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How to use Trila to add 3D models to Powerpoint, Word, Excel and Outlook

Trila helps you convert 3D content into something you can actually publish. In a few steps you'll have a 3D model you can use in Office 365, Photoshop, Facebook, Snapchat, Wikipedia, Unity or your webpage. No expensive 3D software or training needed. Watch the intro video here.

In this guide we'll tell you where to download 3D models, how to use Trila to convert them and how to import them into Office 365 programs.

There is a great variety of 3D models that can be downloaded from the internet. Many of these are free or can be purchased at a very reasonable price. Office 365 supports a very limited number of file formats so you use Trila to convert almost anything out there. When downloading 3D content always make sure that you respect the author's usage license.

Here are some sites that have a huge amount of 3D content:

Let's start by downloading a 3D model from Sketchup 3D Warehouse. For this example we've chosen Big Ol' Pile of Cash! by user RogL8ton.

You can download the 3D model by clicking on the "Download" button to the right. Make sure you choose 'Sketchup 2017 Model'. This will download a .skp file.

Fig1. - The Big Ol' Pile of Cash! 3D model on Sketchup 3D Warehouse

Go to Trila to upload the model. Trila accepts single 3D models as well as archives (zip, rar, 7z) that contain both the 3D model and its textures. Hit the "Upload & optimize a 3D model" button to start.

Fig2. - Start uploading your 3D model to Trila

Now hit the "Choose a file" button and navigate to your downloaded 3D content.

Fig3. - Upload your 3D model to Trila

Once you have selected your file you can choose the application or platform you're targeting. In this example we'll choose Office 365.

Fig4. - Choose Office 365 as the target platform

Next up are the optimization & cleanup options. Selecting 'yes' will perform automatic cleaning and will slightly reduce the size of the 3D model and its textures. 'No' will skip this step and 'Advanced Options' will allow you to reduce the size (and quality) even further. In this example we will choose 'no'.

Fig5. - Trila optimization and cleanup options

We're all set to start the conversion process. Enter your email address and hit the 'Upload' button and wait for the upload to finish. Your 3D model will be put in the conversion queue and you will receive an email once this process has finished.

Fig6. - Uploading the 3D model to Trila

The email (be sure to check your spam folder!) contains a link to the download & preview page.

Fig7. - The download page

Use the preview page to validate if your model was converted correctly. You can also perform basic operations like resizing, rotating, moving and changing colors. When you're happy with the result hit the 'Download' button.

Fig8. - The preview page

Open Powerpoint, go to the 'Insert' tab and navigate to '3D models > From a File...' and select the .glb file you just downloaded from Trila.

Fig9. - Insert your 3D object in a Powerpoint presentation

Your 3D content will now appear embedded in the slide.

Fig10. - The converted 3D content in a Powerpoint slide

Use the 3D control to rotate or tilt your 3D model in any direction. Just click, hold and drag with your mouse. Drag the image handles in or out to make your image larger or smaller.

Fig11. - Using the 3D controls

To make things even more interesting you can also animate your 3D content. To do this, go to the 'Animations' tab and pick one of the animation types like 'Turntable'. You can also choose when the animation should start playing and what the duration should be.

Fig12. - Animating your 3D model inside Powerpoint

That's it! Just as easy as adding images to Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel and Word. You can now make use of an almost infinite inventory of 3D objects to enrich your Powerpoint presentations.

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