Professional Papervision3D describes how Papervision3D works and how real world applications are built, with a clear look at essential topics such as building websites and games, creating virtual tours, and Adobe's Flash 10. You learn important techniques through hands-on applications, and build on those skills as the book progresses. The companion website contains all code examples, video step-by-step explanations, and a collada repository. Flash and Flex designers, developers, and Actionscript programmers alike will find this application-packed guide invaluable for navigating Papervision's steep learning curve. Author Mike Lively draws on his considerable experience as a Flex/Flash Developer and Instructional Designer to give you a solid Papervision foundation, revealing ways you can use it for both practical and profitable web projects. Professional Papervision3D consists of 32 real world applications that demonstrate the features available in Papervision3D. Each chapter touches on several key features, and collectively they cover most of what the Papvervsion3D community is doing and trying to do.By following along with the examples, you will create robust applications using object-oriented concepts and practices that will introduce your web audience to a new 3D world.
..a world that runs in the browser without the need of additional downloads. To avoid duplicating the same program twice we show entirely different Flex and Flash applications under the same topic. This gives us the opportunity to cover more breadth, and avoid boring the reader and ourselves. For those who want to convert Flash to Flex or vice versa, we cover this in Appendix B.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I GETTING STARTED. Chapter 1 Understanding Flash3D. 3D Coordinates in Flash 10. Building a 3D Flash 9 Engine in 18 Lines of Code. Using the Big 3. Summary. Chapter 2 Getting Started With Papervision3D. Getting Papervision 3D. Diving into 3D. Exploring the Guts of Papervision3D. Building a Class. Running Papervision3D Applications. Adding Motion. Using BasicView (Hello Plane). Incorporating CS4. Summary. Chapter 3 Rezzing Primitives. Understanding Primitives. Rezzing primitives to the Stage. Creating Custom Prims. Creating CS4 Primitives. Dissecting the Big Three. Summary. Chapter 4 Adding Materials. Applying the Textures. Summary. PART II WORKING WITH MODELS AND DATA. Chapter 5 Creating 3D Models. Modeling for Papervision3D. Choosing a Modeling Application. Papervision3D Importers. Writing Your Own Parsers. Processing Images (and Pixel Bender). Summary. Chapter 6 Working with Particle Systems. Particle Systems in PV3D. Creating a Generic CS4 Particle Class. Plug-in Media. Flint Particles. Getting More Bang Out of Flash. Summary. Chapter 7 Geocoding, XML, and Databases. Geocoding. XML. Working with MySQL and PHP. Summary. Chapter 8 Gliding on AIR. Building a Simple Modeling Program. Creating a Terrain Editor in AIR. Incorporating Adobe AIR. Sculpting a Prim Using face3d. Summary. PART III BUILDING GAMES AND WEBSITES. Chapter 9 Incorporating 3D Physics. Understanding the Guts of Physics. Interacting with Objects in PV3D. Taking it to the Next Level: 3D Wall Course. Using 3rd Party Physics Engines. AS3Dmod. Summary. Chapter 10 Building 3D Games for Wii. Shooting Pool in Space. Five Game States: Start, Play, Win, Lose, Cancel. Optimizing Your Game for the Web. Using Your Wii. Playing Wii Jiglib Pong. Summary. Chapter 11 Integrating the Flash Media Server. Getting Started. Building a Race Track. FMS Alternatives. Summary. Chapter 12 Developing 3D Websites. What You Need to Know. Converting CSIS to 3D. Flirting with Web Spiders. Summary. PART IV EXTENDING PV3D AND BEYOND. Chapter 13 Making 3D Movies. Houston... We've Got a Problem. Using Flash CS4. Bridging the Gap with Flash Catalyst. Pushing the Envelope with Flash Builder. Going 3D with Photoshop. Recording 3D Animations. Building a PV3D Studio. Summary. Chapter 14 Taking Virtual Tours. Hello "Uncle Sam". Creating Augmented Reality. Building 3D Worlds. Summary. Chapter 15 Adding Services. Tweeting. Adding 3D to Your Flickr Menu. Mining Yahoo's Treasure Trove. Building a CNN News Feed. Summary. Chapter 16 Flash & Math Exploring Flash 10 and Beyond. Rebuilding the 3D Pool "Shooting". Rendering 3D Models in Flash 10. Using ILayoutElement. Summary. Appendix A Pocket Reference. Appendix B Companion Website. Index.
MICHAEL LIVELY is an experienced software developer, and instructional designer with a special focus on game development, simulation, and technology integration. He has been programming for more than 25 years and developing for the web for over 10 years, with over eight years' development for the Flash platform.