Trimensions Shares Experience on 3DXplorer

Trimensions, long time Altadyn partner, a leading design boutique based in India, with a very deep knowledge of virtual worlds, including Second Life and Opensim, shares its experience with 3DXplorer through a recent article.

Rahul Dutta, Trimensions leader says: “…Some things are really well thought out. For one thing, visitors can sign in as ‘guests’ with only a name needed to identify them….”

He continues: “…One thing sets 3DXplorer apart from pretty much all the other virtual and Web3D platforms I’ve used- it allows native import of 3D models into a 3DXplorer scene in 3DS, OBJ and DAE formats”.

Read The full article here.

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New Release, 3DXplorer V5.02.00 is Live Today!

Shortly after our previous release of March 1st , we are pleased to announce a new release with exciting new features; 3DXplorer V5.02.00 includes important feature enhancements and additions which drastically improve Virtual Events experience for attendees :

1) There are now three different chat possibilities:

  • Global chat visible to all attendees
  • One to one private chat
  • Group chats, private, visible to a selected number of users, but not to all

2)  Direct interaction with other participants or through a names list:

  • Attendees can see the list of other participants, and start communicating / interacting with them, either by clicking on their avatars, or through the list.
  • Moderators can also interact with participants either graphically or through the list.

3) Improved user interface:

  • New buttons have been added to enable the above features. They are all regrouped in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • The avatar’s control pop-up (the former chat) has been removed. The chat window can be started by pressing on the chat button and it will pop up automatically on other attendees window.
  • Avatars’ animations, when possible (ie: high res avatars) are now accessible under “My Avatar” button.

4) Video broadcast in sync:

  • When linking a video to a screen, It’s now possible to either have it “broadcast in-sync” so that  start /stop of the video , by a moderator or a VIP, will happen simultaneously for all users, or keep the former asynchronous mode, having users watch their video “on demand”.

This release is up and running as of today, March 13th , 2010.

And remember, no installation, no update, no download required…Enjoy it.

“3D in a Browser” as discussed during the Virtual Edge Summit

One of the conference sessions at Virtual Edge Summit, held in Santa Clara this week, was about “3D in a browser”. It was facilitated by John Jainschigg, Director at Ziff Davis Enterprise and included  Darius Lahoutifard, Altadyn’s CEO, Jim Parker, Digitell’s CEO and Michael Gialis representing Open Wonderland as panelists/presenters.

During this session, 3DXplorer was recognized as the only “3D in a Browser” which is download-free and appeared as the closest platform to the “holy grail” dream of easily accessible while a fully 3D immersive and interactive platform.

A recorded video can be visualized here.

Happy Holidays

Those who have recently visited our 3D lobby, accessible from our home page ( through the “Meet-in-3D” button or the first featured space ) have noticed our Christmas tree which will decorate our virtual reception hall during the holidays season for our visitors joy.

Today, some of us got together in the lobby and took a picture, that I am glad sharing with you.

On behalf of the team, I would like to wish excellent holidays to all of our friends, users and partners.

Sincerely

-Darius Lahoutifard / CEO

Altadyn to Show 3DXplorer at I/ITSEC in Orlando

IITSEC-logoAltadyn will show 3DXplorer v5 at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida from November 30 to December 3, 2009.

I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling and simulation event, promotes cooperation among the armed services, industry, academia and various government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs. It has existed in various forms since 1966. This year, the conference features over 18,000 registrants, with about half of the registrants coming from government.

Altadyn will showcase the latest product releases including:

  • 3DXplorer Conferencing: allows large capacities with over 100 avatars in a 3D space.
  • 3DXplorer Enterprise: can be installed behind a firewall for full security and scalability.
  • 3DX/Online Meeting : enable the creation of easily accessible virtual 3D meeting rooms, classrooms, working spaces.
  • 3DX/Meet-in-3D: a 3D lobby right on your home page, helps transforming your anonymous visitors into qualifiable prospects

Interactive training is becoming increasingly important as an educational tool. Simulations give participants the opportunity to experience the consequences of decisions they might be called on to make in real world situations. Interactive training simulations develop interest, increase participant attention span, and because they are experiential, leave a lasting impression. Simulations promote active participation, giving the trainees a sense of control over both the content and pace of what they are learning.

3DXplorer’s browser-based download-free solution facilitates the accessibility of interactive training in government applications. Eliminating the need to download client software when deploying 3D virtual conferences, training, and simulations makes 3DXplorer ideal for use in strict IT environments where security is a prime consideration.

Cubic Defense Applications and Aptima, Inc. are among 3DXplorer customers that will be exhibiting at I/ITSEC.

We’ll be at booth 2821. If you’re attending the conference, please stop by and say hello.

3DXplorer Quick User Guide Now Available

Our Quick User Guide is now available for download.  This PDF document is designed to help attendees and presenters get quickly up to speed navigating through virtual meetings and conferences authored with 3DXplorer v5.

The User Guide is divided into three parts:

  1. Avatar Guide: This section covers creating and customizing an avatar.
  2. Meeting Attendee & Visitor Guide: This section covers basic navigation and chat.
  3. Presenter Guide: This section includes presentation techniques such as sharing the desktop with attendees and delivering power-point presentations or demonstrations.

The User Guide also contains troubleshooting tips. This handy resource ensures that both presenters and attendees will participate in successful and productive virtual meetings.

3DXplorer Powers Online Aviation Expo

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Indiana based FBO Academy, the training institute for the aviation service industry is using 3DXplorer’s cutting-edge 3D technology to power its Virtual Online Aviation Expo. The expo is a permanent virtual hall dedicated to Fixed Base Operator (FBO) professionals in the aviation industry.

The Online Aviation Expo utilizes 3DXplorer to create a virtual 3D space that allows vendors and visitors to interact with each another. Participants can view products and displays from a variety of vendors from the comfort of their home or office computers using standard web browsers—without the use of any plug-ins.

Attendees can move through the virtual expo space using 3D avatars that can communicate with each other with live text chat or with audio via Skype.

Vendors are able to reach thousands of potential customers and clients, eliminating the cost usually associated with trade shows, such as travel, food, and lodging.

Since the Online Aviation Expo is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it isn’t limited by time constraints. Attendees can visit anytime—at their leisure.


Visitors and those interested in exhibiting can view the site while the virtual expo space is being created.

Altadyn Announces New U.S. HeadQuarters Location

Altadyn's new location.

Altadyn's new Irvine location.

In order to better support our rapid growth and commitment to our customers, Altadyn has moved its U.S. corporate office to a new facility. The move comes on the heels of the September 2009 release of 3DXplorer v5.

3DXplorer is the first and only browser-based 3D web platform that works without requiring a plug-in. Our immersive, interactive, cloud-based technology enables users to experience collaborative virtual spaces using customizable avatars for a myriad of applications, including 3D online meetings, training, and education.

Since Altadyn’s inception in 2002, we have focused our efforts on bringing real-time 3D technology to the web. The new office location will enable us to continue development of our internationally acclaimed, award-winning 3D web technology.

Our new office is located at:

ALTADYN
2192 Dupont Drive
Suite 108
Irvine, CA 92612

Altadyn wins TCVN forum’s competition

Altadyn’s CEO, Darius Lahoutifard, was elected “Entrepreneur of the Month” for September 2009, by TCVN’s panel of investors and experts, for delivering the best 30 seconds pitch on Altadyn and 3DXplorer.

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Darius Lahoutifard

TCVN, Tech Coast Venture Network, is one of Southern California’s premier technology business networks. Through a wide variety of forums and other networking events, TCVN brings together entrepreneurs and resources from every facet of the technology and startup landscape.

Read more about TCVN here: http://tcvn.org/

3D in a browser, now Google’s turn again.

After Khronos group’s initiative that we commented recently, and after premature retirement of Lively (browser-based, but requiring a client installation), here’s a new initiative from Google towards “web 3D for all”, that we are glad to notice. But let’s see what is it all about:

What is O3D ?
It’s an open source API which enables creating 3D web applications using JavaScript, which works with a plug-in the user has to install on top of the browser.
Similar to Canvas 3D JS Library from Mozilla, and many other plug-in-requiring web 3D platforms (Active-X based or client based), O3D is shader-oriented, which means that experimented 3D developers will be able to achieve advanced rendering effects.

Is this a new web 3D platform ? No it’s not a platform at the same level as 3DXplorer, as it’s not offering the full 3D engine, although offering an excellent rendering engine. Moreover, there are no avatars, no multi-user session, nor chat or even a synchronous networking environment.

Which companies or technologies is this announcement aiming at:
Not only Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight are concerned by this initiative, but even upper layer development  platforms requiring plug-ins are clearly aimed at, including all 3D web platforms with client installations and active-X, especially those targeting developers (Unity, 3Dvia,…)

What are other pros and cons of O3D:
Pros:
•    A great rendering engine.
•    Another initiative supporting the trend towards browser-based web3D
Cons:
•    Still requires a plug-in to be installed for the player. The market will most likely refuse it unless for very motivated users (gamers?)
•    Can’t hide the Javascript code. Most programmers  would like to protect their programs Javascript and publish their code for free.

Google’s intention is a belief that web3D is going to be browser-based, open and thin. Google actually recognizes that it would be even great without a plug-in, hoping that the plug-in will be adopted (3DXplorer is already plug-in-less). In all cases, O3D is only going to accelerate the emergence of the web 3D applications for all computers. Looking forward to seeing it in action.

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