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Adobe Atmosphere (often abbreviated Atmo; formerly 3D Anarchy) is a 3D computer graphics creation product created by Attitude Software. In November 1999, Adobe Systems purchased the technology. Adobe released its last version of Atmosphere, version 1.0 build 216 in February 2004. Adobe discontinued the software in December 2004. The product spent the majority of its lifetime in the beta-testing stage. Image File history File links Photo of Adobe Atmosphere 1. ... The rewrite of this article is being devised at Talk:3D computer graphics/Temp. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) is a computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California that was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → // February 29, 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as president of Haiti and flees the country for the Central African Republic. ... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16...

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Atmosphere distinguished itself from pre-existing technologies like VRML and ActiveWorlds in several ways. Unlike VRML, which displayed three-dimensional "models," Atmosphere focused on explorable "worlds," which were linked together by "portals," analogous to the World Wide Web's hyperlinks. These portals were represented as spinning squares of red, green, and blue that revolved around each other and floated above the ground. VRML - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Active Worlds (AW) is an 3D Internet browser for Microsoft Windows. ... Graphic representation of the World Wide Web around Wikipedia The World Wide Web (WWW, W3, or simply Web) is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). ... A hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference in a hypertext document to another document or other resource. ... Red is a color at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Look up Green in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Green is a color seen commonly in nature. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation) Blue is one of the three primary additive colours; blue light has the shortest wavelength range (about 420-490 nanometres) of the three primary colours. ...


Portals were an example of the Atmosphere team's desire to mirror the functionality of webpages. Although the world itself was described in the .aer (or .atmo) file, images and sounds were kept separately, usually in the GIF and WAV formats. Objects in worlds were scriptable using a modified version of JavaScript, allowing a more immersive environment. By version 1.0, Atmosphere also boasted support for Flash animations and WMP movies. A webpage or web page is a page of the World Wide Web, usually in HTML/XHTML format (the file extensions are typically htm or html) and with hypertext links to enable navigation from one page or section to another. ... A rotating globe in GIF format GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap image format for pictures and animations that use 256 (or fewer) distinct colors. ... WAV (or WAVE), short for WAVEform audio format, is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing audio on PCs. ... JavaScript, in its more modern form, is an object-based scripting programming language based on the concept of prototypes. ... Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Macromedia Flash, or simply Flash, refers to both a multimedia authoring program and the Macromedia Flash Player, written and distributed by Macromedia (and recently purchased by Adobe), that utilizes vector and raster graphics, program code and bidirectional streaming video and audio. ... Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X Windows Media Player is a software media player used for playing audio and video on personal computers. ...


Unlike the more centralized structure of ActiveWorlds, in which environments are primarily built within AlphaWorld, Atmosphere worlds were spread throughout the Internet, usually hosted on the author's own website as .aer files. (The .aer format was later used solely for building, once the binary .atmo format was created.) As in ActiveWorlds, the user navigated an avatar, which was displayable in later builds. Despite the decentralized structure of Atmosphere, the Atmosphere community still preferred to gather in worlds created by Adobe and its partner DigitalSpace, such as Adobe's annually-revamped HomeWorld and DigitalSpace's Atmospherians Community. Among people working on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces, an avatar (sometimes AV or av) is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality. ...


Whereas in ActiveWorlds it is only possible to communicate with users within a 200-meter radius, Atmosphere users could chat with all the users in the world. This was more appropriate for Atmosphere, considering the smaller sizes of most worlds. Technically, users could chat with anyone in the same YACP channel, a reference to the IRC protocol (see below). The exception was when worlds would receive too many visitors, as was often the case at HomeWorld; worlds would "clone," creating duplicate channels for the same world, which would often cause confusion for users. Some world developers later scripted a way to limit communication to a certain range, for more realism. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of instant communication over the Internet. ...


A built-in Havok physics engine, detailed rendering, and dynamic lighting also contributed to the realism of Atmosphere worlds. Havok company logo The Havok Game Dynamics SDK, better known as simply Havok, is a middleware physics game engine designed for computer and video games by allowing interaction between objects or other characters in real-time. ...


History

Adobe Atmosphere started as 3D Anarchy by Attitude Software. It originally relied on IRC for chat functionality. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of instant communication over the Internet. ...


Atmosphere came as two stand-alone applications: the Builder, which was used to build online "worlds," and the Player, which allowed users to explore these worlds. (In 3D Anarchy, these components were called Editor and Chat, respectively.) In addition to these applications, Adobe provided a browser plugin, to explore these worlds within a web browser, and a companion open-source chat server called Adobe Community Server, which ran on an IRC-like protocol known as Yet Another Chat Protocol (YACP). During beta-testing, all components of Atmosphere were available free of charge. A plugin (or plug-in) is a computer program that can, or must, interact with another program to provide a certain, usually very specific, function. ... A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with HTML documents hosted by web servers or held in a file system. ... Open source denotes that the origins of a product are publicly accessible in part or in whole. ...


In August 2002, Adobe began to scrap the stand-alone Player, instead devoting more resources to develop the Atmosphere Plugin, which was at the time viewed as a buggy, less attractive alternative to the Player. For the most part, the Player ran only on Internet Explorer for Windows, despite frequent requests by community members to expand Atmosphere support to Mozilla-based browsers, and to Linux and Mac OS. 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for August, 2002. ... Mozilla is a computer term that has had many different uses, though all of them have been related to Netscape Communications Corporation and its related application software. ... Tux, a cartoon penguin frequently featured sitting, is the official Linux mascot. ... Original 1984 Mac OS desktop Current 2005 Mac OS X desktop Mac OS, which stands for Macintosh Operating System, is Apple Computer’s name for the first operating systems for Macintosh computers. ...


Adobe eventually decided to charge for the Builder, which was simply renamed Atmosphere, and continue to provide the Plugin and Server for free. As the beta-testing program ended, Adobe sent free copies of the Builder to registered beta-testers in late 2003 and early 2004. After a long period of relative silence from the developers, Adobe announced in December 2004 that it would not continue development of the software. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Adobe now provides 3D capabilities in its more popular Adobe Acrobat product; however, these features were developed by New Zealand-based Right Hemisphere, rather than the Atmosphere team. [1] Adobe Acrobat was the first software to support Adobe Systems Portable Document Format. ...


Community

Atmosphere had a loyal beta-testing community, whose members constructed many worlds and avatars, promoted the software by word of mouth, and conducted community events, such as world tours and building contests. The largest of these contests was Star Wars 3D, a large-scale effort to create a comprehensive set of worlds and avatars based on the Star Wars trilogy. The creations were unveiled on July 4, 2003, and festivities officially continued until July 6. Another large effort held was themed to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Star Wars is a series of science fantasy films created by writer/producer/director George Lucas. ... July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ...


Community members also organized and attended events such as World Tours, which featured innovative worlds each week, and TechTalks, a monthly event intended for world and avatar developers.


To supplement the official Atmosphere product website and discussion forums, the community created a large number of resource websites, some of which are listed below.


External links

  • Adobe Atmosphere official site
  • Atmospherians.com – includes a directory of worlds, avatars, and world building blocks
  • Cage8 – Atmosphere resources, tutorials and web 3D community
  • Star Wars 3D – large-scale community event, themed to the Star Wars trilogy, held July 46, 2003
  • AtmoWire
  • Qyntrix – search engine for Atmosphere worlds and avatars

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