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GBIC >> 3D Graphics >> Java3D on the Web
3D on the Web - Java3D Applets
While there are more Pure Java applets on the web than those based on Java3D, there are a growing number of Java3D applets, particularly commercial products. Even though users are generally reluctant to download the installation files to see a web site with Java3D, they are willing to allow Java3D to be included in the installation of a new application suite. This page provides information about Java3D applets, free and commercial.

Java3D Applets


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Java3D Applets

When I started this page I expected to see a large number of Java3D applets in use throughout the web. I was surprised at how small the number is. The first assumption to be made is that despite the hype, Java3D has been slow to catch on.

Once the Java3D classes are installed, as with pure Java applets, all you have to do is direct your browser to the URL where the applet is used. As part of displaying the page, your browser will download the Java applet and use it within the HTML page to display the site 3D content. Files required by the applet will also be downloaded automatically - including 3D object files.

From a programmer's viewpoint the advantage of Java3D is to be able to create very complex scenes - very quickly and with minimal coding. As compared to pure Java applet files, the Java3D files can be much smaller, offerring faster download and display to site visitors. What might take a thousand lines of code in pure Java may be done in only a hundred lines of Java3D code.

However, Java3D is not considered a simple set of APIs to learn. The time it takes to become productive with Java3D can be much longer than the time it took to learn the basics of pure Java.

All of the applets listed below are written in Java3D. I was surprised to find that none of the available Java3D applets are commercial products. I did find several Java3D standalone applications.

#NameAuthorCostSource CodeFile FormatsComments
1 Java 3D Applet Vladimir Kiva free author has no download links not disclosed (5-6) without the source code, it's hard to tell how useful this one is.
1 jReality Tim Hofffman free author has no download links not disclosed (7-8) the images look great, but the site has very little detail
1 JVM University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign free no not disclosed (4-5) specific to molecule viewing