Shockwave player goes 3D

Macromedia and Intel are joining development forces to incorporate Intel's 3D graphics technology into Macromedia's Shockwave Player, the companies said in a joint announcement yesterday. Shockwave Player – which displays Web content, such as high-performance multiuser games, interactive product simulations, and online entertainment – is used by more than 130 million people worldwide, according to the companies. Intel's dynamic 3D rendering engine, expected to be in place by next year, will allow users to view real-world 3D on the Web with a bandwidth-friendly solution. Intel's Internet 3D Graphics software utilizes adaptive 3D geometry for the delivery of 3D content at multiple resolutions, automatically increasing or decreasing 3D quality based on the computing power of the system. It also enables delivery of content with smooth, photo-realistic surfaces, and realistic effects such as smoke, fire, water, dust, sparks, and vapor. Shockwave's 3D feature will be automatically updated when a user runs the player from a Web site.

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