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$2,694
pledged of $125,000pledged of $125,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 31 2018 4:35 AM UTC +00:00

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About

ViXL-3D was developed by Cassinian Software, LLC
ViXL-3D was developed by Cassinian Software, LLC

Excel Learns Some New Tricks

An acronym for “3D Visualizer for Excel” ViXL-3D is a 3D Mesh Viewer and Machine Learning Toolkit for Microsoft Excel users. It works as an add-in to Excel, expanding the standard Excel functions with some powerful new features.

What kind of features? With the current ViXL-3D beta you can build and train artificial neural networks, perform advanced matrix operations and polynomial regression, apply 3D tetrahedral interpolation, and view your data as convex hulls and 3D meshes. And that’s just the beginning, because there’s no other product like ViXL-3D for data analytics. 

To quote from TechTarget.com, “Data Analytics is the process of examining datasets to draw conclusions about the information they contain, increasingly with the aid of specialized systems and software. Data analytics technologies and techniques are widely used in commercial industries to enable organizations to make more-informed business decisions, and by scientists and researchers to verify or disprove scientific models and hypotheses.”

We couldn’t have said it better, and that sums up our goal for ViXL-3D, to become the premier data analytics add-in for Microsoft Excel (a lofty goal, we know). We intend to make ViXL-3D as powerful and capable as it is inexpensive and easy-to-use, so that every Excel user will want it, and will be able to put it to good use. Because whether you’re a student, an educator, a software developer, a researcher, an engineer, a small business owner, a data science hobbyist, or someone working for a large corporation, data analytics and machine learning are reshaping our world.

Machine Learning – the Easy Way

What if you could “teach” Excel to make predictions based on your data? What if you could apply advanced machine learning operations as easily as you work with standard Excel functions? And what if you could do all this without resorting to VBA programs or external applications? ViXL-3D makes this possible; and, because it’s an Excel add-in, it integrates seamlessly into Excel making it easy to learn and use.

Want to build feedforward artificial neural networks using your own data? Easy, just use the vxTrainMLP() and vxRetrainMLP() functions.

Want to embed your own neural networks into your worksheets and distribute them, so that other users can apply them to their own data? You can do that, too, with vxExecuteMLP().

Want to view your neural networks in 3D, to see what they actually look like? No problem, just use vxViewMLP()

What to see it in action? Check out this Webinar from our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/B14YamqPccs

Embed into Your Own Applications

With the ViXL-3D DLL, you can embed these same machine learning functions and the 3D mesh viewer features into your own applications. We’ll even provide you with ANSI C source code for the vxExecuteMLP() function so you can execute your pre-trained neural networks on non-Windows hardware, like microcontrollers and IoT modules

And there’s a lot more you can do than just build neural nets. There are functions to convert XYZ tables to grids for viewing as surface meshes and topographic maps, to plot data in 3D and export to PLY files and video, to render 3D objects with surface textures and lighting effects, to perform advanced matrix functions, polynomial regression, 3D interpolation and more. Check out this video:

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The 3D Visualizer

ViXL-3D renderings are viewed in the visualizer window, which opens in Excel like any other Excel dialog. But unlike normal Excel charts, ViXL-3D meshes can be manipulated in real time from within the visualizer window itself. Data can be viewed from any perspective, with mouse-driven pan, zoom and free-axis rotate controls. For comparing datasets, multiple visualizer windows can be opened simultaneously. Other features include an axis ruler and labels, and color, axis and bounding box controls.

And, because ViXL-3D comes as both an XLL (for Excel) and a DLL, all the same ViXL functions can be called from within user-developed code (such as Visual C++). This means you can add an OpenGL mesh viewer to your own C/C++ projects with just a few lines of code, and you get both the XLL and the DLL in the same package (although the DLL run-time distribution license is extra).

** Important Note ** The first and possibly second beta release will not include the DLL, as the test and debug cycle is more complex and will take more time.. but it will be included with the pre-release and subsequent release versions.

Check our our ViXL-3D YouTube channel, and subscribe today!

This Project Really Needs You

Right now, ViXL-3D is at beta version 0.41, and our goal is to get it released to the Excel community late this fall. The ViXL project began about a year ago, solely as an in-house tool for us to use for our own client projects. Once we realized its potential, we put all our resources into fully developing it. But now we need your help; to get the first ViXL-3D release out to users like you, we need to expand our project team. So we launched this Kickstarter campaign to "pre-sell" the software, to raise the funding we need to complete the Release Version 1.

Become a Backer, Get Free Stuff

As a backer, for as little as $10 you’ll receive the first pre-release beta versions up to and including Release Candidate 1. For a little more, you’ll receive a registered copy of Release Version 1, and at least one year of free updates and upgrades. Our goal is to turn ViXL-3D into a premier add-in for Excel, and the #1 machine learning toolkit for Excel. We have hundreds of new functions already prototyped that we’ll be able to add in the coming months, and as a backer you’ll have free access to all of that.

We’ve poured a huge amount of work into the ViXL project, because we really believe in it. And we think you will, too, once you start using it. If you use Excel, if you are the least bit interested in machine learning and data analytics, if you enjoy mathematics.. if you just want to impress your boss or your clients (or your friends) with some really cool software.. become a backer! We think you'll be glad you did.

Thank you for your consideration, and your support. 

Sincerely,  

The ViXL-3D Project Team

PS.. Check out the ViXL-3D Online Help site and see all the current features and functions.

PPS.. Get the latest ViXL-3D project news at www.vixl3d.com.

One More Video, One More Demo

ViXL-3D runs well on even very low-end hardware, including sub-$100 Windows tablets that can be found from countless online retailers. Pretty much any hardware that can run Excel, can run ViXL-3D (although regressive functions like training neural networks may take a bit longer). This makes it a perfect tool for K-12 educators, community colleges, students and researchers who may not have access to high-end hardware. This also makes it great for conference demonstrations and lectures. Check out this video of ViXL-3D running on a $99 Windows 10 tablet:

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STRETCH GOAL ..To give everyone a little extra incentive to help us spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign, if we hit at least 150% of our funding goal, everyone who requests it will receive an extra year of updates and upgrades! But you have to ask for it.

And, if we hit at least 200% of our funding goal, everyone who asks will receive an extra two years of updates and upgrades! So put those fingers to the keys.. post, tweet, let everyone know (because we really need your help spreading the word).

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks, and there is always a chance that a new project will fail to materialize or come up short in delivering on its promises. And while we cannot guarantee what the future will hold, we are prepared to make the Kickstarter community a few promises for the sake of ensuring the trust of our backers:

1. Everything you see is from a functioning beta, developed in Visual C++ 2015; nothing was mocked up for screen capture. All of the features described are actual working features (unless otherwise stated as being part of beta 0.4.x). Nothing we've described is vaporware, except when we described our future roadmap plans. We've spent the last 10 months developing this project, to get it to a highly advanced state before launching this campaign. Nothing prevents us from releasing the current beta today except that it's not yet adequately tested (in our opinion) and we lack the resources to properly support more than a handful of beta users. The purpose of this campaign is to get us those resources so that we can get this beta and the next, and eventually the first release into your hands.. but the core code development is done. That's our first promise.

2. Any business can fail unexpectedly, and ours is no different. If that were to happen, if we were to "throw in the towel" after a successful campaign but before we can deliver the licensed release to our backers, we will make the project files publicly available. Right now, ViXL-3D is a commercial project, but if we fail to deliver the commercial release, or if we give up and fail to find someone else to deliver the product to our backers, we'll make it open source. One way or another, we will do our very best to not leave you empty-handed. That's our second promise.

3. Finally, this project is very important to us, and your support is very important to us. We will keep you informed, we will keep you engaged, and should issues arise that force us to alter the product, the development roadmap, or our target release dates, you will be kept informed and your feedback will help guide our efforts. You won't be left wondering, what ever happened to..? That's our third promise.

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