Canvas3D XUL Runner App

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Create XUL Runner App for Canvas 3D JS Library

The Canvas3D extension for Firefox can render animated and interactive 3d scenes in the browser. However, it requires a deep understanding of OpenGL, which can get rather complex.

The Canvas3D library is an environment created in JavaScript. It simplifies the process of using the extension and reduces the learning curve of working with 3d objects.

Installing the Canvas3D library has been a logistical nightmare. This project aims to create a XUL Runner application packaged with the Canvas3D extension and library, which will be easy to download/run and can update itself as the project progresses.

Relevant Links:

Canvas 3D JS Library wiki

Canvas 3D JS Library site

Project Leader

Leonard Lee

Project Contributors

(Your name here. :D )

Project Details

Canvase 3D JS Libary is a js library for doing 3D in the browser. It uses the canvas 3D extension. To show off the abilities of the library we have been creating demos that people can try out from our web site. However, in order to try these demos, the user has to install the canvas 3D extension and this would not be possible if they are not using firefox 3 or if they have problems getting the extension. We would like a XUL Runner app that will create a "mini browser" with the extension packaged. The app would have a drop box that will get download any new demos that we put up on the website. The app should also include a source viewer that allows the user to see the js source for the demos along with the ability for the user to create and test their demos.

References: cathy, Andor, #c3dl on moznet (

Project News

Oct 16: Skype meeting

Oct 9: first Skype meeting, ver0.1 scope redefined

Sept 26: ver0.1 scope loosely defined

Sept 17: Wiki page created!

Work Planned

ver0.1 - Week of October 12

  • XULRunner package with a simple browser
  • Canvas3D extension and library pre-installed
  • default homepage pointed to C3DL demos

ver0.x - later releases

  • local web page with example Canvas3d objects
  • ability to download new demos from the web site