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Two months after beta release, IDELIX Software Inc. has released both Version 2.1 of the Pliable Display Technology (PDT) Software Development Kit and the PDT 3d SDK. Evaluation copies of these SDKs are available to qualified applicants through the IDELIX Partner Program.
Pliable Display Technology was developed as a solution to the problems encountered when working with high-density 2D information and 3D models within the spatial limitations of a display screen. With existing viewing tools it is difficult to understand how, when zoomed into a detailed region of interest, this information relates to the rest of the data set that would otherwise have been zoomed off the screen. PDT provides a more efficient method of working with data by enabling end users to view important detail without losing sight of the surrounding information. Case study results have shown that the integration of PDT provides a more intuitive workflow process resulting in plus 20% efficiency gains achieved by the end user.
The PDT SDK 2.1 features the core functionality of the Pliable Display Technology geometry engine for two dimensional data applications. It consists of documented libraries and an API that includes support for major platforms such as the Windows desktop family, Windows CE, and Unix variants such as Linux and IRIX. New to the PDT SDK is a completed port for Mac OS X development, backed by a Mac specific example, product demo, and development support team. By supporting Mac OS X, IDELIX is expanding its technology reach to Mac-centric graphic artists, publishers and digital imaging professionals who can experience significant productivity gains through advanced "detail-in-context" viewing and editing capabilities.
PDT 3d SDK is a new product from IDELIX that extends "detail-in-context" viewing functionality to three-dimensional models, such as mechanical drawings. The PDT 3d SDK is built on the existing API of PDT, and offers a way to see an area of interest that is "occluded" or blocked from view by the objects visible in front of it. 3D lenses essentially extend a cone or cylinder toward an object of interest within a 3D model, displacing impeding objects to the outside of the cone or cylinder. Contextual information is preserved, with minimal adjustment to the original structure. This provides users a clear line-of-sight into a model. PDT 3d provides a strong point-of-entry for IDELIX into the Defense, CAD/CAM, Electronic Gaming, and Medical Imaging markets.
The SDKs were written in ANSI C++, and are available to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) and System Integrators that are interested in integrating PDT as a solution within their leading applications. The PDT SDK supports OpenGL but also includes the PDT Image Warper for hardware-independent rendering of images. For more information on how to participate in the IDELIX Partner Program and apply for an evaluation copy of the SDKs, visit: http://www.idelix.com/partners_join.shtml?id=mr20021210.