Interactive 3D Architecture Vizualization

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hello all,
for sometime I am trying to find the way to make my 3D arch models (which i made in 3DS max 10, vray) interactive, so user can interactively walk around, interior and exterior.

I have seen Quest3D can do it, but looks like is very difficult, after you import 3DSmax models into Quest3D, you have to almost start from the beggining :( not being able to import texture and lights, all in all interface is way to difficult...

Another interesting one is Unreal Development Kit but not sure can you make a program for user, or they have to have a game engine.

Is there some easy way to make architecture models interactive, and good quality preview?

Question by:Repko
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    Not sure about Max but if you export into COLLADA (.dae) you should be able to preserve basically everything including things like shader information. Then all you need is a viewer or a compatible engine. There are several free viewers around but I'm not sure of their capabilities.

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    Hello Kagetsuki,

    thanks for the replay.
    If I am not mistaken, Collada is program, helping you to export models for 3d engine.....
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    @Srdjan, no COLLADA is an intermediary data exchange format for 3D models, and COLLADA files can contain information such as animations and shader information. You can read more about it at The "official" COLLADA library, COLLADA DOM also includes a full featured viewer.
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    Sketchup has decent walk-around tools that are fairly easy for most people to use. It is also a free download for clients.
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    Blender comes with a built in game engine but I cant vouch for the import/export functions between max and blender (free open source)
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    Check out Autodesk's "FreeWheel" and Autodesk "Showcase" (not for free). The latter one even lets you watch a real time raytrace (i.e. if you have the computer power).

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