Our sponsor GRAPHISOFT recently launched their new mobile device, called GRAPHISOFT BIMx™, which is their latest innovation for the iPad/iPhone. The development makes BIMx an interactive environment with game-like navigation, available to anyone, even those that do not hold a license of the professional authoring software in which the building model was originally created. BIMx models can be viewed on the iPad/iPhone through a purpose-built app directly linked to the BIMx community for “social” model sharing on Facebook. More information on their innovative product after the break.
The integrated BIMx community on Facebook is the place where Architects holding a BIMx license – commercial or educational – can publish their models directly to this online community. All the familiar Facebook likes and share remain and have been customized to include functions for filtering models by educational or professional types; searching models using key-words or finding uploaded models of specific users, architects or clients. BIMx models can be uploaded, browsed and downloaded by non-Facebook users as well; only “liking” and “commenting” requires Facebook registration. Features of BIMx for iPad/iPhone include: - real-time 3D navigation - stereo, shaded and hidden line views - enhanced with gravity - fly-mode - egress recognition - ‘tap to go through the door’ - ‘tap to go there’ The BIMx desktop application is part of the standard ArchiCAD 15 installation. BIMx for the iPad/iPhone will be available as a free app from Apple’s App Store and will be launched together with the Facebook integrated online BIMx community on September 20. A special promotion from September 20 through October 31 allows ALL ArchiCAD 15 users to create full-fledged BIMx models and share them with their clients, either directly or through the Facebook BIMx community site for a six-week introductory period. Following the promotion (from November 1 on), users holding a BIMx commercial license can continue using the full BIMx facilities. ArchiCAD 15 users without a commercial BIMx license may continue using the BIMx desktop application locally on their computers in TRIAL mode until the next release in 2012. Academic users (students, teachers, schools) will have continuous access to the BIMx facilities as long as their ArchiCAD EDU license is valid. Beginning September 20, the BIMx iPad/iPhone app will be available from the App Store free of charge. For more information about GRAPHISOFT BIMx, please visit here.