X3D (Extensible 3D) is an open standard file format and runtime architecture for representing and communicating 3D scenes and objects. It supports a rich set of componentized features for use in engineering and scientific visualization, CAD and architecture, medical visualization, training and simulation, multimedia, entertainment, education, and more.
Using X3D is easy: Just load an X3D file into an X3D viewer or add it to a X3D application and start viewing! The X3D format allows high quality, real-time, interactive graphics that support audio and video, in addition to 3D data.
The X3D format is designed to be a platform-independent, royalty-free, and open-standard file format for storing, delivering, and interpreting 3D content. X3D is supported by browsers, as well as software for a range of applications including engineering and science, CAD, architecture, medical visualization, training and simulation, and more.
No plugin is needed to display X3DOMscenes: All scene data is presented as a live DOM scene graph, which is integrated with HTML5. This allows you to manipulate a X3D scene without learning a new programming API. You only need to know about DOM events (like “onclick”) and can use your existing HTML knowledge for displaying, importing, and exporting X3D data.
A wide variety of workflows and tools are available to facilitate X3D scene interchange, in addition to XML and functionally identical encodings such as Classic VRML, Compressed Binary, and JSON. These technologies allow you to exchange scenes between browsers, as well as applications that support them, such as CAD and visualization packages.
Viewing X3D files with File Magic:
If you often receive files that have the X3D extension, but you don’t have an application that can open them, download a universal software viewer such as File Magic. This will save you time and hassle, as it will eliminate the need to install different software on your computer.
This viewer can also be used to open a file directly from its URL link, which is a great way to quickly open X3D files in your web browser. It also offers a variety of useful editing tools to make any necessary changes.
X3DGlutViewer is an open source X3D viewer that works on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It’s a simple software that can only handle one X3D file at a time, so it doesn’t offer any additional tools or features.
To load a X3D file into this viewer, simply drag it onto the interface or click inside the white area to choose a X3D file. This will automatically open it and start displaying it in the X3D viewer window.
You can change the 3D model’s orientation and position through mouse movement, which is another handy feature of this software. It also provides multiple camera positions to help you view the X3D model from different angles. You can even zoom in and out to get a better look at the 3D model.
It is easy to install and configure, so it can be installed on just about any machine. It also has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to use and learn.