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4.7.3 Summary of modes

Java 3D includes simple support to allow you to participate in the rendering cycle for each frame. The four Canvas3D methods allow you to perform fairly basic geometry rendering and frame capture. If you choose, these simple methods allow you to dispense with the scene side of the scenegraph and manage, transform, and render the geometry within your scene directly. Before rushing to a decision to use immediate mode, however, I urge you to examine the capabilities of retained mode closely. Java 3D has a strong bias toward retained mode and you could miss out on some important optimizations and features.


Retained mode
Mixed mode