SOURCE: Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D

February 24, 2009 12:06 ET

Tech Soft 3D Announces the Release of HOOPS® v17.0

With Enhanced Large Model Interaction and Expanded File Format Support

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2009) - Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) today announced the availability of their latest HOOPS release 17.0, another customer-driven release for the engineering software industry from the leading graphics toolkit provider.

Gavin Bridgeman, Director of Product Strategy for Tech Soft 3D, noted, "The 200+ software teams relying on HOOPS asked us to focus this release on three key areas: developing extreme performance with large models, creating enhanced use of shaders in our rendering pipeline, and expanding the number of file formats HOOPS can import/export. We're proud to say that HOOPS v17.0 delivers on all of these primary goals."

To view a video demonstration that highlights some of the latest capabilities of HOOPS visit:

A free evaluation version of HOOPS 17.0 is possible through Tech Soft's 60-Day Evaluation program:


HOOPS is a high-performance graphics framework used within applications from engineering software companies such as Autodesk, SolidWorks, PTC, MSC.Software, ANSYS/Fluent, COADE, Bentley, Siemens PLM Solutions, Mitutoyo, IronCAD and 200+ others. By leveraging the robust set of HOOPS libraries, software teams are able to develop high-performance, visually rich applications and get those applications to market quickly and cost effectively.

Highlights of HOOPS 17.0 include:

--  Interactive Rendering of Large Models:  This release continues the
    pattern of significant performance gains through advanced algorithms,
    allowing smooth interaction with large models
--  Adobe 3D OEM Platform Integration: With this add-on toolkit, HOOPS
    applications can now easily import 25+ CAD as well as export rich 3D PDF
--  File Format Extensions: In addition to special handling for large DWG
    files, HOOPS' format support has been extended to include import of the
    SketchUp and PTS/PTX (point cloud) formats.
--  DirectX Enhancements: The shader-based DirectX driver has been
    enhanced to support additional capabilities such as ambient occlusion,
    weighted silhouettes and gooch rendering.
--  WPF and C# Enhancements: Multiple extensions have been made to our C#
    interface and a new sample implementation of HOOPS alongside Windows
    Presentation Foundation has been created.
--  New Memory Manager: HOOPS' memory manager and certain internal data-
    structures have been redesigned to ensure HOOPS is as lightweight as
    possible.  This work is particularly important when dealing with large
    datasets. Developers desiring more control over HOOPS' memory allocations
    can also now register their own memory manager.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides premier component technologies and related services that enable software developers to rapidly create world-class technical software. The company's flagship HOOPS technology has been incorporated into nearly 200 commercial software applications. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells premium components such as the Autodesk's RealDWG® Toolkit, Adobe 3D OEM Platform, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial's 3D InterOp translation toolkits. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Berkeley, California and can be reached through

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