|Product models are far too complicated for everyday users to browse
or edit without a graphical user interface hiding the complexity of the
data structure. Public domain virtual reality browser can be used as an
interface to a background application capable of launching other applications
like CAD programs, word processors, spread sheets and instance editors.
All data linked to an instance can be browsed and edited by simply pointing
the instance from the VR model and then selecting preferred operation from
a popup menu. This enables editing of data in the model itself and editing
of all external files linked to the selected instance.
If the product model is accessed through the Internet, VR model provides
an ultra light interface to the data. When user makes a request to the
server, it automatically generates a new VR model according to specifications
in the data model. By downloading the generated VR model, user can select
the instance he wants to browse. The actual transfer of data is controlled
by the background application, which provides all the functionality required
for the connection to the server. Also control over downloaded data, including
the capability of launching the required applications for linked files,
is provided by this background application.