Sandy 3.0 was released today. To go along with that a RedSandy (Red5 and sandy demo) has also been released. Sandy is the original 3d flash engine that was around before Papervision3D and Away3D and all the others. Sandy3d is an excellent library and it has many features that others do not have well particularly in the easier control of objects and importing all types of files such as ASE, WRL and 3ds in addition to COLLADA which other 3d engines like PV3d and Away3d support although it has been slower in the past 3.0 may change that.
Sandy 3D engine main features are :
Flash player 7 to 9 compatibility.
Both MTASC and Macromedia compilers compliant for AS2 and Flash CS3 and FlexBuilder for AS3 versions.
Several 3D primitives, allowing fast and parameterized object creation without any 3D modelisation knowledge.
Advanced and easy object management allowing some fantastic possibilities during your creations (scaling, rotation, translation, tween, etc.)
Advanced camera management ( rotation, motion on linear or bezier-curve path, movements, etc.)
Complex object loading thanks to the .ASE and .WRL files parser , but also Collada and 3DS files for AS3, (files generated by several 3D object modeling packages such as 3D Studio Max or Blender)
Material system to easily change your objects appearance. Several material are available allowing to create transparent faces, bitmap texture and video texture as webcam video stream.
Managment of Flash filters bringing some very nice visual effects
Red5 is the best multi-user media server out there right now and it is built with Java.
The cool and probably most interesting part is Sandy combined with Red5 to create multi-user environments in 3d for flash. There have been experiments with this and many attempts at this and is being done but an open source kit that does this is very helpful and these are two great flash toolkits in Sandy and Red5.
- Download Sandy
- Sandy 3.0 announcement post
- Introduction to the RedSandy project and SVN
- Installing the Red5 ‘Engine’ application
- Security Considerations
- Sandy 3.0 Technotes
Get your game on!
Getting started video with Sandy 3.0 with a wise robot