Just when you thought you knew what you were doing in PowerPoint, it reinvents itself!

PowerPoint will shortly be supporting visual and motion 3D modelling capabilities beyond what you thought was previously possible. We’re not talking about your cubes, bevel and embossing – we’re talking about advanced modelling entire city-scapes. See our short demonstration below.

 

 This video was made entirely using PowerPoint. It is utilising the new Import 3D Model feature and creating set positions with camera features for 3D Models. We’ve then set a morph transition to move around the city, providing highlights and information.

 

So, what does this mean as a presenter?

Well, not a whole lot currently but the future is very bright. Applications for this feature open up an amazing scope of advanced storytelling and engagement. However, there aren’t many big business applications out right now unless you’re demonstrating a product that is going to market.

The obvious applications are going to be in architecture, development and planning companies. Drafting 3D models and using them in a PowerPoint to communicate scale and design of a building will be fantastic. I can see scope for consumer profiling taking on new levels, with the ability to dive into consumer homes. I can see scope for 3D models of org-structures and the ability to dive into levels of the organisation. It also allows you to see scope for product testing and similar examples. Within the next 6 months? Probably not, but definitely in the next 18 months.

 

What does this mean in the learning sphere?

The ability to bring conceptual models to life is an incredible advancement in the learning and education sector. This long-term investment, starting in the classroom will pay off for PowerPoint as these school-leavers (who already are creating 3D models) start in the workforce.

The examples we have showcased have some great features but there is still a lot of work to be done. At this stage, if you’d like any form of texture within your 3D models there is limited support for filetypes. These are currently limited to: .fbx, .obj, .3mf, .ply, .stl, .glb. Out of these, we’ve found the best support for what we wanted was only in .3mf and that’s not a common filetype or standard in the 3D world. It is, however, founded by Microsoft, HP, GE, Siemens, Autodesk and others. The texture support for .obj currently doesn’t exist. However, it can be worked through by opening your .obj file in Microsoft’s new 3D Builder, applying the textures and saving as a .3mf file.

 

Can you see an application for this in the PowerPoint design industry, either now or in the future?

 

 

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