To ensure you will have a smooth presentation, we recommend the followings:
Presentations require considerable preparation in terms of content creation, scripting and being ready to improvise as needed. With Modelo, we want to make sure you're in the best position possible to deliver a stellar presentation. In order to do this we've compiled some tips and best practices so you know exactly what you need to do to succeed.
These tips are applicable regardless of whether you are presenting on home turf in your office or in new territory at a client's or other location. In the best case scenario, you will be connected to the internet while you present. However, you still can present without a connection. Please read through to learn how.
- Use Google Chrome If you are planning to present with your own hardware and have the option to use Google Chrome, we strongly recommend it. It will deliver the best performance and you can make use of its browser caching to cut down on loading times (more on that in the next point).
If Google Chrome is not an option, we also recommend using Firefox or Safari. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer. Download Google Chrome
- Use Offline Mode The Offline Mode lets you download your presentation into your computer so that you can present anywhere with the need to be connected to the internet. No more waiting around and no more slagging on screen. This is a enterprise-only feature. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to upgrade your plan.
- Pre-Load Your Models The great thing about modern internet browsers is that you can have multiple tabs open and running concurrently. Regardless of whether you are presenting in your own office or elsewhere, you should open up Modelo prior to your presentation and open the models you plan to share in separate tabs.
There are multiple benefits to doing this, starting with giving your audience an efficient and well-prepared experience. No one wants to wait around for loading screens. If by chance, one of the tabs closes or if you navigate away from a model to a new screen and then want to navigate back voila! Google Chrome's browser caching means that the model you already loaded will be stored locally. What does that mean? It means it will be incredibly fast to reload when you return.
- Internet Connectivity Modelo is a web-based platform. Ideally, you will be connected to the internet when you present, so you don't need to worry about not having live access to your data. In the real world though, we know presentation situations are not always ideal. The internet may go down. A client may not have accessible Wifi. Whatever it is, it will probably happen at some point.
If you pre-load your models in your browser tabs prior to walking into your presentation, you will still be able to present with Modelo. The 3D viewer will still work. You will still be able to navigate through comment cards. Turn layers on and off. Experiment with material colors. Change lighting effects. Use Section Cut and the Measurement Tool.
You will not be able to save any new data without an internet connection. Modelo does not currently support offline sync functionality so 3D comments, screenshots, sketches, replies to comments, navigating to projects or other models will not work.
- Using Hotspots If internet connectivity is an absolute must for your presentation, then you can use a wireless hotspot to ensure you are ready for anything (except bad cellular service). Small, basic models have been successfully loaded with only a 3G iPhone hotspot. The experience is not optimal but in a pinch it will work. If you want to ensure a better experience invest in a 4G wireless hotspot device.
- Hardware For laptops / desktops we recommend equipping at least an Nvidia GTX 960M. If possible invest in a 970M for even better performance.
For tablets we recommend using the iPad Pro.
For smartphones, we recommend iPhone 6S. Android devices are not currently supported.
Other Best Practices
- Plan out your presentation using comment cards. Develop a scripted set of comment cards to walk your audience through your model. This way you have a narrative you can follow. If your audience takes you off track and asks to investigate a new area of the design you can easily pan or zoom to accommodate the request and then click back on the last comment card to resume your presentation where you left off.
- Use Present-Mode and minimize the comment cards. When you open up your comment cards, at the top right click the play button. This will hide the toolbar. Then, click the small minimize icon at the left edge of the comment card list. Now you can use your keyboard to navigate through your cards.
- Drive the speed limit! In the toolbar you can customize the the speed of your panning and zooming. If you're doing a lot of free form navigating through the model, you may want to alter these speeds to suit the size of the model.
- Don't forget about comment card attachments. Do you have high fidelity still renderings of your 3D model? A great way to integrate these kinds of assets (or others like videos, meeting notes or photographs) into your presentation is to create a comment card view from the same angle and position as the view of your rendering. Next, attach the rendering to the comment card. To view it, just click the attachment in the card. If you're in present-mode you can use the left / right arrows to access the attachment in a lightbox view.
- Use 3D Views, not 3D Points. Modelo's orange 3D comment dots are helpful to call out specific items that need attention but may not be appropriate for a more refined, clean-look presentation. Use the camera icon next to the plus sign icon to create clean 3D views without the dot.