The new beta-level QuickTime VR tools shipping today are Make QTVR Object
and Make QTVR Panorama. Make QTVR Object is used to create a QuickTime VR
object movie from photographs or computer-generated images of an object
such as a piece of jewelry, a human figure modeling clothing, or a car.
It converts a QuickTime movie with frames consisting of images of the object
into a single QuickTime VR object. The resulting QuickTime VR object can
be rotated by the user to see all sides of the object. Object files generated
from a single row of photographs around an object are typically about 500KB
Make QTVR Panorama is used to create a QuickTime VR panorama from a panoramic
photograph or a computer-generated image of a scene. Make QTVR Panorama
converts a panoramic PICT file from a computer graphics program or a scan
of a panoramic photograph into a QuickTime VR panorama. The user can pan
and zoom within the resulting QuickTime VR panorama. Panoramas generated
from photographs can be as small as 150KB.
The new tools bring new capabilities to photographers and owners of computer
graphics applications. "We are very pleased with the expanded capabilities
the new Apple QuickTime VR tools bring to owners of our real world 3D development
application, Bryce 2," said John Wilczak, chairman and CEO of MetaTools.
"It is clear that Apple has now provided the Web world with important
new enabling technology for the creation and easy integration of virtual
reality scenes into Web sites."
Both of these tools create content that can be made part of a Web site,
a CD-ROM title, or other program such as a kiosk presentation. This content
can be used with the QuickTime VR Authoring Tools Suite or authoring programs
such as Apple Media Tool, Macromedia Director, or mFactory from mTropolis.
Effective today, all Apple developers can access updated information
about QuickTime VR 1.0 on the Apple Developer Web site. This information
includes source code for the new tools, Make QTVR Object and Make QTVR Panorama,
and Apple Technotes explaining the QuickTime VR 1.0 Object and Panorama
Movie File Formats. Developers can use this information to add QuickTime
VR content creation functionality to their programs.
Developers who have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple can also
receive the QuickTime VR 1.1 API specification for the upcoming release
of QuickTime VR 1.1. For more information, registered Apple developers can
contact Developer Seeding.
Please provide your name, company name, mailing address and phone number.
To become a registered Apple developer, call the Apple Developer Hotline
at (408) 974-4897.
"We expect this combined tool and information release to have several
positive effects," said Bud Smith, Apple product marketing manager,
QuickTime VR. "We foresee an immediate increase in the amount of Web
and CD-ROM QuickTime VR content that people will see. We expect QuickTime
VR to be integrated into additional content creation and authoring applications.
And we expect many more developers to commit to longer-term projects that
integrate QuickTime VR with the upcoming availability of the QuickTime VR
Features and delivery dates for the next release of QuickTime VR are expected
to be announced during the Apple World Wide Developer Conference, May 13-17,
1996 in San Jose, California. The announcement is expected to include seeding
and final delivery dates for the next release of QuickTime VR along with
its feature set and details of the seeding program.
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