San Francisco, Calif. - Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced the public beta of 3DVIA Studio and 3DVIA Scenes, applications that enable new communities of Web users to create, publish, and share realistic 3D experiences online. The new 3DVIA offerings combine social media with content creation apps and reusable 3D content assets to simplify the 3D content creation process.
Both applications are available on www.3DVIA.com, and are free to all users during the public beta period.
3DVIA Studio is a new 3D development environment for programmers and artists who want to create
complex, interactive games, simulations, serious games and Web-based applications. 3DVIA Studio is
downloadable software that allows skilled users to create virtually any online 3D experience they envision
through a flexible programming interface, an open architecture and a 3D hosting platform located at
www.3DVIA.com. Users can syndicate their 3D creations to their own websites through an embed code
technique similar to the process found on many online video sites.
The real power for 3DVIA Studio comes from a new social development concept enabling approved
3DVIA users and third-party developers to create and distribute custom components—extending the
applications functionality beyond the basic feature set. These custom “add-on” components will be
uploaded and shared through the 3DVIA Store, establishing a very valuable 3D content creation platform
for users well into the future.
3DVIA Scenes is a Web-based, multi-user 3D application platform targeted at creative professionals and 3D enthusiasts looking to adopt 3D content creation without the need for complicated programming. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface enabling users to build their online applications using 3D models and pre-programmed 3D “smart objects” developed and shared through the 3DVIA content warehouse. The 3D smart objects can range from simple animated elements like lamps and doors to more complex applications that integrate data from external sources. The ability for 3DVIA Scenes users to remix content online allows non-technical users to leverage the power of the skilled 3DVIA community.
The two new applications being released to the public are free for non-commercial use during the beta
period, with the goal of capturing feedback from new users and the existing 3DVIA community. 3DVIA will
openly and actively engage with users to help shape the future product direction. Both products are
expected to emerge from their beta phases with a “Freemium” business model, allowing a basic edition of
each program to remain free while offering a premium version for commercial use. Interested parties may
contact 3DVIA to discuss the details of the premium version.
Dassault Systèmes also announced the upcoming release of the first game title built with 3DVIA Studio –
“Billions, Save Them All,” a social game to be released on Facebook.com later this year.