Many of our current users claimed that when they first looked at getting started with VR, that the idea of it looked daunting and time-consuming, and that’s fair to think… it’s a new technology, which means that there is probably a big learning curve, really complicated set-up – you may even need to hire a professional to do it in your firm, and finally, it’s expensive, so you’re not ready for it just yet. Today we’re here to tell you that it’s the exact opposite.
Learning about the VR industry and getting started with VR solutions is a lot faster and more user-friendly than you may think. With our guidance, you can get up-and-going in as little as a day, seriously. Or you could set aside a couple hours here and there and you’ll be ready to rock by this time next week!
Step 1: Schedule time to sit down and learn about VR
Duration: 10 minutes
This could mean setting aside any time in your calendar, whether this be a full day, an hour here and there, or maybe you could work from home one day- but setting aside dedicated time will give you the focus you need to concentrate on the details and allow you to learn a bit faster with a clearer mind! There’s a great report from RIBA that can help you understand what other leaders in the architecture and design industries are thinking about – get a head start by learning from them.
Step 2: Take our “5-Day” VR email course
Duration: 30 minutes, or 5-7 minutes for 5 days
Our “5-day” email course was designed so that, even with a busy schedule, you can getting started with virtual reality information you need to know, without the hassle of having to research every detail. This video series talks about getting you a simple and friction-free solution by going over topics such as why VR is business-ready and if it is suitable for your business, how to integrate VR into your existing workflows, tips for selecting the right technology and technology vendors (and yes, that doesn’t always mean that Yulio is the best option for you), and IT, training and budget considerations.
By the end of the course, you will have the tools and terminology to talk to other members of your firm about the benefits, costs and practical considerations of bringing VR into your practice.
Duration: 5 minutes
Signing up for Yulio takes no time at all. You can do this whenever you have 5 minutes to spare you can simply sign-up and gain a full-feature access for 30 days! The trial will help you see the possibilities for getting started with VR – you can use one of our sample scenes or create your own. Then go on to edit and enhance the scene with floorplan navigation, audio or text integrated into the scene and more. We find that the ‘ah-ha’ moment for VR learning is when people see their own work in VR at the same time – it’s the difference between looking out a window and being in the park.
We recommend that when you sign up, that you go through our onboarding process. This process directly reflects what you will be doing in Yulio, and it will walk you through each page and function so you’re ready to go when it comes to your own projects!
Step 4: Download the CAD plugin you need
Duration: 10 minutes
Yulio’s software is easy to integrate into existing workflows. We built Yulio from the ground up to fit in with your existing design workflow, so that getting started with virtual reality would fit seamlessly into your design flow. Our plugins help speed up your workflow by generating cube maps from within your CAD software. Simply prepare your scene, lights and cameras, and start the plugin.
Downloading the plugin you need may not even take 10 minutes depending on your internet speed and bandwidth! Or if you don’t use one of these CAD programs, you can simply upload your CAD files as a PNG. or JPEG. file and still get the same great VR experience!
Duration: 1 hour
We designed our software to be as intuitive as possible; however, we have many resources available to guide you through Yulio’s many great features and functions that will help you create the stunning presentations!
Our YouTube channel has quick summary videos, longer walkthrough demos and technical guidance that will lead you to success while using Yulio!
You don’t have to watch all of them – only as many as you think you need to get you on your feet, but we have an abundance of resources that will get you off the ground from the get-go!
Step 6: User guides and free training webinar sign-up (Optional)
Duration: 1 hour
Sometimes some extra help never hurts! We’ve crafted some handy-dandy user guides to get you through some of the technical areas such as working with Yulio in your CAD program, or using our collaborate feature.
You can also join in on our bi-weekly free training webinar. This session is crafted specifically for new users to introduce them to the Yulio process from downloading a plugin to creating your first VR experience. You can use this time to ask any questions you have, and get direct answers. Our Client Success Manager will ensure that you’re feeling comfortable and confident before concluding the session.
Take a look at some of her tips and tricks for new users getting started with Yulio here! And sign up for her free training webinar here!
Step 7: Upload to Yulio
Duration: 5-10 minutes
You may have gone over this in our onboarding when you first logged on after signing up, but this time you can take something you already own – a CAD model you already have perhaps and drop it into Yulio. You don’t need to start with anything fancy to get a glimpse of our software.
If you used one of our plugins, it should have uploaded your rendering for you, however, if you’re manually uploading your design files, then it could take a couple minutes depending on the size of the file you’re trying to upload.
Step 8: Play around with our features and add dimension to your VR experience!
Duration: 1 hour
Yulio has a bunch of amazing features that can truly elevate your VR experience. You could start off by recording a simple voice file for audio hotspots, then and you can connect your scenes using navigational hotspots. After that, you can create a birds-eye-view using our floor plan navigation, add text hotspots, even play around with some of our expert VR design tips here!
It doesn’t take long to bring your VR design to another level, and every detail, when you’re immersed in the scene, stands out to your user. Make your VR design an experience to remember!
Now that you have your awesome VR scene ready to go, now you can use some of the other features Yulio has to offer such as collaborate for cross-country design collaboration with your peers, and heatmaps to see and collect analytical data beyond the ‘oooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ that you’re bound to get with your designs!
Step 9: View it!
Duration: 5 minutes
This could be either downloading the Yulio Viewer app onto your smartphone, or onto your Oculus Go, but once you have the app downloaded, all you need to do is connect your device to your account and view away!
Your VR projects will appear in your ‘lobby’ on your app, which allows you to have quick access when you’re on-the-go with clients, or just to have as a portfolio in your pocket.
Step 10: Share it!
Duration: 1 minute
And just like that – here we are. You’ve now created your first VR project and you’re ready to share it with your clients, colleagues, and friends alike. See? We’ve made VR easy, and that’s what Yulio stands by – Simple, mobile, and affordable VR that is made for the regular Joe to use.
Anyone can be the creator of stunning VR presentations and all you need is a half of a day for getting started with VR. Try VR for a month on us by signing up for our free full-feature account, or kickstart your VR journey by taking our 5-day email course to start learning about VR for your practice and everything you need to consider. Start learning here!