

3. Interior designers, interior architects and hobbyists

The aforementioned are of course not the only ones who use 3d models on a regular basis. The online 3D viewer can be used by other, diverse target audiences. Whether you are an interior designer, a garden architect or perhaps just someone who enjoys creating 3D models: with our viewer your designs truly come to life!

4. Asset- or facility managers

A professional group aimed at efficiency: there is a lot of money involved in facility management. So logically, we are looking at ways to smoothen out this process. The modern facility manager can access his PMS effortless and get all the information that is needed within moments. He or she can walk through the model and simply click on the assets as they come by. And of course: this can be done from anywhere in the world. Effective asset management with a few mouseclicks!

Want to know more about visualizing 3D models by Xuver?

As said, the aforementioned list of target audiences for the online viewer is far from complete. Are you a professional that also draws 3D models and thinks you can also use this online viewer? Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are always ready to find new solutions and uses for the viewer, in order to improve our visualization of 3D models even more!

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5 questions about the online viewer by Xuver

Xuver has developed a unique online viewer. Since this is such a special and versatile tool, there are quite a lot of questions that require answers. In this blog, we answer five frequently-asked questions, for example about the uses, the target audience and the many solutions this viewer can offer.

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1. What kind of company is Xuver?

First things first, because what kind of company is Xuver exactly? Xuver is a leading and innovative company that works with 3D visualization. At Xuver, we always strive to make visualization as convenient as possible, and at the same maintain a high performance standard in the browser. We have developed the world’s first in-browser viewer that allows 3D designers to show their models to the client without having to download heavy software.

Broad experience in 3D visualization

At Xuver we do not only try to stand out in the field of innovation and by using the newest techniques, but also by using VR, 3D and digital visualization. Another key point for our online viewer is its sheer user-friendliness and almost endless possibilities. This constant strive for perfection and revolutionary innovations brought us to where we are now: our online viewer. This is the first 3D viewer that works from within the browser. It is an online visualization tool with almost endless potential that can be used by an enormous target audience. From professional to the hobbyist, from architect to asset manager: this online viewer can be used by everyone within mere moments.

2. What exactly is the Xuver online viewer?

In short: our online viewer is a unique tool that stands out in its sheer interactivity, user-friendliness and the enormous amount of different uses. This viewer can be used within moments by everyone, no extra training is required. A revolutionary asset for anyone who makes 3D drawings, but also for your clients and contractors it becomes incredibly easy to quickly get a good image of any project. Whether it is an interior impression, a new highway or a soon-to-be-built apartment: this viewer provides an excellent view of a project for anyone who is involved.

A 3D viewer for professionals and customers

And let that be one of the key points that we set when developing this amazing online viewer. With this handy online tool, we can bridge the gap between client/contractors and professionals. As an example: whenever you want to show your architectural design to your customers, it is required to use a powerful computer. Both client and architect need the same software and many digital drawing programs are very specialized in their own right.

That can be done much simpler, easier and -especially- more efficient. With this online viewer, you can walk your client literally through the 3D model. Your client sees what the project will look like when finished. In this manner, every client or contractor gets a clear view, even those who do not possess the most extensive technical knowledge. And perhaps the best aspect of all of this? Everyone can access the viewer from their own location.

3. What makes this online viewer stand out?

We already explained it a little bit: our 3D viewer is the only tool of its kind that can work completely online. That means, simply from your own browser. There is no longer a need to download heavy and often costly software: your client simply opens a link in your own browser, after which everyone can walk around the building with a personalized avatar. The experience is lifelike, and the easy interface creates a low threshold. Literally, everyone can use this online viewer without special training. As you are walking through the model, you can explore the many interactive features of the 3D viewer.

A never seen before interactive 3D viewer

Another major point of this online viewer is that its visualization is unprecedentedly interactive. Walk your client through the model. While you do this, it is possible to discuss the model in real-time by using the built-in speaking module. You can also point out objects and details, for example, if they need some extra explanation. Other interactive functions are also available, such as the handy laser pointer. With this tool, you can point out what the meeting is about at that time. And then there is the possibility to remove (and re-add) layers in the 3D model. This will give everyone present in the 3D viewer a quick overview of the complete project and all its details.

4. How does this online viewer work?

Another frequently asked question is: ‘how does this 3D viewer actually work?’ Since Xuver is a company that is specialized in the newest visualization techniques, it is also possible to have a target audience that is as broad as possible. Our online viewer works with web 2.0-technology and is available for almost every browser. However, you will get the best result if you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Rapid conversion to the 3D viewer

At Xuver, we visualize what you create. That means that we want to quickly convert your file format into a Xuver (.xr) file. After this step, we can use this file for the online viewer. This all happens within moments. In order to make this process as smooth as possible, we have developed a converter or plugin for the most popular file formats. Follow the links below to see how these plugins/converters work.

Converter for Sketchup
Plugin for Revit
IFC plugin
Archicad plugin

As you can see, we have developed a fitting solution for many popular file formats. And we plan to make more of those in the near future. We always strive to launch even more plugins and converters, in order to be able to create a beautiful 3D visualization for an even greater group of professionals and hobbyists.

From a 2D file into the 3D viewer

In order to serve a group that is as big as possible a beautiful visualization, we are also prepared to think along. Is your file format not (yet) available as a Xuver plugin or Xuver converter? In that case, our team of experts might have a fitting solution. Also when you work with software with which you draw 2D models, we can help create a beautiful 3D visualization in the online viewer. Firstly, we can create a 3D file of your sketch, after which this sketch can be uploaded into our online viewer.

5. For whom is this online viewer?

Another frequently asked question is about the target audience. This versatile tool is not very easy to define because of its many uses and a wide range of different users. In this diverse group, we find the likely ones, such as architects, interior designers, garden designers or interior architects. But it does not stop there. For example, this tool can also be used by a real estate manager to sell houses even before they were built. Save valuable time (and money!) by organizing viewings in the online viewer. Everyone can do this from the comforts of their own location.

Check out your architectural sketches in a virtual 3D world and use the interactive features to clarify them to your clients

A 3D viewer for a modern asset manager

And then there is another target audience: the asset manager. In this line of work, a lot of capital goes around. For the modern asset- or facility manager it is of utmost importance that there is a thorough system that provides real-time insight in the state of your assets. Xuver’s online viewer can easily be linked to your Maintenance Management System. Walk through your digital working environment, while you observe real-time information about the many different assets. Which ones can be replaced? Which ones still have a lifespan? It can all be done in a matter of minutes. From every location in the world. Furthermore, you can directly invite your suppliers or colleagues into the 3D model, after which everyone involved can see quickly what is meant.

Asset management reinvented: 3D visualization of assets and their current status and lifespan

Other target audiences for the online viewer by Xuver

Of course, there are many other possibilities that can be thought about for this tool. For example, the viewer can be used in offshore-business, or it is possible to create a digital learning environment (such as a classroom or training program). Indeed: e-learning. Or what about the possibility to create a three-dimensional webshop? The possibilities of this tool are seemingly endless, which is also why we would love to hear back from you. Do you have another good use for this 3D viewer in mind? Do not hesitate and contact us. We would love to think along with you, in our endless search for more uses for the online viewer.

Want to learn more?

This article was a broad overview of our online viewer. However we can imagine that there might still be a need for some additional info. Or perhaps even a personal demonstration. In that case, our enthusiastic team is ready to help you further. Please contact us for the possibilities. For more information, you can also read our FAQ.

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Open skp files in the online viewer

Are you looking for a way to open skp files and view them online in a simple manner? Xuver developed an interactive 3D viewer with which you can open all your skp files in a quick and easy manner, in your own browser.

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Open skp files in a couple of steps

Sketchup is an amazing program that enables you to make great sketches. With the online viewer by Xuver you can now open skp files in the browser in an unprecedentedly easy manner. By using the Sketchup converter, you can convert your sketchup files easily into a beautiful and interactive 3D model. The fact that we open your Sketchup files in the browser is unique on it’s own. It used to be almost impossible to do this without first needing to download heave -and often- costly software. Furthermore, our Sketchup converter can be downloaded for free through our website.

How can I open skp files in the online viewer?

But how does it work? How to open skp files in the online viewer? After downloading the Sketchup converter, you open the program. After this step you will see a simple drag and drop menu. Here you can select your preferred skp file and drop it in the converter. Now your skp file is being converted into a Xuver (.xr) file, which can on its own be uploaded into our Backend System. Within moments, this file can be viewed in the browser, after which you can walk through the model, with other users.

Open skp files in the Xuver viewer: what benefits are there?

There are many advantages in using the Xuver online viewer. First of all, this handy tool is unprecedentedly interactive. Walk through the model, together with others. You can view the 3D model directly from your own browser and your own location. Walk through the model and discuss it in real-time. All these features make sure that everyone involved gets a quick overview of the project. Your design in our online SKP viewer can be shared within moments.

Even those parties, that do not have the most extensive technical knowledge. It is also possible to point out objects by using the built-in laser pointer, or to temporarily remove layers in the design. This enables everyone involved to get a clear insight into the process. Discussing a design was never this easy! Furthermore, you save in traveling costs. Indeed: everyone can just view the model from their own browser and location.

User-friendliness comes first

During the years-long development of our online viewer, we always put user-friendliness first, together with interactivity. And in that, we succeeded. The easy interface of this viewer makes sure everyone can use this viewer. There is no additional training required.

Navigating through your model

Within moments after you open skp files, everyone invited can walk around inside the model with a 3D figure, the avatar. The model can be easily navigated by using the keyboard arrows. Are you standing in front of a glass window? You can walk straight through by using the ghost mode. Simply press ‘g’ when walking through the window.

Open skp files and bring them to life in Xuver

With Xuver, you have found an amazing way to open skp files inside your browser. But Xuver is more than that alone. This one-of-a-kind viewing tool makes it unprecedentedly easy to show your Sketchup creativity to the world. Invitations are easily sent, simply share the secure html link via e-mail and everyone invited can join you. Take your clients, colleagues or friends on a journey inside your model!

Want to learn more?

Would you like to learn more about how to open skp files in your browser with the Xuver viewer? In that case you can always reach out to us, or read our FAQ. We would happily provide more information or give a personal demonstration that shows all features of this viewer in much more detail.

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