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inSpace 3D browser release 2 – 18th August 2014

inSpaceBlogUpdate17082014_250_250 Over 2013 we pushed a lot of functionality into the code base but much of this functionality is still not fully exposed to users. Our aim was to get it integrated into the architecture and ready to be fleshed out and exposed once we are happy that the basic functionality of the browser was working well. Over the last few months our development focus has been around nailing a simple proposition – that of viewing and sharing photo albums in 3D Webspace. We have been working hard to make sure that the functionality required for this, as well as our core navigation paradigm, really works well. This consolidation has also included a significant amount of bug fixing on the data streaming systems so, all together, inSpace is starting to feel like a real product now . The latest release takes us to a point where 3D Webspace can be smoothly navigated and many concurrent objects, such as images and Wikipedia pages, can be streamed and viewed seamlessly. Additionally the navigation bar functionally has been optimised, the up, forward and back buttons are now working consistently which allows you to tour where you have recently been. We have also added a grid layout option as we continue to enhance the functionality available in the layout system.

Work for the next update

Over the coming six weeks we intend to consolidate further with one more phase of performance work. This will give us at least two times more performance in both downloading images and rendering performance, allowing you to view larger and more complex Webspaces with more content. In parallel to this performance work we are going to work on getting the first cut of 3D model importing into Webspace so that they can be viewed in the 3D Browser. The first functionality here will be to import untextured 3D printer models (.stl format and a few other simple formats depending on time). Import will be implemented as drag and drop of .stl files into the inSpace cloud (filespace) on our Website. As with images, dragging these files into your Webspace will allow them to be seen in the 3D browser. Time permitting we hope to allow dragging and dropping of html links to .stl files directly into the 3D browser. On our website, we will add permissions support so that you can easily define which users see which aspects of your Webspace content as well as heading toward finalising out “bitcoin like” system that I covered in the last post.