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Adobe Atmosphere heralds 3D authoring

Adobe Systems is introducing its 3D authoring tool, Adobe Atmosphere, for building multimedia-based interactive environments for the web and PDF files, later today.

With Atmosphere, web designers and digital document creators can deliver realistic, interactive environments that enable users to navigate and interact with the environment and its contents. Users also can collaborate in real time.

The product provides a deep, immersive experience delivered on a web page, said Bahman Dara, senior product manager for Web3D/Atmosphere at Adobe. "Everything you see is a physical space designed in atmosphere."

Radiosity lighting techniques in Atmosphere enable accurate painting of scenes with soft shadows and reflected light.

Developers can import 3D objects, featuring animations from industry-standard 3D tools such as Discreet 3DStudio Max. Users also can select from a library of included objects and JavaScripts to enhance designs and add animation and interactivity to an environment.

Atmosphere for Windows XP will be available via download from Adobe.com on 19 November for $399. The family of Atmosphere products features Player, which is a web browser plug-in; Player for Adobe Acrobat Reader; and Collaboration Server, for real-time collaboration.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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