HOOPS Visualize 3DF Public Roadmap

As of Mar 1, 2022

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

Release Plan

HOOPS Visualize release schedule consists of a major release and two or more service packs(x.10, x.20) per year.

Minor updates (x.11, x.21) might be released in between according to fix regressions or high priority issues.

Release Schedule

See the HOOPS Target General Availability Dates.

Format Updates Plan

Provisional plan – Subject to change





Sketchup 2021

3DF 25.30, 3DF 26.10

Additionally, refer to the HOOPS Exchange Roadmap for Format Updates Plan, if applicable.

Short-term projects

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

  • Improve custom shader support

    • 3DF has supported custom shaders for many years. However this functionality needs improvements. These improvements extend across improving the documentation, supporting custom shaders across all entities (not just triangles), and extending the capabilities allowed.

  • Improved rendering quality

    • Several improvements are planned for PBR in Visualize. This should include better support for environment mapping, image based lighting, and rendering which is similar to the rendering in HOOPS Communicator. Finally we will add a mechanism to allow non-PBR models (such as CAD models) to be displayed in a PBR mode, providing higher quality renderings without having to re-author all data in a PBR application.

    • Visualize will improve our PBR rendering support, including clearcoat and specular materials. This is required to render many glTF models as expected.

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

  • Rendering of liquid and gas volumes

    • HOOPS Visualize will add support for rendering of liquid and gas volumes. This is to better support our partners in the CAE market.

  • Out Of Core Point Cloud Improvements

    • OOC will be ported to all Visualize 3DF supported platforms.

    • Point clouds will be insertable via API into OOC, instead of having to supply a file for preprocessing.

Long-term projects

Longer term projects we are considering

  • 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.

  • PBR output through Exchange sprocket

    • The Exchange Sprocket will be updated to offer the ability to take a HOOPS Visualize model and export it to GLTF through HOOPS Exchange.

  • Client-side Collision Detection

    • While HOOPS Exchange licensees can use an integration between Visualize and Exchange to check for collisions, this is not designed for interactivity. This project would aim to have collision detection performed in Visualize without reliance on Exchange.

  • 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 Visualize 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 Visualize.

  • Vulkan or DX12 drivers

    • Adding support for new generation graphics APIs will enable Visualize to add new functionality and to also begin refactoring the 3DF GS to take advantage of modern GPU architecture.