That's right, one of Google's brilliant insights was to reduce the complex search problem to a single query box. That, and eliminating most of the other page clutter, helped Google become the favorite for many Internet surfers.
It's a great strategy, and we've just seen another example of this with new 3D model search engine 3DFilter. This amazing service provides a search layer over top of several 3D model repositories, including:
- Google 3D Warehouse
- Form Fonts Exchange
- The 3D Studio
- 3D Xtras
- 3D Export
- Cadyou Textures
- The 3D Studio Textures
- Texture Spot
Results are presented in a straightforward display, showing image, creator and price (and many are "FREE"). It's not quite perfect yet, for example: a search for "Star Trek" yields 198 results, but some of the results have a questionable relationship to the search query. Sigh, that's what you get from the meta data. We're hoping 3DFilter can add a tagging layer on top to allow searchers to refine the searchability of the models.
The service is beta at this stage, since it appeared only very recently. A feedback tab permits you to send in your ideas for the service. Enjoy!