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Summary of Strata Live 3D, Strata Live 3D PDF and Web 3D Features

Strata Live 3D Capabilities

  • Reads VRML and K3D format files
  • Automatically extracts geometry, appearance, and animation
  • Edit hierarchy and object names
  • Copy/Paste sections of the hierarchy
  • Copy/Paste parts between different models
  • Scale, rotate, and move mesh data
  • Adjust positions, orientation, and pivot points of objects
  • Insert flexible wires, cables, straps and sheets, using dynamic Elliptical Hermite Lofts
  • Adjust scene lighting and orientation
  • Create new range-of-motion animations
  • Create material swaps (for texture or color changes)
  • Create color curve animations
  • Create object and material fade animations
  • Edit material properties: color, texture, lighting
  • Edit mesh smoothing groups
  • Set up initial object position, zoom and rotate limits, etc.
  • Graphically create animation scripts moving multiple parts, camera view, scene orientation, and lighting
  • Easily specify conditional relationships between scripts, to create robust simulations
  • Automatically select texture and geometry compression parameters
  • Preview web compression and streaming prior to export
  • Handles models with hundreds of megabytes of texture
  • Handles models with millions of polygons
  • Optimizer automatically reduces polygon count, under user control
  • Optimizer automatically eliminates unneeded hierarchy
  • Easily edit underlying XML representation of Master Model
  • Create and Edit meta-data associated with the model
  • Export animated models to plug-in-free Web 3D
  • Export animated models to plug-in-free 3D PDF
  • Available for both Windows & Mac

3D PDF Capabilities

  • 3D PDF requires no special plug-ins: works in Adobe Reader 7 or later
  • Generate 3D PDF directly from Strata Live 3D, no Acrobat required
  • Edit generated 3D PDFs using Illustrator or Acrobat
  • Insert animated 3D models in any PDF using Acrobat Pro 
  • Automatically includes all animation behavior: no Javascripting required
  • Automatically includes Strata Live 3D's easy-to-use interactive Toolbar
  • Automatically includes unique "Measure" feature
  • Automatically compresses all textures to ensure best performance on all hardware
  • Uses Strata Live 3D optimization to produce far smaller PDF files (typically 50-70% smaller than other tools)
  • Most robust U3D compressor in the industry -- easily handles models that crash other tools
  • Only solution that supports enhanced, dynamic lighting models not found in U3D
  • Only solution that supports real-time texture and color swaps
  • Available for both Windows & Mac

Web Capabilities

  • Strata Live 3D Web viewer requires no special plug-ins: relies on Java 1.1 (circa 1997) or later
  • Strata Live 3D Web "Just works" on more than 90% of computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, etc...)
  • Strata Live 3D Web is the dominant 3D viewer used by major product companies
  • Uses sophisticated Meson Platform for rich 2D interfaces and dynamic 3D scenes
  • Comprehensive optimization produces the smallest files in the industry
  • All HTML generated completely automatically
  • Web viewer 2D capabilities:
    • Alpha channel compositing of an arbitrary numbers of layers
    • Smooth animation of any attribute (such as alpha, or position)
    • Hot areas, including pickable pixels, and rectangular areas
    • Mouse cursor control
    • Context (right click) menu
    • Unicode support for multi-lingual applications
    • Anti-aliasing text engine with CSS-like font control, drop shadow generation, and internationalized word-wrapping capability
    • Multi-state images and text (for mouse-over or push-button effects, for example)
    • Separate images for color/alpha information (for example, to use a JPEG image for color, and a grayscale GIF for the alpha channel)
    • Image tiling (primarily for repeating backgrounds)
    • Rotation, scale, skew, bilinear-filtering, and oversampling of any 2D element, including rendered text or even the rendered 3D scene
    • Wavelet-streaming encoded images
  • Web viewer 3D capabilities:
    • Dedkov compression produces the smallest 3D models across the largest range of model types (from photo-real high-texture models, to untextured scanned models)
    • JPEG, GIF, and Wavelet-streaming textures
    • Dynamic textures can be generated by a Meson program: 
      • To embed 3D scenes onto texture in 3D scenes (for example, to show a moving scene on a camcorder model's view screen)
      • To use rendered text in the 3D scene (for example, to simulate the menu system of a mobile phone)
    • Real-time, dynamically generated shadows
    • Perspective-correct bi-linear filtered textures of unlimited dimensions
    • Mip-map style continuous texture anti-aliasing 
    • 32-bit ARGB, 16- and 12-bit YCrCb, and 8-bit Y (constant CrCb) texture pixel formats, with optional error-diffusion dither
    • Photoshop-compatible color curves applied to texture images in real time
    • Real-time edge anti-aliasing
    • Stable-scene 256x oversample progressive anti-aliasing
    • Perspective-correct Phong shader with no performance penalty
    •  Specular highlights and chrome shading model (to convey shininess without the need for cumbersome reflection maps)
    • Dynamically-generated flexible objects (elliptical hermite lofts), for modeling wires, ribbon cables, straps, paper, etc.
    • Illustration rendering mode automatically turns 3D models into "sketches." Support for both line drawing over realistic shading, and line drawing over flat color.
  • Reuse the animated master model in 3D PDF, and on the Web. 

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