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Macromedia's Extreme3D VRML 2.0 Exporter is now available from Macromedia's Web site. The exporter was created by a collaboration of Macromedia and Intervista.

An HTML and VRML Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called SitePad is available in prerelease from ModelWorks Software. It includes a programmer's editor with syntax coloring, a user definable template mechanism, and a syntax check function for VBScript and JavaScript in an HTML page. SitePad also includes VRML 2.0 node templates.

VRML books are listed in the VRML section of "Books for the Net".

Live3D VRML 2.0 Browser beta release is expected in September by Netscape.

Netscape and Kinetix announced they will integrate their products, based on their Live3D (Netscape), MAX and Hyperwire (Kinetix) technologies. Live3D will include modeling from 3D Studio MAX and behavior creation from Hyperwire, plus support for 3DS and DXF file formats. Kinetix will include Live3D as a native object within Hyperwire, Kinetix's 2D and 3D Web title authoring tool. However, no timelines or definite plans have been announced.

Exclusive! A VRML 2.0 Authoring Tool will be released by 3D WEB in September.

Gamelan's VRML section is now live! Gamelan is the Java Directory produced by EarthWeb.

Universal Avatars: A New Standards Proposal for Avatars has been released in a draft form by Velocity, IBM Internet, Worlds and Chaco Communciations. The proposal will start out as a VRML 2.0 extension. The proposal will enable virtual-world developers to standardize many of the database aspects of VRML worlds, such as user identity, attributes and belongings. A mailing list has been set up to discuss the proposal. To subscribe send an e-mail with your e-mail address to uniavatar-request@chaco.com.

A new VRML 2.0 Browser called Axial Flyer was announced by Axial Systems at SIGGRAPH. Axial will license its Axial Flyer toolkit to tool and content developers who are creating viewers for multi-user chat, on-line games and information access applications that play VRML 2.0 files. The toolkit consists of a VRML 2.0 compliant engine, a real-time 3D scene manager and a high-speed scan line renderer with sample source code for creating Netscape Navigator plug-ins and Active-X controls.

VRML 1.0 and 2.0 3D conversion including texture coordinates, texture info and embedded bitmaps is available in Polytrans, a new product from Okino Computer Graphics. Conversion can be from a selection of 3D file formats into VRML.

The 3D Studio Max VRML exporter now has a mailing list devoted to it. The 3DStudio Max VRML Exporter is used to translate Max scenes into VRML 2.0 scenes. 3D Studio Max is a 3D Modeling package for Windows NT from Kinetix/Autodesk. If you would like to join, send mail to:

To: listserver@creativevision.com
Subject:
Message: Subscribe 3dsmax-vrml your/e-mail

New VRML Worlds announced at SIGGRAPH 1996 by Planet 9 Studios include Virtual New Orleans with The Big Easy in VRML 2.0 and Virtual Jackson Square with Black Sun multi-user extensions, Digital Bayou with OnLive extensions, Illustra demonstrations, and a Lightscape-enhanced version of the Planet 9 Studios.

EventOut

A conference on virtual worlds and community on the Internet called, "Earth to Avatars (E2A): Contact, Culture and Community in Digital Space", will be held by The Contact Consortium. E2A will be held on Saturday, October 26, 1996 at the ANA Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

The World Movers Developers Conference, December 3-4, 1996, will provide the Web development community with a forum in which to view and discuss the latest VRML 2.0 compliant tools and technologies. The conference will be put on by Seybold Seminars and Silicon Graphics.

The VRML 97 Symposium will be held February 24-26, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey California, USA. Officially titled "The Second Annual Symposium on the Virtual Reality Modeling Language", information including online registration, a call for participation, and deadlines are available at the VRML 97 Web site. VRML 97 will be a 3-day technical forum including courses and in-depth workshop discussions on the first day, followed by paper presentations, panels, exhibits, and demonstrations on the following two days.

Transform

Chris Caen, formerly Business Development Manager at OnLive! Technologies, is now in a similar role at Paragraph.

Barry Fox, former Technical Editor of 3-D Design Magazine, is now at Intervista.

John Ison, formerly of Autodesk and Silicon Graphics, is now president and chief executive officer of Axial Systems.

Tom Jermoluk, former president and COO of Silicon Graphics, is now chief executive officer of @Home.

Neil McElwee, formerly Vice President of Marketing at Caligari, is now an industry consultant specializing in developing business plans and marketing plans, currently consulting to Acuris, The Motion Factory, and RealSpace.

Harry Vitelli, formerly of Apple Computer, has joined Axial Systems as vice president of marketing.

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