Setting Up an Architectural Walkthrough

See how to use slides and teleports to set up an effective architectural walkthrough.

Setting up an Architectural Walkthrough

If you want to build an architectural walkthrough, Presentation Designer offers multiple approaches: i) General Movement, ii) Teleports and iii) Multiple Slides. In this example, we will build an indoor model which has multiple rooms so that an attendee can walk though each room.

General Movement

The first approach of walking through each room is using trackers. Trackers report position and/or orientation information. This can be a physical device (e.g., PPT, inertia cube) or virtual tracker that simulates data (e.g., keyboard, mouse). After setting up your session, run Vizard Client - Attendee, select Magic Carpet, and try to navigate with keys: ‘w’/’s‘ for moving forward/backward, ‘a’/’d’ for moving left/right, and ‘x’/’z’ for moving up/down. In addition, move forward/backward your mouse for rotating in pitch, and move left/right your mouse for rotating in yaw.


The second approach is using a Teleport. To add a Teleport, drag the Teleport Location tool from the Assets panel and drop it into the 3D view. You can add many as you would like, and each will be designated as Teleport 1, Teleport 2, Teleport 3, and so on. In order for the attendee to start navigation without any initial setup, let’s set up a default tool for the attendee. Drag Attendee Standin from the Assets panel and drop it in the 3D view. After right-clicking the attendee standin in the 3D view, select Default Tool and a component function called Default Tool will be added on the right-hand side of Presentation Designer. Teleport needs to be selected in the dropdown. You might want to hide the attendee standin in the 3D view by right-clicking it and selecting Hidden. Here are three instances of adding Teleport.

As soon as the setup is done, you can have the attendee walk through each room in the attendee mode. Run Vizard Client - Attendee and you will have the Teleport tool shown since you have set up Teleport as default tool. All you need to do for moving viewpoint is to select a Teleport location using the left and right arrow buttons and then move using Teleport or Travel.

If you have not set up the default tool yet, you can still enable the Teleport tool while you are in your session. To enable Teleport, press the spacebar, choose Transports, and select Teleport.Slides

The third approach is to use multiple slides in Presentation Designer. It is worthwhile to mention that with slides, you can make the presenter and the attendee move together by setting their positions and orientations in advance with Presenter Standin and Attendee Standin. Slides can provide a guided tour for the attendee by moving him/her to each position with a specified orientation.

To set up a walkthrough with slides, drag Presenter Standin and Attendee Standin from the Assetspanel, and drop them in the 3D view. After right-clicking each standin, select Default ToolReset Viewpoint and Set Rotation and they will be shown on the right-hand side. As default tool, choose Slide Clicker from the dropdown. Set Position and Set Rotation are for setting up the position and orientation of the viewpoint for each standin.

As soon as the setup is finalized, duplicate the current slide by pressing Duplicate after right-clicking the current slide in the Slides panel. Since everything has been set up already for the 2nd slide except new position and orientation for each standin, all you need to do is to set new values for Set Position and Set Rotation component functions on the right-hand side. Of course, you can use the Translate Mode and Rotate Mode in the toolbar. Here are examples of the 2nd and 3rd slides.

As soon as the setup is done, you can have the presenter and attendee walk through each room together. Run Vizible Presenter and Vizible Attendee, and you will have a slide clicker panel as soon as you enter your session since you have set up Slide Clicker as default tool. All you need to do for moving the viewpoint is to select one of the panels using the left and right arrow buttons. Note that either the presenter or the attendee can make them move together. Here are examples of the 1st slide of the presenter and the attendee.


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