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Hypercosm Releases 3-D Web Tools for Linux

Hypercosm Wednesday rolled out its next-generation 3-D authoring technology for Linux.

Previously available only for Windows users, the Hypercosm Studio includes an object oriented modeling, animation and rendering compiler. Rich media applets in the Hypercosm format are smaller, compiled OMAR programs that run identically in Web browsers under Linux, Microsoft's Windows and Apple's MacOS.

Hypercosm 3D applets store geometric information and coded instructions that power interaction by the end user. Because Hypercosm employs a modern general purpose programming language, Hypercosm Studio users can create sophisticated animation and simulation applications.

Hypercosm CEO Abe Megahed said he thought the studio's programmable nature and its no-cost availability to graphics developers would make the deal attractive for users.

"Many of them are college students with tremendous creative talent but limited resources for purchasing software applications," Megahed said. "We hope to tap into the incredible creative energy of academic Linux users, and grow with them as they take their Hypercosm 3D skills into the workforce."

Free Linux-compatible Hypercosm Studio and Player downloads are available now.