Open Inventor is a collection of software developed by Silicon Graphics to support easier use of the high-quality, high-performance 3D graphics (OpenGL) on their workstations that otherwise would require substantial programming experience. The Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML) was mostly derived from Open Inventor; VRML 1.0 was a small Open Inventor subset created for WWW viewing of 3D scenes from an arbitrary user perspective; VRML 2.0 adds many of the missing animation and manipulation features that VRML 1.0 didn't include. For the present this collection of web pages focuses on Open Inventor without introducing VRML-specific differences. See also SGI's Inventor page.
There are (at least) three ways to make use of Open Inventor:
manpages and in the introductory book Inventor Mentor, which is sold by Addison-Wesley.
ivliblocker contains materials to support educational use of Open Inventor within MIT's Athena Computing Environment. In particular, there is a collection of files discussing the Open Inventor file format. This material is dated and has not been updated for a long time, but may still be relevant in many if not all respects.
Help with Open Inventor
If you are affiliated with MIT, contact Athena Consulting (on Athena, type "olc"). Otherwise, see the other resources above or contact SGI for help. A Google search on appropriate key words is likely to turn up a lot of useful information.
Sending bug reports
Athena users should report problems via the "sendbug" command.
Software at MIT
Questions or suggestions about availability of software on Athena should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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