Category: Map

Enhancing Wayfinding with QR Codes and NFC Tags
November 20, 2023

In the fast-paced digital era, technology continues to revolutionize the way we interact with our surroundings. One area where innovation has made significant strides is in wayfinding solutions. Gone are the days of paper maps and confusing signage. [...]

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Public Transportation Schedules with Wayfinding Software
October 20, 2023

In our fast-paced world, efficient and reliable public transportation is essential for the daily commute of millions. Whether it's the bustling metropolis or a smaller town. However the need for accurate and up-to-date transportation information can [...]

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New map formats for 3D and 2D floorplans
August 24, 2023

3D Wayfinder supports now GLTF for 3D floorplans and SVG for 2D floorplans. This provides new features and better-looking maps. Now there is a support for new 3D model format GLTF for 3D maps and also integrated support for SVG (vector-based imag [...]

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How to Bevel in Blender
June 9, 2023

This tutorial will show you how we use bevel in some of our 3D wayfinding maps. There are 3 main options in Blender to get the beveled edge look. First is the Bevel Tool Select the object you want to bevel in Blender, go to edit mode then s [...]

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Voice Recognition for Wayfinding
May 5, 2023

We are currently developing voice recognition feature for 3D Wayfinder. It will allow visitors to use wayfinding software without using touch-screens. Just say where you would like to go and wayfinder software will show you the way. Voice recogni [...]

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Loading Wayfinder Application over CDN
April 6, 2023

We have added CDN support in 3D Wayfinder. CDN makes loading 3D Wayfinder application faster especially outside Europe. Currently it is available only for custom projects, but soon it will be option for all 3D Wayfinder customers. CDN or Cont [...]

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Indoor Positioning on Cruise Ships
February 27, 2023

The world biggest cruise ship "Wonder Of The Seas" has more than 2800 rooms and accommodates more than 6900 people. Wonder of the Seas measures 1,188 feet (362 m) in length and has a gross tonnage of 236,857 across all 18 decks. Since all rooms and [...]

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ISE 2023 Technology Expo Experience
February 14, 2023

ISE 2023 Expo is probably most important technology expo in Europe. This year it was biggest yet. ISE 2023 attracted 58,107 unique attendees from 155 countries, making 133,606 visits to the show floor. Especially busy was Multi-Technology hall. Ther [...]

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Using 3D Maps in Ski Resorts
January 23, 2023

3D Wayfinder gives you innovative 3D map platform where you can build best ski resort app. All needed functions are available: 3D maps, positioning, guidance, search, filtering ski tracks and much more. Alpine skiing is fun and many people love i [...]

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Setting Up Wayfinding Software for Refugee Camps
December 14, 2022

We have build many wayfinding solutions for hospitals. Hospitals have more options than refugee camps. Refugee camps are usually underfunded and over-crowded. This creates new set of challenges completely different to hospitals. Navigating refugee c [...]

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How to Cut Costs With Wayfinding Software?
November 16, 2022

It is obvious that the economy is currently in a downward trend. More and more questions rise in this regard. How can we save money and energy? Globally, more and more people are talking about saving energy. This is definitely one place where differ [...]

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Exclusive Buildings Need Premium Wayfinder Solutions
October 31, 2022

In the previous post, we introduced different styles of modeling and designing 3D Wayfinder maps. It is clear that exclusive buildings need a premium wayfinder solutions. In today's post, we will talk about exclusive premium wayfinding solutions and [...]

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Different Options for Designing 3D Map
October 21, 2022

In this post, we will introduce different options for designing 3D map. A map mostly serves the task of guiding people, but there are many different ways to design a map. When designing a map, a lot depends on what the map is designed for, which peo [...]

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How to Create 3D Wayfinding Maps by Yourself?
May 28, 2022

How to create DIY 3D wayfinding maps? It is not that hard as it may sound. Following post will give you an overview on how to create 3D models for wayfinding software. In addition we will share you videos of the modeling process. Here [...]

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WordPress Indoor Map Plugin
November 11, 2020

WordPress Indoor Map Plugin for indoor maps is an easy way to integrate building directory to your WordPress website. Keep the tenant info in sync on all your channels - web, mobile and kiosk. It allows you to connect locations on map with WordPress [...]

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Using Wayfinding Software in Office Buildings
June 28, 2019

Big office buildings can be extremely complicated for anybody - visitors, workers and even building managers. To avoid getting lost and wasting time, 3D wayfinding software in office buildings is a perfect solution for navigating your way thru there [...]

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Showing Names on the Wayfinder Map
April 11, 2019

Showing information for every location is something every user would expect from wayfinding solution. That info could be in pictures - for example logos, or other option would be in text - as a pop up window with name, opening times etc. Sometimes i [...]

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3D Wayfinding Solution for Airports
March 13, 2019

Airports are often places that many people do not visit very often and therefore they can be difficult to navigate. Finding the right gate in the right terminal is something that can cause a lot of stress under the time pressure and unknown venue. L [...]

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Turning the Map, Based on the Location of the Kiosk
January 2, 2019

Lately we developed a wayfinding software for a newly renovated mall in Tartu, Estonia. The solution there is simple with just 2D map with no possibility to rotate or drag the maps on the screen. Users get to choose their point of interest on the men [...]

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Latest Updates on Our CMS
August 27, 2019

For the past few months we have been working on making content management system better and more user-friendly. There is a constant work on fixing bugs and but with this blog post we are ready to introduce you a few updates that make using our CMS e [...]

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Using Widgets in Wayfinding Application
April 13, 2018

Wayfinding applications are not just maps with “You Are Here” dot anymore. There are many possible functionalities and widgets that our customers prefer to see on their wayfinding applications. 3D Wayfinders HTML-based user interface makes it re [...]

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International Colleges Benefit Most From Wayfinding Solutions
February 13, 2018

Large school campuses are usually difficult to navigate for new students and visitors. We installed wayfinding  kiosks for Baltic Defence College which is international college with complicated buildings, facing the same “hard to find” problem. [...]

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New Improvements for 2D Floor Plans
January 30, 2018

We have added a couple of improvements for 2D floor plans, that make uploading 2D floor plan images easier. We are also working on couple of new features. That will make using 2D maps much easier. 3D and 2D maps share the same data in 3D Wayfinder. [...]

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Wayfinding Kiosks are Part of Renovating a Mall
January 4, 2018

Harbour placed shopping mall Nautica has got a new name and a new look. After rebuilding the shopping mall, two wayfinding kiosks were also placed. Although the mall is not large, the wayfinding feature is really important for them. Nautica mall i [...]

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New Top View Feature in Our Editor
January 2, 2018

Sometimes it's the small things that make all the difference. New "Toggle top view" feature in 3D Wayfinders administration panels editor is a useful tool that will give needed help to our users. Toggle top view shows all the maps straight from the [...]

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Installing iBeacons is Easy
November 14, 2017

We have finished installation of approximately 250 iBeacons for mobile app positioning. Although the installation process is easy. There are some tricks and common practises to follow, when setting up iBeacon based indoor positioning. iBeacons instal [...]

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3D Model Converting Problems Partially Fixed
November 8, 2017

In recent days, we were having problems with 3D model converter. These problems are partially fixed now, so converting non-corrupted 3D files shouldn’t cause any interruption anymore. 3D Wayfinder’s model file converter has stopped quite often l [...]

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Wayfinder With Digital Signage Software
November 2, 2017

We have tested 3D Wayfinder integration with Digitalsignage.com software. Integrating wayfinding with digital signage media management gives additional purpose for advertising screens. DigitalSignage.com is created by MediaSignage Inc. It is free d [...]

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3D Wayfinder had Guests From Tartu Art School
October 2, 2017

Our office was really crowded last week when we had visitors from Tartu Art School. More than 20 people who have just started their studies to become 3D modellers. Tartu Art School is the only school in Estonia that teaches 3D modelling and visual [...]

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Keeping Floor Plan Editor Idle in the Background
August 1, 2017

The new 3D Wayfinder Administration Panel is centered more around the floor plan editor. To provide better usability we keep the 3D editor idle when moving away to other pages. So switching between editor and other views is much faster now. The new [...]

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Indoor Positioning Demo with Custom Floors and iBeacons
July 18, 2017

Now it is possible to order indoor positioning demo application. For demo we will send you required amount of iBeacons devices and create custom 2D or 3D floor plan. With 3D Wayfinder mobile application it is possible to see indoor positioning with w [...]

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Wayfinding Kiosk with Raspberry Pi
July 11, 2017

We have recently experimented with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, to see how it can work as media player for digital signage display or wayfinding information kiosk. As a result we can say, it works well with 2D wayfinding maps and with 3D Wayfinder Adver [...]

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Choosing the Best Wayfinding Software
July 5, 2017

There are lots of different wayfinding software and it might be difficult to decide which solution to pick. We have used our experience and gathered some suggestions that will help you choose the best wayfinding application. Over all the best wayfin [...]

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Creating BIM Applications with 3D Wayfinder
June 15, 2017

3D Wayfinder is now being used for Building Information Model (BIM) applications. By creating BIM kiosk software for Estonian National Museum we have added many new and useful features to our software and improved the performance for larger models. [...]

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New Wayfinding Directory for Lõunakeskus
June 6, 2017

Lõunakeskus, one of the largest shopping centers in Estonia, has undergone a large scale upgrade.  It is now larger, freshly modernized and it uses large wayfinding kiosks with clean user interface and integrated location data. Lõunakeskus is the [...]

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Faster Loading of 3D Projects
April 25, 2017

We have changed the logic of initializing POI data in 3D Wayfinder. This gives up to 80% faster project initialization for medium and large projects. In very large projects, the increase is even larger - more than 90%. After data is loaded from the [...]

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New Feature in Navigation: Group Hierarchy
April 13, 2017

We have added new feature in navigation to our administration panel for creating sub-groups. This brings whole new possibilities for wayfinding and other areas. Any location or POI (Place of Interest) can belong to one or many groups. So for example [...]

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Showing Multiple Floors in Path Animation
March 20, 2017

New feature we have added for wayfinding applications is accordion style floors when using path animation. This means, that all floors will be visible on the screens when showing the path through multiple floors. In 3D Wayfinder you will see all flo [...]

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New Responsive Template for 3D Wayfinder
March 7, 2017

New template is now available for all 3D Wayfinder users. Template called “Iglu” is responsive HTML5 based template for 3D Wayfinder with clean and modern design. It is open-source and uses our newest AngularJS framework based template. There is [...]

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Compass Widget for 3D Floor Plans
February 15, 2017

We have added compass widget for Developers Template. Compass arrow can be shown on top of the map canvas to point to the north (or any other direction) of the 3D floor plan. Compass is one of the tools and widgets that is needed for one of our larg [...]

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15% Performance Gain for Larger 3D Floor Plans
January 31, 2017

We have improved our 3D rendering engine. Thanks to better memory management we got 10..20% performance increase in FPS with larger 3D models. We updated our WebGL javascript engine - FRAK - in 3D Wayfinder. Many memory management functions have bee [...]

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New Administration Panel Available for Testing
January 24, 2017

3D Wayfinder new administration panel is now publicly available for testing. It contains already most of the functionality and is optimized for mobile devices. New admin panel is accessible for public use now. It can be opened here: http://admin2.3d [...]

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3D Wayfinder Development Template is Now Available
January 11, 2017

A new template for development purposes has been published with simplified javascript API. Now it is even easier to get started with 3D Wayfinder and the integration of 3D maps into web applications. We have published a special template for developm [...]

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Using QR-codes in Wayfinding Application
November 10, 2016

The easiest way for the visitor to get the wayfinding map into their mobile device is to add a QR-code to the kiosk application. By scanning the QR-code, the map of the building will open on the visitors mobile phone. QR codes are getting more and mo [...]

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3D Wayfinder Mobile Applications for Android and IOS
July 28, 2016

The development of our new 3D Wayfinder mobile applications for Android and IOS is in the final stages. It will be available in a short time. You will be able to create 3D Wayfinder applications for your venues and enable the download for people that [...]

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Guidelines for Creating 3D Models
June 14, 2016

We have listed some guidelines for creating 3D models, that look nice and run smoothly in web-browsers.  3D Wayfinder uses regular 3D models, so there is no special format or way how the 3D floorplans should be modeled. As 3D Way [...]

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New Free Plan for 3D Wayfinder
June 10, 2016

To start the summer on a positive and even more client-friendly note, we have decided to enable our customers to use our software free of charge with our new pricing plan. We created this new option so more people could access the 3D Wayfinder and w [...]

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Separating Materials From Geometry
June 7, 2016

Until now all the materials in 3D Wayfinder have been replaced with each 3D model update. Now it is possible to keep the materials and their attributes' values. This will save a lot of time, when creating a nice-looking 3D wayfinding application. See [...]

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Portals in Wayfinding Software
May 25, 2016

We have implemented new type of nodes - portals. This makes it possible to guide visitors instantly from one point to another. Portals in wayfinding software can be used for creating an instant path between a large number of floors or when floors ar [...]

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Moving Camera According to Path
March 2, 2016

There is option now to moving camera with path animation. This makes the path visualization even more effective with 3D floor-plans and maps. Especially when combining with directions. So far there were 2 ways to show the path: draw the path animati [...]

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New Features in 3D Wayfinder
January 15, 2016

With the end of 2015 and the beginning of this year there are many new features added to 3D Wayfinder. The goal of these changes was to add flexibility to customizing the behavior of the 3D map and wayfinding. Custom models for path, path types, POI [...]

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Towards Rule-Base Wayfinding
September 25, 2015

Future in wayfinding includes definitely possibility to create complex rules for path finding. Now there are also node restrictions in 3D Wayfinder to specify working days etc. One of the last addition to 3D Wayfinder was node weights for calculatin [...]

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3D Interactive Floor Plan Demo
September 8, 2015

Check out our new 3D Wayfinder platform demo. This will give you short overview of what you can do with 3D Wayfinder and what are our API capabilities. The demo has following topics: Moving 3D map with mouse cursor or touch screen.Clicking on [...]

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Node Weights in Path Calculation
August 21, 2015

We have updated path finding functionality and path calculation. Now it is possible to change the weights of navigation nodes in 3D Wayfinder floor plan editor. Path-finding application calculates automatically the shortest route from the starting [...]

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Our WebGL Rendering Engine Supports Now Full Screen Mode
August 7, 2015

We have added full screen mode to FRAK WebGL engine. Now it is possible to create 3D Wayfinder templates that can open 3D floor plans in full screen. Full screen with browsers is being used for watching videos, using map application, playing games e [...]

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Offline Indoor Wayfinding
July 29, 2015

3D Wayfinder provides offline snapshot add-on to create static wayfinding application that can be used without internet connection. Read more about offline indoor wayfinding.  When kiosks or digital signage screens don't have internet connection, [...]

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Wayfinding Application Template Examples
June 19, 2015

Here are couple of 3D Wayfinder template examples. Wayfinding template for touch screen kiosks and mobile for indoor positioning in shopping malls, hospitals, airport etc. Contact our sales team for demo. [...]

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3D Wayfinder Joined the Open Design Alliance
June 19, 2015

We have joined the Open Design Alliance to develop CAD file support to 3D Wayfinder. With CAD support it will be easy to upload building drawing files and show them directly through web. 3D Technologies R&D (developer of 3D Wayfinder) is [...]

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Preview of Inserting External 3D Models to Floor Plans
June 17, 2015

Currently we are developing features to insert external 3D models to floor plans. With this it would be possible to add these "little details" (like escalators, benches, trees or even cars). That make the floor-plans look realistic. The best thing i [...]

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Welcome Screen for Wayfinding Application and Changing Farme-Rate for FRAK
June 8, 2015

Some of our customers prefer a "Welcome" screen for their wayfinding application. Welcome screens are good way for inviting visitors to use wayfinding, it is also a page where you can show advertisements or welcome text. To minimize the load for kio [...]

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Lights, Shadows and Deferred Renderer
June 1, 2015

Thanks to implemented deferred renderer it is possible to create and manage lights on 3D Wayfinder Administration panel. This means also real-time shadows, point-lights and multiple directional lights. Deferred rendering is an alternative approach t [...]

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Faster Loading with JSON 3D Model Format
May 25, 2015

Now the JSON 3D model formats are also implemented in 3D Wayfinder. This gives us better browser-side loading time as browsers’ native JSON parser is faster, than parsing binary models in Javascript. The average gain in loading time is 55%, which [...]

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3D vs 2D Wayfinding
May 18, 2015

What is the difference between 3D vs 2D wayfinding and what are the benefits of 3D floor plans? We have tested 3D, semi-3D and 2D floor-plans with our small focus-group and below is the short summary. To see the 3D floor-plans in action, p [...]

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Testing 3D Wayfinder with 4K LCD Screen
May 6, 2015

Here you can see the video of 3D Wayfinder application running on 4K lcd monitor. Tested project is really large (around 2000 POIs, 250k polys, 8k transparent polys, 60 materials), but we still have around 25-30 FPS, which is not bad. Of course the P [...]

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How to Setup 3D Wayfinder as Kiosk Application
March 26, 2015

We have made a short tutorial about setting 3D Wayfinder as a kiosk application. It is simple and secure and no need for special internet kiosk software. See kiosk application set up tutorial to know more. [...]

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Bumps and Dents in 3D with Normal Maps
March 24, 2015

With new material management, we have added also normal maps. Normal mapping is a technique used for faking the lighting of bumps and dents in 3D models – an implementation of bump mapping. It is used to add details without using more polygons [...]

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Create Wayfinding with Just 2D Floor-Plan Images
February 5, 2015

We have updated our CMS to upload simple 2D images as wayfinding maps. To use your existing drawings, just upload the image files under Floors page. If you have PDF-files You have to convert these into images (PNG, JPEG). We recommend to use at least [...]

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New Shaders in 3D Wayfinder
October 10, 2014

There is now specular shader implemented in 3D Wayfinder. This will give more life-like look for materials like metal, stone, plastic etc. Specular shaders create the bright highlights that you would see on a glossy surfaces. It is mimicking the ref [...]

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3D Floor-Plans with Skybox
September 25, 2014

New features in 3D Wayfinder include skybox, skybox textures can be set by our users via 3D Wayfinder. Skybox allows 3D floorplans to look more realistic and different kind of sky images can be used. Our customers from UAE and Kuwait prefer sunny sky [...]

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Transparency in 3D Wayfinder
August 22, 2014

Recently we introduced improved transparency in 3D Wayfinder handling to FRAK engine. It can now be configured between three transparency rendering modes: sorted, blended and stochastic. The sorted mode is what used to be the default earlier. Ther [...]

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3D Technologies R&D has Launched 3D Floor Plan Application Development Kit
April 4, 2014

We are pleased to announce that 3D Technologies R&D has launched a service for software developers to visualize and interact with 3D floor plans. For example users can create Wayfinding, Smart House and Architecture visualization solutions. Usin [...]

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Why Consider Mobile Indoor Wayfinding?
November 19, 2013

According to Google, self-service is becoming the new norm - 1 in 3 shoppers use their smartphones to find information instead of asking the store employees. 74% of adult smartphone owners aged 18 and older say that they use their phones to get dire [...]

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Expanding Indoor Wayfinding
October 29, 2013

People move, think and experience the world in three dimensions. The majority of media channels are using 3D technologies to attract people’s attention more and more. Nowadays, 3D has become an icon that is written on many products, even on toothp [...]

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Presenting 3D Wayfinder to Hospitality Sector
October 23, 2013

Today we are presenting 3D Wayfinder at Hospitality Technology Day in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. It's a first time event specialized on introducing the possibilities of Digital Signage in hospitality sector. Where is people there's a [...]

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October 2013 Newsletter
October 4, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have made ​​significant progress in the development of a WebGL version of 3D Wayfinder. We are planning to implement it in Atrium shopping center in Russia. WebGL and the power of HTML5 gives new cool designing [...]

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3D Wayfinder at Rock IT Con
August 27, 2013

3D Technologies R&D presented it's 3D Wayfinder software at Rock IT Con 2013 fair from 24-25 of August. It was a first time event specialized on bringing together IT companies from Russia and Estonia. Our software got a lot of attraction by many [...]

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Lõunakeskus Mobile App Updated
July 16, 2013

Just got approved by Apple. Download Lõunakeskus (South Center) mobile app from your app store. Also Wayfinding Blog writes about this app. [...]

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3D Wayfinder in Kiev
July 8, 2013

3DWayfinder will be in Kiev from 8th to 11th of July. [...]

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Location Based Services from Estonia
June 5, 2013

The road guide that saves you from getting lost 3D Wayfinder is also an Estonian LBS company (fit to be Regio’s little brother, if you consider their duration and breadth of operations) that has set its focus on global markets. For the last couple [...]

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iPhone App Available for Lõunakeskus (South Center)
May 8, 2013

Now you can download the iPhone indoor navigation app for Lõunakeskus from the App Store. [...]

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Navigate the Mall with a Mobile App
March 4, 2013

3D Wayfinder, the provider of indoor navigation solutions in large public buildings, has launched a mobile application for shoppers which provides maps of all of their favorite shopping centres and details of onsite promotions direct to their smartph [...]

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