3DXplorer Newsletter - September 2008

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3DXplorer Newsletter         Bringing 3D to Everyone September 2008 

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3DXplorer Webinars Now Running:
Business & Technical, in English and French

Altadyn's "Meet in 3D" Corporate Web Site

3DXplorer Online Studio

Through the rest of September Altadyn is hosting a series of webinars on 3DXplorer covering both business and technical topics.

The webinars are scheduled to run through the end of the month, be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

The Business and Technical webinars are described briefly below.

Business Webinar
Leveraging Web 3.0 and 3DXplorer to Increase Your Web Design Business

Topics covered include, "What is 'Meet in 3D' and how is it related to Web 3.0," Target Markets, and an overview of a family of 3DXplorer promotional bundles available through the end of September.

Technical Webinar
Using 3DXplorer: A Hands-On Technical Overview

Topics covered include creating 3D scenes using the online studio, adding and importing 3D objects and scenes, enabling avatars, as well as publishing and imbedding your scene in a Web site.

To learn more and register click here.
Meet in 3D: Where Web3D meets Web 3.0

On September 3 at the Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo Altadyn announced Meet in 3D, a new concept to standardize immersive and interactive 3D spaces and virtual worlds on corporate web sites. Meet in 3D is intended to establish a new standard navigation component, on par with the commonly-used links on the main navigation bar of web sites such as Home, Products, Company, Contact Us, and so on, allowing businesses to add immersive 3D virtual experiences for interacting with web visitors. 



Our CEO Darius Lahoutifard summed it up as follows:

“We believe our Meet in 3D concept is a critical element of Web 3.0,” said Darius Lahoutifard, CEO of Altadyn. “Since the inception of the web, businesses have invested billions to identify and track largely anonymous visitors to their web sites...”


Read more about Meet in 3D here,  and also at the 3DXplorer blog here.

A key element of the Meet in 3D is concept is its relationship to web3D and Web 3.0.
Monetizing formerly anonymous web site visitors with Web3D

Web 1.0

Communication one way, from companies to their web visitors


Web 2.0

Individuals started expressing themselves via blogs and social networks …but not to corporations. Businesses still struggle to monetize Web 2.0


Web 3.0 = Web3D:
3D bridges this gap

Informative & entertaining 3D web spaces with avatars motivates engagement, providing a new opportunity to directly engage, identify and monetize web visitors, Similar to everyday life at a tradeshow, seminar or physical store

Time-limited 3DXplorer Bundles in September

Bundles come in three options:
  - Gold
  - Silver
  - Bronze

Prices starting under 5000.  Get up and running in less than a day.

Customized, Branded 3D Spaces for Any Company

For a limited time, Altadyn is offering 3DXplorer bundles to allow businesses an easy and fast way to put a custom, branded 3D web page or virtual world on their company web site.

In addition to corporate colors, logos, images, 3D product models, and so on, 3D spaces can include imbedded hyperlinks to traditional web pages or other 3D worlds

The 3DXplorer bundles consist of the 3DXplorer software, content and customization services, and come in three main options: Bronze, Silver and Gold. All include a customized multiuser 3D world with imbedded graphics and hyperlinks, as well as unlimited web traffic for a year. The content and services delivered with the Silver and Gold options is provided by Altadyn partners: GoWeb3D, Cube3 and Altadyn. Check out the link below or the following article in the newsletter for more detail.

The 3DXplorer bundles drastically reduce the time and cost associated with building virtual worlds, making them accessible to any company.

Click here for more detail on the 3DXplorer Bundles.
  Altadyn Professional Content Partners

Altadyn has established relationships with three partners to deliver professional content and services for 3DXplorer customers.  The partners include   GoWeb3D , Cube3 and Avalonn ,  all of which are participating in Altadyn's 3DXplorer bundle offerings with the Silver and Gold options.

In fact, the primary difference in the three options is associated with the desired level of design and customization. The Bronze option includes one of the 3DXplorer standard library or “template” worlds, while the Silver and Gold options include content provided by our professional content creation partners.  A short description of each along with an image of a sample world.

For more information on available worlds check out our gallery here .


Avalonn  Web  Site Avalonn is a French architectural studio led by architects and 3D designers Valery Dubois and Marie-Odile Teixeira. In addition to professional architecture, Avalonn focuses on the design and production of virtual worlds and videos. Always looking for new styles and "avant garde" ideas, Avalonn creates virtual 3D worlds and related content for the emerging 3D Internet.   Read more here .

Cube 3

More  info  on  Cube3 Cube3 is a division of Cube Productions Inc., is focused on design, direction and consulting on digital entertainment and the Internet, and works with clients both public and private to deliver unique VR world experiences and projects. Clients include SONY, Paramount, AOL, MTV, CBS, Proctor and Gamble and Sara Lee. The images below provide a sample of 3D Worlds available from Cube3. Read more here.


GoWeb3D  Information GoWeb3D is a product line, services company, and consultancy that provides low cost to fully custom virtual environments on the web. Focusing on highly accessible 3D multiuser solutions in the web browser, GoWeb3D strives to enhance the web with 3D solutions one web page at a time. Read more here .
Partner Silver Worlds
Avalonn  Web  Site
  Avalonn  Surf  World

Cube3  Web  Site

Cube3  Officepodz  World


GoWeb3D  Web  Site

Altadyn Exhibits at the Virtual Worlds Expo in Los Angeles

Altadyn attended the 
second annual Virtual Worlds Conference & Expo held in sunny Southern California at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 3-4. According to the folks at Virtual Worlds Management, the show organizers, it was attended by over 1,300 people, up from the 1,100 who attended last year’s event in San Jose.      
We met a lot of interesting companies and individuals at the show and came away excited about the opportunities for truly open and widely-accessible web3D. A key theme that kept coming up at the show, and the area that it appears much of the industry is focused on, is browser-based web3D, versus proprietary, client-based technologies or virtual worlds.   Read more here .



Altadyn  Booth  at  VWE  

Tech Talk: Importing 3D Models Using COLLADA!
An important feature of 3DXplorer is the ability to import user-generated content from commonly available design and modeling tools by adding the ability to import 3D data in the popular COLLADA format. Modeling tools supporting COLLADA include Maya, 3ds Max, LightWave 3D, Softimage|XSI; Houdini; MeshLab, SketchUp, Blender and modo.
COLLADA is also Google Earth's native format, and it is supported by Google SketchUp and the Google 3D Warehouse providing access to a huge amount of existing 3D models such as buildings, furniture, vehicles, and so on. COLLADA support extends 3DXplorer’s ability to import 3D data in industry standard formats, including the 3DS format supported by Autodesk’s 3ds Max, along with a variety of other applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, and many others. This is really easy to do. Here is an overview outlining the steps to publishing essentially any model from the Google 3D Warehouse , assuming it is available in COLLADA format, and many are.

Google  3D  Warehouse The image to the left is a model in the Google 3D Warehouse of the mkLotus house, a green home designed by Michelle Kaufman, a well known architect based in the Bay Area. You can click on the image at left to see the page and download the model for yourself.

Once at this page just select COLLADA from Download Model pull down menu at the bottom right of the image. The resulting download is in a zip archive that contains all the necessary geometry in a .DAE file and all the associated textures as applied in SketchUp. Now just go to the Project Creation page in your 3DXplorer account (or create a new account here) and create a new project. Edit the new project from the Project Management page, Right-click to activate the menu, then select "Add new object" and choose the button labeled "Upload files to collection" in the upper right of the dialog box.
mkLotus  Import  into  3DXplorer   This pops up a standard Windows Open dialog allowing you to navigate to the folder where you un-zipped the mkLotus COLLADA file and textures. Then just select the .DAE and import. Once imported, give it a "Friendly name" for easy reference later and set the scale. You can set scale by inputting a numeric scale factor, or typing in the desired dimension of either the width and height in real units; note that all fields are linked so the others update when one is changed. I chose 10ft or a little over 3 meters for the desired height. Then select the "Upload object to my collection" button at the bottom to save the model in your collection of user-generated data. Now you just place the newly imported model like any other. Save the scene, publish it and then generate and imbed the HTML code in your web site.
The result is the 3D scene accessible by clicking on the image below:
That's it for our latest issue of In Touch with 3DXplorer. Look for a new issue next month.


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