Much of cyberspace today is still two-dimensional: click on a web site or chat room and you get text or pictures. But the internet could become more three-dimensionalallowing surfers to virtually step into a site, walk around, and talk to othersif Adobe Systems Inc. has its way with a new web-authoring software tool.
The new product, called Adobe Atmosphere, lets web designers create 3-D web pages where visitors can interact and chat with each other in real-time. Web site visitors will be able to virtually “walk the web” and communicate in real-time for a richer, more realistic online experience.
A public beta version of Atmosphere is available to download from the Adobe web site for free. The beta will work only on Windows-based systems; a Mac-version will be available in the early summer, the company said. Adobe expects to start shipping the final product in the summer. The company has not disclosed a suggested retail price.
More information can be obtained by calling (800) 833-6687 or by visiting http://www.adobe.com/products/atmosphere/main.html