HOOPS Communicator Public Roadmap

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2021

This page provides you with some insights about the HOOPS Communicator roadmap. If you are interested in providing input or collaborating on any of the projects below, please contact HOOPS Communicator's Product Manager or Tech Soft 3D support.

RELEASE PLAN

HOOPS Communicator release schedule consists of a major release and two service packs per year.

Minor updates might be released in between according to needs:

  • Fix regressions or high priority issues

  • Deliver updated formats to reduce availability delays

RELEASE SCHEDULE

Provisional dates – Subject to change

VERSION

RELEASE DATE

VERSION

RELEASE DATE

HC 2021 U1

Feb 16, 2021

HC 2021 SP1

Apr 21, 2021

HC 2021 SP1 U1

May 11, 2021

HC 2021 SP2

Jul 6, 2021 SP2 is delayed, new targeted release date is Jul 16, 2021

HC 2021 SP2 U1

July 27, 2021 Aug 3, 2021

HC 2021 SP2 U2

Sep 28, 2021

HC 2022

Dec 14, 2021

FORMAT UPDATES PLAN

Provisional plan – Subject to change

FORMAT

VERSION

FORMAT

VERSION

Sketchup 2021

HC 2021 SP2

Catia V5_6R2021

HC 2021 SP1 U1

CREO 8

HC 2021 SP2

NX 1980(2021 June version)

HC 2021 SP2

Inventor 2022

HC 2021 SP2 U1

Solid Edge 2022

HC 2021 SP2 U2

ACIS 2021 1.0

HC 2022

SolidWorks 2022

HC 2022

Revit 2022

HC 2022

NX (2021 Dec. version)

HC 2022

SHORT-TERM PROJECTS

Projects planned to be delivered in next release (next 4 months)

  • IFC Improvements

    • Support additional classes and information that will help model analysis and querying. This will include both the semantic information and being able to display the relationships graphically.

      • Spatial relationships: Project, Site, Building, Story, Spaces, Walls.

      • New classes: Openings.

      • Optimizations for Pipes and Beams

  • New platform: Support of Apple Silicon platform

    • HOOPS Communicator will be ported to Apple's new ARM64 architecture. This is critical for partners using HOOPS Communicator with toolkits such as Electron, delivering a more native application experience (rather than web-based).

    • Beta support was already provided with HOOPS Communicator 2021.

  • Support for assembly level features in shattered workflows

    • HOOPS Communicator currently supports assembly-level features in its monolithic mode. This project will enable assembly level features when used in Communicator’s shattered workflow (where each CAD part in an assembly is converted separately into a stream cache file. This is critical for partners in PLM.

  • Support and display of Mates

    • This project will focus on delivering support of the CATIA V5 mates to help applications in Manufacturing simulation, Robotic, Kinematics Analysis and more generate a kinematics model of the assembly.

    • Mates will be supported both semantically and graphically.

    • Note that the support of Mates for other formats might be considered in future release cycles.

MID-TERM PROJECTS

Planned or on-going projects that might be delivered mid-term (in one or two releases) – After 4 months / before 12 months

  • Improved performance for large models

    • This project will focus on improving frames per second performance when working with large models, or data sets comprised of many files. Examples include BIM federation workflows and Digital Factory simulations.

  • Improved support of HSF files

    • HSF files that contain drawings may not display correctly in HOOPS Communicator. This project aims to bring parity where possible between HOOPS Visualize and HOOPS Communicator for rendering.

  • New format support: PLM/XML reader

    • PLM/XML format is an XML-based file format designed by Siemens PLM Software to facilitate interaction in product lifecycle management.

  • New format support: Navisworks Reader

    • Navisworks is a 3D design review solution used primarily in construction industries.

    • This project will focus on the NWD format which corresponds to the publishing of a project, including all loaded models, the environment, views, and saved viewpoints.

  • Improved support for SolidWorks materials

    • The support of visual models’ appearances (material, textures, decals) is meant for high fidelity rendering and full-color printing of parts and will serve PLM/Visualization as well as Manufacturing as a Service applications. The scope of this project is to improve the support of SolidWorks appearances by adding the surfacic projection for textures as well as decals.

LONG-TERM PROJECTS

Longer-term projects we are considering

  • New format support: DGN Reader

    • DGN MicroStation is a CAD software platform developed by Bentley Systems and used in the architectural and engineering industries.

  • Client-side Collision Detection

    • While HOOPS Exchange licensees can use an integration between Communicator and Exchange to check for collisions, this is a server-side integration. This project would aim to have collision detection performed on the client-side (in the web viewer).

  • Add support for implicit modeling

    • The generative design market is pushing the boundaries of what can be manufactured. However, since they do not typically use standard BRep / single body mesh forms HOOPS Communicator cannot display these models efficiently. This project will be to investigate what changes would be required to make it easier for generative design applications to use HOOPS Communicator.

  • Add DWG & Revit support for 2D Floorplan Generation

    • The current 2D Floorplan Generation only works with IFC models. Adding support for popular BIM formats is a common request.

  • Support of massive point clouds

    • As workflows in BIM & AEC continue to use large point cloud sets, Communicator needs to scale its support for massive sets. Some workflows include comparing large point cloud sets to the original data files to check that construction is as designed.

  • Investigate adding custom shader support to HOOPS Communicator

    • Currently, Communicator does not support custom shaders. This project would aim to expose the ability to insert your own shaders into Communicator's web viewer.

  • Add ability to serialize changes to models from the Web Viewer to Stream Cache

    • Some partners have requested adding the ability to use Communicator in an editing workflow. This requires adding the ability to open a stream cache file and edit its contents.