Microsoft 3d Viewer Library

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Whether you are a Microsoft Microsoft 365 user looking to acquire 3D assets for your documents or a 3D professional creating content for your clients, the 3D Content Guidelines for Microsoft are designed to help you be more successful with 3D in Office.

  • Depending on the version of Office you are working with, there will be differences in the available 3D features.

Microsoft 365 receives regular updates and provides access to the latest features as they become available.

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3D features are supported on:. Office for Mac. Office for Windows. Office Mobile for Windows 10. Office is using a real-time Rasterization renderer to create the resulting images you see when you insert a 3D model.

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Once it's inserted you can use the controls to manipulate the image:

Use the 3D control to rotate or tilt your 3D model in any direction. Just click, hold and drag with your mouse.

Drag the image handles in or out to make your image larger or smaller.

You can still use the rotation handle to rotate your image clockwise or counter-clockwise, but you'll get a much better experience using the 3D rotation control we talked about above.

See Also

glTF, or GL Transmission Format is the open source 3D file format used by Office to store and render all 3D models. Many different 3D file formats can be imported and are automatically converted to glTF before rendering in Office.

Because of this, it is important to understand the feature set of the glTF specification.

Detailed guidance

GLB is the binary version of glTF , which allows you to store complex 3D assets in a single file for maximum portability. GLB is recommended when exporting to the glTF format for Office. Supported 3D File Formats.

The computer hardware (GPU) and the resolution of the screen used to view or present your 3D documents will have a direct impact on what fidelity of models you will be able to display while remaining performant.

This table defines some conservative targets to aim for when acquiring or authoring 3D content for a range of hardware. When in doubt, target models to the Mid-Range profile (the middle column in the table below) for a balance of fidelity and performance.

i5 processor, Integrated Graphics. i7/i9 processor, Discrete GPU. Triangle Count Maximum.

Texture Count Maximum. Texture Resolution Maximum. Texture Resolution Average. Draw Calls Maximum. Joint Count Maximum. Joint Count Mapped to Vertices Maximum. Multiple Texture Passes per Material. Not Recommended. 3D file sizes should be kept below 50mb whenever possible.

Large 3D file sizes will directly affect the size of your documents and make them less portable. Share large documents easily using a cloud service such as OneDrive or SharePoint.

Office 3D asset requirements overview

The 3D Content Guidelines for Microsoft are split into four major sections and can be read in sequence or independently depending on what you would like to accomplish. Learn about the inner workings of the real-time 3D engine used in Office and how it compares to other methods of rendering 3D content. Recommended reading for: Everyone.

Learn tips and tricks for finding quality 3D content in online marketplaces and best practices when working with third party vendors to build custom 3D assets. Recommended reading for: Office users looking to acquire 3D assets.

Additional Resources

Step through the process of creating custom 3D content for real-time rendering in Office. From modelling, surfacing and animation guidance for new content, to exporting, converting and optimizing existing 3D content, this section will help to ensure that 3D assets targeted for Office will render optimally.

Recommended reading for: 3D Professionals. Discover tools for viewing, analyzing and validating your 3D content as well as links to other valuable resources. Recommended reading for: 3D Professionals & Office users reviewing 3D content.

Sourcing assets

Download the guide in PPT format now. Download the guide in PDF format now. This article was last updated on March 26, 2019.

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Once it's inserted you can use the controls to manipulate the image:

Use the 3D control to rotate or tilt your 3D model in any direction. Just click, hold and drag with your mouse.

Drag the image handles in or out to make your image larger or smaller.

You can still use the rotation handle to rotate your image clockwise or counter-clockwise, but you'll get a much better experience using the 3D rotation control we talked about above.

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Select one or more images and click Insert.

3D engine overview

Alongside the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft has overhauled its Mixed Reality Viewer app with a brand new user interface and feature set, along with a rebrand that drops the Mixed Reality branding in favor of a much more candid name: 3D Viewer.

The new 3D Viewer should be rolling out for everyone via the Microsoft Store, which will replace the already preinstalled Mixed Reality Viewer app.

The app itself has been redesigned from the ground up, featuring an interface that makes much more sense when in use with a mouse and keyboard. Along the top is a new menu bar which features common drop down options such as File, View, Help, and more.

The app is one of the first that I've seen which uses the UWP version of the menu bar, introduced in the SDK released earlier this year for app makers to take advantage.

This is part of a more significant effort in pushing universal apps towards being a more viable platform for desktop/tablet apps. A benefit of the new universal menu bar is that it's also designed from the ground up for touch input too.

So regardless of if you're using the menu bar with a finger, mouse, or pen, usage will be familiar and comfortable no matter which input method you're using.

Content creation

Along the right is a sidebar UI that features new options for viewing 3D objects. You can now adjust the virtual lighting being shined upon the 3D model itself and can change lighting angles, intensity, coloring, and more.

You can also see and adjust stats and shading, including mesh, textures, and animation data.

Where to download the 3D Content Guidelines

The app still supports Mixed Reality, of course, with a toggle which will turn on the apps Mixed Reality functionality. This will turn on device cameras, and allow you to place the virtual objects in the real world, just like the old Mixed Reality Viewer app did.

There's also direct access to the Paint 3D app via the menu bar which will automatically pull the 3D model into the Paint 3D app for editing.

  • Along the bottom of the 3D Viewer app is the animation slider, and different options for animation if the 3D model supports it. You can play and pause the animation, and scrub through specific frames. There are also several options for different animation types, including quick animations which are very basic movement-based animations and should apply to any model regardless of if it's animated or not.

  • The Remix 3D website is alive and kicking and is still fully supported in the 3D Viewer app. It's easily accessible and is very simple to use. Just hit the 3D library button, select the 3D model you want to view, and it'll load into the 3D Viewer app. Overall, the 3D Viewer app is a simple yet good example of what a desktop-class UWP app can be.

  • It looks like Microsoft is slowly trying to position this app as a viable, built-in solution to viewing 3D objects, as it supports several 3D object file formats including:. Polygon File Format (.ply). GL Transmission Format (.gift). Paint 3D objects (.glb). 3d Manufacturing Format (.3mf). Stereolithography format (.stl).

  • OBJ format (.obj). Filmbox format (.fbx). The continued inclusion of the Mixed Reality feature implies that Microsoft also isn't done in this area either.

I suspect we'll hear more about Microsoft's plans for Mixed Reality when it announces the HoloLens 2 next year. For now, the new 3D Viewer app is an excellent app, which is much easier to use and is something I can see creators, and even professionals finding useful.