TL;DR version: fast 3D graphics in the browser!.
When we first started c3DL, Canvas3D was a plug-in (which was really odd because the whole idea was to be able to do 3D graphics in the web page without any plug-ins). I remember explaining to people how Canvas3D will let people do 3D graphics in the browser without any addons…and that if they wanted to check it out they should go and download the addon for it. We had tutorials on how to get the right browser, how to install the add-on how and test if you did everything correctly. Even in pre-release versions of Firefox 4, WebGL had to be enabled in about:config. Finally today WebGL just comes shipped with the browser. All the things we have been working on are now viewable without plug-ins or changing any settings. With Firefox 4’s release the number of browsers there are 2 browsers that come WebGL enabled.
What to do with your shiny new browser:
sooo… now that you have got your new firefox 4 browser, what is there to do? What is there to check out? Here are some demos. It is admittedly Seneca-centric featuring work developed by staff and students at Seneca.
- 3D pictures! http://scotland.proximity.on.ca/asalga/
- If you have a laptop with a sudden motion sensor check this out (won’t work on devices without): http://scotland.proximity.on.ca/asalga/demos/sms/
- This is a bit old as we haven’t updated c3dl demos for ages but if you haven’t seen it yet, check out what is possible! http://www.c3dl.org
- My colleague Dave Humphrey developed the audio api shipping with Firefox 4. Here is his blog post on the subject. Check out all the links at the bottom … they are super cool! http://vocamus.net/dave/?p=1273
- Some 3D processing.js sketches http://matrix.senecac.on.ca/~asalga/pjswebide/index.php