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About VRML Viewers

VRML viewers are standalone applications that allow you to view and manipulate (but not edit) Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) 3D models. These applications can be invoked directly from IGL Trace to view a 3D reconstruction. This allows you to see your VRML reconstruction rather than just viewing the VRML as a text file. (See Trace's help for more information on setup.) Here's a description of VRML viewers for Windows that can handle VRML 1.0.

Cosmo Player
CosmoPlayer is being made available as a service to the Web3D community courtesy of Computer Associates and NIST.
Cortona 3d Viewer
Cortona3D Viewer (previously known as Cortona VRML Client) works as a VRML plug-in for popular Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape Browser, Mozilla, Firefox, etc.) and office applications (Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, etc). At this time the Cortona3D Viewer is available on the Windows platform.
GLView is a free, fast-loading, feature-rich VRML file viewer that works with both VRML 1.0 and VRML 2.0 file formats. Version 4.4 of GLView comes in both OpenGL and Direct3D versions.
3Space Assistant
Template Graphics Software has jazzed up their Open Inventor Viewer with new features and now offer it as a standalone product. Open Inventor Viewer was very fast and robust, and 3Space Assistant appears to live up these standards. The application loads quickly from IGL Trace's 3D->Surface operation. In addition, 3Space Assistant includes nifty stereo viewing features such as red-cyan stereo.
VRweb Viewer
VRweb Viewer displays VRML 1.0 objects with some surface smoothing, but surfaces are not generally as nice as with 3Space Assistant. VRweb Viewer, like GLView, is free.
Although Crossroads is primarily intended as a file translator, it displays VRML 1.0 objects as wire frames. The wire frames can be rotated and examined, but not as easily as with the above viewers.

For more about VRML 1.0 see the specification. The VRML 2.0 (a.k.a. VRML97) specification is available from the Web3D Consortium.

Last Updated: 6/16/2010