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The WorldViz demo launcher is a tool for downloading and running Vizard demo applications. It is designed to run on any virtual reality hardware. The demo launcher opens up two windows:

  • Vizard graphics window: This is the window that renders the VR demos. From the menu in the holodeck (shown above), you can download and switch between demos.
  • Demo Launcher Dialog: From the demo launcher dialog you can edit your hardware configuration, download demos, and change global settings (e.g wall warning settings, multi sampling)

USAGE

  • Download the demo launcher.
  • Create a new folder on the desktop and place the demo launcher EXE inside this folder. The EXE will populate it’s location with downloaded demo folders and a configuration file. If you’re running the demo launcher with a cluster, save the EXE folder in the same user account/path to ensure the demo resources are found on all machines.
  • Run the launcher. The first time the launcher is run it may take a minute or two while it extracts to a temporary folder.
  • Download and run the sample demos.
  • Configure your hardware. The default interaction/exploration method for the demos uses keyboard and mouse controls, but this can be updated to use most VR devices on the market (see Configuring Hardware).
  • Explore the code for the demos. You can view the source code within the Vizard IDE or any text editor. If you would like to modify and run the code provided in the demos you can download a trial version of Vizard.

CONFIGURING HARDWARE

  • Press the Edit Hardware button to open the Vizconnect hardware configuration tool. Select option 1 to see if your hardware configuration is listed as a preset. Presets contain predefined configurations for common groupings of hardware devices. If your configuration is shown in the list, select that option and press Apply Preset. Some devices may require additional information such as a server name or port number. Check the documentation for each preset to ensure proper configuration.
  • If your hardware configuration is not listed in the presets list go back to the Start Page and select option 2. The intermediate configuration interface will guide you through setting up a configuration for a single user with head and hands. This method is recommended for most users with configurations which do not match a preset.
  • The advanced configuration interface allows for a very diverse set of hardware configurations. This mode is also used to make changes to a configuration created in Options 1 or 2. For example, if you select a preset that includes a connection to PPT tracking on a remote machine, you’ll be instructed to change the machine name through the advanced configuration.

AUTOMATIC UPDATES

  • Updates to demos will appear as required downloads as they become available.
  • Updates to the launcher itself will appear as optional download as they become available.