SketchUp Basecamp 2014 Recap!

SketchUp 3DBasecamp was held April 14-16th in Vail, CO. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, it was a gathering of about 300 SketchUp enthusiasts who attended sessions, went to workshops, networked, and hung out. There were great sessions (like “The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture”) and we presented our workshop on SketchUp and Augmented Reality (and the slides are available for download). Basecamp was also very exciting for us because we officially launched our SightSpace View Augmented Reality plugin and companion mobile app (Apple and Android) for SketchUp.  SightSpace View is a powerful tool to share your designs, in context, with clients and colleagues.


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SightSpace 3D Mobile Updated for SketchUp 2014 Support

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A 3D model superimposed on the landscape using SightSpace 3D on an iPad.

SketchUp 2014 is here and SightSpace 3D mobile supports it! SightSpace for Apple and  Android loads SketchUp files (versions 8, 2013, and 2014) in the native .SKP format (as well as .KMZ and .KML).. There is no need to use a plugin, export the file, or place it on a website in order to view your model on-the-go. Place your SketchUp model right onto your device using iTunes or USB, Dropbox, email, or the new 3D Warehouse (yes, we updated to support the new Warehouse!) If you are not familiar with this powerful mobile tool, SightSpace enables you to not only take your model mobile, but also to use Augmented Reality to overlay it onto the live camera feed of a device. View your model in the real world, in real-time.
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CES 2013 Booth Design: a case study with SketchUp & SightSpace


Screenshot of our digital SketchUp model, a 10’x10′ booth, placed into the mobile application SightSpace 3D.

People ask us all the time: 1) how can Augmented Reality (AR) technology be used?  and 2) do we ever use our own apps? The answer to the first question is that our AR technology is used for everything from architecture to entertainment to education. It is also used in designing trade show booths and I am going to focus on that application which leads to the second question. The answer is a definite yes! We used  SightSpace 3D and Trimble SketchUp to design our own booth at CES 2013, the Consumer Electronics Show.
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CES 2013 Wrap-up: the launch of VYZAR

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I have just returned from CES 2013 where we launched our VYZAR Augmented Reality technology! For those of you who are not familiar, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show and is the biggest in the world with over 150,000 attendees and a massive amount of floor space (1.9 million sq ft). You exhibit at CES to show off your awesome new product and that is exactly what we did by choosing to launch our new VYZAR Augmented Reality technology. VYZAR is an engine for Apple and Android to combine the digital with real life by overlaying 2D, 3D, and animated virtual data onto the live camera feed of a mobile device. It can be licensed to developers (with a fully documented SDK), built into custom apps, and we build our own apps using VYZAR technology including SightSpace 3D (and Free-D), Circulizar Gifts, and Virtual Holidays. VYZAR definitely made a splash as 20,000 products were launched at CES and VYZAR was one of 12 featured in the official CES press release.

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SightSpace 3D & Free-D for SketchUp Now in Four Languages (for Apple devices)

Our SightSpace 3D mobile viewer with Augmented Reality is now available for download in four languages: English, Chinese (simplified), French, and Spanish! SightSpace 3D is a viewer for SketchUp models (in .KMZ format).  Visualize a SketchUp model in the real world, in place, by using Augmented Reality technology.  Move the device and the view changes in real-time. Additional features include stereoscopic red/cyan 3D, annotate 3D models, bookmark favorite views, take screenshots, share notes and photos, and more.


SightSpace 3D intro screen in Spanish.

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SightSpace Free-D Mobile App for SketchUp Is Here!

Have you ever wanted to try out our SightSpace 3D app but were not ready for the commitment? We have a solution with our release of SightSpace Free-D, a free download of our popular SightSpace 3D model viewer with Augmented Reality capabilities for iPads and iPhones. Place up to 3 models on Free-D for completely free to experience our custom viewer (there is no limit on model size or polygons. SightSpace will use available memory to the max). Models can be transferred directly to the Apple device through iTunes or downloaded from Dropbox and email. All of the capabilities of 3D are available as in-app purchases so you can customize your desired features, including a purchase for loading more models.

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Screenshot of SightSpace's Augmented Reality capabilities (SketchUp model courtesy of Hilliard Architects, San Francisco.)

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6Sight Future of Imaging Conference: we’ll be there in NYC!

Our very own Jeffrey Franklin will be part of the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference next week in New York City. Jeff will participate in a panel session focusing on Intelligent Imaging and Augmented Reality on Tuesday, June 26th at 2:25pm in the Metropolitan Pavilion. The panel, including experts from MIT and Xerox, will discuss Augmented Reality, facial recognition, privacy issues, and more.

We are very pleased that we were invited and it is likely due to our background in Augmented Reality. This is demonstrated in our custom VYZAR 3D Augmented Reality that powers our SightSpace 3D mobile application for Apple and Android. If you are not familiar with SightSpace, it views SketchUp files in Augmented Reality by superimposing the digital designs in the real-world in real-time, enabling you to walk through the model by simply moving your device. Additional features include stereoscopic red/cyan 3D, annotate 3D models, bookmark favorite views, take screenshots, share notes and photos, and more.
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Augmented Reality for ArchiCAD Models: SightSpace 3D Workflow


SightSpace 3D is a mobile viewer for Google SketchUp files that is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.  One of its best features, however, is Augmented Reality mode where users can overlay their geo-located digital SketchUp files onto the physical world.  The possibilities for this app are endless and include previewing construction, education, and interior design.  Due to the popularity of the Augmented Reality feature, we wanted to incorporate other 3D modeling programs into our mobile SightSpace app so they could also experience AR. The first workflow I will be discussing is from ArchiCAD. I used ArchiCAD 15 and Google SketchUp 8, but this should work on other versions.

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Test Drive Our Products at AIA 2011 – Booth #3509

Rendering on the cloud for Revit Architecture or preview our newest Augmented Reality iPad 2 app for Google Sketchup

I am pleased to announce we will be exhibiting products for Autodesk Revit® Architecture® and Google Sketchup™ at the AIA National Convention in New Orleans, LA, May 12-14.

Stop by booth #3509 in the Software Pavilion to try out one of our Revit Architecture cloud products:

• CloudRender™ for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 & 2012: The CloudRender add-in allows one-click rendering to the cloud directly from Revit while enabling simultaneous modeling. Scenes render faster with top quality to meet your tight deadlines. Using the cloud means workstations are free for other projects. Download the add-in.

• Limitless Rendering™ for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009-2012: This online service utilizes high performance computers on the cloud to render both Revit scenes and many walkthroughs in only 24 hours.

Or preview our newest mobile application:

• SightSpace™ 3D for Google Sketchup: This Augmented Reality app for the iPad® 2 not only views Google Sketchup files but allows you to see SketchUp models superimposed over the landscape in real-time. With SightSpace 3D, you can view models in the real world prior to construction.

If you can’t make it to New Orleans, visit us at or call us at 877.663.3797.