RawKee (pronounced Rocky - no relation to the boxer or the squirrel) is an open source (LGPL) X3D plug-in designed for use with AutoDesk's Maya line of 3D visualization and animation software: Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited. The purpose of RawKee is to export Maya's 3D data as an X3D file with scripting as a complete X3D authoring environment through RawKee's Interaction, Character, and Animation editors.

Support for Maya Versions:

  • Maya 6.0 - 7.0 (WinXP/2000, Mac OSX, and Linux)
  • Maya 4.5 - 5.0 (WinXP/2000)

Development Coordination:
Develoment for RawKee is coordinated by the Archaeology Technologies Laboratory (ATL) of North Dakota State University (NDSU). The ATL conducts research into the use of web-based 3D graphics for use in archaeology, historical, and human heritage preservation. The ATL is currently incorporating X3D into several of its projects. These projects include: Virtual Archaeologist, Digital Archive Network for Anthropology and World Heritage (DANA-WH), and Native Dancer (ND).

AutoDesk (Alias) Research Donation Program:
The RawKee plug-in project was begun under a grant awarded to the ATL by AutoDesk through its Research Donation Program (ARDP) and would not have been possible without it. The ARDP is open to academic institutions, and it seeks to "catalyze experimentation and research in computer graphics, human computer interaction, and compelling digital visual experiences."


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