There has been speculation about Sun's intentions with Java3D, and this helps resolve the confusion. There will probably be some complaining about Sun's reduced commitment. But an open source approach has worked well for VisAD (and Vis5D), and with a little effort and wisdom on Sun's part, can work well for Java3D. Cheers, Bill ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Reply-To: Discussion list for Java 3D API <JAVA3D-INTEREST@xxxxxxxxxxxx> We take this opportunity to announce that Sun is renewing its commitment to Java 3D. The highlights of this announcement are: . Sun is in the process of making the source code for Java 3D available through a public source license in the very near future. . Sun will work with the Java 3D community, via the Java Community Process (JCP), to actively evolve the API going forward. -------------------- The renewed emphasis on Java 3D complements Sun's increased efforts in the desktop space and the recent release of the Java Desktop System (JDS). More information will be forthcoming, but here are a few details concerning our plans. . Sun is right now working on making the source code for Java 3D available through a public source license. This will be done via a java.net project, which will include a developer's web site and CVS repository. This will allow developers to download the Java 3D source code, and to contribute bug fixes and utilities. The time frame for this release is before JavaOne 2004. . We will be forming an expert group under the JCP process to define and implement the next version(s) of the Java 3D API. Our current thinking is that we want to work with the expert group to create a 1.4 version of the Java 3D API that will add programmable shaders, and possibly other critical features, if they can be done without architectural changes to the implementation. We hope to get this release out relatively quickly. . We also want the expert group to help define the next major revision (1.5? 2.0?) to the Java 3D API, which could involve more widespread changes to the API. We look forward to working with the Java 3D community to move the API forward. Doug Twilleager Sun Microsystems ========================================================================== To unsubscribe, send email to listserv@xxxxxxxxxxxx and include in the body of the message "signoff JAVA3D-INTEREST". For general help, send email to listserv@xxxxxxxxxxxx and include in the body of the message "help".