In contrast with previous versions, Viscape Universal reads two previously incompatible file formats. Superscape's own SVR format and VRML 97.
SVR is a real time 3D modelling language with a heritage going back to DOS. Once seen as a serious contender in the now under-rated Virtual Reality market, SVR continues to be used in proprietary 3D applications and on Intel's PII showcase, MediaDome.
With SGI's withdrawal of funding for Cosmo - the de-facto VRML 97 standard browser - earlier this year, Viscape Universal becomes the only VRML97 browser in corporate development, providing a possible avenue for a re-emergence of SVR as a format with a large base of capable browsers.
VRML 97 is the open standards format for delivery of 3D content over the Web
Key features of Viscape Universal:
- intuitive navigation system requiring no user set-up for ease of use
- advanced graphics renderer that runs on all systems using Microsoft DirectX
- enhances VRML content using Microsoft Directshow supports fully-spatialised sound
- fast frame rates on standard hardware
- uses fitted accelerator cards for optimum performance
- compliance checking on VRML files for exploring more advanced applications with sophisticated behaviours.
- supports Java and ECMAScript.