DX Studio

DX Studio is an authoring system of World Weaver. It is available in a free and two paid versions. The engine is suitable for 3D games, simulations, and presentations. DX Studio projects can be run either as separate programs or even in the browser, Microsoft Office or Visual Studio products are embedded.

  • 2.1 Visual scene processing
  • 2.2 Embedding
  • 2.3 File Formats
  • 2.4 effects

Development

DX Studio is developed by World Weaver Ltd, the company was founded in 1996 to develop PC Chris Sterling Games.

The development of DX Studio began in 2002, the first version was released in 2005. Since then, the user base grew to 30,000 people worldwide.

History of development

  • Published DX Studio 1.0 - November 2005
  • Published DX Studio 2.0 - May 2007
  • Published DX Studio 3.0 - September 2008
  • June 2009 - published DX Studio 3.1

Features

The system includes both 2D and 3D editors and supports JavaScript as a scripting language. The documents can also be controlled from the outside of the player by using the ActiveX / COM interface or TCP / IP port.

The engine uses DirectX 9.0c and supports current pixel and vertex shaders.

Visual scene processing

The 2D and 3D editors of DX Studio can be used to create interactive layers and sequences. The Level Editor can be used to create simple scenes using drag and drop. Within these scenes users have the ability to edit textures, backgrounds and sound effects. Users also have the ability to program everything using JavaScript itself.

Embed

Using the ActiveX technology, users have the opportunity to write their own C , C # or Visual Basic.Net applications, and insert the DX Studio Player as a component. A browser plug-in allows for it to embed the documents in HTML documents. A document can be saved as stand-alone EXE file. This exe file automatically checks the system and download and install DirectX if necessary.

File Formats

Use resulting from DX Studio XML standard files to store the scenes. These files also contain all the required resources ( graphics, sounds, 3D models, etc.), compressed into one file. These standard ZIP compatible algorithms. It is also possible to protect files with a password.

Effects

Visual effects like the ocean effect, the particle system, real-time shadows, 3D video projection ( in MPEG or AVI format), 3D sound and post-production effects (eg sepia, Bloom and Koroneia ) are integrated.

For advanced users, the plugin system design kit becomes available, can develop their own effects to the user.

Applications

DX Studio came to the following types of applications used:

  • Game engine for Windows based games
  • Virtual Reality platform for 3D simulations
  • Model (architecture) for interactive tour
  • Digital learning game engine for military and medical training
  • 3D websites
  • Learning software for colleges and universities

Licensing

DX Studio is available as a free, Standard and Professional Edition. In addition, a distinction is made between commercial and non-commercial use.

The cheapest ( non-commercial standard ) license costs £ 50 per user. The most expensive ( commercial "Pro" - ) license costs £ 500 per user.

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