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CNET Web 3D: Back to the drawing board

Dec 29, 1999, 19:23 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The W3D Consortium faced a disappointing setback after a hoped-for open source contribution of a VRML browser and tools was withdrawn.

The VRML tools, originally developed by Cosmo Software and Intervista, were acquired along with those companies by Platinum Technologies. When Platinum hit the skids this year, the company in February signed a letter of intent to put its VRML technologies into open source development in conjunction with the W3D Consortium."

"But before Platinum could hand over the keys to its 3D software, Computer Associates acquired the company, throwing the open source contribution into limbo before an agreement was finalized. The W3D Consortium is in the midst of trying to re-negotiate an open source hand over with Computer Associates, according to the group's president, Neil Trevett. ... 3D's open source limbo was a key disappointment of 1999 for some 3D technologists."

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