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Obliq-3D: a high-level, fast-turnaround 3D animation system

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2 Author(s)
Najork, M.A. ; Syst. Res. Center, Digital Equipment Corp., Palo Alto, CA, USA ; Brown, M.H.

Describes Obliq-3D, a high-level, fast-turnaround system for building 3D animations. Obliq-3D consists of an interpreted language that is embedded into a 3D animation library. This library is based on a few simple, yet powerful constructs that allow programmers to describe 3D scenes and animations of such scenes. By virtue of its interpretive nature, Obliq-3D provides a fast-turnaround environment. The combination of simplicity and fast turnaround allows programmers to construct nontrivial animations quickly and easily. The paper is divided into three major parts. The first part introduces the basic concepts of Obliq-3D, using a series of graduated examples. The second part shows how the system can be used to implement cone trees. The third part develops a complete animation of Dijkstra's (1959) shortest-path algorithm

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 2 )