by: Julia May
Papervision3D (PV3D) is a popular open source 3D engine for Flash. It enables to create advanced three-dimensional objects displayed real time right in the web browser. With Papervision3D designers bring an impressive visual experience and user interaction to the web visitors. Interactive environment captivates and gives an opportunity to enjoy navigation and content exploring process. PV3D provides great solutions for product showcasing websites, advertising campaigns and portfolio designs.
Below you can find a collection of impressive Papervision3D websites and tutorials that hopefully will inspire you and give you an idea about how this technique can be used in your projects. It is important to remember that being based on Flash, Papervision3D often has similar issues in usability and is not recommended to be used in developing websites where simplicity and accessibility are essential.
Creative Papervision3D Websites
A stylish and unobtrusive portfolio design featured with a nifty Papervision3D image gallery which can be displayed in a few ways.
This website reminds of a little fairy-tale world floating in shining light space. Navigation is quite easy and enjoyable.
Hook’s portfolio is a picture of a truly creative and beautiful design. Everything here is about brilliant individuality and attention to details.
It’s a great example of clean and neat Papervision3D interface.
This digital styled website performs awesome transitions, typography visualization and sound effects.
Zara Media Design Group
Nice and minimalist PV3D-powered website. Open a three-dimensional book to meet Zara Media Design Group.
Portfolio of Oval Design Studio provides an amazing interaction experience. Website represents the whole universe you can explore on a controllable spacecraft.
Florian Bernard’s portfolio is done in a sleek cyber-punk style and offers a wonderful 3D performance. The thumbnail displaying mechanism implies the 360-degree rotation and can be transformed in several ways.
Nice and amusing website with a good use of space and easy navigation. You can find the information about Spanish web agency Dasai exploring a small green planet of the same name.
Portfolio of Baltimore-based advertising and public relations company TBC features original and usable content presentation. All the information can be browsed without leaving the home page.
Chic website. Both in style and technical execution.
Barcinski&Jeanjean studio offers so much interaction in their portfolio. Website has a special option – wear 3D-glasses and enjoy all the fascination of three-dimensional environment. You can also play ping-pong while the site is loading. Excellent work!
Totally original website with a top-class PV3D realization and innovative navigation. It keeps up with usability as well – turn off 3D mode for quicker access to content.
Elegant minimalist design and handy navigation structure provide a remarkable visual experience. It proves that usable Flash websites do exist.
Advertising & Social Campaigns
Air Jordan 2009
Clean and fresh design of this site is not less inspiring than personal stories of famous sportsmen collected in a 3D video gallery.
Coors Light Project Cold
3D beer can model creates a cool tactile effect. Cans seem to be good containers not only for beer but for content as well.
This promo website of the French bank Societe Generale shows how PV3D may come in handy to create social, communication-oriented mediums.
Panasonic: Everything matters
The statement “Everything matters” reflects the design guideline of this website ideally. Flash version of the site provides a creative and dynamic product presentation with cool transition effects and colorful animations. HTML version is also available for viewing.
Pepsi Music Challenge
Fantastic Papervision3D website. Pepsi Music Challenge project delivers an exciting interaction experience by allowing visitors to play a funny music related game. GuitarHero fans will love it!
The Baileys Lounge
Another creative idea realized by means of Papervision3D – dive into the Baileys Lounge while turning over the pages of virtual folding book.
The Economist: Thinking Space
The main purpose of The Economist’s research project “Thinking Space” is to learn where people get their ideas and inspiration. You can submit your own thinking space and get a section in the massive 3D construction on the main page.
It is a nice and clean website providing interesting visual effects and interaction. A good idea for an online hotel tour.
The Cigarette Is Dead
Now comes a dark-styled website using PV3D for displaying timeline. The overall horror-movie style can probably leave a bad aftertaste, it is a powerful solution for anti-smoking campaign though.
The Wrong Door
Official website of BBC comedy sketch show is a successful mix of beautiful graphics, funny animations (sometimes containing adult and toilet humor) and lively 3D surroundings.
Burst of colors, psychedelic balloons and original navigation form a quite imaginative website.
FOXTEL: I’m Unique
IamuniQue project lets you build an interactive 3D portrait of yourself and share it with other users. New fun for social networking enthusiasts.
Watchmen Motion Comic
Wonderful presentation of Watchmen Motion Comic features superb interactivity, great dynamics and transparent navigation.
Another example of fabulous PV3D effects and unique creativity in product presentation.
“Doing things differently leads to something exceptional”. The following website contains exceptional videos and beautiful minimalist 3D gallery.
Concave Scream: Soundtrack For A Book
Dancing particles and dreamy music will take you far away from your desktop. It is probably the most unusual website from our collection.
The home page of Papervision3D official site is nothing but a three-dimensional underwater world visualization. The work shines for itself.
Website of Papervision3D founder Carlos Ulloa is done in minimalist style. Controllable 3D car model and good use of thumbnail lighting give it a subtle flavor.
This is a new home of carlosulloa.com. It features PV3D engine powerful capabilities enabling to play around with 3-dimensional text.
Papervision3D Flash Gallery
Three-dimensional image gallery is a good way to enrich your website with interactivity and visual attractiveness. This is a very detailed and informative tutorial on how to create a Papervision3D Flash gallery.
Introduction to Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is an ActionScript library used in combination with Papervision3D. With Lee Brimelow’s video tutorial you will learn the basics of how to get stated with this new trendy effect.
Papervision3D For Beginners
This is a collection of video tutorials covering some basics of Papervision3D. A good introductory set for beginner users.
Papervision3D Collada Basics
This video guide describes how to create and import 3D textured models for use in PV3D.
Build A Wiimote Controlled Lightsaber Using WiiFlash and Papervision3D
Learn how to use a Wiimote within Flash and how to blend it with Papervision3D to get an interactive lightsaber.
Interactive 3D Cube
Another great tutorial from Lee Brimelow shows you how to use Papervision3D 2.0 to create an interactive cube navigator.
Geocoding in Papervision3D with Yahoo Maps
This article shows how to use PV3D and Yahoo mapping API to display any location you enter on a 3D globe of the world. You can also watch a video presentation of the PV3D Geocoding application