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X3DOM @ CeBIT 2014: urbanAPI

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

At the CeBIT IT fair, which takes place this week in Hannover, Fraunhofer IGD presents another project which is partly based on X3DOM technology.

The urbanAPI toolset will allow the fast development and deployment of participative policy support applications for decision support, conflict management, analysis and visualisation. Such developments collectively provide vital decision-making aids for urban planners in the management of the territory, support policy makers for the associated responsibilities in political negotiation, and enable wider stakeholder engagement regarding the future development of the territory. Since the client software is based on standard Web technology, X3DOM serves as an ideal solution for the geospatial 3D visualization components.


You can see the urbanAPI demonstrations at Hall 9, E40, Exhibit 23 (“Geoinformationsmanagement”) by Fraunhofer IGD.

X3DOM @ CeBIT 2014: Visual Information Exploration and Information Visualization on 3D City Models

Friday, March 7th, 2014

At this year’s CeBIT exhibition, the team from Fraunhofer IGD / Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore, presents a new, exciting, X3DOM-based prototype for fast, intuitive exploration of information, which is entitled InfoLand. Information is presented on a multi-touch interface through a graphical representation, serving as an information or marketing tool for industry partners and collaborators, researchers, and students. Information is presented in the form of text, images, videos and 3D models, which can be accessed intuitively.


Another prototype visualizes the results of a research project related to energy consumption on the Nanyang Technological University campus in Singapore. Information on various buildings over a selected time span can be translated into concise graphical representations. As decision makers and consumers have increasingly come to expect information to be readily accessible, quickly and at any time, prototypes such as these serve as a tool for consumers to navigate for only pertinent information from a vast database that is translated into clear visuals for easier understanding.


You can see and try the prototypes at Hall 9, E40, Exhibit 23 (“Geoinformationsmanagement”) by Fraunhofer IGD.

X3DOM used in another Cultural Heritage Project

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The website, which was just launched within the past few days, shows information about around 20 scanned sculptures, and several scanned historical buildings and rooms. The website also provides a large catalog of pictures and other art pieces that belong to the andalusian universities.

The project has been coordinated by the University of Granada (contact: Javier Melero) and the 3D scanning works and website have been  developed by AgeO , a spin-off of the University of Granada

Using X3DOM, the objects can also be inspected in 3D – give it a try!


Meteor Blocks uses X3DOM

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Meteor blocks is a new fun and interesting online 3D editor, using X3DOM for  visualization. It enables users to create simple objects which consist of colored 3D blocks, or “3D pixels”.


Give it a try at!

Merry Christmas – and a little IE11 related gift

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The X3DOM team wishes you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014!

Additionally, we are happy to report that there is now also basic X3DOM/ WebGL backend support for MS Internet Explorer 11, although its current WebGL/ GLSL version is only 0.92, why some more advanced features are still missing here.

Finally, we’d like to announce the upcoming Web3D 2014 conference on August, 8 – 10, in Vancouver, Canada, and hope to see you there.

BS Content Studio finally released with X3DOM support

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Content Studio is a modelling tool designed around X3D and can directly export X3DOM content. Content Studio by Bitmanagement allows for easy and fast creation of 3D scenes and apps through an intuitive interface. With X3DOM support those scenes can be easily exported and deployed to a wide variety of devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.

Content Studio Screenshot

You can download Content Studio here. Also have a look at the developer videos on the same site (scroll down).


New ‘turntable’ navigation mode in X3DOM

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The current dev version includes now a new ‘turntable’ navigation mode.

Turntable example

The interface and implementation is not yet finalised but we tried to get this out as soon as possible since a large number of users asked for this navigation mode. Enjoy the example, which includes a compact description of the mode and parameters.

Digital Heritage 2013 Tutorial Slides Online

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The slides (part 1 and part 2) from the X3DOM tutorial (given by Johannes and Yvonne) at the Digital Heritage 2013 conference in Marseille, France, are now online.

X3DOM + AR Reloaded

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Augmented Reality

Three years ago, we did a first experiment with the Flash-based marker tracker FLARToolKit together with WebGL/X3DOM. However, at that time browsers did not yet provide an API to access the camera. Now, with the new WebRTC MediaStream API and a marker tracker implementation in JavaScript via JSARToolKit, we built a new version of that old AR demo, but this time without Flash or any other plugin to access the video stream. Try out the Augmented Reality demo here…

X3DOM/Pop at Pacific Graphics 2013

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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X3DOM developer Max Limper will present the pop buffer paper tomorrow at the Pacific Graphics 2013 event in Singapore. The novel technique enables web applications to stream progressive geometry data in x3dom, and the implementation is part of the 1.5 release.

EU Project EarthServer uses X3DOM

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Geological model viewer

Screenshot taken from here, data courtesy of the British Geological Survey, powered by rasdaman

EarthServer is an EU-funded project aimed at establishing open access and ad-hoc analytics on extreme-size Earth Science data. Part of this endeavor is the development of tools for 3D web access to these data endpoints that respect the protocols and languages common in the geospatial data processing domain, specifically various OGC standards. The EarthServer 3D Web Client middleware is built on top of X3DOM and currently under active development.

New Preview of BS Content Studio with X3DOM support

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Bitmanagement software just released a new preview of BS Content Studio. The 3D authoring tool is focused on augmenting 3D geometries, which have been developed with the leading CAD-, GIS-, and Design Software programs, as well as other media content, with the possibility to interact, amendments like light and shadow effects, multi user feature and animation of motion sequences of objects and human beings.

And the best of all: the beta version allows you to directly export your created content to X3DOM scenes!


InstantReality and X3DOM at SIGGRAPH 2013

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Join the dev-team of Instant Reality and X3DOM at the exhibition floor of SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim. We’re located in booth #233 and will show you the latest and greatest in X3D web-technology, fusing desktop and web environments to create streaming applications. We will also bring along new hardware toys which have been added to Instant Reality, as well as a demonstration of the latest progressive mesh compression technique we’re developing right now. See you there!s2013

X3DOM used for scientific geospatial 3D visualization

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (Moss Landing, CA, USA) are helping us to gain understanding of our oceans by analyzing different kinds of data, taken by robots under the sea. Thanks to X3DOM, measured data can now also be visualized in a 3D Web application – you can give it a try by yourself!

Click here for a brief explanation of the application.


WebGL support in IE on Win 8.1

Friday, June 28th, 2013

It’s really true. Windows 8.1 / IE 11 supports WebGL out of the box. There are still some issues with x3dom but we are currently working on it. Stay tuned!

Windows 8.1

X3DOM Tutorials from Web3D Online

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Both X3DOM tutorials from this morning’s tutorial session at Web3D 2013 are online:

X3D CAD Component Integrated

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Thanks to Vincent Marchetti X3DOM now also supports most of the X3D CAD nodes as an optional component.

Web3D – VR here: Oculus Rift

Friday, June 14th, 2013

At Web3D 2013 we will present X3DOM scenes using an Oculus Rift HMD with stereo and headtracking, which is supplied by the InstantIO server component via WebSockets. More information on the InstantReality page…

Distorted Stereo Rendering in X3DOM

Web3D 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Most of the X3DOM developers will be at this year’s Web3D conference in San Sebastian, Spain, which takes place from June 19th to June 22nd 2013. There, we will have a tutorial on X3DOM (consisting of two parts) as well as some papers. So, if you are around, do not hesitate to talk to us or discuss your issues and feature requests with us. See you in Spain…

Our JavaScript IDE

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Developer tools are mostly personal preference and there’s no right or wrong in choosing editors and IDEs. However, we feel there’s one IDE to mention which stands out of the crowd: The WebStorm IDE from JetBrains, creators of IDEA.

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The WebStorm IDE is the JavaScript incarnation of IDEA and the one tool our X3DOM developers are crazy about. It makes writing code so much more fun and productive. Even die hard Vi guys started using it, and that means something. We are very grateful that JetBrains has been so generous to issue a free open source license of their WebStorm IDE to all X3DOM developers. We have been using WebStorm to develop X3DOM for 2 years now and we could not be happier. Thank you very much JetBrains.