Clara.io is a company that made an online 3D editor, it’s part of web app movement, or this is how I like to call them. Where a software that you usually had to check OS functionality, check your diskspace and hopefully later to run an installer, now you can access anywhere on every device with a single click.
As I’m familiar to C4D and Blender, I said I should give it a try. Took this scenario, this is a beta, not a fully replacement of a complex 3D software yet so I thought of using it for small edits. For example to cut the body of this bike, and then modify the frame adding an enlarged torus. Worked perfectly!
And the embed webGL result:
Then I thought of something much harder, something I would usually do in a 3D software. I asked Alex Beltechi to send me a scene created in Cinema 4D to edit in clara.io. The import was really simple, just dragged the OBJ file in the browser. It was a big file, around 700 smaller objects, I’ve done some basic object merging, simplify meshes, worked a bit hard on Chrome (the 32 bit version) but faster on my 64 bit Safari, never tested on the 64 bit Canary.
It has all the basic editing tools for slicing, subtracting, blend, mirroring, etc. And an animation console, just take a look at their take on the Pixar intro and you’ll understand what powerful this software can be. Just press play below!
One other great feature is the three JS (scene) exporter. As webGL support grows over devices this could be a great tool to create 3D graphics ready for every modern browser. Personally I tested exporting the 3D bike scene and imported via ThreeJS and worked, all though still support is a bit scarce and I like the Blender method better.
Ah! I forgot to tell you that the mother company is Exocortex, that has a collection of motion graphic software for cinema. So they have a Vray render option on all your creation, the neat thing its all on the cloud and streams in your browser.
After all this, it’s a sharing platform, like github is for code, clara.io is for 3D models. Of course you could choose for a pro account and have all you projects private, but you miss all the fun of being forked and get your creation remixed. Check their impressive library here.
Conclusion: Even with the ups and down this is a beta of a pioneering product. Nevertheless, even in this stage I will use it without a doubt to edit and create content. The power of web applications is enormous, combined with a good cloud service defines the way of how future software will work.