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HOOPS Communicator 2016 Dramatically Improves Performance with Large Models, Enables Development of Powerful, Scalable Browser-Based Solutions for Manufacturers


Toolkit for cloud-based applications features real-time streaming of model data, a highly scalable architecture to handle larger, more complex models, and improved graphics capabilities

Bend, OR, USA –  February 24, 2016 – Tech Soft 3D today announces the release of HOOPS Communicator 2016, an easy-to-deploy developer toolkit that allows engineers to view and deeply integrate CAD data directly within their browser-based applications. Users will find that HOOPS Communicator has been completely revamped to support even the largest, most complex models with a high-performance and engineering-focused graphics kernel at its core. Other major enhancements include full streaming of model data, allowing for near instantaneous viewing and interacting with data-sets of all sizes as well as a highly scalable server architecture. Developers can also now author their own data directly with a new data authoring component.

HOOPS Communicator 2016 provides two main ways to stream data to the client.  The first is intelligent streaming which requires no manual intervention while the second is selective, on-demand loading, which allows clients to initiate streaming of individual parts or subassemblies of a complex model or quickly display different assembly configuration on-the-fly. Streaming allows users to access models before they are completely loaded – a crucial time-saver when working with large and complex data sets.

The server component of HOOPS Communicator has been designed to facilitate a high degree of scalability and easy integration into any cloud architecture.

HOOPS Communicator’s new streaming file format enables data to be streamed efficiently to a web browser, including precise geometry data allowing users to interrogate the model and make exact measurements.  A new data authoring library allows users to bring their own proprietary model data in the system, while support for “shattered” workflows gives the option to incrementally update complex assemblies.

“With HOOPS Communicator 2016, we reimagined what could be done with cloud-based engineering applications,” says Guido Hoffmann, HOOPS Communicator Product Manager. “HOOPS Communicator now combines sophisticated graphics performance, advanced streaming capabilities, and model editing functionality so that even demanding and large-scale data sets can be accessed and viewed on the web with speed and ease.”

About HOOPS Communicator
HOOPS Communicator integrates seamlessly into web applications to provide rich 3D data in the cloud and mobile devices. Several leading cloud providers are currently shipping commercial solutions based on HOOPS Communicator technology, including GrabCAD (now Stratasys), TeamPlatform (by 3D Systems), Kenesto, Aras, Directworks and Solair, with many more in active development. Developers interested in evaluating HOOPS Communicator can sign up for a free 60-day trial.

About Tech Soft 3D
Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications, as well as the creator of the 3D format that is part of the PDF standard. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide, while the tetra4d brand of end-user products are used by many of the top manufacturing and construction firms for converting CAD data into 3D PDF.  For more information, visit and

HOOPS is a registered trademark of Tech Soft 3D. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.

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