Virtual Earth-3DVIA Offered for Testing

22 Oct, 2007

Free online application allows users to create realistic 3D models and share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and online communities.

Dassault Systemes and Microsoft launched Microsoft Virtual Earth-3DVIA (technology preview). Developed by Dassault, the free online application allows individuals to create realistic 3D models, such as buildings and structures, and share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and online communities.

"Virtual Earth-3DVIA users will be able to build a world that mixes their future projects and ideas with real-life places, buildings, and structures," said Lynne Wilson, senior vice-president and general manager, 3DVIA, Dassault Systemes. "Through Microsoft's online geographic location-mapping technology and our 3D modeling and realistic visualization know-how, we have created a new level of realism within Virtual Earth that provides an unrestricted freedom for creativity and innovation."

Users can design 3D models; select from different visualization options, textures, and colors to give the models a realistic appearance; then upload 3D models to Virtual Earth, specifying an address or neighborhood so they can experience the model within a real-life context. Users also can add 3D models to collections and share them through Web communities.

Microsoft is asking users to download Virtual Earth-3DVIA and test the product prior to its release.