[dropcap size=big]S[/dropcap]ketchUp developer Trimble has launched SketchUp Viewer, a new virtual and mixed reality app for the Microsoft HoloLens that will allow users to inhabit and experience their 3D designs in a completely new way. Using the holographic capabilities of the HoloLens, SketchUp Viewer creates hologram versions of models that can be placed in real-world environments –allowing architects to study and analyze how their buildings will react to their context while still in the design stage.
“Empowering people to design and communicate better in 3D is part of our DNA. Across the SketchUp platform, we are dedicated to the idea that technology should get out of the way of our users,…With SketchUp Viewer, we are taking another big step toward delivering the ultimate experience for designers and their clients—the experience of inhabiting their own work.”
SketchUp Viewer uses the newly launched AR|VR Extension for SketchUp Desktop, and is compatible with models from Trimble’s 3D Warehouse and the cloud-based collaboration platform Trimble Connect. Once in Tabletop mode, models can be scaled as needed to fit into an available space or to zoom into specific design details. Models can be moved, rotated, anchored and re-anchored in physical space, giving users the ability to walk around the project and examine it from any vantage point.In addition to its visualization capabilities, SketchUp Viewer will also contain remote collaboration technology, allowing designers and consultants from around the world to review and cooperate on projects in real time.
SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens is available now from the Microsoft Windows Store. For more information, visit: www.sketchup.com/viewer.