V3.1 Smoother Drawings / Flying, Smarter Graphs
It’s been only 2.5 weeks since V3.0’s release, but we’ve spent the last month working on some expansions and loose ends from that mammoth version. Most importantly, we are intent on releasing features every 4 weeks or sooner, so every customer feels their 3D platform is growing rapidly, and their requests are addressed as quickly as possible.
Drawing Designer is easier and easier to navigate with smooth linework.
The technology involved in the Drawing Designer is complex. Creating line drawings of your model can become an intense calculation, quite quickly. So we’ve improved the way Modumate draws its drawings, such that users can zoom in and out more smoothly, which improves productivity when annotating those drawings with dimensions and tags.
We are committed to providing a top-tier user experience, so upgrades like these are worth highlighting in their own right!
In the Drawing Designer, you can now draw annotation lines to augment your drawings.
In any 3D-2D application, there end up being some elements you just can’t add to the 3D scene - you don’t have a model for it, or you don’t learn about it until after modeling is done. Modumate now allows you to add annotation lines onto your sheets to cover those edge cases.
Alternatively, you might want to indicate the relationship between elements. Or show operation lines on doors. Or show a section cut line on a plan. The use cases for lines are practically endless… but Modumate is ready to add these line annotations in every case!
Viewing your scene as a fly-around is smoother than ever.
We often hear from users that they want to give a “flythrough presentation” of their building. In previous tools, that process involved a lot of saving views and sequencing them into a video, or drawing a travel path and keyframing the view directions. In Modumate, we’ve leaned into our video game roots and enable users to fly around using the QWEASD keys while holding right-click: W = forward, S = backward, A = left, D = right, Q = up, E = down. You can easily record this flight into a video using screen-capture tools built into your OS… for example, press Windows + G on a Windows PC, or run QuickTime Player on MacOS.
Flying is also a convenient way to navigate the scene when modeling interior spaces - it’s often better to turn your head by flying, rather than orbiting around a point, when your space is so tight there’s no central point onscreen to orbit around!
Massing Graph elements always face up!
This is a simple one, but such a time saver. Massing Graph elements each have a direction. Edges typically run from the older vertex to the newer vertex. Faces point in whichever direction their final edge says is clockwise-forward. But sometimes, these directions are upside-down from how construction elements should be oriented - like an upside-down floor or railing post.
So with this release, non-vertical planes or edges all face upward, which means the assemblies that host on them will be oriented correctly.
So there you have it. We’re back in action with frequent releases, this time right after V3.0’s release. We’re working hard to develop Modumate faster than any other 3D BIM team.
As always, we want to hear from you how these features suit your needs - and what we should build next! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback about how you see the future of 3D BIM.
Until then, here’s to the future of 3D building design!
-The Modumate Team