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Internationalization for X3D

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Call for Contribution for "Hello World" scenes for many nations!
News Story: 

Many people know about the X3D scene HelloWorld.x3d which shows the basic structure and syntax of the language. Here are various encodings of that scene: HelloWorld.x3d, view source, X3DOM, X3D's ClassicVRML encoding, and VRML97.

This scene was inspired as a basic test that follows a common pattern. You might know that there are many "Hello World" programs for many different programming languages. VRML and X3D are both illustrated on Wikipedia as part of (so far) 234 programming languages. [Wikibooks]

You might also know about Internationalization Internationalization (I18N) which is the use of different languages in documents. XML provides excellent I18N support for the Web. X3D also provides excellent I18N support, allowing the use of numerous different encodings, text directions, horizontal/vertical, etc.

To encourage demonstrations of good I18N content in X3D, people in the X3D community are invited to post scenes illustrating their own language of choice. This work also tests whether different X3D players work well. Our first example scene is HelloTaiwan.x3d in the various encodings of that scene: view source, X3DOM, X3D's ClassicVRML encoding, and VRML97.

Other contributions are welcome! You can send them either to the x3d-public mailing list (subscribe to the list) or to Leonard Daly and Don Brutzman directly. It would be great to get a lot of nations and regions represented, enabling browser companies to test their support. All contributed examples will be maintained online.

X3D Tooltips provides authoring hints for each node and field in X3D. The tooltips are available in English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

Thanks again, and thanks in advance to all of the many individuals contributing to these efforts. Have fun with X3D!

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Release Date: 
Aug 2013

Bitmanagement Launches BS Content Studio

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Web3D member, Bitmanagement Software launches BS Content Studio (beta) at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, USA.
News Story: 

New authoring tool allows 3D developers for easy and fast creation of 3D scenes and applications / New graphical interface export to X3Dom with WebGL working without the need for using plug-in’s and is supported by BS content studio / 3D plug-in’s still to be applied in MS Internet Explorer on Windows 8 desktop and for native Apps on iOS and Android / Bitmanagement in search of testers for BS Content Studio / Bitmanagement is exhibiting at booth #233 at Siggraph 2013, Anaheim, California, USA

The 3D world actually is facing obvious changes. A new format for web based scenes and application is on the horizon. HTML4 will be replaced by HTML5, which will offer many more features and moreover has no need for using plug-in’s. Right now the Web3C consortium is discussing the way how to integrate X3D, the 3D format of the Consortium, into the coming new HTML 5 world. Thereto the X3D working group has made multiple contributions to W3C's HTML5 Working Group for the purpose of integrating X3D with HTML. The goal is to make it possible to visualize 3D scenes and application, which means 3D Graphics, using the future HTML5 format. Therefore the Web3D participation at this years Siggraph is mainly focused on this issue.

The German 3D software developer, Bitmanagement Software GmbH at the Starnberg Lake which is partner of Web3D Consortium in Mountain View, California, where the company also is member of the Board of directors, has contributed an authoring tool, which enables to create interactive and multimedia internet ready content. This tool will sustainably accelerate and make it less difficult to generate 3D models and interactive content of successful operating scenes and application. Even "Non 3D Realtime - Specialists" are in the position to generate 3D Realtime applications for the use in the internet.

The Bitmanagement authoring tool based on the 3D Engine BS Contact is focused on augmenting 3D geometries which have been developed with the leading CAD-, GIS-, and Design Software programs, and medial content with the possibility to interact, amendments like light and shadow effects, multi user feature and animation of motion sequences of objects and human beings. The optimized output referring to rendering speed, to download, respectively 3D streaming-readiness and the integration in Webpages will be provided in X3D format only by one push on a button. Doing so one is able to use 3D content on the cross platform (Windows/Linux/Mac/iOS/Android), and crossbrowser (IE/Firefox/Chrome/Opera/Safari) and under HTML5 formats in X3DOM.

Screen short graphic of BS Content StudioThe new tool will also support export to X3DOM format close to HTML5. X3DOM is developed by Fraunhofer IGD and runs in HTML5 browsers with WebGL support. The WebGL standard is developed by US industry-consortium Khronos for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics on the Internet. The most considerable advantage offered by WebGL is that there is no need for using plug-in’s for users. In former times the scope for design with HTML is limited to text-formats "bold" and "italic", later on to pictures, charts and forms. However the presentation of 3D animated objects and video-content browsers depended on plug-in’s. Using WebGL will bring a remarkable change- at least for 3D teaser applications.

Peter Schickel, Bitmanagement CEO: "We continue to believe, that for ambitious and integrated 3D real time applications, as demanded from the CAD/GIS industry, plug-in’s are essential. The more so as also the Microsoft Internet Explorer does not support WebGL for security reasons. However with the support of the X3Dom export in BS Content Studio Bitmanagement has made a leap forward towards 3D anywhere."

The new authoring tool BS Content Studio actually has reached the Beta-phase, where user tests are executed. Interested parties are asked to apply for a tester account at info@bitmanagement.de.

The development of the 'BS Content Studio' - software is part of a ZIM-Project and co-funded by Federal ministry of economy and Technology, which has been approved by "The deutsche Bundestag".

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Release Date: 
Jul 2013

Web3D Consortium Booth

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 09:30 - Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 17:00
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
Space #233
Description: 

Visit us on the show floor in booth #233 where you can see demonstrations of X3D and other Web3D products. The booth is open at all times during the Exhibition.

X3D - Your Solution for Realtime, Interactive, Mobile 3D Graphics

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 15:45 - 16:45
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Exhibitor Tech Talk
Room: 
Exhibit Floor
Description: 

3D graphics is in a new realm. Mobile devices running HTML5 browsers display interactive 3D objects merged into real-time video. The Web3D community of content and application developers showcase their innovative 3D applications. X3D, with its declarative approach and API bindings is compatible with many web and industry technologies. The data-integration capacities and the rich set of componentized features are rapidly expanding X3D’s value in the mobile, augmented reality, geolocation, CAD, and medical markets. Come see the latest real-world interactive 3D applications.

Augmented and Mixed Reality

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:30 - 13:00
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
201C
Description: 

Learn more about how to extend X3D capabilities to support augmented-reality and mixed-reality applications. Also get an update on current AR standards activities.

ACM SIGGRAPH Carto BOF

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 12:30 - 14:00
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
201D
Description: 

This ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization (Carto) session explores how viewpoints and techniques from the computer graphics community can be effectively applied to cartographic and spatial datasets.

Web3D @ SIGGRAPH 2013

Subheading: 
Web3D Consortium Events During SIGGRAPH 2013
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Web3D at SIGGRAPH 2013
Event Dates: 
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Thursday, July 25, 2013
Location: 
Anaheim, CA. US.

X3D 4.0 Futures with HTML5, X3DOM, and AR

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 10:00 - 11:30
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
201C
Description: 

X3D 4.0 with HTML5, X3DOM and AR. The X3D Standard is pursuing HTML5, X3DOM, augmented reality, and compressed binary to maximize use of interactive 3D models on the web.

Web 3D Consortium Town Hall Meeting

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 15:30 - 17:00
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
201D
Description: 

Learn more about the Web3D Consortium, its members, and its technology.

Volume Rendering and Medical Visualization Using X3D

SIGGRAPH Year: 
2013
Time: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 14:00 - 15:30
SIGGRAPH Event Type: 
Birds of a Feather (BoF)
Room: 
201D
Description: 

Learn more about the ISO X3D 3.3 standard and see a variety of application demonstrations. This session includes discussion of next-generation standardization efforts for reproducible rendering.

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