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Chapter 11. JAVA 3D OVERVIEW > The Java 3D API

The Java 3D API

As an extension to the core Java technology, the Java 3D API is a standard suite of classes that developers can use to add 3D graphics and sound capabilities to their applets and applications. Java 3D, however, isn't the only option when it comes to extending Java's multimedia capabilities. As a member of the Java Media API family, Java 3D is the 3D component of a compressive multimedia extension system.

Java Media APIs

Although it took the software development industry by storm, the original version of Java was lackluster in terms of its multimedia capabilities. Even today the core Java libraries support only basic sound playback and relatively simplistic line and bitmap graphics, making it difficult, at best, to construct rich multimedia programs. With Java 1.1, however, Sun introduced a framework of multimedia APIs to bolster the Java core with serious multimedia capabilities.


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