First-Of-Its-Kind Cross-Platform Software Allows Web Publishers To Create Drag-and-Drop 3-D Virtual Worlds

CARY, N.C., March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtus Corporation, the developer of the bestselling desktop 3-D virtual reality tools for the Internet, today announced the release of Virtus 3-D Website Builder(TM), the first cross-platform product for creating drag-and-drop 3-D VRML (virtual reality modeling language) worlds on the Internet. 3-D Website Builder has an expected street price of $99.

According to Virtus, 3-D Website Builder is the easiest way to create virtual worlds on the Web without programming. Designed for the legions of Web publishers, from the novice to the professional, 3-D Website Builder helps overcome the limitations of 2-D, text-based Web publishing. By building 3-D environments for the Web that can be navigated in real time, Web publishers can create a graphically-rich approach to organizing HTML documents, making it easy and inviting for visitors to navigate the information.

"In addition to simply creating more visually-appealing, interesting Web pages, 3-D worlds are becoming more and more of a necessity as a means of managing the burgeoning content on the Net," said David Smith, Virtus president. "Sorting through the content is, next to bandwidth, the largest obstacle to seeing the Internet become more than just a morass of information and ideas accessible on a hit-or-miss basis. 3-D Website Builder makes creating 3-D worlds, and managing the content, on the Net a simple point-and-click away."

Virtus 3-D Website Builder features:

-- Intuitive drag-and-drop graphical user interface -- makes

creating and editing 3-D Web sites fast, easy and fun;

-- Support for VRML standard -- including shading, in-line objects,

textures, levels of detail and WWW anchor;

-- Multi-platform CD -- a single CD contains separate optimized

versions for Windows '95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh, and Power

Macintosh. The program file formats are also compatible across

Mac and PC platforms;

-- Free Virtus Voyager(TM), VRML browser -- the world's first cross-

platform VRML browser;

-- Free Virtus Galleries -- includes six professional 3-D clipart

galleries (a $240 value) with over 500 pre-built objects. Also

includes 3-D Web templates with HTML links, images and more;

-- The Oracle PowerBrowser(TM) -- one of the world's most powerful

HTML browers;

-- Graphic converter -- graphics program to convert BMP and PICT to


Virtus Corporation is the leading developer of desktop three- dimensional authoring tools for the Internet. Virtus, founded in 1990 and based in Cary, NC, has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including two MacUser's Editors' Choice Awards and their flagship product, Virtus WalkThrough Pro, recently garnered recognition from Windows Magazine as one of the Top 100 software products of 1995. The company is privately held and has formed strategic alliances with Motorola, Inc. and Simon & Schuster Interactive. Its board of directors includes noted author, Tom Clancy, and Dr. Frederick Brooks, founder of the Virtual Reality Lab at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Ordering information: 3-D Website Builder is available nationwide at major computer and software stores. For resellers, it's available from Ingram Micro, Micro Central and Douglas Stewart. 3-D Website Builder may also be purchased from Virtus by contacting 1-800-847-8871, ext. 21.

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/CONTACT: Ashley Sharp, Virtus Corporation, 919-467-9700, ext. 35, fax, 919-460-4530, or e-mail: [email protected], or Katy Dunn, Katy Dunn Communications, 919-832-4001, or fax, 919-829-1779/

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