[X3D-Public] announce: X3D-Edit version 3.3 is available

Don Brutzman brutzman at nps.edu
Wed Oct 3 18:49:35 PDT 2012

The NPS team is happy to announce the latest release of X3D-Edit.  X3D-Edit is an open-source Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics authoring tool for simple error-free editing, authoring and validation of X3D scenes.  X3D-Edit supports the creation, checking, display and publication of X3D scenes. It is written in open-source Java and XML using the Netbeans 7.2 platform, making it suitable both as a standalone application and as a plugin module for the Netbeans integrated development environment (IDE).

X3D-Edit features include direct editing of X3D scenes using the XML (.x3d) encoding, embedded visualization of scenes using the Xj3D viewer, XML validation using X3D DTD grammars, X3D Schema grammars and X3D Schematron rules, drag-and-drop palette for X3D nodes, popup panels for node editing, and extensive help resources. Further features include ClassicVRML and X3D compressed binary encoding support, encryption and digital-signature authentication using XML Security standards, and additional X3D scene authoring support.

X3D-Edit 3.3 is stable and available for public use.


We have upgraded our official version number from 3.2 to 3.3 because there is full support for all of the features in X3D Specification version 3.3.  http://www.web3d.org/files/specifications/19775-1/V3.3

Built-in 3.3 support is provided for text-editing, DTD validation, Schema validation, and X3D tooltips for all nodes in X3D.  Further quality assurance tests are provided for incorrectly formed floating-point numbers, and numerous additional special-case semantic checks via X3D Schematron.

"Truth in advertising" department:  there are a few X3D components not yet supported by X3D-Edit.  These are all part of X3D version 3.2, notably Layer/Layout/Particles/Picking sensor components.  Altogether X3D-Edit provides editing-assist for 212 of the 250 elements in the XML encoding for X3D.  That work continues.  X3D-Edit still supports proper text editing, attribute hinting, and validation checking of those remaining 38 nodes.

So this is a lot of wonderful support for authors and developers building X3D models!  Pretty cool.

As ever: test reports, feedback and comments are welcome. Have fun with X3D!

all the best, Don
Don Brutzman  Naval Postgraduate School, Code USW/Br       brutzman at nps.edu
Watkins 270,  MOVES Institute, Monterey CA 93943-5000 USA   +1.831.656.2149
X3D graphics, virtual worlds, navy robotics http://faculty.nps.edu/brutzman
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