Caligari launches truePlay, a free Web Player for 3D content sharing and on-line collaboration

Mountain View 04 May 2006Caligari Corporation, an award-winning producer of 3D modelling and animation software has released truePlay, a free Web Player for sharing interactive 3D objects, scenes and worlds. truePlay enables users to interact, learn and work in real-time in a photorealistic, simulated, 3D space that offers a much richer sense of presence than any 2D technology could provide.

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truePlay not only allows participants to open, enter and interact with 3D scenes that are sent to them via conventional means such as download or e-mail, it also works on-line to allow multiple participants to join the same 3D space, so they can all meet, interact and collaborate in real-time. truePlay can also be used in conjunction with trueSpace7, Caligari's flagship real-time collaborative 3D authoring technology, to allow participants to not only view and share information but also to create, manipulate and edit 3D objects in real-time within the shared virtual workspace. Available free-of-charge, truePlay can be easily installed.

Applications for truePlay span a wide range of markets, including design engineering, where truePlay will save time in the product design process by allowing design engineers to easily brainstorm their design concepts and share their final product designs with other departments and clients; education, where truePlay will simplify the teaching process by allowing students and teachers to use real-time demonstrations and virtual experiments, or even join each other in a shared space on the Internet and learn in real-time; biomedicine, where truePlay will improve research by allowing researchers to more easily share and present physical visualizations and simulations with other researchers; design and illustration, where truePlay will allow designers and illustrators to share their creations with each other; and games development, where truePlay will allow game developers to create game content with other distributed teams or localization vendors, or even produce mini-games or proof-of-concept demos that can be played entirely within truePlay itself.

truePlay is based on a unique software architecture providing for transparent scalability on multi-core processors, as well as distribution of most operations such as physics simulation among multiple clients over the Internet. Thanks to a powerful real-time rendering engine, participants can enjoy film-quality photorealistic displays of any kind of 3D model or object, provided they have a DX9-compatible card and a broadband Internet connection for the optional on-line collaboration abilities. Additionally, participants can record their collaborative sessions with a 3D recorder for later replay, making truePlay a powerful learning and teaching aid.

Caligari Corporation was founded in 1986. Over the last 20 years, the company has led the market with major innovations in 3D authoring for interactive graphic design, product design and multimedia. Today, Caligari's mission is to develop collaborative 3D authoring technology that enables participants to work and learn on-line. The company's award-winning flagship product, trueSpace, is a 3D modelling and animation programme with a novel, direct manipulation interface. More company news is available in the VMW May 2006 article Caligari announces trueSpace7.1 plus V-Ray 1.0.


Leslie Versweyveld

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