Spectrum: Interactive Media & Online Developer News
9 February 1998
Reported, written and edited by David Duberman
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Today's Headlines (details below)
--GEO Ships Emblaze WebCharger, HotSpots
--Quote.com Offers Financial Market Info for Web Developers
--HexMac announces DHTML XTension for QuarkXPress
--Live Picture Launches Line of Image Servers
IN THE INFOGROOVE
--A Better Way to Search the Net?
--Software Builders Releases NetZIP 6.0
--Viewpoint Launches LiveArt
--Diamond Announces Monster 3D II
--MetaCreations Announces Project Code "SHOW"
--Corbis Broadens Visual Content Offerings
--Koutech Ships Fast, Low-cost 3D VGA Card
--Canyon Software Announces Release of Drag and View Version 4.0
--GameDev Site Offers Cool Stuff
--Congressional Environmental Ratings for Congress Released
--DHTML Site Plugs Replacement Killers
--PX Technologies Introduces Wintility
THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER
--Call for Entries for Online Film Festival
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
--Acclaim Offers Forsaken Playable Demo
--Activision Ships Interstate '76 Arsenal Demo
--Interplay Releases Ultimate RPG Archives
--Italian Firm Offers Hands-free Headset Controller
--CNET Reports Financial Results
--AIAS Names Charne President, Executive Director
--San Francisco to Host Multimedia Summit
--VRML Visionary to Speak at VRML98 Symposium
--Silicon Alley 98 Set for NYC
--JavaOne Turns Three in SF
--VRML SIG Goes ITV
GEO Ships Emblaze WebCharger, HotSpots
Now available for Mac and Windows is Emblaze WebCharger ($99.95), GEO
Publishing's new Internet image compression software. The product is said
to let Web developers compress high-quality 16- or 24-bit full-color
graphic images up to 400 percent more than with JPEG.
· control over the compression ratios to optimize image quality, browser
loading time and post-compression file size
· selective compression so users can select parts of an image for quality
preservation while achieving maximum compression on remaining image areas
· a bandwidth simulation monitor to optimize the image for specific modem
speeds and minimize Web visitor loading times
GEO is also shipping Emblaze HotSpots ($99.95 for Mac and Windows), an
Internet Web page enhancement tool that lets Web professionals create image
maps with sounds, links to other sites, roll-ins, roll-outs, mouse events
HotSpots users can define up to 50 specific "hot" areas of a Web page
graphic. The resulting event can be a link to another URL, the playing of a
sound or video clip, the displaying of an image, etc. With Emblaze
HotSpots, it is also possible to assign a number of events to a particular
area, and play these events in pre-defined sequence. Image maps can be
placed into Web pages using all popular Web publishing programs including
Adobe PageMill and Microsoft FrontPage.
The program includes a Time Monitor to preview, analyze, and test the time
it takes to view a specific image map at different modem speeds (28.8, 33.6
and 56 Kbps) before posting it to a Web site.
Contact GEO Publishing at http://www.emblaze.com
Quote.com Offers Financial Market Info for Web Developers
Quote.com, Inc., a provider of financial market information, announces its
Developers Network a new initiative to provide Web developers access to
financial market information assets for integration and deployment on
clients' Internet and intranet sites.
The service will utilize template objects and sample applications, enabling
integration of Quote.com's quotes and financial news into clients' Web
sites. A base set of broadly applicable objects is initially available
providing deployment of quotes, charts, portfolios, headlines and full-text
news. Over the coming months, Quote.com will introduce additional objects
for research sources, email alerts, and more.
And now for some reasons why Quote.com thinks you should be excited about
· Online brokerage accounts, currently in excess of 3 million, will rise to
14.4 million by 2002 (Forrester Group).
· 11 percent of adult Internet users in the U.S. are actively trading
stocks online -- more people trade securities than purchase books,
computers, travel, CDs or any other products online (Cyber Dialogue, Jan. 98).
· Online traders are a diverse and well-heeled group, with average income
of over $78,000. 46 percent are females under the age of 30 (Cyber Dialogue).
· 75 percent of Quote.com's current client list consists of non-financial
firms, including general-interest publishers, consumer companies, and
corporate intranets serving employees with information about their industry
and company performance against its competitors.
For examples of Internet applications the Developer Network enables
developers to create, visit http://products.quote.com.
Learn more at http://developer.quote.com or by mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chat/Web Conferencing Software Upgraded To Enterprise Version
O'Reilly & Associates has announced WebBoard 3.0, their
enterprise/professional version of live chat and forums software, with new
and upgraded features. The beta version of WebBoard 3.0 is now available
from the company's Web site (http://Webboard.oreilly.com/wb3/) at no
charge. The complete boxed version of WebBoard 3.0 is projected to ship in
April, 1998, for a suggested list price of $699.
WebBoard 3.0 lets up to 1,000 simultaneous users chat interactively in
real-time, communicating instantly on large corporate intranets or the
Internet. This IRC-compliant feature is available through ConferenceRoom
Professional, which is bundled with WebBoard 3.0. ConferenceRoom
Professional is a product of WebMaster, Inc., and sells as a stand-alone
product for $495.
WebBoard 3.0 further serves the corporate market by supporting Microsoft
SQL Server 6.5, a relational database that can process millions of
transactions per day, and manage databases in excess of 200 GB. WebBoard
3.0 will continue its support of the Microsoft Access JET database for its
data storage and operation.
End-users often want to participate in conferences off-line, which is now
possible with WebBoard 3.0, using either email or a browser. The Simple
Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server included with WebBoard 3.0 can post
mail to a specific conference and topic. Messages posted to forums can be
sent in digest, non-digest, or zipped file formats.
Those who want to analyze their traffic using statistics products (such as
WebTrends) can rely on WebBoard's HTTP logging support. WebBoard 3.0 writes
HTTP requests to a log file on a per-board basis in the Combined
(NCSA/CERN) format. It also allows managers and administrators to
conveniently download a ZIPped copy of the log through their browser, and
lets them cycle these log files at any time.
Another requested feature is the ability to host public boards without
log-in requirements. WebBoard 3.0 lets administrators specify the kind of
authentication they want for each "virtual board": basic, none, or cookies.
Other benefits of WebBoard 3.0 include easy customization of boards with a
new graphical user interface, and flexibility in running forums using
browser-based remote administration.
HexMac announces DHTML XTension for QuarkXPress
HexMac's new product, code-named "The Challenger," allows Web designers to
use layout program QuarkXPress to create interactive DHTML-powered Web
pages. The product will be shipped for Macintosh and Windows 95/NT in
mid-February and is QuarkXPress 4.0 compatible.
Challenger uses Cascading StyleSheets, absolute positioning and 3D layering
for the layout generation. The CSS output of Challenger is compatible with
both Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.
DHTML functions include:
· Any QuarkXPress page element can be animated using a timeline editor
· Any element can be made "drag-and-dropable" in a browser window
· Any page element can be made to a clickable popout window
· other effects, such as Swipe, Slide, Nervous, Fade and OnMouseOver are
included, and can be used for any text or image element.
text features include:
· text alignment, including justified text
· line height
· word spacing
· letter spacing
· font family, size, colour, style
· text decoration
· text transform
· QuarkXPress multi-column text features.
· text transparency
· search & replace of QuarkXPress hyperlinks
"The Challenger" is available from The World-Wide Power Company, 800 940
8737 (http://www.ThePowerCo.com) and XChange, 800 788 7557
Live Picture Launches Line of Image Servers
John Sculley's Live Picture unveiled a new line of Live Picture Image
Servers said to let Web surfers view high-resolution images without the
need for plug-ins or special client software.
A range of Live Picture Image Servers is available, each version with an
image server at its core with administration tools and file conversion
utilities. Enhanced versions permit controlled access to images and levels
of resolution, and track which image assets are examined. For greater
extensibility or integration with database applications, advanced server
versions provide a fully documented software developer kit (SDK).
Live Picture Image Servers are based on the FlashPix image file format and
Internet Imaging Protocol (IIP). Developed by Live Picture in collaboration
with Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Microsoft, FlashPix and IIP enable the
Live Picture Image Server to transmit only the image details requested,
rather than sending the entire high-resolution image. As a result, users
can click to zoom in on a photo, and after a delay examine the detailed
area of the photo they requested.
A pre-release version of the Live Picture Image Server - Standard Edition,
which expires March 15, is available from the Live Picture Web site at
http://www.livepicture.com. A version of the Live Picture Image Server -
Enterprise Edition will be available for downloading in March.
A Better Way to Search the Net?
WebScout (http://www.Webscout.com) provides a range of integrated services
for sifting the cyber-wheat from the cyber-chaff.
"The Net can be a difficult place to navigate. WebScout's services are
designed to make the path a little clearer," said WebScout publisher Adam
"WebScout's searchable index includes the Net's coolest Web sites,
discussion groups and archives. It's like a mini Yahoo! but we only include
the best of the best. Our index contains thousands of reviews in over 300
categories," said Thyer.
Reviews of the Net's best are also available via WebScout's free weekly
email newsletter. To subscribe, send an empty email to
WebScout's SuperSearch facility is a variation on the all-in-one search
engine theme. It enables you to search the Net using 30 of the Web's best
search engines displayed in a small floating window.
SuperSearch includes all of the majors like Yahoo!, AltaVista, Lycos and
HotBot, plus specialized resources like a dictionary, thesaurus, shareware
archives, news, sports, books online, mailing lists, biographies and shopping.
WebScout is an international effort. It's designed and maintained in
Australia, hosted in the United States and its team of talented writers
hail from several countries around the World.
Software Builders Releases NetZIP 6.0
Software Builders International announces the release of NetZIP 6.0, which
replaces the NetZIP Plug-In 5.0. NetZIP utility enables users to download
files, install software and manage ZIP files.
· automatically install self-extracting and self-installing zip files at
the click of a button.
· ZIP and UnZIP files without leaving your Web browser.
· Redesigned user interface
· Desktop Integration - Start NetZIP from the desktop or by downloading a
NetZIP 6.0 is priced at $19.99 from http://www.netzip.com/new
Viewpoint Launches LiveArt
Viewpoint DataLabs, in an ambitious attempt to broaden the market for its
vast library of 3D mesh objects, as well as leverage its recently acquired
ThinkFish technology, last week launched LiveArt, new desktop illustration
software. Available beginning April 1, LiveArt is designed to let
mainstream PC users to add original rendered graphics to their documents.
LiveArt is powered by two assets: a library of thousands of 3D digital
objects, ranging from humans, animals and nature to automobiles, landmarks
and other icons; and ThinkFish's 3D rendering technology that emulates
hand-drawn artistic styles, ranging from pencil sketch, charcoal, inkwash
and cartoon to silverleaf and pointillist. With LiveArt's streamlined
controls--a keyword-searchable database, pull-down menu of artistic style
options, and toolbar--users can find an object, choose a style, control
rotation and positioning, and adjust details such as color, line width,
lighting, and background. Because the object is "alive" during the entire
process, the user can interact with it in real time for immediate feedback,
within the document being created.
LiveArt works directly within Office 97 applications such as Word,
PowerPoint and Excel. In addition, standard Office imaging tools can be
applied to LiveArt images, such as Word wrap, Transparency and Watermark.
LiveArt 98, with 4,000 digital 3D objects and 35 artistic styles, will be
available for $149.95 list price. In addition, a LiveArt 98 Basic package,
with 2,000 objects and 12 styles, will be bundled with select 3D graphics
Find more info at http://www.viewpoint.com/liveart.
Diamond Announces Monster 3D II
Diamond Multimedia, producer of Monster 3D, the current top-selling 3Dfx
Voodoo-based 3D game accelerator, announces its next-generation 3D game
accelerator - the Diamond Monster 3D II.
Featuring 3Dfx's Voodoo2 graphics engine and Diamond's own 8MB design,
Monster 3D II reportedly delivers more than three times the performance of
the original Monster 3D. The retail version of the Monster 3D II, including
a 3D game bundle, will begin shipping in the U.S. in March for an estimated
retail price of $249.95.
Monster 3D II includes a dedicated hardware triangle setup engine, said to
enable faster 3D rendering; rapid processing of multiple textures per pixel
for added realism and color images; and single-pass trilinear filtering to
provide smoother, more defined visuals. Other key functions include edge
anti-aliasing, Gouraud shading, alpha blending, texture mapping and more.
Diamond's Web site address is http://www.diamondmm.com.
MetaCreations Announces Project Code "SHOW"
MetaCreations Corporation announced last week that Project Code "SHOW," a
new home photo and business presentation software player, will soon be
available. "SHOW" will give creative home consumers, small office/home
office and corporate professionals the ability to create multimedia photo
shows and enhance existing presentations. It's scheduled for release this
spring on a hybrid CD-ROM for both Windows 95/NT and Apple Power Mac
systems at SRP $49.95.
"SHOW" will let the user create a photo show or enhance a business
presentation by importing and organizing digital media such as digital
photos, artwork and video clips; sequencing these elements; adding
real-time TV-like transitions and animated placement of digital photos,
text, artwork and video clips to a slide; and then sharing the completed
show via computer display, projector, stand-alone player, printer or
Get the scoop at http://www.metacreations.com.
Corbis Broadens Visual Content Offerings
Bill Gates' Corbis Corporation last week acquired Digital Stock Corp., a
provider of royalty-free digital images. Digital Stock adds commercial
content categorized by backgrounds, business and technology, concepts and
effects, history and culture, nature, people and lifestyles, and places,
reportedly at an affordable price. Digital Stock becomes an operating
division of Corbis' image-licensing business and will maintain its current
operations in Encinitas, Calif.
In a separate announcement, Corbis introduced an online print and poster
store, http://www.corbistore.com/, which allows online consumers to
purchase framed or unframed images directly from the Corbis Collection.
Find Corbis at http://www.corbis.com/ .
Koutech Ships Fast, Low-cost 3D VGA Card
Koutech Systems announces the production availability of its $129 KW-700
KeyVision 3D Plus VGA Card. It provides 2D acceleration with a 600
Megabyte/sec bandwidth, a 175 MHz 24-bit true color RAMDAC and 3D Labs
PERMEDIA 3D chip set.
According to Koutech, in tests the KW-700 compiled a 3D-WinMark total score
of 58.4 compared to 55.7 for the Matrox Millennium II, 51. 9 for the Matrox
Mystique 220, and 43.5 for the ATI 3D Xpression +.
The unit includes Heidi acceleration for 3D Studio MAX performance, and a
Direct3D- and openGL-compliant rendering pipeline.
For more information, phone 310-699-5340, fax 310-699-0795, or visit
Canyon Software Announces Release of Drag and View Version 4.0
Canyon Software announces the release of Drag and View Version 4.0, the
latest edition of the $35 Windows 95/NT utility that displays file contents
in a variety of formats without running the programs that created them.
New features include:
· The Multiple Document Interface (MDI) lets the user view multiple images
and/or documents at the same time, with conversion between 17 different
bitmapped graphics formats, as well as the modification of color depth and
the appearance and colors of the graphic itself.
· Screen Capture allows the user to capture a full screen for viewing
later. Drag and View allows the user to capture full windows, child
windows, rectangles or the entire screen and save it in up to 17 different
formats, including Photo CD, Kodak Flash Pix, Portable Network Graphics
(PNG), .GIF (both animated and interlaced), .JPEG, .BMP, .WPG and Photo Shop.
Drag and View 4.0 can be purchased directly from http://www.canyonsw.com.
GameDev Site Offers Cool Stuff
Comradery is a new site for game developers, and here're a couple of the
· The E3 Heebie Jeebies (http://www.comradery.com/e3) Web site provides
insider coverage of the game industry and the annual Electronic
Entertainment Expo (E3).
· An article on a Nintendo 64 game under development that is based on
Comedy Central's popular South Park cartoon:
Congressional Environmental Ratings for Congress Released
The League of Conservation Voters has released the 1997 National
Environmental Scorecard, which rates each member of Congress on the most
important environmental votes cast during the First Session of the 105th
Congress. In addition to the print version of the Scorecard, LCV launched a
redesigned homepage and online Scorecard for accessing and analyzing the
The Scorecard is available at http://scorecard.lcv.org.
Council Launches Online Medicine Use And Safety Resource
The non-profit Council on Family Health announces the launch of its Web
site, located at http://www.cfhinfo.org. The new site includes information
on Council's services, educational campaigns and materials, and addresses
the safe and proper use of medicines including topics such as reading the
medicine label, children's medicine dosing, drug interactions and several
DHTML Site Plugs Replacement Killers
We don't usually run items on crassly commercial sites, but this one
demonstrates a fairly effective use of dynamic HTML. Columbia TriStar
Interactive (CTI) attempts to bring the action and intensity of Asian-style
filmmaking to life with the launch of The Replacement Killers Web site,
The Replacement Killers is said to be the first film Web site developed
using Dynamic HTML, and can be cruised with both Internet Explorer 4.0 and
Netscape 4.0. The technology reportedly allows for animation and sound with
a smaller download than other methods of animation currently being used on
the Internet. Special effects, including roll-overs, wipes, timeline based
animation, and showing and hiding layers, rely on the combination of layers
enables overlapping sound play synchronized to the animation.
PX Technologies Introduces Wintility
PX Technologies introduces Wintility, a $70 utility suite for Windows 95
said to simplify file management functions through the use of a graphical
The suite combines a find file application, a backup and archiving
application, an uninstaller, a compress and uncompress utility, and a group
of diagnostic tools to keep Windows 95 systems operating at peak performance.
Once installed, the program reads all files and automatically organizes the
data visually into groups. Users are able to view files with descriptions,
see where a given file is located, and also view file properties. Wintility
can search by file name, by description, and by text within files. In
addition, Wintility lets users find duplicate and orphan files and delete
For more information, visit http://www.wintility.com.
Erica Sadun and J. Brook Monroe .(ISBN: 1-886801-65-7, $44.95 U.S.)
drop-down menus, audio, video, status bar "tricks," and language extensions
· "Cut and paste" templates or modify the source code to fit your needs.
· Add interest to your Web site with blinking frames, digital clocks, and
the object model, creating and using arrays, strings, pointers and trees
Phone: 1-800-382-8505; Fax: 1-703-661-1501; Internet:
Order through Amazon.com
Call for Entries for Online Film Festival
The Sync, an Internet audio/video broadcasting company, announces a call
for entries in The Sync Online Film Festival, a new ongoing Internet-based
presentation of new film and video productions.
The Sync Online Film Festival is open to both feature films and short
subjects in four categories: animation, documentary, experimental and
narrative. Each month, viewers will vote on their favorite film in each
category, with the top vote-getters receiving a special award at year's end.
For more information, set your browser to http://thesync.com/festival.
Acclaim Offers Forsaken Playable Demo
Acclaim Entertainment announced that a 15-megabyte playable demo of the
company's PC game Forsaken is available on the company's Web site,
http://www.acclaim.net. Though the demo requires a 3D accelerator card, the
final version will run with or without 3D acceleration.
Forsaken is a 3D first-person-perspective vehicle shooter that takes place
in 360 degrees on a forlorn future earth. In the game, players take on the
role of scavengers who rummage among abandoned settlements for weapons,
ordnance and loot, battling machine droids or other human mercenaries for
the booty. The final version of the game will incorporate environment-based
puzzles in 15 single-player and 10 multiplayer levels and will immerse
gamers in real-time lighting, interactive backgrounds and battles.
Activision Ships Interstate '76 Arsenal Demo
Check out Activision's Web site
(http://www.activision.com/games/action/arsenal/ ) to play the 3D
hardware-only demo with two auto-combat missions from the new Interstate
'76 Arsenal -- an all-new mission from the Nitro Pack for I'76 and a
newly-enhanced mission from the Interstate '76 Gold Edition.
The I'76 Arsenal will be available in late February for the SRP of $29.99
and will contain the following products:
· The Interstate '76 Gold Edition, now optimized with 16-bit 3D hardware
acceleration, enhanced graphics, difficulty levels and an optimized engine.
· Nitro Pack for Interstate '76, a stand-alone expansion pack featuring 20
new single-player missions, all-new multi-player missions and game options,
new cars and weapons, and other enhancements.
Interplay Releases Ultimate RPG Archives
Say bye-bye to the family and prepare to spend the rest of your life
exploring dungeons full of treasure and terror. Interplay Productions
announces the release of The Ultimate RPG Archives, a $39.95 five-CD set of
12 best-selling role playing games for Windows 95 and MS-DOS based PCs.
The set consists of:
· Bard's Tale Trilogy and Construction Set (Electronic Arts / Interplay)
The Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny
Knight, Bard's Tale III: The Thief of Fate, and The Bard's Tale
· Might & Magic: World of Xeen (New World Computing) Clouds of Xeen,
Darkside of Xeen
· Stonekeep (Interplay)
· Ultima Underworld I & II (Origin)
· Dragon Wars (Interplay)
· Wasteland (Electronic Arts / Interplay)
· Wizardry Gold: Crusaders of the Dark Savant (Sir Tech)
More information is available at http://www.interplay.com.
Italian Firm Offers Hands-free Headset Controller
Video Computer S.p.A. of Italy has announced UR Gear, a multi-function
headset comprised of a head-activated 3D joystick and PC controller, and a
stereo headphone with integrated microphone. Speech recognition software
from Dragon Systems Inc. is incorporated in the product, allowing it to be
used as a hands-free mouse.
Developed originally for the handicapped, the product is designed by
Pininfarina, the company that designs Ferrari cars, to appeal to young,
style-conscious PC games enthusiasts.
The headset is said to be compatible with all PC games and as
straightforward as a joystick. There is full compatibility with Microsoft
Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and DOS, as well as Microsoft Direct-x.
Play features include:
· 3D position sense and movement with a progressive slider for additional
fourth axis movement or other control
· a hand-held device with four programmable buttons to shoot, accelerate, etc
· precision with accuracy to within 1/10th of a pixel.
CNET Reports Financial Results
CNET last week reported net revenues totaling $10.3 million for the fourth
quarter ended December 31, 1997, a 71 percent increase over net revenues of
$6.0 million for the fourth quarter of 1996. Net loss for the quarter was
$8.7 million, or $0.62 per share, before $2.0 million ($0.14 per share) of
unusual items, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.32 per share
for the fourth quarter of 1996.
The company reported net revenues of $33.6 million for the year ended
December 31, 1997, an increase of 127 percent over net revenues of $14.8
million for the year ended December 31, 1996. Net loss for the year was
$24.7 million or $1.82 per share, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million
or $1.51 per share for the year ended December 31, 1996.
AIAS Names Charne President, Executive Director
Jim Charne was named president and executive director of the Academy of
Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS). Charne, who will report directly to
the Academy's board, will oversee all aspects of the Academy including
overall strategic direction, expansion of membership base, its 1998 Awards
Prior to joining AIAS, Charne maintained an entertainment law practice in
the interactive technology entertainment and music arenas. From 1988 to
1994, he was Vice President Legal and Business Affairs and general counsel
of Absolute Entertainment, Inc., a Nintendo, Sega, and 3DO licensee, and
developer of Nintendo and Sega compatible console and hand-held software.
Charne has also served as a producer of entertainment and personal
productivity software for Activision, as a national marketing department
head for CBS Records (predecessor of Sony Music), and on the corporate
staff of the Technology Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
A not-for-profit organization, the Academy's mission is to promote and
advance common interests in the worldwide interactive community; to
recognize outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences;
and to conduct an annual awards show to enhance awareness of the
interactive art form.
For additional information, call (310) 441-2280 or send
mailto:email@example.com. Membership applications are available on
the Academy's Web site at http://www.interactive.org/.
San Francisco to Host Multimedia Summit
On Friday, February 27, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Supervisor Leslie
Katz and the San Francisco Partnership will co-present San Francisco
Multimedia Summit -- a public/private initiative to promote one of the
City's fastest-growing industries. The Summit will be held at the Center
for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, 700 Howard Street, 1998. Brown
referred to multimedia as "the gold rush of the 21st century."
The summit's alliterative theme is Talent, Technology Evolution and
Tangible Action - How the Multimedia Industry Can Thrive in San Francisco.
Topics for discussion include: Opportunities and Barriers for Multimedia
Companies in San Francisco; Talent: How to Attract, Develop, and Keep an
Excellent Workforce; The Future of Information Technology: Where is
Interactivity Going?; and Action Plans for San Francisco: Policies and
Practices that Support the Multimedia Industry.
Approximately 250 seats have been allocated for the general public for
Friday's Summit. Individuals can register to attend on a first-come,
first-serve basis by calling 415/554-6220. For additional information,
visit http://www.gulch.com. The Summit also will be Webcast at
VRML Visionary to Speak at VRML98 Symposium
Believe it or don't, it's not MP! The VRML98 Symposium announces that Len
Bullard will be the plenary speaker at the third annual conference. Mr.
Bullard, a Senior Staff Consultant for Intergraph Public Safety in
Huntsville, Alabama, has long been a visible leader in the development of
Bullard has been involved with music performance and recording supported by
"day gigs" in area high-tech companies. Len worked on pioneering projects
for the US Government in the field of hypermedia systems based on SGML. He
was the chairman of the Metafile for Interactive Documents team formed by
the US Navy to create a portable technical information documentation
language based on SGML and HyTime. During this project, Len became aware of
the VRML project and joined the VRML discussion list to examine its
potential for the technical documentation applications of the US Navy.
In 1997, with a group of volunteers, Len and Paul Hoffman led the
successful effort to create a space adventure based on the real life
adventure of an Irish famine ship captain of the mid 19th century. Known as
the IrishSpace project, the result was a complete interactive VRML movie
created for the Kerry County Museum in Tralee, SW Ireland.
VRML98 is the third annual technical symposium focusing on research,
technology and applications of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language and
takes place February 16-19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monterey California
USA. VRML98 is designed to bring together developers, experimenters,
content creators and anyone interested in using or enhancing VRML.
For further info, visit http://ece.uwaterloo.ca:80/vrml98/.
Silicon Alley 98 Set for NYC
The Silicon Alley 98 conference is scheduled for 23-24 February at 26
Broadway in New York City. Silicon Alley 98 focuses on the convergence of
new and traditional media, media-focused online business models,
advertising, content production, and the elements of successful Internet
Panels include Cross-Media Marketing, E-Merchandising, Content and
Interactive Programming, and Creative Entrepreneurship. Featured speakers
include Esther Dyson, author of Release 2.0; Nancy Evans, Co-Founder of
iVillage; Jon Diamond, Vice-Chairman of N2K; Kevin O'Connor, CEO of
DoubleClick; Scott Kurnit, CEO of The Mining Company; and Douglas Rushkoff,
author of Media Virus and The Ecstasy Club.
For registration and information, see http://www.siliconalley98.com.
JavaOne Turns Three in SF
The third annual JavaOne, Sun's $1,200 1998 Worldwide Java Developer
Conference, is back in San Francisco March 24-27.
· 4 technical tracks
· 3 additional industry tracks focused on business and real-world
· keynote sessions
· pavilion floor with over 275 demonstration stations
To register or for more info, visit http://java.sun.com/javaone/
VRML SIG Goes ITV
On Tuesday, February 24, the Software Forum (http://www.softwareforum.org)
presents the VRML SIG at Silicon Graphics.
VRML - Coming to a television near you
7:00-7:15 PM - SIG Business, Job Announcements, etc.
7:15-8:30 PM - Presentations
February's VRML SIG is about VRML as a interaction metaphor for interactive
television and video systems. The three-dimensional nature of the VRML
representation allows a user the ability to view a scene from virtually any
one of an infinite number of viewpoints. The ability to mark up arbitrary
three dimensional objects allows the user to interact with the real world
and query about parts of it. So when interaction is the goal, discover how
VRML can add real value to your content designed for television or video?
Mohanmmad Ayub Khan, director of software engineering in the Philips
Semiconductors Tridmedia Product Group, will speak on their stand-alone
system, the approach and direction they will be taking.
out of the blue.design
Linda Hahner, president of out of the blue design, will be talking about
human television interaction and demonstrating the E-Machine-a
two-dimensional interface with access to actual lifelike three-dimensional
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