ANNOUNCEMENT: Java 3D plans
We would like to share with you our plans for Java 3D.
As many of you are aware, Sun's emphasis on client technologies has led to the creation of JavaFX -- a platform for creating rich content applications for mobile, set-top, and desktop devices. The majority of our current effort is focused on building out the 3D support for JavaFX.
As a result, our plans for improvements to the Java 3D API are on hold at this time. We will continue to provide bug-fix releases as needed, with many of the fixes coming from the community. The plan to deliver the upcoming 1.5.2 release, sometime within the next couple of months, remains unchanged.
Specifically, we are working on a new 3D scene graph, as part of the JavaFX player, that will complement the 2D Scenario scene graph. Its initial focus will be 3D effects, casual games, and simple 3D viewing applications. We anticipate that future versions will include additional features that may meet the needs of many existing Java 3D applications. As our plans about Java 3D change, we will update you with more information.
-- The Java 3D Team