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ParaGraph writes new chapter for 3D

ParaGraph will unveil new authoring tools to create 3D virtual worlds on the Web.

ParaGraph International will unveil a suite of new authoring tools to create 3D virtual worlds on the Web.

A beta of the company's first tool, Internet3D Space Builder, will be posted to Paragraph's Web site starting Monday and will be demonstrated at the Siggraph 96 conference for high-end graphics technologies in New Orleans next week.

In the fourth quarter, ParaGraph will also release Internet3D Avatar Builder and Internet 3D Behavior Builder, two programs to let users create their own virtual characters to populate and interact in the 3D worlds. Also shipping in the fourth quarter is Internet 3D Multi-User Server, software to support up to 1,000 simultaneous users within a virtual world.

All the new ParaGraph releases are based on version 2.0 of VRML (Virtual Reality Markup Language), which will be formally ratified at Siggraph. VRML is the 3D equivalent of HTML, the code used to design Web pages.

With VRML, Web authors can create and decorate 3D environments that can be navigated with special Web browsers such as Silicon Graphics' Cosmo Player or Sony's Cyberpassage. VRML 2.0 adds support for animations, background textures, sound, and video. It will support scripting using Visual Basic Script or JavaScript, as well as extensions for Java applets.

ParaGraph also announced the immediate availability of Virtual Home Space Builder 2.0, an upgrade that replaces an earlier version based on VRML 1.0.

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