HOOPS Visualize Supported File Formats

The HOOPS/MVO file I/O architecture comes with a variety of input/output handlers that support many commonly used 3D, 2D, raster, and video formats. The file formats listed below can be imported or exported by HOOPS Visualize.

For users with a HOOPS Exchange license, a number of additional formats are accessible via Visualize's HIO_Exchange component. Please see the file formats table in the HOOPS Exchange documentation for a complete listing.

 = supported
 = unsupported
 = functionality provided as-is

3D Formats

File Format Import Export Third Party Package

Platforms

DWG     RealDWG or HOOPS Exchange

Windows

DGN *     DGN Direct

Windows

HSF     n/a

All

HMF     n/a All
U3D     HOOPS Exchange

Windows

PRC     HOOPS Exchange Windows
PDF (2D/3D)    

2D support is native
3D PDF requires HOOPS Exchange

Windows
Linux

OBJ     n/a

All

PLY     n/a

All

SKP     SketchUp

Windows

STL     n/a

All

PTS     n/a

All

PTX     n/a

All

Microstation **     Microstation plug-in

Windows

3ds Max **     3ds Max plug-in

Windows

VRML ***     n/a

All

OpenInventor ***     n/a All

Please see the library compatibility table in the Release Notes for the required versions of third-party packages.

* For DGN, HOOPS provides basic capabilities to directly import DGN's CAD and wireframe information. To import fully rendered 3D information, a plugin can be used in Microstation to export an HSF file that can be read by HOOPS.
** Tech Soft 3D provides plug-ins for importing 3ds Max as well as Microstation's DGN formats. These plugins are available on the Developer Zone.
*** The importers for these formats are no longer supported and the functionality is provided as-is. Developers who wish to use these formats and address any issues are free to refer to the MVO HIO-importer source code and modify it as they see fit.

2D Formats

File Format Import Export Supported Platforms
PDF    
All
Postscript    
All
HPGL2    
All
CGM    
All

Raster Formats

HOOPS Visualize provides import capabilities via integration with the ImageMagick libraries. For export, Visualize handles these formats natively. Any format supported by ImageMagick can be used in HOOPS Visualize. Below is a list of the major raster formats supported by HOOPS Visualize.

File Format Import Export Supported Platforms
PNG    
All
JPEG    
All
GIF    
All
BMP    
All
TIFF    
All

Video Formats

HOOPS/MVO currently exports to one video format.

File Format Import Export Supported Platforms
AVI (Animations)    
Windows