|Stable release||2.1.932 / December 2009|
|Operating system||OS independent|
|Type||Flash 3D engine|
Although popular between its introduction in 2006 and 2009, development has stopped since 2009 and it has been superseded by Away3D which has been adopted by Adobe as the sole 3D rendering engine included within the official Adobe Gaming SDK.
Away3D was forked from Papervision3D, for the purpose of improving performance. Another 2011 book noted in the section on "3D with Flash" that "Away3D and Alternativa3D are currently the preferred solution for performance and features because they have a more active development community".
Papervision3D was launched by Carlos Ulloa around December 2005; it was made open source by the end of 2006. Papervision3D was of the first 3D rendering engines built for Adobe Flash Player, and at the time of its launch in 2005, was the most complete and best known 3D engine for Flash. It used drawTriangles() to render 3D content fully on the CPU, within Flash Player.
According to a 2009 book Papervision3D was "without a doubt the best known" 3D engine for Flash. A 2012 book called it the "granddaddy of 3D libraries for Flash" and argued that "There is a simple reason for PaperVision3D's popularity: it is very complete in its execution."
- Doug McCune; Deepa Subramaniam (2009). Adobe Flex 3.0 For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 388–389. ISBN 978-0-470-40789-9.
- Adobe Gaming SDK, Adode
- Remi Arnaud (2011). "3D in a Web Browser". In Eric Lengyel. Game Engine Gems 2. CRC Press. pp. 207–212. ISBN 978-1-56881-437-7.
- Cheridan Kerr; Jonathan Keats (2009). The Essential Guide to Flash CS4. Apress. p. 286. ISBN 978-1-4302-2353-5.
- Matthew David (2012). Flash Mobile: Developing Android and IOS Applications. CRC Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-136-02250-0.
- Paul Tondeur; Jeff Winder (2009). Papervision3d Essentials. Packt Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84719-573-9.
- Michael Lively (2010). Professional Papervision3D. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-97060-7.
- Julia May (August 10, 2009) Discovering Papervision3D: Best Design Practices and Tutorials, Smashing Magazine
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