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It's alive - Image 3D live browser rendering

Jakob Westhoff

Quite some time ago my friend Kore Nordmann had a talk at our local PHP Usergroup about 3D rendering techniques which was quite inspiring. Shortly after that talk I decided to write a simple 3D renderer. But, hey there are so many of them already out there, that I decided to do something more unusual. I just started over and began to write a ECMA Script based live 3D renderer for browsers which understand the new "canvas" tag. After some simple tests I realized that it would be quite cool to implement this as a driver for Kore's Image_3D package, which is entirely written in PHP.

What finally came out was a really flexible output driver, which is even capable of storing the final render in SVG or PNG, entirely done in ECMA Script.

Currently the renderer only works flawlessly in Firefox. The known compatibility issues will be fixed in future releases.

You can obtain this output driver together with the bleeding edge version of Image_3D from its CVS repository.