VRML, which stands for virtual reality markup language, is a technology for animation and 3D modeling that lets you create 3D scenes for websites. A special VRML browser plug in lets you control the v…
Web designers add virtual reality (VR) components to web pages for several reasons, including to make web pages more interesting and interactive, and to display an item in a 3D view.
Some common formats for panoramas include Quick Time VR, VRML2, Black Diamond’s Surround Video, and Infinite Pictures SmoothMove.
VRML offers uses for many types of websites, including entertainment, education, computer aided design, product marketing, virtual malls, and much more. Panoramas are useful for these same types of websites, as well as real estate and travel.
VR components offer many advantages to web site designers. They make web sites more interesting and interactive, provide more detail for objects or places than regular flat photos, there is no need for complex programming to add a VR component to your web site , and they generally have cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility. Some disadvantages include requirement of a plug in for viewing, (in many cases), long download time for some web VR components, depending on the file size and type, and the needed skills and creativity for quality output.
Many software programs, such as Caligari’s TrueSpace, Micrografx Simply 3D, Silicon Graphics Internet 3D Space Builder, and Platinum Technology’s VRCreator learning edition, automatically creat VRML files for you.
Some software options for panorama creation include Apple’s Quick Time VR Authoring Studio, Enroute Imaging’s QuickStitch 360, Video Brush Corporation’s VideoBrush Panorama, Live Picture’s Photo Vista, Infinite Picture’s Smooth Move, Ulead’s Cool 360, and Black Diamond’s Surround Video.
Now, go forth and CREATE!By M Adley