Don Lee wrote:Very nice!
But if I understand it correctly, BimX will only work
on AC 15? I also did not see a price beyond the free introduction period.
I guess your local reseller can inform you about prices after the free period.
Agree (reseller = pricing).
But, just to be sure everyone is understanding the changing terminology / licensing...
BimX is a free viewer for IOS devices. As far as we know, it will always be free, making it painless for any client to obtain the viewer. Well, as long as they have an IOS device.
BIM Explorer is the software that runs on your computer and can generate either (1) an executable program for either Mac (app) or Windows (exe) that you can send to a client to run on their own computer, or (2) a specially encoded model file that is read by BIMx on an iPad/iPhone. (There is a corresponding add-on that shows up in the File menu that lets you send the contents of the 3D window to BIM Explorer.)
BIM Explorer is free for the 6 week introductory period of BIMx - although I cannot tell from the press release if this is free only to produce (2) above - the BIMx model files. Not clear if folks can produce computer-based exe/app files during this special period.
BIM Explorer otherwise requires that you own a license - see your reseller. One US reseller has it priced at $645 for ArchiPlus subscribers and $1,295 for non-subscribers. Without a license, and outside of the trial period, BIM Explorer can produce a viewer app/exe - but that viewer can only run on the same computer that generated it, just as a demonstration of what a client would get had one purchased a license.
BIM Explorer is essentially identical to what used to be called Virtual Building Explorer (VBE). If you get a BIM Explorer license, you can run the appropriate version of VBE with earlier versions of AC. But, note that VBE (14 and earlier) has not been modified to produce BIMx model files - only BIM Explorer for 15 will have this feature, as far as we know.
Last clarification (!) - it does not matter if your own computer is Windows or Mac, BIM Explorer (or VBE) can produce an executable model viewer for either or both of Windows or Mac - so no matter what kind of computer your client uses, you can produce a computer-based viewer for them.
Ideally, only your model is spinning at this point, and not your head.