by Jason Wolf
New Riders, May, 2002.
Trade Paperback, 210 pages.
This book by Jason Wolf, a co-creator of Shockwave technology, teachers users how to use Shockwave 3D, a new technology that allows developers to create 3D applications and content for use on the Web. The instruction in the book begins with a concise introduction to new features in Director, including behaviors and the DCR file format for publishing on the Web. The book provides coverage of topics such as using behaviors, creating 3D files and Lingo programming, while guiding the reader through real-world Shockwave 3D examples. Detailed sections on Lingo coding are provided, including a section on Havok, a a physics library that allows developers to create worlds that incorporate real, physical interactions between models -- such as a realistic race car-driving game. The book also teaches readers how to export 3D scenes in director, add interactive behaviors and publish content on the Web. A final chapter in the book provides sources for additional information about Shockwave 3D. The companion CD-ROM includes real-world examples from third-party developers, code, links, installers for Shockwave 3D and other sample files. Shockwave 3D offers developers great insight and information into this powerful new technology. Some prior knowledge of Director, Lingo and Shockwave 3D is recommended.
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This review was published in the May, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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