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.IV File Extension

File TypeOpen Inventor Scene Graph File

DeveloperVisualization Sciences Group
4.3 (20 Votes)
Category3D Image Files
FormatText and Binary

Text and Binary

This file is saved in a plain text format or a binary format. If in a plain text format, it can be viewed with a text editor.

What is an IV file?

Scene graph file created by Open Inventor, an object-oriented toolkit used for developing 3D scenes and animations; saved in a text format and contains "nodes," "fields," and their connections and properties; used to describe 3D objects and to compile them together into a scene.

More Information

IV files can be used to customize various 3D elements, such as geometry, lighting, cameras, textures, sequencing, and color. There are several prefabricated shapes that can be customized in IV files, including cones, cubes, cylinders, spheres, 2D text, and 3D text.

Open Inventor was originally developed by Silicon Graphics International (SGI), who released an open source version. SGI opened it for third party licensing, and now it is maintained commercially by the Visualization Sciences Group (VSG).

Open Inventor is built on top of OpenGL and is intended to provide a higher layer of abstraction for 3D programming.

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Programs that open IV files
VSG Open Inventor
SGI Open Inventor
Golden Software Voxler
VSG Open Inventor
SGI Open Inventor
Updated 1/17/2012

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