Excited by Dassault's mission "in democratizing the usage of 3D so that everybody can use it in its everyday life," I set out to try the environments and models on the 3D
Live Via site.
First up, something that looks like fun: Toyota Auris - The Ice experience! hosted on Toyota's Web site. But the fun ends far too quickly when I am instructed to "Je suis deja inscrit, j'aimerais m'ameloirer" [I already am registered, I would like to play] and then provide my login and password. Sorry, no Joeur! for me. In any case, a note in orange indicates that I need to first download Virtools.
I am tired of the on-going requirement to download plug-ins (which often then don't install correctly, like the latest version of Flash) and the endless need for yet another login and password registration. Maybe that's how Google will take over the world: the utopian promise of a single login for all services.
Next, something related to work: Lumec -- 3D luminary in real environment. I click to enter the site, hosted by Lumec, but am faced by this bright green warning: "3D Life Player is not supported by this browser or operating system."
The same problem occurs when I attempt to Unravel the Mystery of The Khufu Pyramid.
This "3D for all" is rapidly becoming "3D for all but Ralph."
Finally, I took a look at the collection of 3D models. I decide on "3DVIA's spotlight" model, the simple iPhone by tmlvx of Paris, France using 3d studio. The Web page comes up. So far, so good. There's an image of the model with a PLAY 3D button. Looks promising. I click PLAY 3D. "3D Life Player is not supported by this browser or operating system."
I give up.
You might be thinking, "Just download the Virtools plug-in, stupid. Use the Web browser that Dassault wants you to use, and get over it."
I shouldn't have to. This is supposed to be 3D for everyone, regardless of browser, race, or OS.