As a Ubuntu user I’m not spoiled with good IFC viewers. To be honest there are hardly anyone out there. One decent alternative is the Solibri Model Viewer downloadable from here: http://www.solibri.com/solibri-model-viewer.html For a long time I was using the viewer happily on my 32 bit notebook but when I upgradet to a 64bit version of Ubuntu, the joy was suddenly over. I could no longer get the viewer to start. It stopped with the message “Unable to launch the application”.
After a bit of fiddling with various Java settings and versions I digged into the “SolibriModelViewer_LargeModels.jnlp” file where I found this section:
<resources os="Linux" arch="i386"> <extension href="http://download.java.net/media/java3d/ webstart/release/java3d-latest.jnlp"/> </resources>
<resources os="Linux"> <extension href="http://download.java.net/media/java3d/ webstart/release/java3d-latest.jnlp"/></resources>
For the moment I’m using “Sun Java 6 web start” to launch the application. I have not been able to get it working using “OpenJDK 6 web start” yet.