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.
- 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.
- Bitmanagement's BS Contact is a full-featured X3D-Browser that installs as a plug-in (description download).
- 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
Scientific Visualization of Turbulent Flow
- BS Contact Scenes
Online 3D City visualization
- x3dom Scenes
- You are now ready to further explore the capabilities of X3D. Please follow the links below to access the more advanced information.
- Additional content
- Other display tools
- FreeWRL/FreeX3D X3D/VRML browser (open-source C). Also available via Apple website (Windows MacOSX Linux).
- InstantReality is a high-performance Mixed Reality (MR) system (Windows MacOSX Linux).
- 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.
- More information...
- Authoring/Developer tools
- X3D: Extensible Graphics for Web Authors is the primary reference book on X3D.
- X3D-Edit is the primary authoring tool used at NPS to create the X3D, Sourcebook and SAVAGE examples. Available free.
- BS Editor is the authoring tool from BitManagement.
- 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.
- Blender is an open-source 3D authoring tool that includes support for X3D import/export. Some external plugins are also available.
- Xj3D is an open source Java-based X3D toolkit.
- More software...
- More support...