OPENSPACE3D V1.84: Utility update
With OpenSpace3D 1.84 comes a good number of modifications intended to facilitate the use of the OpenSpace3D editor and some of its plugITs.
This involves a lot of small practical additions, such as new shortcuts to access different views of your scene or the support of the GLB format, but also features that quickly become essential when editing advanced scenes, such as the possibility to hide objects during the edition or the improved copy-paste of plugITs which now allows to select the links between the plugITs to copy.
Also note, the revision of the “Object track” plugIT which sees a redesign of its interface for a more intuitive use and enhanced with new editing options, the appearance of the “List” plugIT allowing to manage a dynamically-sized list of variables and other plugIT improvements.
EXPERIMENTAL: AUGMENTED REALITY WITHOUT MARKERS
A new plugIT is appearing with a feature that has been requested regularly and that we wanted to implement for a long time: augmented reality without markers!
Thanks to a SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) algorithm, OpenSpace3D uses the camera to detect surfaces in your environment and couples them with the device’s gyroscope to position and follow a virtual object in your environment, thus eliminating the need for any support.
The integration of SLAM is still experimental and is therefore likely to evolve a lot. But this allows us to have an overview today of what will be possible with OpenSpace3D in the future.
IMPROVED INTERCONNECTION OF PLUGITS
This version of OpenSpace3D also brings new plugITs and updates to existing plugITs that streamline and improve the interconnection and transmission of information between plugITs.
A new category of “String” plugITs appears with tools allowing to modify and split text, parameters or data. These plugITs have a wide variety of applications, from adapting user interface text to managing information from databases.
Many other plugITs, such as the “Object click” plugIT, have been modified with new events or new options allowing more information to be retrieved to pass to subsequent plugITs, for ever greater versatility.
OPENSPACE3D V1.83: Oculus Mobile support
With its 1.83 version, OpenSpace3D now supports standalone virtual reality headsets sold by Oculus. You can now enjoy your virtual reality experiences wirelessly and without any external device thanks to the Oculus Quest!
Among the supported feature is hand detection and tracking. This still experimental technology will allow you to create more immersive experiences than ever, by discarding the controllers to interact with the virtual world with your own hands instead!
A new demo, VR cells, is also available. Specially designed for the Oculus Quest, it will give you an idea of what can be done on the Oculus standalone headsets.
The VR templates have been updated to support both OpenVR compatible headsets and Oculus standalone headsets, and to offer improved ergonomics and more flexibility. The behavior of 3D VR interfaces has been revised, for a more fluid and pleasant experience.
PlugITs have been improved too! The “Custom Interface” plugIT gains in flexibility, now making it possible to change the hierarchy of interface elements and to hide the elements during editing for faster, simpler and more readable changes. The “Real-time graph” plugIT has also been updated and now offers better sizing, to display a legend and to export the graph in .png format.
Finally, the new plugIT “Object 2D position” will allow you to easily position objects on the screen from 2D coordinates. Creating user interfaces from 3D objects has never been so precise and easy!
OPENSPACE3D V1.82: Theme editor
The version 1.82 of OpenSpace3D finally brings the theme editor which allows to easily edit the overall appearance of the user interfaces of your applications. Using a theme helps to standardize your interfaces, facilitates the construction of a graphic chart and the switch between several appearances. It also allows you to change the appearance of elements that did not allow it so far, such as dialogs.
All compatible interface plugITs have been updated to be able to use them, and two new themes, a light and a dark one, are included to test and get an idea of the possibilities offered by the interface themes.
You can learn how to use the interface themes here.
FACILITATE THE USE OF OPENSPACE3D
This update includes a plugIT search engine, making it easier to find the plugIT adapted to your need from keywords.
We also began to rework the online documentation, and integrated an offline version with OpenSpace3D so that it is always accessible.We plan to gradually improve it, and we need your help for that: do not hesitate to contact us if you spot an error or if you still have questions. Better yet, join us on the forum to ask your questions and participate in the development of OpenSpace3D and its community. We go there very frequently to answer you.
In addition, we will now be offering a beta version for upcoming OpenSpace3D releases on the forum a few weeks before their releases, and we need your help to test, debug, and improve the new features before release.
The scale of user interfaces for mobile devices has been improved to keep an equivalent size for a variety of screen sizes and resolutions, and it is possible to apply your own scaling factor.. The material editor lets you change the orientation of the light in the preview, the precision of the user interfaces has been increased to allow more precise positioning, the behavior of multi-touch has been improved …
We continue to regularly update many aspects of OpenSpace3D, more or less visible, to increase the quality of the applications you can produce and improve your experience with the software. We work with you to make your job easier, provide tools that meet your needs, and reduce the workload required to build an application.
OPENSPACE3D V1.81 : Interactivity and support
OpenSpace3D is still evolving, this time with a number of small additions allowing more interactivity.
Thus, it is now possible to use text fields concealing their content to enter passwords, and the new plugIT “Hash” can encrypt them according to various algorithms for secure transmissions.
Recent interface plugITs now also support multitouch, allowing you to interact with multiple elements simultaneously, making it possible to create complex touch controls!
NEW ANDROID EXPORTS
As previously announced, two new export types have been added for Android: the App Bundle export, the new format offered by Google for the Play Store to simplify the deployment of optimized applications, and the Android Studio project export, allowing developers to tweak their application or integrate it into another application using Android Studio.
For other additions for Android, the plugIT “Share” now allows to trigger a file or text sharing, the plugIT “Open file” can open a file with a third-party application (on all systems), and the size of interfaces now adapts automatically according to the pixel density of the device used.
STILL A BIT MORE ?
This update also brings compatibility with the latest version of Raspbian, Raspbian 10 Buster.
On Windows, the “ODBC” plugIT now allows access to any type of database to data through the eponym API.
Minor fixes have been made on some plugITs and small optimizations have been made on various aspects of the software, continuing to increase the performance and reliability of OpenSpace3D.
OPENSPACE3D V1.80 : Technical reworks and convenient options
OpenSpace3D 1.80 was the occasion for us to update and rework a good chunk of the inner workings that make this project possible, so although it may not be apparent, it has been a great enhancement for us.
But that is not all because as always, this version brings in its share of new plugITs, new features, new optimizations and new ergonomics enhancements !
Three new plugITs join the list to allow the manipulation and display of arrays, while some of the biggest plugITs now only show the most importants of their features when opened. Of course, no feature was removed, and every the non-essential feature is just a click away from you.
The “Custom interface” plugIT has been vastly improved with two brand new element types availables, new options on existing types and many ergonomic and functionality fixes. Almost all of the interfaces plugIT can now be navigated with the keyboard arrows, a controller or a remote, depending on the device you use.
YOUR OWN OBJECTS IN VITUAL REALITY
Virtual Reality has been improved once again in OpenSpace3D, this time with VR trackers support such as the HTC Vive Trackers.
Attach these trackers on any object so that it can be tracked and integrated in the virtual world to create perfectly natural interactions.
Others improvements include several options for the pointer rays, an auto-click option to simulate a touch from the controller on clickable interfaces or objects.
A FULLY REWORKED ANDROID EXPORT
Although almost unchanged in appearance, the internal workings of the Android export have been completely revised to use more modern techniques, more in line with Google’s standards.
This allowed us to add support for 64-bit architectures (arm64-v8a and x86_64) and Android TV, and we plan to add the ability to export your projects as an App Bundle and Android Studio projects in the future.
Also, following a few reports that several Android smartphones and tablets could not run OpenSpace3D applications, we would like to know if this update solved the problems for these devices. Your returns will be most appreciated.
AND STILL MORE
The 3D models import options are saved between each import so that you son’t need to set these again for consecutive imports, you can now apply a default scale and import several models simultaneously.
The “SQLite” plugIT now supports UTF-8 encoding, you can move and resize most of the Interface plugITs while the application is running and offset the rotation point of the “Examine view” plugIT to accomodate an interface covering part of the screen.
Various corrections have been done on several plugITs and functionalities of OpenSpace3D, and some other functionalities are already under development.
OPENSPACE3D V1.71 : Useful tools and corrections
This update introduces a number of small improvements in OpenSpace3D : some plugITs got useful new options, some saw their behaviours improved. A few new plugITs are also available such as the “Countdown” plugIT.
The physics engine, volumetric lighting and particles got some upgrades as well.
New VR templates are also available, providing different control schemes for your immersive experiences.
TAILOR-MADE USER INTERFACES
But the most noteworthy addition of this update is the new “Custom Interface” plugIT and its powerful user interface editor, able to create an interface perfectly suited to your project, be it a form, a HUD (Head Up Display) or an option or level selection menu.
This plugIT will be complemented with new types of interface element and new options in the future. Your suggestions and requests are welcome, so do not hesitate to let us know !
OPENSPACE3D V1.70 : Improved ergonomics
OpenSpace3D 1.70 brings in many small improvements to offer greater reliability, options and features, including several improvements on ergonomics:
- The ability to switch between local and world referencial to use the move/rotate/scale tools
- A new and more conveniant look for the rotate tool
- An increased reliability from the move/rotate/scale tools for a more accurate edition
NEW TEMPLATES AND EXAMPLES!
New templates have been added, making some functionalities easier to access !
The “360” templates allow you to display a 360° picture or video in the 3D world, while the new “AR” templates provide the basic tools to use augmented reality in your applications.
You can also learn to use a database to store score, positions and many other things thanks to the “database” templates “sqlite” exemple.
Finally, a template with generic VR controllers and a template providing a 3D mouse cursor also have been added.
NEW FEATURES AND IMPROVEMENTS
OpenSpace3D 1.70 introduces the “GPS location” plugIT, allowing to get the GPS coordinates of the device and to link a 3D object to a specific location in the real world.
The new “Input mixer” plugIT also comes with this release, allowing to combine the outputs of several plugITs in a single one to provide more possibilities with and ease link parameters handling.
The latest interface plugITs were revised too to offer better readability, smaller margins and still more options, making for clearer and less cumbersome interfaces.
OPENSPACE3D V1.60 : Would you like some more data ?
With OpenSpace3D version 1.60, it is easier than ever to sort your data!
The “SQLite” plugIT now allows you to create, use and update databases to create ever more ambitious applications.
And what better way to visualize your incoming data than a graph of curves ? That’s exactly what the new plug-in “Real-time graph” does, allowing you to display your data streams in real time. Entirely customizable, it can accommodate any project.
Finally, OpenSpace3D is now compatible with EEG Emotiv headsets, to provide even more ways to interact with the virtual world. Insight, Epoc and Epoc + helmets are supported.
LINK PARAMETERS EVER MORE POWERFUL
Link parameters have evolved for ever more versatility! It is now possible to use global variables (plugIT “global var”) directly in any link by putting its name in between % (Example:% MyVar%).
Some default global variables have also been added. Thus, you can easily access the time, date, language or even generate random numbers in each link of your project!
But the biggest novelty is probably the appearance of the tag [code][/ code]! This allows you to execute Scol code snippets directly in the links, allowing for simple operations as well as more complex processing chains.
HOW THALES USES OPENSPACE3D FOR INDUSTRY 4.0
Thales, on the Cholet site, designs, develops, industrializes and deploys radio communication equipment, tactical military networks, electronic warfare systems, as well as security solutions for information systems (encryption, networks, etc.).
The products assembled on the production lines are radiocommunication equipments for which the work of the operators consists mainly of manually integrating electronic assemblies with fragile connectors. To facilitate the training of new collaborators to these assembly operations, it was proposed to review the format of transmission of know-how and to use augmented reality.
It is at this stage that the OpenSpace3D software, with which instruction sheets for job training are produced, intervenes. The application brings more interactivity to operators, and reduces learning time. It shows step by step the actions to be performed for the integration of the equipment, adding on, if necessary, the movements of 3D models, images and videos. Other features have been implemented to improve interactivity with the operator: voice recognition, buttons connected to an Arduino board (connected by serial link) to facilitate the passage of steps, taking pictures of the product in case of default …
A 64-BIT VERSION FOR WINDOWS AND A NEW EXPORT TYPE
Thanks to a modernization of the OpenSpace3D development commissioned by the “Consortium 3D SHS de la TGIR Huma-Num”, you can now edit 64-bit applications for Windows. Particularly useful for industrial productions, a 64-bit version will allow you, among other things, to import larger files into your applications.
We also took the opportunity of this upgrade to offer you a new version of the OpenSpace3D web browser thanks to an update to cef3. It supports the latest standards such as HTML5 for a smoother and more complete navigation.
Finally, a new export is emerging : the export to an OpenSpace3D package (.pkos). These packages allow to gather an entire OpenSpace3D project (plugITs, 3D models, materials, sounds, and other resources) into a single file that you can easily transfer to another computer. No need to worry anymore about resource paths or forgetting about a texture burried deep into your folders, and ideal for teamwork!
AND STILL MORE PLUGITS
The new “Telnet client” and “Telnet server” plugITs now make it possible to communicate through TCP with other applications or devices. A “Signal” plugIT has been added to allow you to generate signals of varying shape, amplitude and frequency. The “Scene loader” plugIT now allows to load a scene or an object from a URL.
Many other plugITs have been upgraded to bring more features and convenience.
OPENSPACE3D V1.50 : A giant leap for VR!
This new update of OpenSpace3D brings a lot of improvements, starting with new tools for Virtual Reality.
Add your digital models from the BIM with IFC, Collada, Ply, Obj, 3DS or FBX format, import the VR viewer template and visit the model as if you were there! Take measurements, add notes, or change the time of day. Check out the video tutorial on our Youtube channel!
A new type of shadows optimized for mobile platforms and VR is emerging!
Augmented Reality apps for IOS and Android have also been optimized.
The “Local Network” plugIT is appearing on OpenSpace3D! With it, you can connect multiple applications or instance of the same application through UDP, TCP protocols or through the OpenSpace3D Java server.
It also allows you to synchronize the objects of your choice and send any type of information between applications. Multi-user apps, multiplayer games, remote app control, and more creative uses are at your fingertips!
The “Chat GUI” plugIT now allows you to use chat on all platforms.
CONTROL YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOUR MIND
OpenSpace3D 1.50 also provides an update for the Neurosky plugIT, which is now compatible with the new Neurosky MindWave Mobile headset.
This headset is capable of analyzing your brain waves to determine your level of attention, meditation, and can detect blinking. Learn to master it to control your applications with your mind!
Many other plugITs have been upgraded to bring more features and convenience.
OPENSPACE3D V1.40 : A shower of new plugITs !
With this new version, the OpenSpace3D team offers you a myriad of new plugITs to better manage your interfaces, lights, materials and more.
You will find among other things, improvements of old plugITs, brand new interface plugITs, and a new plugIT category that makes its appearance: the “tools” plugITs.
This update also includes its share of corrections and addition, such as a new template for viewer and a new compatible peripheral device : the 3dRudder.
NEW USER INTERFACES
Among these new plugITs are many plugITs offering interfaces of a new type in OpenSpace3D. Offer more information and interactivity to your users !
A fully customizable menu is available, as well as dialog boxes of various types to inform your users or ask them for information, as well in 2D as in 3D.
A BRAND NEW VIEWER TEMPLATE
OpenSpace3D now provides you with a new project template (images above), made for and with the support of the “Consortium 3D SHS de la TGIR Huma-Num”.
Located in the OpenSpace3D/assets/templates/viewer_archeo folder, you just need to import it into your scene to benefit from ideal interfaces and tools for any 3D object observation and analysis. Measurement tools, annotations, cut plane and materials editing are only part of the features offered by this template.
AN EXHIBITION WITH OPENSPACE3D
In September, we realized the exhibition “Explorations virtuelles de Mané er Groez, dolmen à Carnac” in collaboration with the LARA (“laboratoire de recherche en archéologie et architectures”) of Nantes, the “Musée de la Préhistoire James Miln – Zacharie Le Rouzic” of Carnac, the Groom Collective and the AUNA (“association universitaire nantaise d’archéologie”).
This exhibition took place at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, in Nantes, and featured two applications made with OpenSpace3D. The first proposed to discover the site and its history in augmented reality, while the second offered a virtual tour of the site of Mané er Groez and highlighed the archaeological work done on site.
We also added support for a new device : the 3dRudder ! The 3dRudder will allow you to move like never before in a 3 dimensional world, using your feet. Ideal for virtual reality!
Learn how to use it in the new dedicated demo, and add it to your apps !