viso 3d for mac released

Cadalog, Inc., developer of popular SketchUp plug-ins like SU Podium V2 and Podium Browser, has released Viso3D Mac version to export SketchUp models for the iPad. Viso3D will export SketchUp faces and textures, add a lightmap and then provide the ability to view and navigate the 3D model on an iOs device. The lightmap will simulate SketchUp sun, shadows and indirect lighting. The Viso3D iPad app supports walk thrus, orbiting, panning, lines for edges and SketchUp scene positions.

Viso3D is comprised of two separate programs. One is a SketchUp plug-in which will export a SketchUp model along with textures, scenes, sun light and shadows to an iOs supported file format called .xcs. This SketchUp plug-in has a lightmap option which will bake sun light and shadows to SketchUp textures and add indirect lighting to the model. The SketchUp plug-in has an introduction price of $19.95 until September 1, 2013. The plug-in supports both Mac and Windows version of SketchUp 8 or SketchUp 2013.

A free 30 day trial of the Viso3D SketchUp exporter plug-in is available at

The other program is a free iPad/iOs app that will allow you to view and navigate the 3D .xcs file. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes app store. It includes 3D navigation tools such as orbiting, rotating, panning and walk thru motions.


Using the free Viso3D iOs app, one can view and navigate an exported SketchUp model. The exported file includes the SketchUp geometry, colors, textures, scenes and shadows. The navigation tools include orbiting, panning, moving forward and backward (walk thru), display of face edges, turning off and on the lightmap (sun and shadows) and the support of SketchUp scene camera positions. One can send the converted .xcs file by e-mail or download the files using Dropbox for iPad or any other iOs file manager. Alternatively, use iTunes to transfer the .xcs files from your computer.

Some very large models may be impossible to view due to the system memory limits of the iOs devices. Cadalog, Inc. recommends to test the free Viso3D app by downloading it from iTunes app store. There are several sample .xcs files from the sample page on

Read about Viso3D here:

Viso3D specifications. The Viso3D SketchUp exporter plug-in requires SketchUp 8 or SketchUp 2013, Windows or Mac. The Viso3D iOS app requires iOS 6.0 or above. The more system memory (RAM) on the device, the better.

About Cadalog, Inc. Cadalog, Inc. is a developer of SketchUp plug-ins such as a popular photo-realistic program called SU Podium V2. Also it is the developer of a large render ready library for SketchUp called Podium Browser. Cadalog, Inc. develops Podium Walker, a photo-realistic animation plug-in for SketchUp. Cadalog, Inc. is also the master distributor of SketchUp Pro in most of Asia. Please visit this web site for more information:


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