Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Flying through a house

work - 07 Nov 2018

When we released our new editor a few months ago we introduced a new camera feature at the same time. Without this camera you could only see a floor plan in 3D from far away, a so called bird’s-eye view. The camera allows you to stand inside a room, to look around and to walk from room to room, which gives you a new and exciting way to experience a plan.

The next feature we added to the editor was a way to create interior renders; images that take a bit longer to render but look a lot nicer. Then we started experimenting with photo-realistic rendering to improve the quality of our interior images, and we looked into rendering virtual reality panoramas to get a sensational immersive experience. There was a slight problem however, you could only have one camera per floor level.

The good news is that we are about to roll out a new version of the editor that will allow you to add multiple cameras to a floor! This makes it a lot easier to create amazing renders from every room of a house, and – it’s a completely new way to present your plan. We added fancy tweens between the cameras so you can create a cool fly-through from one view point to another.

Of course it should be possible to export a fly-through as a GIF or a movie straight from the editor, but I think it also makes sense to render a fly-through as a photo-realistic movie, or even a 360 movie where you can look around while moving through a plan. Lot’s of fun stuff to work on and I can’t wait to see what our community will create with it!