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Providing OBJ and MTL Files - taccGL Tutorial

OBJ files are usually accompanied by MTL files. While OBJ files contain the 3D model itself MTL files contains material definitions, e.g. color definitions. If a MTL file is not present or not accessible the color defined with the taccgl™ color method is used that, however, is transparent per default. So if the model does not appear at all, it is possbile that the MTL file is missing and no color is set (and so the model is transparent) or that the OBJ file is not accessible. Please check the javascript console for error messages.

Both files need to be placed somewhere on a web server. The read method takes an URL as parameter that must point to the OBJ file, e.g. read('http://www.taccgl.org/objtest/taccgldoc.obj'). The host name part can be left out, if the obj file is on the same server as the web page (as in the example above). So far this works just as in the case of image (e.g. .png/.jpg) files.

HOWEVER, care has to be taken, when testing locally without a web server! Then you need to start the browser with special options, which are described in Chrome Options for Local Use and in the download package. We recommend to use a local web server, which avoids these problems.

The name of the .MTL file is stored in the .OBJ file. The program that stores the .OBJ file usually also stores the MTL file and puts the name of the MTL file in the OBJ file. Some programs give both files the same name, others let you select the name of the MTL file (then you cannot specify an absolute path when using taccgl™). taccgl™ prepends hostname and path of the OBJ file to the MTL file name, so that it is usually ok to place OBJ and MTL file in the same directory.

It is advisable to compress OBJ and MTL files. If you want to use OBJ and MTL files cross domain, special options are needed.

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