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Date posted: 18/04/2005
(Press Release) The Web3D Consortium today announced that Bitmanagement Software GmbH, a major provider of 3D viewer software based on the VRML(TM), X3D(TM) and MPEG-4 ISO standards, has joined the Web3D Consortium to assist in developing and promoting the X3D specification. Bitmanagement is a long-time supporter of the X3D standardization effort and is now joining the Consortium to take an active role in influencing the evolution of this ISO standard that integrates the delivery of real-time 3D graphics with the power of XML on the Web.
The X3D ISO standard defines a runtime system and delivery mechanism for real time 3D content and applications running on a network. X3D supports several file format encodings and programming languages, providing unsurpassed interoperability for 3D data and significant flexibility in manipulating, communicating and displaying scenes interactively. X3D incorporates the latest advances in graphics hardware to provide the best performance and visual impact in an extensible architecture that supports ongoing evolution. X3D's XML-encoded scene graph enables 3D to be incorporated into web services architectures and distributed environments, facilitating the movement of 3D data between applications.
"The integration of video and 3D graphics, often named augmented reality, is going to experience an explosive growth in the coming years, and the X3D standard combines the possibilities of augmented reality with XML ubiquity on the Internet that has raised significant interest in the CAD, architecture, games and geography visualization markets," said Peter Schickel, CEO of Bitmanagement. "We believe in the power of true open standards to create market opportunities and we look forward to working within the Web3D Consortium to help make X3D an even more powerful platform for delivering real 3D solutions to real customers."
"Bitmanagement has made key contributions to X3D over the years and now the X3D team is delighted they are ready to take a more active role as it will help the Consortium further accelerate the rate of cutting-edge graphics innovation in the annual X3D ISO-specification updates," observed Tony Parisi, president of Media Machines and co-chair of Web3D's X3D Working Group. "It is through close cooperation between the key browser vendors that X3D will become an ever more pervasive and reliable platform for real-time 3D applications everywhere."
"We warmly welcome Bitmanagement joining the Web3D Consortium and we look forward to working closely with them to constantly improve X3D's functionality and inter-vendor conformance," stated Neil Trevett, senior vice president of 3Dlabs and president of the Web3D Consortium. "VRML and X3D are widely used in Europe and Bitmanagement can greatly assist the Consortium in strengthening our education and outreach programs for European developers and users."
"The Web3D Consortium has long recognized that European markets, members and users are key to driving worldwide industry adoption of Web3D standards including VRML, X3D and H-Anim (Humanoid Animation). That is why the annual Web3D Symposium has alternated between being hosted in North America and Europe for 10 years in a row," noted Don Brutzman, of the Naval Postgraduate School MOVES Institute and co-chair of Web3D's X3D Working Group. "Bitmanagement's interactive CAD, stereovision and soccer demonstrations at last week's Web3D Symposium in Bangor Wales are simply great. An active role by Bitmanagement and its users will enable interactive 3D content and systems to be created in more time zones than ever before."
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