X3D-Edit Authoring Tool
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X3D-Edit is a free, open-source Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics authoring tool for simple high-quality authoring, editing, import/export, validation and viewing of X3D scenes.
The X3D-Edit 3.3 Authoring Tool for Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics supports the creation, checking, display and publication of X3D scenes. It is written in open-source Java and XML using the Netbeans platform, making it suitable both as a standalone application and as a plugin module for the Netbeans integrated development environment (IDE).
Motivation for X3D-Edit design has always been centered around authors making great X3D content for Web users, precise implementation of the X3D specifications, and quality assurance (QA) for producing reliable results.
X3D-Edit features include direct editing of X3D scenes using the XML (.x3d) encoding, embedded visualization of scenes using an enhanced version of the original Xj3D viewer, XML validation using X3D DTD grammars, X3D Schema grammars and X3D Schematron rules, drag-and-drop palette for X3D nodes, popup panels for node editing, and extensive help resources. Menu selections provide import/export support for the VRML97 (.wrl), ClassicVRML (.x3dv) and X3D compressed binary (.x3db) encodings. Further features include encryption and digital-signature authentication using XML Security standards, and additional X3D scene authoring support.
X3D-Edit 3.3 is stable and available for public use. Tool capabilities are summarized in the X3D-Edit Update slideset presentation.
X3D-Edit 3.3 was created by Mike Bailey and Don Brutzman. Additional help and feedback was provided by Don McGregor, Terry Norbraten, Jeff Weekley, plus the MV3204 Introduction to X3D Graphics and the MV4205 Advanced X3D Graphics classes at NPS.
We gratefully acknowledge further assistance by Leonard Daly (Daly Realism), Alan Hudson (Yumetech), Rick Goldberg (Aniviza), plus members of the Web3D Consortium and the X3D Graphics Working Group.
X3D-Edit 3.3 was built as an externally funded research project performed by the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey California USA.
Research and development inquiries are welcome. We are happy to discuss the possibility of embedding other open-source Java libraries and providing further X3D functionality within X3D-Edit.
X3D-Edit version 3.3 standalone application and Netbeans plugin are available and ready.
X3D-Edit is written using Java 8 for Netbeans 8 platform. It has been tested satisfactorily for Netbeans 11.1, Oracle JDK13 and Open JDK13 (preferred). X3D-Edit runs on desktop/laptop/tablet systems and is portable across major operating systems (Windows 7-10, MacOSX, Linux).
As with any application, users may need administrative permissions to fully install or uninstall X3D-Edit on their system.
The X3D-Edit codebase builds and runs using either Java 7 or (preferred) Java 8. If needed, you can verify your installed Java version.
Next download X3D-Edit3.3.zip and extract it into a new directory. Then launch the standalone executable:
runX3dEditWin.baton a Windows machine.
runX3dEditMac.sh.commandon a Mac.
runX3dEditUnix.shon a Linux/Unix system.
Depending on the preferences you set, the X3D-Edit application checks for automatic updates either weekly or each time it is launched.
Prerequisite: please install the latest NetBeans on your local system.
Netbeans users can connect to the Netbeans Update Center for automatic plugin download and installation using the following procedure. The image links below provide screen snapshots corresponding to each installation step.
Install instructions for Netbeans plugin:
Tools > Plugins > Settings > Choose "Every Startup" and Select "Add",
Name: X3D-Edit Update Center
Configuration of Update Centersarea for the
X3D Edit Update Centerentry, and ensure the Active-column checkbox in the lower left is checked.
Available Pluginstab, select the upper-left Install box for the X3D-Edit plugin,
Continue. Here is our current certificate information. Current difficulties with Netbeans module signing are documented in issue 1518.
Netbeans is now ready to edit X3D scenes, also checking for weekly (or daily) updates.
Download and save the plugin modules from http://www.movesinstitute.org/X3D-Edit/netbeans_modules directory to a temporary directory on local disk.
Tools > Plugins > Downloaded to
load plugin modules from a local disk directory
to install those downloads.
Netbeans indicates when plugin updates are available for download and installation.
Alternatively you check for an update yourself. Select
Tools > Plugins > Updates
click the update button
to confirm whether a newer version of X3D-Edit is available.
This works identically both for the X3D-Edit standalone application and for the Netbeans plugin.
X3D-Edit automatic updates are accepted by the Netbeans Plugin Portal since 2008.
Users working with X3D-Edit versions prior to 18 August 2014 are advised to uninstall the tool completely. Simply deleting all files for the past version (or uninstalling the prior plugin from Netbeans) avoids any version conflicts. Automatic updates will then work properly for the foreseeable future.
When cleaning up prior installations, please note that Netbeans (and thus X3D-Edit)
can also put personal preferences in a local directory such as
(No longer supported by Netbeans) Chat-based collaboration and file sharing required an additional plugin installation once the X3D-Edit application is installed.
anonymousaccess to check out the source.
https://x3d.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/x3d/www.web3d.org/x3d/tools/X3dEdit3.3usually to a local directory such as
C:\www.web3d.org\x3d\tools(Netbeans screenshot 1, screenshot 2
X3D-Edit has grown in parallel to the X3D Specification, testing X3D functionality throughout its development. Built-in features include:
X3D-Edit Preferences panel exposes numerous settings for users.
New and additional features include:
unitcommand is supported by a new
unitediting panel that provides easy reference to conversion factors for angle, length, mass and force.
X3D-Edit 3.3 is open source, written in Java and XML, based on the Netbeans platform. It may be used for any legitimate purpose.
Other ancillary supporting packages are provided under the terms of their own respective open-source licenses.
To ensure your X3D-Edit stays up to date,
Tools > Plugins > Settings then select
Check Interval: Every Startup.
X3D-Edit users can also install the following additional Netbeans plugins.
X3D-Edit runs on desktop/laptop/tablet systems and is portable across major operating systems (Windows 7-10, MacOSX, Linux).
Author-assist visualization graphics are provided for certain X3D nodes in order to help show their effects.
whichChoice=0) or hide (
whichChoice=-1) the customized visualization graphics
Visualization graphics are available for the following X3D nodes:
<-- <Extrusion/> -->node and appends a corresponding ExtrusionCrossSection prototype instance that shows the spine line along with semitransparent outer hull and crossSection slices.
Questions, suggestions and comments about these resources are welcome. Please send them to Don Brutzman (brutzman at nps.edu)Bug reports can be sent to x3d-edit-developers@movesInstitute.org
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for this page is https://savage.nps.edu/X3D-Edit/X3D-Edit.html
Release updated 15 October 2019. (Occasionally software updates are more frequent, if needed you can check manifests in Downloads section.)
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