Viewing, Managing, and Sharing 3D Viewer Models


Reference Number: KB-03068
Last Modified: January 18, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

How do I view, manage, or share a 3D Viewer model? 


Example of a 3D Model in the Chief Architect 3D Viewer.


ANSWER

3D Viewer model files can be exported from within the Chief Architect software, and then viewed, managed, and shared by utilizing the tools available in your Chief Architect Account. Before Exporting to the Chief Architect 3D Viewer, it's recommended that the plan be optimized for viewing in this format. Please review article KB-03044: Optimizing a Chief Architect Plan for Export to the 3D Viewer.


Note: To Export a 3D Viewer model from Chief Architect, yourSSA (Support & Software Assurance)will need to be current and your Chief Architect Premier or Interiors version/build must be 18.3 or newer.


To export a 3D Viewer model file to the Chief Architect Cloud

  1. Open the plan you would like to export a 3D Viewer model file from and navigate to 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview Perspective Full Overview icon.


  2. Select File> Export> Export Chief Architect 3D Viewer File Export Chief Architect 3D Viewer File icon.


  3. If you're not already logged in, the Chief Architect Account Login dialog will display. Login to the online account that is associated with your Chief Architect license.


  4. In Chief Architect X11 and newer versions, the Export Options dialog will display. Select either Create New Model to create a new 3D Viewer model file, or Replace Existing Model to overwrite an existing 3D Viewer model file that was uploaded previously.


  5. In the Export 3D Viewer File dialog that opens next, provide a Name and an optional Description.

     Export 3D Viewer File dialog where a name and description can be specified

    Notice that this dialog also shows the model's Surface Count and the Texture Size. It's recommended to keep the number of exported surfaces below 500,000 and exported texture memory below 50MB. For information on how to control these numbers, please review article KB-03044: Optimizing a Chief Architect Plan for Export to the 3D Viewer.


  6. Click the Cameras button to specify which saved cameras to export.

    Adjust what cameras will be exported, along with the active view when the model is viewed

    • Place a check in the Include column for any cameras that you want to be exported with the 3D Viewer model file.

    • Place a check in the Initial View column for the camera that will be the first view seen when the model is opened in the 3D Viewer. 


  7. Click OK to confirm your camera selections, and then click OK on the Export 3D Viewer File dialog to initiate the upload to the cloud.


  8. An information message will follow confirming the upload. Your 3D Viewer model file can now be viewed and managed within your Chief Architect online Account


To view, manage, or share a 3D Viewer Model

  1. Sign in to your Chief Architect Online Account and click on Manage 3D Viewer Models.


  2. Click the View button next to your 3D Viewer model file to view it in your web browser.

    Note: 3D Viewer model files are not viewable with Internet Explorer. For more information on the system requirements for the Chief Architect 3D Viewer, please refer to the 3D Viewer System Requirements page. 


  3. If at anytime, you want to remove or deactivate a 3D Viewer model file from your online account, click on the Deactivate button next to the models name.


  4. 3D Viewer model files are private by default. A 3D Viewer model file needs to be made public before it can be shared or embedded. Click the Make Public button to enable sharing.

    Selecting the Make Public button for a 3D Viewer model file

    To make a public 3D Viewer model file private, click on the Make Private button. Any users that had access to the model will lose access immediately and any open instances of the model will be closed.


  5. Once the 3D Viewer model file is made public, click the Share button to bring up the different sharing options.

    • Direct Link
      Click the Direct Link tab to directly share your 3D Viewer Model. Copy the link and paste it to wherever you're sharing it. This would be the link to use to see the 3D Viewer model file in your browser, the 3D Viewer mobile app, or sharing to various social media sites.

      Direct Link tab selected for sharing a 3D Viewer model file

    • E-mail
      Select the E-mail tab. Click the Send E-mail button to open the default mail application on your computer (Outlook, Microsoft Mail, macOS Mail, etc.). Click the copy button if your primary e-mail is a web-based e-mail (Gmail.com, Outlook.com, Yahoo.com, etc.). This will copy the text to your clipboard. Go to your web based e-mail client and start a new e-mail. Then paste the text to add it to your new e-mail.This method can also be used if you're wanting to share a 3D Viewer model file with a client or colleague that is using the 3D Viewer mobile app.

      E-mail tab selected for sharing a 3D Viewer model file

    • Embed
      Click on the Embed tab, copy the HTML code, and paste it into the source code for your website; or provide the code to your webmaster and ask them to add it to your website.

      Embed tab selected for sharing a 3D Viewer model file