As we are getting more and more mobile there is a huge demand for solutions for mobile devices and browsers. Which is a reasonable concept in regard of 2D and 3D CAD data?
We notice an increasing choice of mobile devices. We all use notebooks, smartphones
and tablets on a daily basis. That’s all proven for typically used apps
like email, messenger, browser, games and specialized services like
maps and hotels. But what about 2D and 3D CAD viewing? Does it make
sense to run them on a smartphone? Is it possible at all? Let’s look at
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The smallest devices are
smartphones. If we are travelling we typically have a rather low
bandwidth available compared to WiFi and a small screen. Would we like
to travel with some native CAD data on our phone? We do not believe in
that. We think that we need a concept to get an as fast as possible
access to data, which are stored somewhere in the cloud, maybe a private one, maybe a PLM-based
repository. To optimize use experience we would translate native CAD
data into light weight formats in advance. We would give the user a
client, which displays a rendition, generated on a server in real time.
We would let the user select parts, rotate, zoom and pan with his
fingers and have a server executing all commands. Because we do not want
to let our users wait, until some 3D data will be received on his
On the larger 8 or 10 inch tablets we have the choice between several operating systems and native apps and browser based clients. The browser based will work on all operating systems, incl. Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, MAC-OS. Don’t let us forget tablet PCs running Windows. We find them more and more and they have one advantage: you might run RT apps or native Windows applications. This allows to run full blown 2D and 3D CAD viewers including native CAD reading support and the complete set of i.e. analysis, markup and text annotation functions. They are not redeveloped and cut down to a quite limited functional set.
With our 3DViewStation product family we at Kisters address many mobile usage scenarios: run our Kisters 3DViewStation WebViewer clients on all devices and operating systems. Take the advantage of server side rendering for mobile users, for limited bandwidth lines and for HTML5 based zero-install clients. Your data will be protected at the same time, as there won’t be any 3D data, 2D drawings or Office documents on your client at any time. Use our Kisters 3DViewStation Desktop or ActiveX products on Windows tablet PCs and work on light-weight or native CAD files. Performance will be incredibly good: on a i5 notebook we load a 5GB Catia V5 assembly in just 1 second as 3DVS-file, on a little 8 inch Dell with Atom CPU it just takes 3 seconds. Not too bad. And functionality is exactly the same as on your Desktop.