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Dropbox support

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Users can upload files to Babel3D by using the “Drag-n-Drop” file uploader (up to 10 files at a time) or through the traditional “Choose Files” button (one at a time). Today, we are happy to provide “Choose from Dropbox" as a third option to the users.

Many of us use Dropbox to transfer and share files across devices and with people. Most of our customers store files in their Dropbox. Dropbox support was one of the most requested feature. It is here now and this is how it works.

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1. When you login to Babel3D next time, you will see a “Choose from Dropbox” button on the lower right hand corner of the Drag-n-Drop File uploader.

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2. Click on the button to sign in to your Dropbox account (launched in a new window). Next, the Dropbox Chooser window is displayed.

3. Choose a file to submit it for translation to Babel3D. You can do this multiple times. Click on “Translate” button to proceed.

There are a few additional advantages when uploading from Dropbox. First, since you are not actually uploading a file, but only submitting a URL, the whole process is blazing fast. You will see your files (even heavier ones) get submitted in a matter of seconds. The second advantage is that you can now do this on devices where this was not possible before. For example, from the iPad/iPhone Safari or Chrome on Android devices.

Speaking of iOS and Android, we will add Dropbox support in Glovius iOS and Android apps, making it even simpler for you to submit jobs and translate/view files on the go. Stay tuned for an update on the apps.

Do give this a try and let us know your feedback!

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Please note that your Dropbox account information is not stored by us. We use Dropbox APIs to access the selected files. Dropbox and the Dropbox logo are trademarks of Dropbox, Inc.

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Convert to 3D PDF online

Babel3D now supports converting 3D files to 3D PDF files online. Babel3D users can upload 3D models from popular formats like SketchUp, SolidWorks, Inventor, 3D DWG etc. and create 3D PDF files.

The Acrobat reader has built in support for reading files containing 3D information. In addition to viewing 3D data, 3D PDF documents can leverage the rich ecosystem of tools around the PDF format, like digital rights management, templates, digital signatures etc.

3D PDF export feature is part of the Translate plan, and adds to 3DS, OBJ, STL, COLLADA export options available with the plan. Visualize plan customers can also convert to 3D PDF online. Now everybody can create 3D PDF documents and share them via email or web, all for a low price of $14/month.

Convert files from popular 3D CAD formats to 3D PDF and enable recipients to view them without the need to download additional software. Create 3D PDF documents from popular formats including CAD (CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, Inventor, SolidWorks, JT, NX, CADDS, I-DEAS, Parasolid), graphical (SketchUp, COLLADA, 3DS, OBJ) and neutral file formats (STEP, IGES, JT, STL).

3D information saved in PDF includes tessellated geometry, attributes, PMI and product structure. Textures and colors are also supported.

Register for the Translate plan ($14/month). Registration comes with a free 7-day trial and requires a credit card. You can change plans or cancel online anytime. For feedback, questions or suggestions, please drop us a line at support@babel3d.com.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Export to COLLADA (.dae)

We are happy to announce that Babel3D now supports exporting to the COLLADA (.dae) file format. Translate & Visualize plan subscribers can upload their models from 48 popular 3D file formats (including SolidWorks, SketchUp, 3DS) and convert them to DAE format online.

The COLLADA format is heavily used as an interchange format between 3D applications. It has been adopted by ISO as a publicly available specification (ISO/PAS 17506). A ton of applications support import & export of DAE files for transporting 3D data. In addition, many game engines have native support for the format.

COLLADA export feature is part of the Translate plan, and adds to 3DS, OBJ & STL export options available with the plan. Visualize plan subscribers can also convert files to COLLADA. Files translated to DAE format are available to view inside the browser, with the Babel3D WebGL viewer.

Register here to sign up for the Translate Plan ($14/month). Registration comes with a free 7-day trial and requires a credit card. You can change plans or cancel online anytime. We send a reminder email 3 days before your trial gets over.

DAE export is currently in beta. We currently support geometry & color export. Texture & poly line support is coming soon. While we are busy implementing these and testing all the combinations, please drop us a line at support@babel3d.com, with your feedback & suggestions.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Drag and Drop support

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Up until now, translating files on Babel3D.com was a “one file at a time” job. You click on the “Choose Files” button (as seen in the image above), select your file to upload and click on the “Translate” button to start the conversion.

Not any more.

Today, we are pleased to announce drag and drop support for uploading/translating files. Just grab your files from explorer/finder and drop them in the drop zone (anywhere in the red box in the image above). You can drop as many as 10 files at a time.

Once you drop your files, you will see them listed in the box. Select the format for converting the files and click translate. All the files will be uploaded one by one for translation.

If you wish to remove a file at the last minute, click the trash can icon against it. This will remove the file from the queue. Now click the “Translate” button to get going.

Drag and drop was a feature we had in mind for a long time. Next up : integration with cloud storage services like Dropbox & Box.net.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager, Babel3D and Glovius
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View SolidWorks files online

View SolidWorks part (sldprt) and assembly (sldasm) files online with Babel3D WebGL viewer

View SolidWorks files in your browser. Login and upload your models from the Translate page, and select “Mobile” as the output format. Upon successful translation, click on the Monitor icon against the file name on My Accounts page to view your model in the browser.

Babel3D WebGL viewer works on Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari on Windows, OS X and Linux. No installation is required. Zoom/pan/rotate the model, perform sections and view PMI information. For review and feedback, click the share button and share/email the file URL. Recipients can view and comment on the model.

View 3D files online with the Visualize plan, for $19/month. Register for a free 7-day trial. Click the image below to see how the WebGL viewer works.

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View SolidWorks models on Android, iPad and iPhone

View SolidWorks files on the iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets with Glovius apps for iOS and Android.

Login and upload your models from the Translate page, and select “Mobile” as the output format. The file will be translated to the mobile optimized “glovius” format. Login with your Babel3D credentials from within the Glovius app to view and showcase your models on the go.

Mobile viewing is available with the Mobile plan, for $9/month. Register for a free 7-day trial. Download free Glovius apps from Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Translate SolidWorks files online to 3DS, OBJ and STL formats

To translate SolidWorks files to 3DS, OBJ and STL formats, login and visit the Translate page. Upload your SolidWorks parts and assembly files and select the output format of choice. Once the translation is complete, download the output files from My Accounts page.

Translate to 3DS, OBJ and STL formats with the Translate plan, for $14/month. Register for a free 7-day trial.

48 popular CAD and graphic formats are supported for mobile and browser visualization and translation to 3DS, OBJ & STL. 

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Translate 3D models to 3DS, OBJ & STL

We are happy to introduce the "Translate Plan" on Babel3D. Translate 48 3D file formats to 3DS, OBJ & STL files online.

To translate your files, register for the Translate Plan. Select your input file and output format and click the “translate” button. Upon successful conversion, download the 3DS/OBJ/STL output file from My Files.

A free 7-day trial is available upon registration. Thereafter, your subscription is renewed automatically, for $14/month. You can cancel or change your plan anytime from the My Accounts page.

The Translate plan also includes translation to the “Mobile” format, for viewing 3D files on smartphones and tablets, using Glovius apps for iOS & Android.

Formats Supported

The following 3D file formats are supported for converting to 3DS, OBJ & STL files :-

CAD formats
Autocad 3D DWG (*.dwg), SolidWorks (*.sldprt,*.sldasm), Inventor (*.ipt,*.iam), CATIA V5 (*.CATPart,*.CATProduct), JT (*.jt), Pro/ENGINEER (*.prt, *.asm), NX (*.prt), Parasolid (*.x_t,*.x_b,*.xmt,*.xmt_txt), PLMXML (*.plmxml), SolidEdge (*.par, *.asm, *.pwd, *.psm), RHINO (*.3dm), OneSpace Designer (*.pkg, *.bdl)

Graphical formats
Autodesk 3D Studio (*.3DS), SketchUp (*.skp), Wavefront OBJ (*.obj), VRML (*.wrl, *.vrml), CGR (*.cgr), Collada (*.dae), 3D PDF (*.pdf, *.prc, *.u3d)

Neutral & Other formats
STEP(*.stp, *.step), IGES (*.igs,*.iges), STL(*.stl), CATIA V4 (*.model, *.dlv, *.exp, *.session), CADDS(*._pd), I-DEAS (*.arc, *.unv, *.mf1, *.prt, *.pkg)

You can also translate models to 3DS/OBJ/STL with the Visualize plan, with the added benefit of viewing your models inside the browser.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Works on a Mac

You can now view 3D files on your Mac using Babel3D’s WebGL viewer. 48 of the most popular 3D file formats are supported. And no installation is required.

To view 3D models, register for the Visualize plan and upload your files in any of the 48 formats supported. Select “Mobile" as the output format. Click on the "View" icon on the My Files page to visualize models using Babel3D’s WebGL viewer.

All popular browsers are supported

The Babel3D WebGL viewer works on all browsers on the Mac, including Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

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Google Chrome & Firefox have WebGL enabled from the start. All you need to do is launch the browser and point to Babel3D.com

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Enable WebGL in Safari

WebGL is not enabled by default in Safari. To enable WebGL in Safari, select the “Show Develop menu in menu bar” in Preferences > Advanced screen.

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This will add a new “Develop” menu in Safari. Select “Enable WebGL” to view 3D models in Safari using WebGL.

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With Babel3D’s Visualize plan, Mac users can view 3D models from a variety of formats, without the need to install any software.

Register for the Visualize plan, for $19/month. A free 7-day trial is available. A valid credit card is required for registration. You can change plans or cancel online, anytime.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Announcing support for more input formats!

Whatever format your 3D data is in, chances are you can now upload it on Babel3D. Babel3D supports 23 applications and 48 3D file formats as input.

Upload any file from the list given below and convert it to the mobile optimized format for viewing on mobile devices (using Glovius iOS & Android apps) as well as for browser based viewing with Babel3D’s WebGL viewer. Translate any of the input formats to 3DS, OBJ & STL format for downstream use.

Input Formats supported on Babel3D

CAD formats
Autocad 3D DWG (*.dwg), SolidWorks (*.sldprt,*.sldasm), Inventor (*.ipt,*.iam), CATIA V5 (*.CATPart,*.CATProduct), JT (*.jt), Pro/ENGINEER (*.prt, *.asm), NX (*.prt), Parasolid (*.x_t,*.x_b,*.xmt,*.xmt_txt), PLMXML (*.plmxml), SolidEdge (*.par, *.asm, *.pwd, *.psm), RHINO (*.3dm), OneSpace Designer (*.pkg, *.bdl)

Graphical formats
Autodesk 3D Studio (*.3DS), SketchUp (*.skp), Wavefront OBJ (*.obj), VRML (*.wrl, *.vrml), CGR (*.cgr), Collada (*.dae), 3D PDF (*.pdf, *.prc, *.u3d)

Neutral & Other formats
STEP(*.stp, *.step), IGES (*.igs,*.iges), STL(*.stl), CATIA V4 (*.model, *.dlv, *.exp, *.session), CADDS(*._pd), I-DEAS (*.arc, *.unv, *.mf1, *.prt, *.pkg)

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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Go full screen!

Full screen mode is now available for visualizing your 3D models on Babel3D.com. To go full screen, press the maximize icon, at the top right hand side of the 3D window on the View page.

Showcase your 3D designs inside the browser.

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Additionally, if you make your browser window full screen, the 3D window now takes over all the real estate available on your laptop/desktop (pictured above). This feature is available on all supported browsers (Chrome/Firefox/Safari on Windows & Mac).

All keyboard shortcuts work with the full screen mode. To exit full screen mode, press the restore icon, which you can find on the top right hand side. Or just hit ‘Escape’.

Visualize 3D models right inside your browser. Only $19/month. Most of the popular 3D formats are supported. No installation required. Register now for a free 7-day trial.

Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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3D in your browser!

You can now view & share your 3d models from your Babel3D account. Use Firefox, Chrome or Safari on your Windows or Mac. No installation is required.

View 3D in your browser!

To view your model, upload it using the Translate page. SketchUp (*.skp), 3DS (*.3ds), OBJ (*.obj), STEP (*.stp, *.step), IGES (*.igs, *.iges), STL (*.stl), JT (*.jt), CATIA V5 (*.catpart, *.catproduct), NX (*.prt), Pro/ENGINEER (*.prt.*, *.asm.*), SolidWorks (*.sldprt, *.sldasm), Autodesk Inventor (*.ipt, *.iam) files are supported.

Once the model is successfully uploaded, it gets listed on your My Files page. After a successful conversion, you can click on the image Monitor icon to view the model.

Drag to rotate, Alt + drag to zoom, shift + drag to pan the model. You can hide/show components & materials, hide/show PMI, cycle through standard views. Sectioning is also available, right inside the browser. Select a clip plane to section the model along the standard XY/YZ/XZ planes.

To share your model, press the Share button. This enables sharing. You can copy the page URL to share. To stop sharing, press the button again. Your original model is not shared or made available for download. Only web visualization for the model is enabled for anybody visiting the URL.

Web visualization is available in Translate + Visualize plan, for $19/month. Register for a 7-day trial.

Sample Files
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Posted by Siddhartha Oza, Product Manager for Babel3D & Glovius
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