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- Intervista's WorldView
Beta (or pre-beta) versions of this 3D browser are available for
downloading. May be used as a stand-alone browser or configured as
a helper app for Netscape's Navigator. For the PC, WorldView works
with Windows 95, Windows NT and Windows 3.1 (with the 32s extension
pack), and requires a minimum 486/50 CPU with 8 MB of RAM, a 256
color graphics board and a 14.4 Kbps modem. A Mac (on a PowerPC)
version is in the works.
- Netscape Navigator Gold
Navigator Gold browser software beta 1, which incorporates Web
authoring capablities, is now available for downloading (for
Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT only). The final release is due
in March, and will include support for Mac and X Windows platforms.
- Sun's HotJava
The alpha release can be downloaded for free, but first you'll want to
read about the system requirements and the browser's limitations.
- Chaco's VR Scout 3D VRML Viewer
Choose from three versions: VR Scout 1.22 Windows95/NT Plug-in
viewer; VR Scout 1.22 Windows 3.1 external viewer; and VR Scout 1.22
Windows95/NT external viewer.
Paper Software Inc.'s WebFX is a VRML viewer. In Sept. 1995, they announced
WebFX Plug-In for Netscape 2.0 and WebFX Explorer for Windows 95,
NT, and 3.1.
This VRML viewer works as a plug-in with Netscape Navigator 2.0 for
Windows 95 and NT. At the end of January, the alpha release of
Vream's WIRL 1.0 can be downloaded for free.
Sound and Fury
Phone calls via the Net. Camelot Corp.'s Digiphone competes with
VocalTec and Quarterdeck's WebTalk.
- DSP Group
Their new TrueSpeech® Player, which enables real-time audio
over the Net, can be downloaded for free. Version 3.08b was released
- Insoft's CoolTalk
CoolTalk 14.4 and CoolTalk 28.8 provide features similar to an Internet phone
- Progressive Networks' Web Site or RealAudio
Real-time audio over the Net, delivered over a standard phone line
at 14,400bps. You can download the client product. The player product
runs on Windows, Macintosh, and some Unix platforms.
- Quarterdeck's WebTalk
WebTalk offers full duplex audio connections for phone calls over
the Net. It requires a 486 PC, Windows, a 14.4 Kbps or higher modem,
a 16-bit full-duplex or half-duplex sound card and speakers or a
headset. Quarterdeck has great products.
Internet software for real-time private chats.
- Telescape Communications Inc.
Telescape has made available for downloading a free preview copy of
ts intercom, its software for making phone calls over the net.
On January 22, a public Beta version of Internet Phone 3.2 was made
available for free downloading.
Audio/Video conferencing for Windows, Windows 95, Macintosh and
Power Macintosh platforms. Demo versions are available for
- Insoft's CoolView
Videoconferencing. Netscape has announced their intention to
You can download a free video player and check a list of sites
currently implementing the VDOlive technology. In February, VDOnet
Corp. will begin shipping two new servers for delivering real-time
motion video over the net, a professional server and a free personal
server. Future plans include a multicast capability that will permit
Websites to deliver a single video file to multiple users
simultaneously, as well as two-way video conferencing.
- Xing Technology
Xing has developed Streamworks, server software for
delivering live and on-demand audio/video data over the Net and
across LANs. Client versions can be downloaded for free.
Java is a programming language designed by Sun Microsystems for
real-time interaction on the Web. Java applets -- embodying complex
multimedia features -- can be embedded in Web pages to provide
animation, interaction, real-time updating, and more.
Gamelan's hugely popular site is probably the best place to learn
about the latest Java trends and developments. Although you can
access site using any browser, the sample Java programs on the site
require a Java-enabled browser such as Sun's HotJava or Netscape 2.0.
- Java: Programming for the Internet
Sun Microsystems' JavaSoft division is obviously the horse's mouth.
- JavaWorld Magazine
IDG's new publication (launch date Feb. 15) will provide tutorials
for both novice and advanced Java programmers, as well as related
news and events.
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