Developer: Autodesk
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

FBX Review is a particularly situational tool, but one that’s sure to prove vital to those who regularly use 3D authoring tools. The app is a standalone tool for reviewing 3D assets and animations quickly, all through one’s iOS device. It’s not without its issues, but it’s still going to be pretty useful in the right scenario.

Working remarkably swiftly on the iPhone 5, users can view their 3D models, adjusting various different appearances. FBX Review isn’t particularly clear at explaining what each button does with no tooltips available, but experimentation is simple enough. It’s possible to view the wire frame version of a model, as well as the completed article, with further options available so that one can see their models via every imaginable angle.

fbxreview5fbxreview4Things such as shading, scene lighting, real-time shadows, and tessellations are all viewable via the relevant option settings, proving frequently quite useful when showing off an asset. Animations can also be run with FPS highlighted throughout as well as a polygon count. It’s ideal for those needing to check out their 3D content while away from their PC or Mac. I found it particularly useful when a 3D modeling friend wanted to share what he’d been creating.

Besides being a bit vague in its descriptions, where FBX Review most falters is in terms of importing content. There’s no Dropbox or other sharing support, meaning that importing or sharing files with others isn’t quite as straightforward as one is used to on iOS. That’s an unfortunate oversight, given otherwise FBX Review is a handy tool that supports many different file formats such as .fbx, .zip, .obj, c3d, ads, and numerous others.

For the professional or amateur 3d modeler, FBX Review is going to be a useful portfolio style tool to have around.

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