Download GeoVRML 1.1 Run-Time
In order to view 3-D scenes that use the GeoVRML nodes, you will need
to install the GeoVRML 1.1 run-time environment. (This also includes
the GeoVRML 1.0 run-time environment, so older content will work fine
too.) If you are using a
Windows machine then this is extremely easy to do. If you are on
another platform (Mac/Unix) then you will have a little bit more to do.
An InstallShield program is available for Windows users in order to
perform all of the GeoVRML 1.1 install. This includes installing the
Java classes, setting your CLASSPATH environment variable
appropriately, installing local copies of the GeoVRML PROTOS, and a
local copy of the GeoVRML specification. Download and run the
Click to install GeoVRML for Windows
Once installed, you will find a "GeoVRML 1.1" folder in your "Start
Menu/Programs" menu bar. This will give you access to the GeoVRML
spec, examples, web page, and also let you uninstall the GeoVRML 1.1
A link to the geovrml.jar file is provided below. Download this file
to your local system. N.B. in case your web browser does not download
the file by default when you click over it, you should press the
SHIFT button (or OPTION button if you're using a Mac) when you click
the left mouse button or click the right mouse button and use the Save As option.
SHIFT+Click (OPTION+Click for Mac) to download geovrml.jar file
Once you have downloaded the geovrml.jar file, you need to tell your
system about it, i.e. you have to update your CLASSPATH environment
variable to include the full path to the archive. For example, under
csh on unix, edit your ~/.cshrc file to include the following line. In
this example, we assume that you saved the GeoVRML run-time to the
file /homedir/foo/geovrml.jar. Syntax for other Unix shells may
differ. You should do a "source ~/.cshrc" and restart netscape.
setenv CLASSPATH $CLASSPATH":/homedir/foo/geovrml.jar"
Using a VRML Browser
GeoVRML is simply a set of new nodes for VRML97. As such, you will
require a VRML97 browser in order to view scenes that use GeoVRML
nodes. These are normally supplied as plug-ins for Internet browsers.
GeoVRML requires a VRML97 browser with support for Java in the
We recommend the use of the Cosmo Player 2.x VRML97 browser along
with the Netscape Communicator 4.x Internet browser or the
Cortona browser with Internet Explorer.
: Download Netscape Communicator
: Download Cortona (ParallelGraphics site)
: Download Cosmo Player 2.1.1 (Official site)
: Download Cosmo Player 2.1.1 (Karmanaut mirror site)
Example GeoVRML Worlds
Now that you have installed the GeoVRML 1.1 run-time, you can take a
look at a number of example worlds that use the GeoVRML nodes. The
following link provides various example worlds for you to try out: