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Authoring Tools Links

July 1999

CONTENTS:
Link Pages Research Systems Companies

Some Good starting places on the web:

Title URL
3D Engines List http://cg.cs.tu-berlin.de/~ki/engines.html
MediaBuilder - VRML Authoring Tools http://www.mediabuilder.com/softwarevrmlauthor.html
The VRML Repository: World Builders  http://www.web3d.org/vrml/wobs.htm

Some Research System Links

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Project Web Link
Alice - 3D Interactive Graphics Programming Environment http://alice.cs.cmu.edu
CAVE Programming http://www.evl.uic.edu/pape/CAVE/prog/
Deva Project http://aig.cs.man.ac.uk/systems/Deva/index.html
Deva: C RG Virtual Environment (CVE)  http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/research/systems/MASSIVE-2
Deva: Maverik Micro kernel http://aig.cs.man.ac.uk/systems/Maverik/
Deva: Dive  http://www.sics.se/dive/dive.html
GVU VEG: CDS Project  http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/virtual/CDS/
GVU VEG: SVE Toolkit  http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/virtual/SVE/
GVU VEG: COOLVR http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/people/jarrell.pair/ICAD60.html
Image Society - PC Simulation SIG: draft specifications for Simulator (HW) features and Simulation API.  http://www.public.asu.edu/~image/EVENTS/99IMAGE/P-PC.html
Institut für Angewandte Informatik: KISMET  http://iregt1.iai.fzk.de/KISMET/UGK_home.html
IDG: AVALON http://www.igd.fhg.de/www/zgdv-vc/projects/avalon/index.html
NCSA: YouBuildItVR  http://havefun.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Java3D/YouBuildItVR/
U.Alberta: MR Toolkit http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~graphics/MRToolkit.html
U British Colombia: Gene Lee, RASP RASP (Robotics and Animation Simulation Platform) http://www.cs.ubc.ca/spider/gslee
U. Iowa: Behavior Modeling and Scenario Authoring for Virtual Environments http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~kearney/scenario.html
http://cslu.cse.ogi.edu/nsf/isgw97/reports/kearney.html
U. Melbourne: Authoring virtual experiments http://eddy.meu.unimelb.edu.au/papers/virtualExperiment.htm
U.NorthCarolina: Mark Mine Immersive Modeling http://www.cs.unc.edu/~mine/immersive_modeling.html
USC Behavioral Technology Laboratories newVivids, Classic Vivids, Diag, Internet Delivery http://btl.usc.edu/
POSTECH: Gerard Kim, et al,Pohang University "Software Engineering of Virtual Worlds" http://www.postech.ac.kr/~gkim/html/pub.html

Representative Companies

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Company Products
Avilon Software AS
7137 Moelnbukt Norway
Email: avilon@avilon.com
Phone: +4772491153
FNR: 976783484
http://www.avilon.com
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
http://www.bdi.com
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
http://www.centricsoftware.com
(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
http://cg2.com
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
http://technologies.csl.com/
Renderware – device independent 3d graphics system with plug-in architecture. 
Cyber Koganei
http://www.cyber.koganei.tokyo.jp
Satoshi Konno’s CyberToolbox for Java3D – Authoring environment uses visual programming. Full Source w/purchase

DIVISION Limited
19 Apex Court, Woodlands, Almondsbury
Bristol, BS32 4JT, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1454 615554
Fax: +44 (0)1454 615532
http://www.division.co.uk/
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
http://www.eai.com
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 
http://www.eonreality.com
(Prosolvia’s Software) EON Studio, Immersive, SDK, Viewer. – Environment with visual programming, scripting, C++ development.
Egerter Software
94 Andover Drive
London Ontario
N6J 3X2 CANADA
FAX (519)641-7542
Http://www.egerter.com
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
Http://www.es.com
http://www.es.com/database_modsys
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 http://www.geometricom.com/architec.htm
Architect III – C++ API and visual environment tools.
Immersive Systems Inc.
4487 23rd Street #2
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA
Phone: 415 641 VR4U
http://www.immersive.com
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
http://www.indotek.com
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
http://www.inworldvr.com
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 : info@ivs.unb.ca 
http://www.ivs.unb.ca
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
http://www.fakespace.com
Virtual Interface Library (VLIB) API for interfacing Fakespace and other devices.
Microsoft DirectX
http://www.microsoft.com/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 http://www.lithtech.com
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
http://www.motionfactory.com
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 
http://www.multigen.com/
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
http://www.musetech.com
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 
http://www.opticore.com/index_main.html
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
http://www.orcacomputer.com
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
http://www.peak-info.com
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 
http://www.play.com
Trinity Virutal Set design system
Phantom Reality, Inc. 
618 Broad St.
PO Box 475
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526-0475 USA
Voice:(919)557-7882
FAX:(919)552-8259
http://www.phantomreality.com
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 
http://www.opengvs.com/
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 
http://www.geomagic.com
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 
http://www.realimation.com/
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 
http://www.sgi.com/VisSim
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
http://www.superscape.com/
http://www.3dwebmaster.com/
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!)
http://www.syseca.thomson-csf.com/simulation/eo.htm
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
http://www.themekit.com/
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
http://www.beyond-3d.com/beyond/
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
http://www.viskit.com
http://www.pe-i.com
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
http://www.virtus.com/
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
http://www.viewtec.ch/terrainview_e.html
TerrainView - visualize high resolution 3D terrain data, add-on modules for GIS, Antenna management, etc.
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