Tuesday, April 4, 2006

JetStream v5 from NavisWorks Released

NavisWorks has released a major version of JetStream. It's a great software that we use to review large 3D models created in AutoCAD, ADT, MagiCAD, ProSteel 3D, PDMS and other 3D software packages. The models are so large that we cannot even open them in AutoCAD because it cannot handle these models even with 2GB RAM. But with JetStream it's a piece of cake to navigate in them, finding clashes automatically and manually. Based on my experience of the product and what's added to these version I'm sure we'll soon upgrade and deploy. It has my recommendations. Looking at some of the enhancements I quickly found that these where relevant directly for us:
  • SwitchBack - take camera views directly back to the CAD package
  • Selection Set Management Improvements - sorting and folder hierarchies
  • Viewpoint sorting - sort viewpoints list
  • Selection Tree sorting - sort selection tree items
  • Allow NWC/NWD close file ASAP - allow other people access to the files whilst navigating
  • Absolute coordinates display - visible XYZ position of camera view
  • Full-screen mode - remove all interface controls, expanding the 3D view to full screen
  • TimeLiner Playback without TimeLiner license - play TimeLiner simulations without the need for a full TimeLiner license
  • SwitchBack - take clashing objects directly back to the CAD package for fast clash resolution
  • Multiple Selections/Multiple Changes - change status settings on multiple clash items simultaneously
  • Column sorting - sort clash lists based on column data
  • Run without Install - Run Freedom without needing to install
  • Option to prevent Object Properties from being exported - additional security by preventing CAD-originating properties from being exported
  • ...

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