3DBrowser
3DBrowser Pro (including Polygon Cruncher)

Overview

3DBrowser generates 3D thumbnails from your 3D assets. The custom display mode allows you to select the information you want to display 3DBrowser is an application dedicated to the management and optimization for your 3D content. It includes a 3D viewer, an image viewer linked to a powerful file explorer. Thanks to its agility and efficiency, 3DBrowser can be integrated into very different production pipelines: architecture, video games, scientific data, 3D printing, etc.

Fast and efficient, it allows you to organize your 3D model libraries with the help of large customizable preview thumbnails. You can display, filter, sort, organize, search among your 3D scenes and images in order to find the exact model you need in few seconds.

To make it easier to organize large 3D collections, you can document, annotate, categorize all your content to find them on your computer or local network.

3DBrowser facilitates interoperability between different 3D software. It will perfectly fit into a production pipeline including, for example, 3ds Max, Maya or Sketchup in conjunction with Unreal Engine or Unity. Exportation to all major 3D formats, simplification of polygonal meshes (Pro version), and batch processing enable the diffusion and sharing of your 3D content.

3DBrowser recognizes most image formats and many 3D formats:

  • Fbx (Autodesk FBX)
  • GLTF / GLTB
  • Blender
  • Skp (Sketchup)
  • C4d (Cinema 4D)
  • Preview of the 3D scene viewer for Sketchup (skp), Lightwave (lwo), Modo (lxo), Maya (mb, ma), 3ds Max (max), Vrml (wrl), Wavefront (obj), softimage (xsi), stereolithography (stl), DirectX (X)... The viewer includes many functions and display modes such as merging of merged points, merging of coplanar faces... It also allows the conversion of files.
  • 3ds (3D Studio)
  • Obj (Wavefront)
  • Max (3DS Max using the provided plugin)
  • Xsi (Softimage using Crosswalk)
  • Dae (Collada)
  • Mb, Ma (Maya using the provided plugin)
  • Stl (Stereolithography)
  • Lwo, Lws (Lightwave)
  • Lxo (Modo)
  • And also Dxf, Kmz, Ply, Wrl, Vrml, A3d (Amapi), Cob (Truespace)…

Visualize in detail all your digital models

Easily define a cutting plan to better understand your 3D data faster. 3DBrowser integrates a powerful 3D viewer: the motorway to the heart of the 3D content of a scene. You'll never get lost in your 3D view and find the ideal angle to check every detail. With an intuitive navigation tool, you will be able to inspect a complex model very easily: targeted zoom, orbital rotation around an object, instant re-centering, provides very effective navigation at the microscopic and macroscopic zoom level. No more problems to examine the scene in detail or more globally. You can save specific points of view and get them back later if necessary.

Complex scenes are sometimes compounded of several thousand objects. It becomes a nightmare to find your way around the tree structure. A quick filtering tool, offering logical operators, makes it easy to navigate through complex hierarchies and to show or hide particular objects in a flash.

The viewer displays textures, vertex colors but also takes into account user normals. You can choose among many display modes to highlight your content (vignetting, mirroring, shadows) or bring out the relevant information (normal map, wireframe or cutting plan view (Pro version).

The viewer works in conjunction with the file explorer (of both 3DBrowser and Windows). You have a global or case-by-case control on the preview thumbnails shown when browsing folders. You can thus define a specific viewpoint and a particular display mode for a single 3D file, a whole directory, or a given 3D format.

You drill down to the heart of the information: display normal, point or face indexes, detailed information on topology, face material assignation, UV values... All of these elements make 3DBrowser a complete diagnostic tool that sorts out many of the problems you may be facing.

3DBrowser allows to associate comments to objects in 3D scenes from the main modelers (Sketchup, Lightwave, Blender, Modo, Maya, 3ds Max...). Annotations facilitate teamwork and project follow-up. 3DBrowser (Pro version) comes with annotation features that facilitate information sharing, especially for project follow-ups. Annotate objects in the 3D view using the right angle of view and make your projects run more smoothly. Annotations are visible in all versions of 3DBrowser.

3DBrowser allows you to merge 3D projects distributed over several files within the same scene, which is common in CAD. The creation of batch processing commands automates repetitive tasks, making it possible, for example, to export a 3D content into different formats in one operation.

3DBrowser is the hinge between your different production tools (3ds Max, Maya, Sketchup, Cinema 4D, Blender...) and broadcast tools (Unreal Engine, Unity or other). 3DBrowser simplifies interoperability by supporting export to the main 3D formats (fbx, gtlf, collada, wavefront, sketchup, cinema 4D, modo and others).

3DBrowser (Pro version) includes advanced functions to prepare your 3D assets. It includes advanced functions to pack them in the best way: mesh optimization (using Polygon Cruncher, whose StandAlone version is part of the license), object merging, object reorganization by material, separation of objects that are not topologically connected, etc.

The list of features described here is not exhaustive and you will discover by yourself many other very useful functions: confused point welding, triangulation, 3D view printing, animated gif exportation…

Simplify your scenes with Polygon Cruncher (Pro version)

Polygon Cruncher reduces the number of faces of your objects while maintaining the quality of their details. You also keep the textures of the object as well as the color information of the vertices.

Polygon Cruncher is included in 3DBrowser Pro. This is a mesh optimizer that allows to simplify million of polygons scene. It keeps textures, normals and vertex painting. A batch module is also available.

By viewing the scene as it is optimized, you can choose the level of optimization that fits your needs.

It is possible to batch optimize scenes contained in a directory and automatically reduce them to different levels of detail.

Polygon Cruncher's MagicCruncher function automatically determines the ideal optimization level for each object in a scene. You don't have to do anything, everything is then automatic.

3DBrowser Pro also includes the license to use Polygon Cruncher StandAlone, an independent application dedicated to polygonal mesh optimization.

View your textures and images

An image viewer displays most of the existing image formats, including HDR image files (exr for example). The viewer displays transparency areas image (alpha channel). It includes many editing features such red eyes correction, image conversions, rotate to horizontal feature, liquid resize... An image viewer integrates the main functions to explore and modify your photos or textures. It displays the image layers (with or without transparency) and integrates the essential tools to perform basic operations on images:

  • Crop and resize
  • Export in different formats
  • Rotation to rectify the horizontal axis of an image
  • Color Adjustment
  • Liquid Rescale, deformations
  • Filters
  • Printing...

Efficiently explore your 3D digital library

The 3DBrowser explorer allows you to select several directories and display them together (flat view of images and 3D scenes). A fast filter allows to display only specific files (for example files of a certain type or containing certain IPTC, XMP or EXIF metadata).

3DBrowser is also a powerful tool for exploring 3D files, images or libraries stored on your computer or local network. Thus, you have at your disposal efficient functions to browse and explore:

  • Preview 3D files, images, even when they are in zip archives. These previews are shared with the Windows file explorer (thumbnail view and preview panel).
  • Flat folder view that enables you to view all the contents of a folder's sub-folders at once.
  • Fast file filtering
  • Compact or customizable view to display the metadata associated with the files (materials, number of polygons, EXIF...)
  • Creation and organization of favorite directories
  • An advanced search to quickly find a specific file among your collections
  • User specific sorting and grouping files according to a specific property

3DBrowser also provides rich features to quickly rename a set of files, hide useless parts of the folder tree structure, display folder and sub-folders sizes, create zip files…

Organize your 3D content

3DBrowser manages IPTC, EXIF and XMP metadatas. A window allows to edit the meta-data (keywords, description, notes, subject...) for your images or your 3d scenes. The meta datas are exported automatically to your files and the update of this data is transparent for the user. 3DBrowser also allows to export these data to a text file, to search or to filter among your images and 3D scenes using the metadatas.

3DBrowser allows you to describe your 3D or image libraries. For this purpose, you can quickly associate keywords, notes or categorize your files.

It is then possible to access this metadata from different tools of the application. For example :

  • In the search tool to find all the models with a particular category or a specific keyword
  •  
  • In the customizable display mode to spotlight useful information (3D or EXIF metadata for images)
  • In the print tool to produce contact sheets with notes and comments
  • In the annotation tool of the 3D viewer, in the slideshow...

Albums allow you to extract collections of files from different directories. Albums consist of references to these files. They allow you to gather some 3D assets in different ways, without changing the underlying organization of your files.

3DBrowser (Pro version) allows annotation within a 3D file. Annotations allow you to associate a comment to an object under the chosen viewing angle. Notes are visible in the 3D view and you can navigate from one note to another. This process simplifies the exchange of information within your teams.

Automate your 3D production chain

Besides offering functions to convert scenes or resize images from an entire directory in a few clicks, 3DBrowser also allows the creation of more complex tasks.

You can automate specific tasks by creating batch processing commands.

Most 3D and image processing are scriptable. Generate images from your 3D scenes? Convert images to JPEG 60 quality? Convert scenes in different formats ?

Select one of the predefined commands or create the one adapted to your needs.

3DBrowser (Pro version) includes Polygon Cruncher batch processing module. This tool automatically generates LOD versions from your high-resolution scenes. For a file or all files in a directory, you can export low-resolution versions optimized at 50%, 80% and 95% or at the level automatically determined by MagicCruncher. By calculating the optimal optimization ratio, MagicCruncher fully automates the process.

Tools to share your data

3DBrowser integrates many additional tools to share your data more easily.

3DBrowser prints contact sheets from your images and your 3D scenes. It is possible to print a description under each images using IPTC, EXIF or XMP metadata or using the information associated to your files (materials, polygon count...).

The printing tool produces contact sheets from your 3D libraries or images. In conjunction with Ghostscript you can export to PDF. You have full control over the layout: size and fonts, colors, number of images, header and footer, texts associated with the images (size, description, title...). You can choose from predefined templates or define your own.

You can easily create an animated GIF from your scenes, a quick and easy way to share visuals via instant messaging.

You can produce a slideshow from your 3D libraries or display your models while the computer is idle.

Snap specific details of your scenes with the screen capture tool and share these images (or videos) with third parties by e-mail, or by copy-pasting them to your instant messaging thread.

It is also possible to export all the metadata linked to your files to a text file for reintegration in a database for example.

The zip creation tool allows you to compress in 1 click a set of files or a complete tree structure.

And much more...

Find and try other features of 3DBrowser and 3DBrowser Pro. You dispose of a 30-day evaluation period in the full version to adopt the software definitively.