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Authoring Tools Links

July 1999

Link Pages Research Systems Companies

Some Good starting places on the web:

Title URL
3D Engines List
MediaBuilder - VRML Authoring Tools
The VRML Repository: World Builders

Some Research System Links

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Project Web Link
Alice - 3D Interactive Graphics Programming Environment
CAVE Programming
Deva Project
Deva: C RG Virtual Environment (CVE)
Deva: Maverik Micro kernel
Deva: Dive
GVU VEG: CDS Project
GVU VEG: SVE Toolkit
Image Society - PC Simulation SIG: draft specifications for Simulator (HW) features and Simulation API.
Institut für Angewandte Informatik: KISMET
NCSA: YouBuildItVR
U.Alberta: MR Toolkit
U British Colombia: Gene Lee, RASP RASP (Robotics and Animation Simulation Platform)
U. Iowa: Behavior Modeling and Scenario Authoring for Virtual Environments
U. Melbourne: Authoring virtual experiments
U.NorthCarolina: Mark Mine Immersive Modeling
USC Behavioral Technology Laboratories newVivids, Classic Vivids, Diag, Internet Delivery
POSTECH: Gerard Kim, et al,Pohang University "Software Engineering of Virtual Worlds"

Representative Companies

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Company Products
Avilon Software AS
7137 Moelnbukt Norway
Phone: +4772491153
FNR: 976783484
World Studio: VRML 2.0 world builder
Boston Dynamics
614 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 U.S.A.
Phone: 617-868-5600
Fax: 617-868-5907
PeopleShop: tool fo creating scenarios that involve human activity and interactions, especially in and around buildings.
Centric Software, Inc.
985 University Ave., Suite # 31
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Ph: (408) 395 4537
Fax: (408) 395 6351
(Coryphaeus) Product Series: Designers Workbench™ (DWB), EasyTerrain™ (EZT), EasyScene™ (EZS), and Code Generator.
CG² Inc.
200 Randolph Av.
Huntsville, AL. 35801
Voice: (256) 533-2703
Fax: (256) 539-6024
Vtree - cross-platform 3D graphics Software Developers Kit (SDK) suited for Vis/Sim application development needs. DIScretion – DIS suite for WinNT
Criterion Software
Westbury Court, Buryfields
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5AZ, UK
Tel: +44 1483 406233
Fax: +44 1483 406211
Renderware – device independent 3d graphics system with plug-in architecture. 
Cyber Koganei
Satoshi Konno’s CyberToolbox for Java3D – Authoring environment uses visual programming. Full Source w/purchase

19 Apex Court, Woodlands, Almondsbury
Bristol, BS32 4JT, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1454 615554
Fax: +44 (0)1454 615532
dVise – family of products with long history in VR, now targeted at Enterprise-wide product data Visualization, and Simulation.
Engineering Animation, Inc.
ISU Research Park
2321 N. Loop Dr.
Ames, IA 50010 USA
Voice: 515.296.9908
Fax: 515.296.7025
Sense8 World Toolkit (WTK) – leading VR API Sense8 WorldUp – Environment based on WTK, but with limited direct access. Transom Jack – Virtual human software
EON Reality, Inc. 
6 Morgan Suite 116 
Irvine, CA 92618 
US Toll Free: 877.477.6765 
Phone: 949.609.1550 
Fax: 949.609.1555
(Prosolvia’s Software) EON Studio, Immersive, SDK, Viewer. – Environment with visual programming, scripting, C++ development.
Egerter Software
94 Andover Drive
London Ontario
FAX (519)641-7542
PowerRender – multiplatform realtime API with support for particle systems, 3d audio, collision detection, landscape, etc.
Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation
600 Komas Drive, Phone: (801)588-1851
Fax: (801) 588-4531
Integrator NT and EaSIEST: for building worlds for E&S rendering systems. EaSIEST includes Multigen Creator and other tools.
Geometric Computing
1670 South Robert Street No. 333
West St. Paul, MN 55118 USA
Phone 612.898.3059
Fax 612.898.5941
Architect III – C++ API and visual environment tools.
Immersive Systems Inc.
4487 23rd Street #2
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA
Phone: 415 641 VR4U
Memetm Development System for Windows – built on Renderware, uses unique and powerful threaded interpretive language (TIL) for behavior, etc.
Indotek Software Productions
1 Indian Hill Lane
Sandy Hook, CT 06482 USA
Voice Mail / Fax: 212-208-2473
Materialize 3D! 3D model editor.
RenderIt 3D! - a Direct3D Immediate Mode API for Microsoft Visual C++.
InWorld VR, Inc.
10 Liberty Ship Way, #150
Sausalito, CA 94965 USA
Voice: (415) 331-5004 
Fax: (415) 331-5010
Spacecrafter, CoreSpace – 3D Java API, Java 1.02 and 1.1 compliant – not built using Java3D
Interactive Visualization Systems
Incutech Building, UNB Campus
P.O. Box 69000
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 6C2
Phone : (506) 454-4487
Fax : (506) 453-4510
E-Mail :
Fledermaus - object oriented system for the visualization and interactive exploration of data in a 3D environment.
Fakespace Inc.
241 Polaris Ave. 
MountainView, CA 94043 USA 
Phone: (650) 688-1940 
FAX: (650) 688-1949
Virtual Interface Library (VLIB) API for interfacing Fakespace and other devices.
Microsoft DirectX
DirectX is Microsoft’s API for 3D graphics, audio, haptics, etc.
Monolith Productions
10516 NE 37th Circle
Kirkland, WA 98033 USA
Phone: 425.739.1500
FAX: 425.827.3901
LithTech Game Engine – professional game development engine – graphics, audio, networking, 
The Motion Factory
39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 240
Fremont, CA 94538 USA
Voice 510-505-5151 
Fax 510-505-5150
Motivate: a real-time 3D animation engine, a framework for programming high-level character AI, and an integrated development environment.
MultiGen-Paradigm Inc.
550 South Winchester Blvd., Suite 500 
San Jose, CA 95128 USA
Tel: 408 261 4100 
Fax: 408 261 4103
MultiGen Pro series (CreatorPro, TerrainPro, and RoadPro), Vega AudioWorks2, Creator, SmartScene, OpenFlight: well respected professional development tools
MUSE Technologies, Inc.
1601 Randolph SE, Suite 210
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
Phone: (505) 843-6873
µuSE® (Multidimensional, User-oriented Synthetic Environment) – multisensory environment for authoring and experience.
Opticore AB
P.O. Box 7231
SE-402 35 Gothenburg SWEDEN
Phone: +46 31-755 62 00
Fax: +46 31-755 62 01
Opus Studio - high-end VR toolkit for real-time interactive simulation and dynamic review of 3D CAD data
Orca Computer, Inc., 
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
1800 Kraft Drive, Suite 111
Blacksburg, VA 24060-6370, USA
Voice: (540) 961-ORCA (6722) 
Fax: (540) 961-4162
Visual Simulation Environment (VSE): discrete-event, general-purpose, object-oriented, picture-based, component-based visual simulation model development and execution. 
Peak Systems GmbH
Lindenallee 3a
82041 Oberhaching Germany
Tel. +49 89 666478 -0
Fax +49 89 666478-22
Everest Set – adds camera tracking, blue screen, etc for virtual sets in Everest Live 3D Animation system.
Play Incorporated 
2890 Kilgore Road Rancho 
Cordova CA 95670-6133 
Phone: 916.851.0800 
Fax 916.631.0705
Trinity Virutal Set design system
Phantom Reality, Inc. 
618 Broad St.
PO Box 475
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526-0475 USA
PhantomDirect DirectX Toolkit for Visual Basic, for dynamic 2D & 3D applications 
Quantum3D, Inc. - OpenGVS Development Center
23792 Rockfield Blvd., Suite 160
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2868 USA
Tel: +1.949.598.0961
Fax: +1.949.598.0966
OpenGVS is a well regarded, mature, portable scene management system for 3-D developers
Raindrop Geomagic, Inc. 
206 N. Randolph St., Suite 520 
Champaign, IL 61820-3989 USA 
Tel: 217-239-2551 
TollFree: 800-251-5551 
Fax: 217-239-2556
geomagic Studio, Shape, Wrap and Decimator object modeling tools
RealiMation, Datapath Limited 
Alfreton Road, 
Derby, DE21 4AD, England
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 294441
Fax: +44 (0) 1332 290667
RealiMation is a powerful and flexible scene creation and management API. Provides SDK, visual development/viewer, networking, etc.
SGI: Visual Simulation Products
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
Phone: (650)960-1980
Iris Performer – API for visual simulations
REACT - real-time API for SGI systems
Fahrenheit – new API in development with Microsoft.
Superscape Ltd.
Cromwell House, Bartley Wood Business Park
Hook, Hampshire RG27 9XA UK 
Tel: +44 (0)1256 745 745
Fax: +44 (0)1256 745 777
Superscape VRT – established authoring environment with scripting, C API, and DLL plugins, supports VR devices
Superscape 3D Webmaster – simplified authoring for web pages, includes behavior scripting language (SCL)
Syseca: EO
(contact info missing, web site not available!)
EO realtime 3d applications workbench – C++ API, interaction language, editor, debugger, human modeling etc.
Themekit Systems Ltd.
P.O. Box 5359
Leicester LE3 6YH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7000 THEMEKIT (843 635)
Fax: +44 (0)7000 790 326
MindRender® Virtual Reality Explorer Kit (VREK) - MindFormer: Object Modeler, MindSetter – world authoring, MindViewer – runtime, supports VR devices
Uppercut Software
48 Chateauguay
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec)
Canada, J9X 1T6 
Phone : (819) 762-6222 
Fax : (819) 762-4224
Beyond 3D is a professional modeling, raytracing, animation and VRML 2.0 editing tool suite.
Paradigm Entertainment, Inc.
1628 Valwood Parkway, suite 110
Carrollton, TX 75006 
phone: 972.857.1383
fax: 972.488.6300
VisKit – very low cost but full featured 3d Real Time Audio/Graphics C++ API for Windows, includes behaviors, particle systems, level of detail, etc.
Virtus Corporation
114 MacKenan Drive, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919)467-9700
Fax: (919)460-4530
OpenSpace 3D for Director, OpenSpace 3D Author, ConceptCAD, Virtus 4.0
ViewTec Ltd.
Schaffhauserstr. 466
CH-8052 Zürich Switzerland
Phone + 41 1 300 27 45 
Fax + 41 1 300 27 46
TerrainView - visualize high resolution 3D terrain data, add-on modules for GIS, Antenna management, etc.
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