3B is a web browser which puts websites in a 3D environment. The browser uses virtual streets which have websites to the left and right; this attempts to recreate a window shopping experience. The browser contains stores, as well as several topic focused cities which feature both commercial and non-commercial websites. Each city contains about 800 websites on subjects such as photography, comics and fashion.
Users can enrich their 3B experience by visiting different 3B cities and stores – just as in the real world the cosmopolitan traveller can enjoy the rich diversity of visiting foreign capitals. 3B brings the mall experience on-line. You can go window shopping through your favorite stores, whether you’re looking for shoes, clothing, beauty or gifts. In fact 3B really helps to stimulate ideas when you’re struggling to think of that ideal present.
But 3B isn’t just about shopping. You’ll find many 3B cities that cover your favorite interests, from photography and comics, through to animals and a fun zone for kids. Each city brings together several hundred web sites. What’s more, you can create your own 3B environment – called a village, where you can add your own photos or favorite web sites.
3B also has a ‘village’ feature, where users can place photos or web pages in their own 3D world.
3B contains three different views. The 3B view shows the web in 3D, the map view shows the layout of a city or store. From this point, you can choose a particular web site and ‘take a taxi’ to it. When you click on a web site within the 3B view, you are switched to Web view in a conventional web browser – are badged version of Firefox.
It is not a true web browser, as the program requires online registration with an email address – as such it is more of an online service with a dedicated client. In contrast, most web browsers are standalone programs not requiring an internet connection to use, or registration with any online body.
It is not worthwhile downloading 3B unless your Internet connection, computer and operating system meet the minimum system requirements. You need to check that your system has the following:
- 3B is for broadband users only.
- PC-only (Mac and Unix coming soon)
- Pentium III or higher-specification processor
- Direct X 8.1 or greater
- Main memory: 256 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
- Video card memory: 32 MB minimum
- Available hard disk space: minimum 1 GB, recommend 3 GB or more.
- Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
(not Windows 98, sorry)