Xj3D milestone 1.0

Posted by Dario Santamaria Wed, 19 Apr 2006 10:18:00 GMT

Xj3D is an open source X3D browser, developer library and test environment for the X3D real time 3D content and delivery standard.

Xj3D is a project of the Web3D Consortium Source Working Group focused on creating a toolkit for VRML97 and X3D content written completely in Java. It serves a dual purpose of being an experimental codebase for trying out new areas of the X3D specification and as a library that we encourage application developers to use within their own application to support X3D technology.

More information on the website: Xj3D website

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Java 3D API 1.4 Released

Posted by Andrea Stefani Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:59:00 GMT

In these days, the version 1.4 of the [Java 3D API](https://java3d.dev.java.net/) has been released.

The Maintenance Release under the Java Community Process (JCP) is defined by [JSR-926](http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=926) and includes the following new features:

- Programmable shader support
- Default values for read capability bits
- Additional core picking methods
- Stencil buffer
- Rendering attributes/modes for depth test function

Other minor features have been added and others have been deprecated in the Java 3D API.

You can find all new and deprecated features in the [Java 3D API version 1.4 Change Log](http://jcp.org/aboutJava/communityprocess/maintenance/jsr926/926ChangeLog.html).

One of the most interesting features available with the next release of the Java 3D API is the JOGL integration (Java Bindings for OpenGL, [JSR-231](http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=231)) for the access to native context.

You can follow Java 3D API evolution in the [Java 3D Roadmap](http://wiki.java.net/bin/view/Javadesktop/Java3DRoadmap#Java_3D_1_4) wiki page.

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