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QuickDraw 3D helps eliminate many of the problems that have dogged 3D graphics by providing a consistent file format; a standard, extensible, cross-platform 3D API; and a set of 3D interface standards and guidelines-complete with a developer's toolkit for implementing them.
 
QuickDraw 3D helps eliminate many of the problems that have dogged 3D graphics by providing a consistent file format; a standard, extensible, cross-platform 3D API; and a set of 3D interface standards and guidelines-complete with a developer's toolkit for implementing them.
 
===Consistent file format===
 
===Consistent file format===
The new 3D metafile (3DMF) format is a cross-platform file format that supports 3D data - not simply geometry but all the information that represents a particular view or scene. The 3DMF format enables users to share 3D images among applications with the same ease that they currently share PICT images.
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The new 3D metafile ([[3DMF]]) format is a cross-platform file format that supports 3D data - not simply geometry but all the information that represents a particular view or scene. The 3DMF format enables users to share 3D images among applications with the same ease that they currently share PICT images.
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===Standard developer API===
 
===Standard developer API===
 
The QuickDraw 3D API gives developers an easy way to access a standard set of 3D operations, so they don't have to reinvent common 3D functions. It includes a complete set of 3D geometry, a shading and rendering architecture, a device and acceleration manager, and a common approach to 3D pointing devices.
 
The QuickDraw 3D API gives developers an easy way to access a standard set of 3D operations, so they don't have to reinvent common 3D functions. It includes a complete set of 3D geometry, a shading and rendering architecture, a device and acceleration manager, and a common approach to 3D pointing devices.

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