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    Autodesk Project EXPO

    Hey folks, late to the party here. I saw a similar conversation on the Autodesk forums, and chimed in with the following info:

    Stingray is the gaming engine + game creation environment. Project Expo is an architectural-focused implementation of Stingray, that aims to deliver an immersive 3D experience without requiring the game creation environment of Stingray. It's a Revit Addin + cloud translator + automated game builder, so you basically pick a View in Revit and that becomes a fully built immersive 3D experience.

    Stingray is to Project Expo, as 3DS Max is to cloud rendering. If you really want to get into the guts of building a game based on your Revit BIM, use full Stringray. If you want to easily generate an immersive 3D experience at the expense of some configuration, then use Project Expo. It sounds like many of you would be interested in Expo.

    On a personal note, I've been involved with both Stingray and Project Expo for a while now. Like the proud "power user" that I am, I wanted to start with Stingray and build my own game. Pretty quickly I lost my way and was overwhelmed with all the proverbial "knobs, dials, and switches". Not being a Max user, I was likely at a disadvantage. I tried out Expo and was pretty floored that I could get a usable result with little effort. It's definitely in the nascent stages, so I wouldn't claim that it's ready for *********, but I've witnessed good progress over the past few months. The geek in me can't wait for the planned Oculus Rift support to drop. As you all know, I'm an Autodesk employee, so take my personal experience with the necessary grain of salt...I just thought I'd share.

    I'm glad to try and answer questions you might have, and if you go over my helmet, I can probably recruit my colleague PM on the Stingray/Expo team to join the conversation.

    Cheers,
    Kyle
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    How is the project Expo beta going to progress? Now that it's "public" does that mean any who care to apply will be able to gain access? If that's the case would it be acceptable to openly discuss specific details about the software? I know some feel that Expo is the person who showed up late to the game... what sort of advancement should we expect so that we will it allow it to "sit and play the "game" with us". :cheers:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Cunningham View Post
    How is the project Expo beta going to progress? Now that it's "public" does that mean any who care to apply will be able to gain access? If that's the case would it be acceptable to openly discuss specific details about the software? I know some feel that Expo is the person who showed up late to the game... what sort of advancement should we expect so that we will it allow it to "sit and play the "game" with us". :cheers:
    Yes, now that it's live most anybody can join it to try out. No media embargo, so we can discuss details, yes. What sort of questions would you like answered, should we go down that path? I can recruit some folks from that team to join us here.

    -Kyle

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    Moved to its own thread.

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    So I have been dying to give this a try... Signed up for the beta, downloaded the plugin, clicked the button... been in the cloud "queue" for 30 minutes now...

    I have been using the cloud rendering service since it was called project neon and I have to say that last 6-7 months have been miserable with "queue-ing". Whats the point of the cloud renderings speed if you have to wait hours in the queue anyways?? Apparently Project Expo is exposed to this as well.

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    Maybe the cloud is being hammered right now by the Open EXPO beta and Sundial.

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    In fact, this morning we came across a very specific defect in our handling of EIS lights that resulted in jamming all our workers. The offending models were zapped, and queue times are now back to normal (i.e. almost never any waiting.) As you can imagine, we're still working out the kinks, and we also have some ways to go before our watchdogs and monitoring are ready for commercial launch, as this morning demonstrated.

    The load has increased substantially since the labs launch, but not enough that customers should ever be waiting very long in the queue.

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    It took about 45-50 minutes in the queue this morning.... Once it got passed the queue it was very fast.

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    I am happy that the queue is now reset.

    I just wanted to add a small note to something that was mentioned here in this post about Project Expo. It is indeed available on Autodesk Labs, but still under NDA, so if someone wants to discuss details about the project, one would need to apply to the tech preview and discuss the details on the tech preview forums.

    In order to apply, simply visit https://projectexpo.autodesk.com/ and request to participate from the site.
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    Closing the thread under the NDA restrictions. Will reopen at a later time.
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