- Architosh Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 16 May 2001
VRML on the Macintosh
Architosh has been searching the Web for VRML Macintosh links and
resources ever since our review of Jonathan Cohen's Communication
and Design with the Internet: A Guide for Architects, Planners,
and Building Professionals.
VRML stands for "virtual-reality modeling language".
According to Cohen it is the only true 3D standard on the Web and
developed out of the 1994 World Wide Web conference held in Geneva.
Unlike Apple's QuickTimeVR (virtual-reality) software, VRML allows
a viewer to enter a scene and move around it in three dimensions.
Most standard CAD and 3D software can export to VRML format (file
suffix .wrl) and these files can be placed on the Web like HTML.
Inside your Web browser there would be a plugin to handle .wrl
files by passing them off to a VRML player application such as the
VRML on the Macintosh
There are a number of available methods to both produce VRML files
and view them on the Macintosh. In this article we will just deal
with viewing VRML files.
The first place to visit on the Web for Mac viewing of VRML files
is probably the VRML
on the Macintosh web page. There is also the apparently now
defunct MacWeb3D.org site. (at the time of this writing that site
was not up).
Besides CosmoPlayer there are a few others VRML Mac apps. One such
Cortona for Macintosh by Parallel Graphics. MacLookat
is another application for the Mac developed by Michael Louka.
For VRML Development Tools there are some excellent resources linked
on the VRML on the Macintosh site. Here is a brief linking list
but there are more:
- Meshwork (second
to VRML Converter
There are a number of interesting VRML experiences on the Web,
many of which Jonathan Cohen wrote about in his book. From our review
article you can find some links such as Virtual
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