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3D interoperability is an important topic in the 3D visualization industry. Professionals use different software to create 3D models, but it is often necessary to export or import them into other software to collaborate with colleagues or partners. This is where the XGL file format comes into play.

The XGL file format and its purpose for representing 3D information for visualization

The XGL file format is designed to represent 3D information for visualization purposes. It supports all 3D information in a tessellated representation. The main initiators of the XGL format (Megabitz graphics language) are Solid Edge by Siemens and Inventor by Autodesk. The XGL format was designed to work in tandem with the OpenGL systems, which is the most commonly used rendering library for graphics applications. This means that models created using OpenGL can be exported as XGL files for use in other applications.

Compatibility with OpenGL Systems

The XGL file format uses the XML 1.0 syntax, making it easy to write and interpret. Tags can be used to reference elements in the XGL file, allowing for more compact and efficient files. In addition, referencing mechanisms make it easier to read and write XGL files.

XML Syntax and Tag Referencing

Another advantage of the XGL format is its ease of use. Tags and attributes can be easily read and written by third-party programs thanks to the XML syntax. This allows for the creation of custom visualization tools that can import and export XGL files.

Ease of Use for Third-Party Programs

Finally, the XGL file format is easy to use for 3D professionals who are not familiar with XML syntax. Third-party programs can be used to read and write XGL files, which means that 3D professionals do not need to learn a new syntax to use the XGL file format.

CAD Interop distributes several software solutions for preparing, visualizing, and converting XGL files. See below for the list of our solutions compatible with the XGL format: