Most frequent questions and answers
What do I need to get started?
A good PC
Any VR ready graphics card: for example NVidia Quadro P4000,P5000 or P6000, or GeForce GTX 1080 or Titan
A VR headset: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, any Windows Mixed Reality HMD
or a VR system like a VR Wall, Cave, zSpace…
Is Improov easy to operate?
Yes, really easy:
Import your native 3D file
Go in the “VR” menu and select your VR device
Here you go, you are in VR with your model!
What are the main features?
Load 3D models
Load native CAD data
Visualize at real scale
Points of interest
3D measuring tools
Desktop application: VR is not required
Change the color of each part
Streaming of model
What are the optional features?
What VR hardware does Improov support?
Oculus Rift (DK1, DK2, CV1)
Windows Mixed Reality HMDs
What is the recommended hardware and software configuration?
Windows 7, 8 or 10
16 GB of RAM minimum
A “VR ready” graphic card
– Nvidia quadro K5000, K6000, M5000, M6000, P5000, P6000
– Nvidia GTX970 or 980 or 1070 or 1080
Is Improov compatible with CAVEs or clustered VR systems?
Do I need a VR system to benefit from Improov?
No, you can use Improov with a regular computer with our desktop application.
Will you support new VR devices?
Of course! The most popular ones will be added as soon as they are going to be available.
Can I import CAD data?
Yes, you can open your native CAD files without any conversion.
Does Improov import native CAD structure?
Yes, with all the hierarchy and names.
What are the supported file format?
Solidworks (.sldprt, .sldasm, All 99-> 2017)
Catia V5 ( .CATPart, .CATProduct, .cgr R10 -> R26 )
Catia V6 ( 3DXML Binary, R2013x )
Siemens NX (JT: JtOpen 7.0 -> 10.2 )
3DXML (V3, V4 Ascii)
STEP (.stp, 203/214/242)
IGES (.igs, 3&5)
VRML, FBX (2012), OBJ, 3DS, STL
My 3D model is huge, will it be rendered correctly?
We are using a lot of rendering optimisations and if it’s not enough we have an automatic mesh simplification tool based on GPure technology.
Do I need a CAD software (Catia, Solidworks, Siemens NX…) installed?
No, Improov works as a standalone application.
Can I import different models at the same time?
Yes, you can import different file format in the same session.
Can I export my 3D datas? Can I save the modifications I made during the work session?
Yes, you can export in: 3DXML, VRML, OBJ, FBX
Can I save a working session?
Yes, you can save the current scene for later use.
Can I protect my data?
Yes, you can create an encrypted archive containing your data.
How do I “collaborate”?
You can connect your Improov applications by using IP adresses or computer name.
Is it working on a local network?
Is it working through internet?
If you have a reachable IP address, yes.
You can also have an online server.
Do I need to share my 3D files?
If your file is smaller than 2Mb, you can stream it without having to share it manually.
Bigger than 2Mb, the files need to be directly accessible by each PC (on the local hard-drive or a shared network folder). This way you can share the models with whatever security scheme you are usually using.
Do I need a fast internet connection for collaboration?
Since the 3D models have to be locally accessible by each user, the model is not streamed over the internet. The only information that are shared are the synchronization commands, so the bandwidth is really light. We are regularely doing demos over mobile network data.
How many users can collaborate at the same time?
We have tested up to ten users at the same time, but it probably works with more.
Can I protect my session?
Yes, you can protect your session by using a password.
Can I have collaboration between an HMD a CAVE and a desktop application?
Yes, you can collaborate with any kind of VR system at the same time, but also with the desktop windows application.
Do you have support or maintenance fees?
Yes but only if you buy the license. This gives you access to our support web platform and software updates.
If you rent (SaaS) the license, the support/maintenance fees are already included in the pricing.
Can I have floating licenses?
Yes, as an option, dongle or network server.
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