Getting Started with X3D

Welcome to the world of real-time, interactive, on-line 3D. You will need a couple of things to get started before viewing your first 3D environment.

  1. Download and install a 3D viewer. There are two viewers from Web3D Consortium members that will easily work in your web browser. Clicking on the links will open a new window (tab). After completing the steps at the destination page, return to this window (tab) to continue.
    1. An HTML5-compatible browser is also available. This X3D-Browser is written in JavaScript and requires an WebGL-compatible browser. It has a smaller feature-set that BS Contact, but does not require a separate download and install (description).
    2. Bitmanagement's BS Contact is a full-featured X3D-Browser that installs as a plug-in (description download).
  2. You can now visit a variety of content pages. The table below progresses from simple to more complex content. Due to a variety of reasons, not all browsers are able to display all content - the Web3D Consortium is working with all authors and implementers to improve quality, consistency and correctness.
    • x3dom Scenes
      1. Scientific Visualization of Turbulent Flow

        Scientific visualization icon

      2. Cultural Heritage

        Cultural heritage icon

      3. Carousel Menu

        Carousel icon

      4. Car Configurator

        Car configurator icon

    • BS Contact Scenes
      1. Online 3D City visualization

        City visualization icon

      2. Jade Dragon

        Dragon icon

      3. Cathedral Demo

        Cathedral icon

      4. Airplane Configurator

        Airplace Confogirator icon

  3. You are now ready to further explore the capabilities of X3D. Please follow the links below to access the more advanced information.
    • Additional content
      1. x3dom examples page.
      2. Bitmanagement's advanced content page.
      3. More content...
    • Other display tools
      1. FreeWRL/FreeX3D X3D/VRML browser (open-source C). Also available via Apple website (Windows MacOSX Linux).
      2. InstantReality is a high-performance Mixed Reality (MR) system (Windows MacOSX Linux).
      3. Sensegraphics H3DAPI is an open-source C++ API for X3D that includes the haptics support, the Rigid Body Physics component, plus the proposed Volume Visualization component for the Medical Working Group.
      4. More information...
    • Authoring/Developer tools
      1. X3D: Extensible Graphics for Web Authors is the primary reference book on X3D.
      2. X3D-Edit is the primary authoring tool used at NPS to create the X3D, Sourcebook and SAVAGE examples. Available free.
      3. BS Editor is the authoring tool from BitManagement.
      4. Vivaty Studio (formerly Flux Studio and VizX3D) is a high-quality authoring tool from Vivaty. It is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, general-purpose, visually oriented, 3D modeling and animation application for X3D.
      5. Blender is an open-source 3D authoring tool that includes support for X3D import/export. Some external plugins are also available.
      6. Xj3D is an open source Java-based X3D toolkit.
      7. More software...
      8. More support...