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What is Apple’s Out of this World proposal about?

What is Apple’s Out of this World proposal about?

Question:
What are the key features of Apple’s Out of this World?

Answer:
Out of this World from Apple is an extension to VRML based on the 3DMeta File (3DMF) format, used by Quick Draw 3D (QD3D), Apple’s cross-platform 3D graphics API.

QD3D is Apple’s API for presenting 3D on the desktop computer. An implementation of this API is currently available for the PowerMac and is due out for Windows but is not essential to using 3DMF. Apple’s aims in submitting their proposal are to provide developers with both stability and the flexibility needed for innovation. Stability they see as coming from the use of 3DMF as a foundation for all VRML, and innovation from 3DMF being an open standard with scope for extensions.

There are details in the proposal of how to handle behavior and this area is offered as a basis for discussion with the developer community. Essentially, scripts control behavior and its associated graphic elements. The scripts can be written in Java, but Apple believes a behavior language supported by a variety of scripting languages is the way to proceed. The Out of this World proposal is code-based rather than data-structure oriented; in this sense it resembles PostScript. It uses data to describe the starting state of the scene, and its objects and code to describe the dynamic interactions.

3DMF is described as a container file format which can contain 3D information on geometries( including lighting, textures, camera viewpoints, and shading), Web URLs, sound files, and other multimedia attributes.

Out of this World’s special features include:

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