"Meander™", Archiform 3D's new Real
Time Interaction Virtual Tour interface
Navigate the scene above to explore a gorgeous apartment
scene in real time.
Interior apartment >
Harry's Island >
Since property developers and realtors have had web
sites the desire to present property in it's best light,
online, has been constant. But technology and bandwidth
have held back high-quality presentations from most people.
Loader bars and waiting screens turn impatient people away,
and others just leave because they think nothing has happened
or the site is broken. Nobody wants to risk losing people's
interest so high-bandwidth presentations are avoided.
The desire for the real time, high-quality exploration
of off-the-plan real estate has been quashed by what seems
to be insurmountable technological limitations.
We Fixed It
Archiform 3D has always pioneered 3D and video experiences
on the internet, seeking not just quality but practicality.
A high-quality presentation is useless if people can't
view or use it and there has always been a tradeoff in
one way or the other to grab the attention of buyers. We
have made a new interface and coupled with our existing
high-quality 3D art and animations. And it is
gorgeous! Better still,
Our goal is that the viewer will never
see a loader bar.
That's a big call, isn't it? But challenges to us are like
fuel in a jet engine. We thought up a technique that loads
in seconds on even the slowest of broadband connections.
Sure, a person who is still on dial-up may have to wait,
but then how many buyers are still on dial-up?
We have researched download rates from around the world
and optimized to work on the slowest connections around.
At the same time we don't like losing any quality. The
pressure of combining what would normally be two completely
incompatible requirements has come up with Meander, that
loads up in just seconds, and often while the viewer isn't
even aware of the process.
Incredibly easy to use, real time interaction
Another balancing act is the effectiveness of the presentation
versus it's ability to be used. The simple fact is that
buyers don't understand typical navigation interfaces unless
someone teaches it to them. Everyone knows that you can't
do that and nobody has the patience. But at the same time
everyone wants the "bells & whistles" of
a fully-fledged interactive
What is our solution? We examined what buyers and consultants
really want and need. Then we took away all the "junk".
Lastly we invented a way to show gorgeous 3D animated footage
on demand and with just the push of a button. It's so easy
we aren't even going to waste your time by telling you
how to use the presentation above - if you cant work it
out by now then pack your computer up and take it back
to the store.
Here is one of the best things about Meander:
we have no limit to the quality of the 3D scene. Typical
real-time 3D has poor quality coupled with a slew of problems,
but our real-time interface has no limitations. Everything
is pre-processed on our super computers before the viewer
sees anything, so all the hard processing is done. A normal
real-time 3D viewer needs to process a scene in one 25th
of a second to keep up with our interface, which isn't
much time to present a quality image. Meander uses
imagery that may take days to process in our studio but
presents instantly, so naturally we have the best quality.
Works on the internet and touch screen
Our interface words almost anywhere, not just the internet.
In fact if you chose to play it directly on a computer
or touch screen kiosk we can even increase the size and
experience as we no longer have to worry about download