New in Version 1.6

Version 1.6 contains a big innovation for PC users: The launcher known from mobile devices is now also included in the PC version. This facilitates the handling of presentations. Please note the changes to the folder structure! At the same time, the launcher has been revised to simplify the creation of new tours. Changes made on mobile devices can now be synchronized back to the server. The simple import of 3D objects is another highlight. Still new is a beta version for Mac OSX.

Thanks to all clients for sharing their ideas and suggestions.

Get a quick overview: VR-Suite 1.6 New feature and changes overview

New Launcher and File Structure

The new Launcher is now also available on PC.

Important to know

  • Autostart this presentation It is possible to skip the launcher and autostart a specific presentation. related Link: Autostart this presentation: Automatic Tour Start
  • Presentation save mode If you can not see all these options your presentation is in Presentation save mode. related Link: Presentation Safe Mode
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  1. Update available If there is an update available for a presentation, you will be asked for download when starting the presentation.
  2. Not on cloud server This presentation is only on your device. The server version is deleted or you have copied this presentation via cable.
  3. Start the Presentation
  4. Duplicate the Presentation Make a copy to rename the presentation or to work with a variant.
  5. Delete from Device The version on the cloud serve will not be deleted. Related Link: delete a presentation from server: Cloud Upload & File transfer via cable
  6. Open the options Click to get the options delete and duplicate.
  7. Download Download the presentation from cloud server.
  8. Enter clientID Enter your own clientID in format xxx-xxx to see your own presentations. If you change the clientID no presentations of other clientIDs will be deleted.
  9. Page Navigation Easily handle larger count of presentations within one clientID.
  10. Create a new Presentation Easily copy your 360° mediafiles and corresponding slideshows in the self opening folder input. Related Link: Importing media
  11. Enter your Serial Key If you enter your purchased serial key you change also to your clintID area. After this you can import media files without branding and copy presentations to the cloud or via cable to the devices.
  12. Reload settings If you upload a new presentation the new settings will not be downloaded automatically because you maybe have made individual changes on your device. The settings will only download if you enter the clientID or press this reload button.

New File Structure !!!

Instead the folder “data”, on PC you now see your clientID as folder. Inside the clientID folder “xxx-xxx” you find all your existing presentations now. They are named “data_mypresentation”. The preview images for the launcher you will find in xxx-xxx/ImageCache they are named with an under bar as prefix: “_mypresentation.jpg”

Import old Presentations

Automatic conversion of an old presentations

  1. In launcher enter your serial number or clientID.
  2. Copy your folder “data” beside the VR-Suite application (.exe) or inside the clientID folder “xxx-xxx”.
  3. Restart VR-Suite.
  4. The converting starts automatically and you can enter a name for the presentation.

Manual conversion of multiple old presentations

  1. Rename each of the old presentation´s folder “data” into “data_mypresentation” - where “my_presentation” represents the the new name for the respective presentation.
  2. Copy the folders “data_mypresentation” into the clientID folder “xxx-xxx”.
  3. Start the VR-Suite

Set an individual preview image off line

  1. Create a .jpg with 1280 x 960 pixels
  2. Rename the picture exactly like the presentation and add an underbar as prefix: “_mypresentation.jpg”
  3. Copy the picture into the folder: xxx-xxx/ImageCache
  4. Restart VR-Suite.

Create a new Presentations

To create a new presentation is very easy:

  1. In launcher press the button “create”.
  2. Copy your 360° media files and sideshows into the folder “Input” which will open automatically.
  3. Press the button “start” in the dialog.

Read more about the import: Importing media

New Functions

Slideshows with 3D Objects

3D Objects overview

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A new special form of slideshows are 3D Object Slideshows. These slideshows can not be mixed with other media files. Each Sideshow can only contain one single 3D object. You can rotate the 3D objects by moving your head. To close the sideshow move your head beside.

Size of 3D objects

Please note that 3D models are preloaded when changing the location. The memory of mobile devices (especially iOS) can run full if there are too many large 3D models in one location. In this case the VR-Suite App will be closed without warning!

The maximum number of polygons depends on the hardware Rough guide values:

  • Mobile devices: 150,000 polygons
  • Oculus compatible computers: 15 Mio polygons

Import a 3D Object as a Slideshow

  1. Create a folder with your 3D model and the textures in it.
  2. Make sure that the textures are linked inside your 3D format.
  3. Put this folder in to the location where the 3D model needs to be.
  4. Start the VR-Suite and press Sync Media while in Edit Mode.

Supported 3D Formats

VR-Suite supports 22 3D formtas including 3DS, OBJ and BLEND:

List with 22 supported 3D formats

  • 3D - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • 3DS
  • 3MF
  • AC
  • AMF
  • ASE
  • ASSBIN
  • ASSXML
  • B3D
  • BLEND
  • BSP (Q3D)
  • BVH
  • COB - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • CSM - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • DAE
  • DXF - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • FBX - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • GLTF
  • HMP
  • IFC - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • IRR - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • IRRMESH
  • LWO
  • LWS
  • MD2
  • MD3
  • MD5 - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • MDC - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • MDL
  • MS3D
  • NDO
  • NFF
  • OBJ
  • OFF
  • OGEX - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • PLY
  • Q3D
  • Q3S
  • RAW
  • SCN - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • SIB
  • SMD - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • STL
  • TER
  • VTA - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • X - PARTIAL SUPPORT
  • X3D
  • XGL
  • ZGL - PARTIAL SUPPORT

Read more about the import: Importing media

Options in media.xml

  • Distance in 3D: distance=”2”
  • Area in which you can look at the 3d modell without rotating: lookRadius=”15”
  • How much you can “tilt” your head until the object rotates: tiltRadius=”15”
  • Define how fast does the object rotate: rotationSpeed=”0.15”
  • Distance angle until the element fades out: closeRadius=”40”
  • Path to the 3D Model: modelURL=”1_1Muro Manmuro.fbx”
  • Shader: : Works best for most cases: shader=”0” - Standard Shader (0) - Wireframe (1) - Wireframe (2)
  • Mobile Unlit (3): Has the best performance. No Lighting.
  • Restrict rotation: - allowXRotation=”true” - allowYRotation=”true” - allowZRotation=”true”
  • Initial rotation: - rotX - rotY - rotZ

3D Objects & Conference known bugs

  • Conference mode: 3D objects cannot be controlled properly.
  • Conference mode: Closing 3D object slideshows often doesn’t work.
  • Mirror via Web mode: Everything works correctly as long as no more than two devices are connected. So you can e.g. mirror the view of an Oculus Go to an iPAD.

We are working on fixing these bugs as soon as possible.

Improved Tablet support

Better support of touch mode on tablets and smart phone in non vr mode.

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  1. Cardboard mode use a Cardboard to experience in VR
  2. Gyro mode Hold the device in your hand like looking through a window. Turn yourself to rotate in 360° locations. Bring buttons to the center of your view to interact.
  3. Touch mode Drag and drop with your fingers.

Notes to the Touch mode - BETA

The touch mode is a beta feature and will be improved in future. On Smart phones not all buttons are easy to click, this runs better on tablets. In Edit mode the icons will move if you drive with your fingers above them. In Conference situation: To open Conference menu drive the 360° location down and bring the i near by the middle of the screen. Than the Conference menu will be shown.

GearVR Icon on Home Screen

Due to changes in the current Android version, it is no longer possible to put an icon for the VR-Suite on the homescreen from within VR. Please use our additional VR-Suite Companion App for this purpose:

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.present4d.vrsuitecompanion.vrsuitecompanion

Editor

Change Editor Password

Be carefully: once you have changed the password you can not reset it!

Be carefully: The new password is valid for all devices associated with your clientID and will be synced via Internet.

If you lose your password we can reset it for you but we need your serial for authentication!

Editor password can be individualized in iMenu/settings: Start Editor

Sync edits between devices

Make changes in VR editor on mobile devices or PC and sync these changes back to the cloud server. Only a small xml file will be uploaded. If you download the new version of a presentation on an other device, the whole presentation must be loaded. (This will be optimized in future versions)

  1. Make your changes in VR editor
  2. Upload the tour in iMenu/cloud
  3. In launcher will be displayed that an update is available

Known Bug on Oculus Go: It is currently not possible to enter a license key on Oculus Go - so you cant sync back edits from this device.

On GearVR please copy the license key into clipboard before you start the VR-Suite and turn on your GearVR to enter the license key.

Controller

  • More controller are supported: Oculus touch, steamVR, Oculus Go, GearVR

    Attention

    Current driver versions have a bug: the controller are not active after starting VR-Suite. To activate the controller press the oculus button on the controller and go directly back into VR-Suite.

  • B Button or Thumb stick right: next 360° location

  • Y Button or Thumb stick left prev 360° location

  • Center button: start / stop edit mode

Open Explorer to find the media files

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To find the media files you are currently working on click on the new folder symbol in iMenu/locations. The corresponding location folder will open.

Preview Image for Launcher

Online usage

  1. Create a .jpg with 1280 x 960 pixels named exactly “preview.jpg
  2. Copy it into your clientID folder “xxx-xxx”.
  3. Upload the presentation in iMenu (The whole presentation will be uploaded)
  4. Restart VR-Suite.

Offline usage

  1. Create a .jpg with 1280 x 960 pixels
  2. Rename the picture exactly like the presentation and add an underbar as prefix: “_mypresentation.jpg”
  3. Copy the picture into the folder: xxx-xxx/ImageCache
  4. Restart VR-Suite.

Conference & Mirror via Web

Mirror via Web & Screen saver

Screen saver

If you use the Mirror via Web mode on a trade show with a PC or tablet, on this device can be shown a screensaver movie if the corresponding mobile device is not used for a few seconds.

Known bugs: The screensaver will not end if more than two devices are connected to each other.

Screensaver einrichten: Screensaver

Arrow individualized

The arrow graphic could be individualized now with an own png graphic in the folder textures.

Custom Skins

Laser pointer Size

The size of the laser pointer can be scaled in media.xml:

<tourSettings>
    ...
    <laserpointerSize>3</laserpointerSize>
    ...

Laser pointer color

The color of the laser pointer can be manipulated in media.xml:

<tourSettings>
    ...
    <customUI>
        <customColors active="true">
            <colorEntry name="laserpointer_leader" r="0" g="0" b="80" a="179" />
            <colorEntry name="laserpointer_follower" r="0" g="255" b="255" a="179" />
            ...

Other improvements

  • Automatic reconnecting if network errors occur in conference mode or Web Mirror mode.
  • Improved proxy possibilities.
  • If the upload of a presentation update was interrupted, the existing presentation on the server could not be used anymore. Now we have integrated an automatic rollback.
  • On upload a presentation it is not longer necessary to enter a presentation name. VR-Suite will overtake the current presentation name. (To change the name please duplicate the presentation)
  • In presentation Save mode, more buttons are hidden in launcher.
  • Upload: “not iOS-compatible” message with more concrete informations
  • You can now also confirm text entries with the enter key.

Compatibility

iOS Transfer Data via Cable

On iOS usb file transfer is not supported in the official store release due to limitations by Apple. If you need the file transfer feature please request access to a Test Flight version via email, please include all apple IDs that need access to the feature. The Test Flight release is identical to the Store version, but also supports automatic usb file transfer from pc to iOS devices.

Oculus Go

Oculus Go is now officially supported, including file transfer via cable.

Installing

  1. copy the key from our website: https://vr-suite.com/en/download-form/
  2. open https://secure.oculus.com/redeem-code
  3. login with your Oculus account
  4. paste/enter the key
  5. Now in the Oculus Go you find the VR-Suite in Oculus store under “not installed”.
  6. Start VR-Suite once.

File transfer via cable

Before copying a presentation via cable please restart the device to ensure that windows has the current state of file structure! Otherwise different errors may occur.

These points you have to repeat every time you like to connect the Oculus Go with the VR-Suite:

  1. Restart the HMD.
  2. Connect to your PC.
  3. Accept the connection inside the Oculus Go.

Known bug: Enter the License on Oculus Go

Currently it is not possible to enter the License Key in an Oculus Go. So you can not sync back changes you have made in the VR Editor at your Oculus Go. We will deliver a solution as soon as possible.

VR-Suite 1.6 New feature and changes overview

Presentation management

  • Launcher (from GearVR and Oculus Go) is now also used on PC to handle multiple presentations more easy.
  • Sync between devices (Make changes in VR Editor on mobile devices and sync these changes back to the cloud server)
  • Display that an update of a presentation is available
  • It is possible to skip the launcher and autostart a specific presentation
  • Better dialogs, for example if you really want to delete a tour
  • Duplicate an existing tour
  • In earlier versions max 6 presentations could be handled in launcher, now it is unlimited
  • If the upload of a presentation update was interrupted, the existing presentation on the server could not be used any more. Now we have integrated an automatic roll back.
  • “create” button in launcher to create a new presentation
  • On upload a presentation it is not longer necessary to enter a presentation name. VR-Suite will overtake the current presentation name. (To change the name please duplicate the presentation.)
  • Preview images can be updated in launcher if a newer one is available.
  • In Presentation Save mode, more buttons are hidden in launcher.
  • License key could now be entered in launcher instead of iMenu.
  • Licensing: if the serial is copied to the clipboard it will automatically be pasted in license menu
  • Upload: “not iOS-compatible” message with more concrete informations

Player

  • Improved Tablet support (Beta)
  • GearVR Home screen: New additional App to create an VR-Suite Icon on Home screen.
  • 3D Objects can be embedded in sideshows.

Editor

  • Editor: password can be individualized!
  • Editor: more controller are supported: Oculus touch, steamVR, Oculus Go, GearVR
  • Intuitive icon at “open explorer” button in iMenü
  • Set an individual presentation preview image for the launcher
  • You can now also confirm text entries with the enter key

Conference & Mirror via Web

  • Mirror via Web: If the sending device is paused, at the receiving device could automatically start a screen saver movie
  • The arrow graphic could be individualized now with an own png graphic
  • Laser pointer: Custom size
  • Automatic reconnecting if network errors occur in conference mode
  • Improved proxy possibilities

Compatibility

  • Oculus Go is now officially supported, including file transfer via cable

Fixed Bugs

  • disableTransparencyOfHotspotButtons is now reactivated
  • disableTransparencyOfSlideshowButtons is now reactivated
  • many detail improvements

Known Bugs

The following bugs are known and we still are working on them:

  • Mirror via Web & Screen saver: Screen saver does not end if more than 2 devices are connected.
  • 3D Objects & Conference Mode: The Objects can not be turned an closed if more than 2 devices are connected.
  • iOS crashes while starting if the device is in landscape mode.
  • Oculus Go: it is not possible to enter the License key (for sync back your edits)
  • Cardboard Touch Mode (Beta): Butons are so small that they can not be used very comfortable. In Edit Mode the icons will be moved if you drive with your finger above them.
  • If you change a clientID while you are offline, different errors may occure in Launcher. If so, please restart the VR-Suite. Current driver versions have a bug: the controller are not active after starting VR-Suite To activate the controller press the oculus button on the controller and go directly back into VR-Suite.

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