The new Ecdesign 4.7 is getting great reviews and we could not be more excited about the new Oculus Rift VR support and SketchUp model importer. We have seen some amazing 3D designs in the past couple days and things will just keep on getting better. You can enroll in our free e-learning platform, courses.ecdesign.se if looking to learn how to use the new features.
Introducing SketchUp and VR support
The new Ecdesign 4.7 is finally here. The latest update is one of the biggest ever done in Ecdesign. Ecdesign 4.7 includes a new feature making it possible to import of SketchUp 3D models. This means you can search and import models from 3D Warehouse or create your own using SketchUp. 3D Warehouse contains millions of free models and now you can add them to your Ecdesign layout. Learn how to use SketchUp with Ecdesign.
Experience your layout in VR
Now you can step into your finished Ecdesign floorplan design in full immersive VR. In Ecdesign 4.7 we introduce support for Oculus Rift VR headsets. Oculus Rift is unlike anything you´ve ever experienced. Combining Ecdesign with Oculus Rift VR will truly make you feel like you are stepping insidethe layout. Learn how to use Ecdesign with the Rift.
We are very happy to announce Stella Kuo, Johnson Health Tech Taiwan, the winner of our contest "Where do you create your Ecdesign magic". The contest was a great way to show how Ecdesign is used in over 115 countries. We received wonderful contest entries from every continent and a few of them are shown in the above image. The winner, Stella Kuo's took the photo in the Johnson Health Tech headquarter in Taiwan (Greta Chen is the woman in the picture). Stella wins a free annual subscription to Ecdesign. Congratulations to Stella and a big thank you to everyone who entered in the contest.
We have received alot of requests to add more symbols to Ecdesign and now there is a new update in the Standard library (generic library).
In the symbols library you now will find new 2D symbols (they will not appear in 3D).
In the same update we have included a number of new LED light options. The new lights are available in the STANDARD object library under LAMPS.
The summer is almost over here in Sweden and we are back to business as usual. During the summer our development team has been working on some exciting new & improved features to be released during the fall of 2017.
One feature we are extra excited about is a new local importer of Sketchup models. This means you will be able to add 3D from Sketchup Warehouse, the world's largest site for downloading 3D models. We are currently beta testing the new features and a release date will be announced shortly.
Ecdesign help business grow
In July we did a customer survey and 96% of our users feel Ecdesign is important to their business and 86% will recommend Ecdesign to a colleague or friend. We could not be happier about such great feedback, but we are not slowing down. The survey also gave us some very insightful feedback which we will closely study to help improve Ecdesign going forward.
Free online training
Be sure to enroll in free online Ecdesign training courses. Our Ecdesign academy is a great place to learn how to use Ecdesign. The courses covers every aspect of Ecdesign and you finish of each course with a quiz.
We have put together a quick guide the Ecdesign 3D user interface (3D toolbar menu). The guide is great for beginners who needs some help with what each respective icon in the toolbar menu does.
More presentation options
In the new PRESENTATION OPTION menu you can select from different render output options. Use the basic render, if you would like a crisp, neutral rendering. Use day, studio or night render options for more dynamic images/video presentations.
PAVIGYM- fitness floor configurations
In our official Ecdesign 4.6 version you can now create amazing PAVIGYM fitness floor configurations. You get access to PAVIGYM's full floor library and you can customize the layout down to individual floor tiles. In the automatic PDF presentation you can even include an estimate/ overview on what tiles/ how many tiles where used in each room of the layout.
Not seing the updates
If you are currently using the old Ecdesign 4.15, then you will not see the new updates. This is because Ecdesign 4.5 and higher is based on a new platform, so you will have download the new version here, www.ecdesign.se/download-ecdesign
Can I use the new Ecdesign on older computers?
Ecdesign is a 3D software so we do recommend using a computer with dedicated graphics (NVIDIA) however Ecdesign will run on most PC's. Really old computers lack support for Direct X11 and 3D will not load correctly. If this is the case for you, no problems, just go to settings in Ecdesign 4.6 and select "use 4.15 viewer". This will let you run Ecdesign with our legacy 4.15 viewer. We will have this option available for a longer period of time (until platform 5.).
Enroll in free e-learning courses
Be sure to enroll in free online video training courses. We have courses covering all aspects of Ecdesign. The e-learning site is truly the best way to learn Ecdesign.