3DsMax website plugin to zoom, spin and tag
January 15, 2007 3:10 AM   Subscribe

3D-filter I need to know if there is some sort of web plugin that can show full 3dsMax creations on the web. Spin, Zoom and Tag, more info after the link...

Originally I was thinking of rendering the animation as a movie and then streaming it in Flash on the web.

However my client wants to be able to spin the 3d creation and have the ability to zoom in and possibly tag areas of the 3d image.

This needs to be embedded into a html page. I know that Nokia had something similar with their showcased phones years ago. You could rotate the phone, open cases, turn on, etc. It doesnt need to be that advanced, just zoom, rotate and possible tag.

Another problem, it needs to be easy to import from 3DsMax and foolproof.

posted by spinko to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
VRML is pretty much yesterday's news, but there still are a few browser plugins available for purchase, and there are demo versions for a couple of the implementations. This or java are pretty much your only 3D-able environments for browsers. I'm sure there's an easy way to just drop a DXF or whatever into a VRML page with not too much hassle, but I say this as someone who's never tried it.

On further reading, however, you may just be looking for QuickTime VR, which is the 360deg photo mechanism used on product pages and so you can see all of the insides of cars on auto websites. I'm sure you could stitch one together by hand, or there may be some techniques out there short of buying specialized equipment, but googling for QTVR should get you plenty of paths to search out.
posted by rhizome at 3:36 AM on January 15, 2007

VRML is now going by the name of X3D, but I am not sure of the current state of plug-in/browser support.

Another option is Macromedia (Adobe?) Director, which has 3D support and publishes to the Shockwave format (been around for awhile, plugins available).
posted by blind.wombat at 4:04 AM on January 15, 2007

posted by Rhomboid at 4:25 AM on January 15, 2007

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