Tools Dramatically Boost Productivity of 3D Modelers & Web Developers by Improving the Creation & Delivery of Online 3D Content
NATICK, Mass. - August 7, 2001 - Virtue3D, a provider of 3D software that creates the industry’s smallest files for the fastest delivery of 3D content over the Web, today released the Virtue3D Developer Toolkit. The toolkit streamlines every stage of the 3D content deployment cycle, allowing Web developers, 3D modelers, and CAD designers to easily create and integrate 3D Web content that can be rapidly delivered over the Internet.
To date, sharing 3D content online has been difficult due to the large file size of 3D models and the complexities associated with integrating 3D content into Web pages. Virtue3D compression technology creates the smallest 3D files for online viewing without losing image quality; for example, 3D CAD files can often be compressed to less than 1% of the original file size.
A related Virtue3D announcement today noted that recent benchmark tests conducted by Software Testing Center of the Standards Institution of Israel, an affiliate of eTesting Labs Inc. (formerly ZD Labs), demonstrated that Virtue3D Optimizer created compressed 3D files that were consistently smaller, and in some instances, up to 45 times smaller than files compressed by competing products.
“Rather than forcing our customers to wait several minutes, Virtue3D lets us create files that download in seconds, greatly increasing file-sharing efficiencies,” said Pat Heder, a beta user of the Virtue3D Developer Toolkit and Technical Manager at Hybrid Concepts, a provider of 3D mechanical simulations in Boonton, N.J.
The Virtue3D Developer Toolkit includes four powerful productivity tools that significantly speed online delivery of 3D content:
Virtue3D Optimizer uses Virtue3D’s patented compression technology to transform complex 3D models into highly efficient, compact files (VTUs) that can be easily downloaded, sent by e-mail, or integrated into Web pages. Virtue3D Optimizer reduces the size of any standard 3D file by as much as 99% without compromising image quality or animation. It also supports simplification of 3D content and the creation of different levels of detail for faster rendering.
Virtue3D Player is a browser plug-in that lets users easily view and intuitively manipulate highly detailed VTU files. In contrast to competing players that can be as large as 5MB, the Virtue3D Player is the smallest player available at less than 500Kb. As a result, customers can quickly share high-quality 3D content with any user regardless of connection speed.
Virtue3D Max Plug-in allows 3D modelers to make extremely large 3D Studio Max files available over the Web without losing content detail. The Virtue3D Max Plug-in lets modelers export a 3D Studio Max file into the Virtue3D Optimizer as a VRML file for compression. The result is a highly compact VTU file that, unlike standard VRML files, preserves all of the original 3D Studio Max content and animated features.
Virtue3D Dreamweaver® Extension makes it a snap for Web developers to embed the Virtue3D Player into Web pages to support interactive viewing of rich 3D VTU files. Using the Virtue3D Dreamweaver Extension, developers can quickly create buttons for manipulating 3D animation on a Web site without any programming. The extension, which has received the highest ranking available by Macromedia Exchange users, is also available at http://exchange.macromedia.com.
A free download of the Virtue3D Developer Toolkit is available immediately at www.virtue3d.com. After downloading the toolkit, users can create compressed Virtue3D-watermarked VTU files. Customers can remove this watermark by either submitting files to be validated by Virtue3D at a cost of $99 per file or by purchasing an annual publishing license for an introductory price of $1,495, which allows customers to publish any number of valid VTU files.
“The productivity gains offered by the Virtue3D Developer Toolkit are remarkable,” noted Lori Dustin, President of Virtue3D. “By greatly reducing file sizes, increasing the quality of 3D rendering, and making 3D Web publishing extremely easy, our toolkit promises to encourage more frequent use of 3D content in Web environments.”
Virtue3D provides 3D software that creates the industry’s smallest files for the fastest delivery of 3D content over the Web. Virtue3D’s patented compression and rendering technologies let customers easily share and publish 3D content online without compromising image quality, regardless of connection speed or network bandwidth. Privately-held Virtue3D has offices in Natick, Mass., and Haifa, Israel.