3D manipulation in the web browser without plugin in Orlando
The need to install specific ‘”plugins” in the web browser to display and manipulate 3D content, such as VRML scenes, is an important constraint regarding the portability of web applications using such content.
The HTML5 standard and the WebGL specification clear the way to more flexible solutions. Orlando platform enables out of the box the conversion of VRML 2.0/97 scenes into X3D (Extensible 3D) scenes; this format is being proposed by the Web3D consortium with the goal to succeed to VRML format in modern web browsers environments.
This format can interact with any object on the HTML5 page into which it is integrated. For instance, selecting a « Part Number » in the HTML table of the Illustrated Part document zooms and displays the corresponding part in the 3D scene. The opposite is also possible: right-clicking on a Part in the 3D scene highlights automatically the corresponding information in the table of the Illustrated Part document.