October 01, 2012
Introducing TurboReview, the First 3D PDF Mobile Markup for AEC
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Introducing TurboReview, the First 3D PDF Mobile Markup for AEC

By Susan Smith 



IMSI/Design just announced their TurboReview, a first in the CAD world to offer 2D and 3D mobile markup for AEC and support of 3D PDF (U3D). 

IMSI is well known as the developer of TurboCAD and lately their free TurboViewer DWG viewing app for iOS and Android. 

TurboReview is designed for the iOS platform and will soon migrate to the Android. 

According to co-founder and CEO of IMSI/Design, Bob Mayer, customers wanted a product to do markup and also a really fast viewer that can do shaded models and hidden lines in different CAD formats. “We extended that by adding markup capability to TurboReview in addition to the ability to support 3D PDF which, as far as we know, is the first and only mobile PDF viewer available for mobile platforms.” 

IMSI/Design created the 3D PDF toolkit on mobile themselves because it didn’t exist elsewhere and deployed it in TurboReview. “It ties in well with our viewer product as well as markup products,” explained Mayer. "There are 3D PDF libraries that exist for the desktop operating system environment for Windows or PC, but not for mobile other than what IMSI/Design has done."

TurboReview is actually a 3D markup app as well as 2D.  Obviously, there are 2D markup apps out there, but there aren’t many 3D markup apps – “which means to add notes to 3D objects for example, if I was to add a note to the arm of a robot, I could add an arrow and a textbox that says ‘revise arm’. As you rotate around in 3D space, those markups are always maintained and always facing the text, our leaders are snapping to that arm. No matter what angle you’re looking at it, it stays stuck to the 3D object as well as the text maintained is always facing the view directions." Mayer added, “Obviously if you had a 3D model of the building that
would be true too. Anything that involves marking up in 3D.” 

According to Mayer, parts of the program are cloud based, that is, non-native supported file formats are all being converted on one of their cloud based servers, done remotely. The app itself is a locally installed app.

Those who have their files located on Drop Box or any cloud based storage system can view it in the TurboReview app.

The iPad is really the form factor for doing mobile work, Mayer said. “With a laptop you have to unfold it or have a table to prop it up or a lap, with a tablet you can walk around with it, and navigation is good. It is more for consumption of floor plans and drawing and to add markups and notes to it.” It is the perfect vehicle for the AEC marketplace and Mayer said that IMSI/Design will be doing more in this space in the coming year. 

The text is always facing and arrow leaders will snap to a 3D object, important features when navigating in 3D as the rotating model will show text and features accurately on all sides.


[Information from the press release]:


TurboReview includes:


Mark-Up Features
  • Lightning-fast 2D and 3D environment
  • Redmark tools: Markup 2D and 3D objects using:
  • Line
  • Circle
  • Rectangle
  • Revision cloud
  • Highlighter
  • Text
  • Rectangular text box and leader
  • Inquiry tools: Distance/Dimension; Angle; Perimeter; Area
  • Layer Manager - Layer view manager to turn layers on/off, invert layers, turn all layers on/off
  • Layout support - View model space and paper space layouts in your drawing
  • Create screen shots of drawings and markups

  • Unique 3D Features
  • Support for 3D PDF (U3D)
  • Unique "always facing" text and dimensions that always face current view in 3D
  • Arrow leaders snap to 3D objects, uniquely allowing them to lock and orbit in 3D correctly

  • Viewing Features
  • Smooth multi-touch navigation; Pan, zoom, and 3D orbit effortlessly around document
  • A variety of visual styles include wireframe, hidden line, x-ray, gray scale, shaded, shaded without outline, and more
  • Adjust edge color range from white-gray-black
  • Adjust x-ray transparency factor
  • Option to use default or model lights (if any in drawing)
  • Option to render both inside and outside model (force two-sided rendering)
  • Custom perspective view - Now view 3D models in realistic perspective angles with the ability to view in human eye perspective or specify custom camera lens sizes in mm
  • AutoCAD® SHX font support - Native SHX font support to view localized or custom SHX fonts in your drawing file
  • TrueType font support - Improved visual fidelity with native TTF font file support to view True Type Fonts in your drawing file
  • Supports AutoCAD linetypes - Maintain visual fidelity as intended
  • Restore saved AutoCAD views - Quickly display the best vision of your design

  • Customized Usage
  • Tactile sound feedback - Sound confirmation for button and UI item selection
  • Autosense for 2D or 3D drawings - Option to automatically set appropriate gesture navigation of a drawing or model
  • Option to use two fingers to 3D rotate/tumble or constrain orbit
  • Unique time-savers - Able to navigate full-screen preview during file load; Cancel errant file load

  • File Sharing, Interoperability, and Localization
  • File Management: Create sub-folders; Cut/Copy/Paste/Rename files and folders
  • Quickly email marked-up files
  • Native support for DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, 3D PDF (U3D), plus more than a dozen other popular AEC file formats including TCW, 2CD, 3DM, 3DS, ASAT, CGM, DCD, DGN, EPS, FCW, IGS, OBJ, PLT, SAT, SKP, STEP, STL, STP, and WRZ
  • Support for 15 languages: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

  • Availability and Pricing


    TurboReview v1 for iPad has a limited-time introductory price of $34.99 (regularly $49.99) and is available from the Apple App Store. For more information, please visit


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