Intervista Software Introduces The World's Fastest 3D Plug-In For Web Browsers; New 3D Web Site Demonstrates the Power of VRML 2.0 Technology.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1996--Intervista Software, Inc., the leader in three-dimensional (3D) technology for the Internet, today announced the availability of WorldView world·view
n. In both senses also called Weltanschauung.
1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group. 2.0, the fastest VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) A 3D graphics language used on the Web. After downloading a VRML page, its contents can be viewed, rotated and manipulated. Simulated rooms can be "walked into." The VRML viewer is launched from within the Web browser. 2.0 plug-in for Netscape Navigator An earlier Web browser for Windows, Macintosh and X Windows from Netscape that provided secure transmission over the Internet. Soon after its introduction in 1994, Navigator, or just "Netscape," as it was commonly called, quickly became the leading browser on the Web. Web browser The program that serves as your front end to the Web on the Internet. In order to view a site, you type its address (URL) into the browser's Location field; for example, www.computerlanguage.com, and the home page of that site is downloaded to you. software.
WorldView 2.0 for Microsoft Windows See Windows.
(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then. 95 and Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. is designed with the industry standard VRML 2.0 (virtual reality modeling language (virtual reality, language) Virtual Reality Modeling Language - (VRML) A draft specification for the design and implementation of a platform-independent language for virtual reality scene description.
VRML 1.0 was released on 1995-05-26.
Wired. ). WorldView 2.0 empowers users to easily navigate 3D spaces with more animation, multimedia and interactive capabilities. WorldView 2.0 is available from the Intervista Web site (http://www.intervista.com).
Intervista also announced its new 3D World Wide Web site that allows viewers to experience the power of interactive, 3D multimedia computing, while learning about WorldView 2.0 software and VRML 2.0 technology. The Web site will provide forums as a resource for VRML developers to exchange ideas, information and software, and will facilitate interaction within the growing VRML community.
"The Internet Will Become A Network Of People, Not Just of Information"
"WorldView 2.0 is a breakthrough product that will enable serious applications of 3D on the Internet for businesses and consumers," said Tony Parisi, founder and chief technical officer at Intervista, and co-creator of the original VRML specification. "The plug-in software combines VRML 2.0 with our own functional and performance enhancements to deliver a robust product that will help pave the way to a 3D centric Internet offering new forms of information visualization Representing data in 3D images in order to navigate through it more quickly and access it in a more natural manner. Although the term was coined at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, which has developed very advanced techniques, multidimensional cubes, or pivot tables, are a simpler form and interaction. The Internet will become a network of people, not just of information." Parisi believes that a 3D Internet will bring communities of computer users together in visually compelling, highly interactive virtual environments that are much easier to understand and vastly richer in content than 2D environments. And, network computing Storing and/or running applications in servers in a network. See cloud computing and network computer. in 3D will give rise to an explosion of new possibilities for content providers and ease-of-use for computer users.
WorldView 2.0: The Fastest 3D Plug-In Application Available
Designed for developers and all networked computer users, WorldView 2.0's architecture has been optimized for 3D rendering, making it the best performing 3D plug-in application available. WorldView 2.0 performs 16 percent faster than other VRML 2.0 browsers when loading large scenes and performs fluidly and quickly when rendering complex objects while other plug-in products give up.
For optimum performance, WorldView 2.0 supports the Microsoft DirectX and Direct3D APIs (application programming interface) and a fast VRML reader. By supporting the Microsoft APIs, Intervista not only gains the fastest possible access to the Windows graphics systems, but also will be able to immediately take advantage of new graphic accelerators and multimedia-enhanced processors as they are available. The result of these optimizations are that not only is WorldView faster than the competition today, but it will automatically take advantage of improvements in future display systems.
"WorldView 2.0 performs significantly faster than any other current VRML 2.0 plug-in I've evaluated," said Scott Morrison Scott Morrison is a Canadian sports journalist. He worked for the Toronto Sun throughout throughout the 1980s and 1990s until he joined Rogers Sportsnet in 2001 as managing editor of hHockey. , with Kinetix and author of the VRML 2.0 exporter for 3D Studio MAX. "I'm impressed with the ease-of-use of the navigational modes and the high quality rendering versus competing VRML 2.0 products on the PC," he added.
Adherence To Industry Standards
For optimum compatibility, WorldView 2.0 closely adheres to the VRML 2.0 specification. VRML 2.0 makes it possible to experience seamlessly integrated 2D, 3D and other multimedia. Sound capability is also supported in the specification and WorldView has incorporated Intel's RSX RSX Reality Synthesizer (Sony PlayStation)
RSX Real-Time Resource Sharing Executive
RSX Rally Sport Experimental (Acura)
RSX Risk Information & Services Exchange
RSX Real Time System Executive spatialized audio technology.
Additionally, interactivity is enhanced with the new specification. In a VRML 2.0 world, objects may dynamically react to other objects and to the user. The VRML objects enable "links" to other Web sites in the same fashion as HTML HTML
in full HyperText Markup Language
Markup language derived from SGML that is used to prepare hypertext documents. Relatively easy for nonprogrammers to master, HTML is the language used for documents on the World Wide Web. (Hypertext Markup Language (hypertext, World-Wide Web, standard) Hypertext Markup Language - (HTML) A hypertext document format used on the World-Wide Web. HTML is built on top of SGML. "Tags" are embedded in the text. A tag consists of a "<", a "directive" (in lower case), zero or more parameters and a ">". ) text, but in a far more compelling, visual way.
Support for Scripting
Enhanced User Interface
WorldView 2.0 has an intuitive, simplified user interface with powerful navigational tools that include new speed settings and sensor triggers. In addition to standard navigation modes including walk, pan, tilt and examine, WorldView 2.0 includes functions such as "go to" and "straighten up" to assist software users. The enhanced user interface offers end users increased ease-of-use and an improved ability to explore 3D worlds that go well beyond traditional point and click.
WorldView 2.0 Availability
Unsupported versions of WorldView 2.0 software can be downloaded from Intervista's web site, http://www.intervista.com, at no charge. Intervista also offers flexible redistribution options and pricing for supported versions of the plug-in software. For information about redistribution options, contact Intervista Software at 415/543-8765.
WorldView 2.0 for the PC requires a minimum 100 megahertz One million cycles per second. See MHz.
MegaHertz - (MHz) Millions of cycles per second. The unit of frequency used to measure the clock rate of modern digital logic, including microprocessors. (MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. ) Pentium processor with 16 Megabytes (MB) of memory; standard Windows display driver and graphics card; and a 14.4 Kilobytes-per-second (Kbps) modem. For optimum performance, Intervista recommends using a 133 MHz microprocessor and 16 to 32 MB of memory. WorldView 2.0 requires either Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or Microsoft Windows 95 operating system.
About Intervista's 3D Web Site
Intervista's 3D Web site demonstrates the power of 3D interactive, multimedia space while introducing users to Intervista technology and products. It is a fully-developed three dimensional environment that adds enhanced interactivity to the browsing experience. The Web site will host "The Business Center," an environment which features data visualization, a conference center and a commerce section. Through The Business Center, viewers can experience first hand the practical applications of VRML technology and how it can benefit their business.
About Intervista Software
Intervista Software, Inc., the leader in 3D technology for the Internet and Intranets, designs, develops and markets 3D interactive software. The company is committed to designing products that make it easy to create and deliver 3D multimedia material on networked computers. Intervista Software was the first company to create VRML-based 3D Internet browser software for all Windows platforms and the first to develop the core technology for Microsoft's Internet Explorer VRML plug-in application. Intervista has developed relationships with industry-leading companies including Microsoft, Macromedia, Silicon Graphics, SOFTBANK, Simply Interactive, UMAX and Ziff-Davis Interactive. -0-
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