Continuing in our posts about the new and important features of VentusAR, the next feature we would like to cover is static renders and their uses.
A render is a single shareable image of the visualisation you are seeing on screen.
A Better Screenshot tool
Pre VentusAR 1.8, we recommended that users took screenshots of the app running, to produce a shareable image file containing the visualisation. There were a few downsides to this: it included the panels (which ever was open and the status bar across the top) and it was not within VentusAR on the device. Now we recommend that you use the renders feature to produce a sharable image file.
Renders are part of the gallery tools. The Add Render button is in the top title bar. When the button is tapped, a single image file is created from the background image and 3D objects. This is what we call a render. The 3D objects (turbines, turbine outline, wirelines and traces) are included, while the panels (calibration, right, bottom, info etc. ) are not.
Creating a render from a Captured Gallery Image
- First open the gallery and find the view from the My Images (or published) section. Open the image up in the full screen viewer. This will show the usual gallery view of the background image with the animated turbines shown on top.
- Click the Add Render button to save the current view into a render. This will include: background image, turbines, wireline (if shown), traces (if used).
- Exit the full screen gallery view to go back to the gallery grid. Change to the Renders tab.
- Tap on the render that you are interested in to see the full screen view.
- Share the render using any method enabled on your iPad (AirDrop, Messaging, Email, Acrobat reader or other apps, save, copy or print).
If you are working on a android device, the process is very similar, but provides different sharing options at the end of the process.
Pro tip: When viewing a full screen render, tap on the image to hide the title bar.
Real World Use
One of the questions when are most asked is how can we get a visualisation out of VentusAR and share it with other interested parties. Well the Renders tools provide as part of VentusAR v1.8 is the first of a few tools we are building into VentusAR to make it easier to export and share visualisations.
Pro tip: Create a wireline view and photo view for quick comparison.