Building VRML Worlds

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Pop the lid on your creativity and go beyond static, lifeless Web pages! With this guide to Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), you'll create interactive 3-D cyberscapes that attract and enchant potentially millions of Web surfers. Inside, you'll find guru techniques, secrets, tips, and easy steps for mastering VRML from the basics through the advanced concepts. Plus, you'll get tutorials of the hottest VRML tools and a directory and critique of some of the most fascinating VRML sites on the Web! Whether ...
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Overview

Pop the lid on your creativity and go beyond static, lifeless Web pages! With this guide to Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), you'll create interactive 3-D cyberscapes that attract and enchant potentially millions of Web surfers. Inside, you'll find guru techniques, secrets, tips, and easy steps for mastering VRML from the basics through the advanced concepts. Plus, you'll get tutorials of the hottest VRML tools and a directory and critique of some of the most fascinating VRML sites on the Web! Whether you're an experienced Webmaster or a casual Web page designer, Building VRML Worlds will help you turn your dream Web world into virtual reality, step by step!

A Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) 3D site planning, design, and construction guide, based on VRML 2.0. Clear introduction to VRML, file basics, 3D objects, light sources, and techniques. Stresses balance between speed and 3D reality. Emphasizes available software and VRML authoring tools (what to look for and how to use them), including Caligari's Pioneer, Virtus WalkThrough Pro, and Paragraph's Virtual Home Space Builder. Examines other VRML conversion and translation tools, extensible rendering packages, add-ins, and component resource packages. The accompanying multiplatform partitioned CD (UNIX, Mac and Windows) includes URL hotlist, demos, and source code from the book. Overall a good tutorial, complete with practically-oriented tips and warnings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780078822339
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 An Introduction to VRML 3
2 Thinking in 3-D 35
3 The Basics of VRML Files 55
4 Creating Good VRML 103
5 What to Look for in a VRML Authoring Tool 121
6 Paragraph's Virtual Home Space Builder 135
7 Caligari's Pioneer 159
8 Virtus WalkThrough Pro and 3-D Website Builder 183
9 VR Tools 215
10 VRML Extensible Rendering Packages 235
11 Working with Surface Textures 257
12 Using Object Libraries 277
13 VRML Worlds for WWW Navigation 293
14 Using Web Applications with VRML 313
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