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=QuickDraw 3D: Apple's Foundation for 3D Graphics=
 
=QuickDraw 3D: Apple's Foundation for 3D Graphics=
Apple Macintosh computers have long been the desktop platform of choice for graphics professionals due to Apple's innovation in ease of use, consistency in application interface, and the development of revolutionary graphics and multimedia technologies. Over the years, Apple has extended the Macintosh computer's lead by adding capabilities to the Mac(TM)OS such as QuickTime & QuickTime VR. These technologies have given personal computer users unprecedented control and flexibility over 2D graphics, the printed page, photography, and most recently, digital video.
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Apple Macintosh computers have long been the desktop platform of choice for graphics professionals due to Apple's innovation in ease of use, consistency in application interface, and the development of revolutionary graphics and multimedia technologies. Over the years, Apple has extended the Macintosh computer's lead by adding capabilities to the Mac OS such as [[QuickTime]] & [[QuickTime VR]]. These technologies have given personal computer users unprecedented control and flexibility over 2D graphics, the printed page, photography, and most recently, digital video.
    
In the summer 1995, with the introduction of QuickDraw 3D, Apple will extend its innovation into the complex world of 3D graphics.
 
In the summer 1995, with the introduction of QuickDraw 3D, Apple will extend its innovation into the complex world of 3D graphics.
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QuickDraw 3D, for the first time on any personal computer, integrates 3D graphics technology into a "mainstream" operating system and takes full advantage of the PowerPC(TM) RISC chip found at the heart of Power Macintosh(TM), the leading volume RISC platform.
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QuickDraw 3D, for the first time on any personal computer, integrates 3D graphics technology into a "mainstream" operating system and takes full advantage of the PowerPC [[RISC]] chip found at the heart of [[Power Macintosh]], the leading volume [[RISC]] platform.
    
The introduction of QuickDraw 3D - and the spread of applications that use QuickDraw 3D - will let users create, manipulate, and incorporate 3D graphics into their documents and presentations as easily as they do with 2D graphics today. Additionally, 3D applications that have been modified to support QuickDraw 3D and its associated user interface guidelines will move users toward a more standard approach to 3D graphics that will coexist with all of their current applications.
 
The introduction of QuickDraw 3D - and the spread of applications that use QuickDraw 3D - will let users create, manipulate, and incorporate 3D graphics into their documents and presentations as easily as they do with 2D graphics today. Additionally, 3D applications that have been modified to support QuickDraw 3D and its associated user interface guidelines will move users toward a more standard approach to 3D graphics that will coexist with all of their current applications.
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Perhaps most important, each of the components of the API is extensible, making QuickDraw 3D one of the most open architectures in the industry. The file format, interface architecture, geometry engine, and "plug-in" shading and rendering architecture are all designed to allow developers-and ultimately customers-to add their own value to the system. In addition, the 3D acceleration manager allows for plug-and-play hardware accelerators. Using this manager, the user can add a 3D accelerator card to a Macintosh, and the interactive renderer is accelerated in any application that makes use of it.
 
Perhaps most important, each of the components of the API is extensible, making QuickDraw 3D one of the most open architectures in the industry. The file format, interface architecture, geometry engine, and "plug-in" shading and rendering architecture are all designed to allow developers-and ultimately customers-to add their own value to the system. In addition, the 3D acceleration manager allows for plug-and-play hardware accelerators. Using this manager, the user can add a 3D accelerator card to a Macintosh, and the interactive renderer is accelerated in any application that makes use of it.
 
===Cross-platform support===
 
===Cross-platform support===
Apple is also committed to helping developers protect their investments in time, effort, and innovation; QuickDraw 3D has been developed from the outset as a machine-independent, cross-platform application programming interface (API). Apple will release QuickDraw 3D for Windows within 6 months after the initial release of QuickDraw 3D for the Macintosh. The API for Windows software will let developers leverage their Macintosh development efforts onto the Windows platform, while still enjoying all of the benefits of ease of use, interface consistency, and standards-based development that they've come to expect on the Macintosh. A QuickDraw 3D Cross-platform Parser for Windows & Unix machines lets any application on any platform read and write QuickDraw 3D Metafile formats. The QuickDraw 3D Parser is available now.  
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Apple is also committed to helping developers protect their investments in time, effort, and innovation; QuickDraw 3D has been developed from the outset as a machine-independent, cross-platform application programming interface (API). Apple will release QuickDraw 3D for Windows within 6 months after the initial release of QuickDraw 3D for the Macintosh. The API for Windows software will let developers leverage their Macintosh development efforts onto the Windows platform, while still enjoying all of the benefits of ease of use, interface consistency, and standards-based development that they've come to expect on the Macintosh. A QuickDraw 3D Cross-platform Parser for Windows & Unix machines lets any application on any platform read and write QuickDraw 3D Metafile formats. The QuickDraw 3D Parser is available now.
    
=Modeling and Rendering=
 
=Modeling and Rendering=

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