New QTVR Tools and Developer Info — Finally showing motion with its much-touted QuickTime VR technology, Apple is distributing pre-release versions two new QTVR tools to assist authors with making QuickTime VR panoramas and objects from photographs or computer-generated images. Though these tools can’t add hot spots or stitch together series of overlapping photos (these functions are still restricted to Apple’s obtuse QuickTime VR Authoring Tools Suite), they’re a good first step on the path toward letting real people make QuickTime VR movies.
Perhaps more important than these tools, however, is new developer information on integrating QuickTime VR into applications, as well as behind-the-scenes motion on the forthcoming QuickTime VR 1.1. With luck, developers will be able to integrate QuickTime VR content and authoring into applications (like Poser, Director, SuperCard, and Bryce) more easily – and I can’t imagine a Netscape plug-in is too far off. [GD]