The development of a portal using 3D effects

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Dr. Magyar Gábor Béla
Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics

With the rapid increase of processing capacity of graphic hardware more and more applications arise that aim to provide a more appealing and easier to use user interface by exploiting the possibilities of modern hardware. This direction of development can be observed in most variations of electrical devices from phones and PCs to televisions. Many of these are connectable to the Internet to display online content so the functions of these devices are starting to blur together. The Internet’s most frequently used content — web pages — can be displayed by almost all of these kinds of devices.

It is logical to ask how this content can be displayed on various devices while adequately making use of graphic processing resources. WebGL is one of the applicable technologies being able to utilize the graphic hardware’s resources and display spectacular and dynamic web content. Its main advantage is that it is open source and many leading browser developers are contributing to its advancement, therefore the programs that use it are free and fast-evolving. For the same reasons they do not require specialised development tools.

There are many ways to use 3D effects on web portals. Besides creating aesthetic looks and attention drawing advertisements their usage can lead to such functional extras that can be used on educational portals or — on a smaller scale — different captcha challenges. Although, it is advised to use them with caution so they do not draw attention away from actual functions and do not hinder but aid the use of the portals by the visually impaired.

The aim of this project was to develop a portal that employs 3D effects using available technologies and fully making use of graphic processing resources.


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