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VR-Cloud® Plug-in

The server function of VR-Cloud® has been integrated on UC-win/Road Ver.11. VR-Cloud® Plug-in is installed as default on UC-win/Road Advanced, Driving Sim, and Ultimate version. This plug-in has increased the possibility that many users upload their VR data on Internet. A project can be shared with and explained to all participating members from a remote location and can be accessed by several people via an Android device. You can check the scenery of after design on your smart phone whilst walking the site actually. Use VR-Cloud® features as a consensus formation tool.

 What is VR-Cloud® Plug-in?

VR-Cloud® Plug-in activates UC-win/Road on server, so that clients can operate it remotely in VR space on Web browser. This is not just video streaming and it can provide interactive real-time VR. A variety of operation functions of UC-win/Road such as walking, traveling, driving and flying as well as comparative study of before and after design, and running of scenarios.
In addition to operation in VR space, communication tool feature between clients are equipped as default to Advanced or greater version. If set on server, clients can annotate in VR space, communicate on 3D bulletin board, and paste photos on any positions.

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1 VR-Cloud® client content (Windows version) 2 VR-Cloud® client (Android version)
 Flow of VR-Cloud® server setting

Cloud server construction
You can use your own server, but FORUM8 also builds or rents servers because the launching of UC-win/Road requires high specifications. Please ask for details.

VR-Cloud® Plug-in authentication
Select "File" Ribbon – "License Manager" and check boxes of VR-Cloud® Plugin, VR-Cloud® Collaboration Plugin, and VR-Cloud® Script Plugin, then "Server" Ribbon and "A3S" menu are displayed. If these plugins are not available with UC-win/Road Ver.11 Advanced or greater version, install the plugins.
Click "Options" icon to open A3S Options window.

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4 "Server" Ribbon on UC-win/Road ver.11

a3S server setting
TCP server used by a3s server can be set in "Server" setting screen. You can set port number, maximum number of clients, and password protection. Any number can be specified as port number, but the number must be used only for a3s server.
Settings about image and audio sent to client are available in "Audio-video". You can set size, frame rate, and bitrate of image displayed on client machine. Bitrate value should be that client device can process enough. As for audio setting, you can select bitrate value and enabling or unenabling audio.

Cloud server construction
Authenticate VR-Cloud® Plug-in
a3s server setting
General setting of VR-Cloud® server
VR-Cloud® contents / conference setting
Activate a3s server
3 Flow of VR-Cloud® server setting
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5 a3S audio video setting

General setting of VR-Cloud® server
This option allows to choose whether none (view-only mode) or a single user can control UC-win/Road. If the a3s server is configured in single user mode, you can also select control time length.

By ticking and unticking action list for client with control (traveling, walking, scenario execution), you can allow and disable functions for clients.
When started, the a3s server can automatically start the environment (weather and water surface motion) and/or the traffic in UC-win/Road if the options "Start the environment" and "Start the traffic" are checked.
The client settings allow to choose user interface of client who are connecting to the server. If needed, FORUM8 can provide additional user interfaces to fit the needs of the users connecting to the server.
If the VR-Cloud® Scripting plugin is loaded, it is possible to use custom scripts that will be executed on the client machines.

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6 VR-Cloud® General setting

VR-Cloud® User content / conference setting
VR-Cloud® supports the creation, display and edition of collaborative contents that are useful for users to share information at a specific point in the 3D virtual world. These contents can be fully customized by providing a new script into the Clients Settings (see above).
To be able to use the collaborative features, VR-Cloud® Collaboration plugin must be installed and loaded. Please note that VR-Cloud® version 6.0 only supports these features with PC clients.

User content option
By default the allowed types are opinions, photos, annotations, discussions.
Discussions: A discussion is made of text that can be created by any user.
Opinions: Users can show their evaluation with the number of stars.
Annotations: Users can draw figure in the VR space.
Photos: Photos can be uploaded from the PC client to be shared with other users.
All collaborative contents can be commented and users can reply to any comment to ease communication. Icons can be coloured according to discussion types. Icon image, size, and torus thickness can also be changed. From IPC server settings, you can store content data on a dedicated server.

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7 VR-Cloud® user contents setting

VR-Cloud® also allows PC users to chat via text messages by organizing in conferences in the virtual world.
To be able to use the conferences, the VR-Cloud® Collaboration plugin must be installed and loaded. Please note that VR-Cloud® version 6.0 only supports these features with PC clients.
Administrator password can limit the number of participants. Conference reports are exported in HTML.

Enable a3S server
By clicking "Enable Server" in Server Ribbon, a3s server launches and starts to provide cloud service. 3D images are displayed in the size set in "Audio video" option. When you want to stop providing, click "Disable Server". Setting can be changed after stopping the server.

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8 VR-Cloud® annotation feature

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