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Web3D was initially the idea to fully display and navigate Web sites using 3D. By extension, the term now refers to all interactive 3D content which are embedded into web pages html, and that we can see through a web browser.
Web3D Technologies usually require to install a Web 3D viewer (plugin) to see this kind of content.
Nowadays many formats and tools are available, including:
- Adobe Shockwave
- Data-constrained modelling (A software tool which can convert volumetric data to Web3D)
- Java 3D
- Web3D Consortium
- X3D (extension of VRML)
- Additive Manufacturing File Format
They are mainly distinguished by five criteria:
- Simplicity (Automatic Installation, rates facilities already high)
- Compatibility (Windows, Mac, Unix ..)
- Quality (Performances, see Frames per second, and indirectly display quality)
- Interactivity (Depending on the solutions, their programming opportunities, the creators of content have more or less freedom in the creation of interactivity)
- Standardization (none, "market position", by a standards organization, etc.)
- Lateral Visions Lateral Visions Software Company : 3D Web specialist and platform developers.
- TDT3D European 3D Community : specialized in computer graphics and real-time 3D rendering (updated regularly).
- Web3D and Web3D Framework : Web3D Software Company and Web3D Developers
- Walkthrough Web3D Online Galleries, Web3D Online Museums, Web3D Online Fairs
- Paul Festa (2002-02-26). "Bringing 3D to the Web". CNET News.
- Altadyn 3D Online Collaborative Platforms
- Blender Wiki Blend4Web Addon for exporting Blender scenes to web pages
- Cubelets A Digital Media Agency focusing on 3D Websites and Immersive Web Design