Khronos Group News Archives

Strata 3D CX 5.5 released with COLLADA import export

Strata 3D CX has added lots of power and is even more userfriendly. New features include: COLLADA import and export, functionality of the Design 3D[in] plug-in, 3D Texture Maker and Exporter, dynamically linked PSD texture maps, render to Photoshop layers and more. Read More

OpenGL 3.0 a solid first step to streamlining

The register has a good followup to the 'firestorm' centered around the recent release of OpenGL 3.0. In an interview with Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group which heads up OpenGL, shows great promise within a short time period. Trevett personally hopes OpenGL 3.1 can be delivered in six months' time, as opposed to the two years it took to craft 3.0. In OpenGL 3.0 we have introduced a deprecation mechanism for the first time in OpenGL's 16-year history. The deprecation mechanism will let OpenGL planners flag up features that'll be removed from the next version of the 2D and 3D graphics rendering and visualization spec. Read More

The Khronos Group announced today it has released the OpenGL 3.0 specification

The Khronos™ Group announced today it has released the OpenGL® 3.0 specification with strong industry support to bring significant new functionality to the open, cross-platform standard for 3D graphics acceleration. OpenGL 3.0 includes GLSL™ 1.30, a new version of the OpenGL shading language, and provides comprehensive access to the functionality of the latest generations of programmable graphics hardware. The OpenGL working group has also defined a set of OpenGL 3.0 extensions that expose potential new functionality for the next version of OpenGL that is targeted for release in less than 12 months, and a set of extensions for OpenGL 2.1 to enable much of the new OpenGL functionality on older hardware. Additionally, OpenGL 3.0 introduces an evolutionary model to assist in streamlining the specification and to enable rapid development of the standard to address diverse markets. Finally, the OpenGL working group has announced that it is working closely with the emerging OpenCL standard to create a revolutionary pairing of compute and graphics programming capabilities. The new OpenGL 3.0 specifications are freely available at www.khronos.org/opengl. Read More

Digia joins the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member

Digia joins the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member to support the evolution of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of UI graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, such as mobile phones. Khronos is an open, member-funded consortium committed to developing royalty-free standards for mobile and embedded markets. Khronos has extensive membership from all aspects of the mobile industry including carriers, handset OEMs, middleware vendors, games developers and semiconductor providers. Read More

Vivaty Studio launched today uses COLLADA

Today sees the launch of Vivaty Create and Vivaty Studio, previously known as Flux Studio. With Vivaty Studio, users can create content for Scenes, as well as any 3D model, but also optimises what content they make in other programs; using other professional tools. Studio uses COLLADA [an open XML format] so it can interact with 3D Studio Max, Maya, Blender and Photoshop CS3. Read More

Web3D’s CAD Working Group and Khronos’ COLLADA Working Group are working together

Web3D's CAD Working Group and Khronos' COLLADA Working Group are working together to guarantee that the X3D and COLLADA standards are complementary. Since there is synergy between XML-based COLLADA and X3D, the alignment of the groups will ensure that real-time X3D applications can easily leverage the many authoring tools that support COLLADA pipelines from both DCC and CAD tools. The combination of X3D and Collada will provide interoperable, openly accessible and reusable 3D models and CAD-based applications throughout a product lifecycle. Read More

Khronos™ Group announces release of the new COLLADA™ 1.5.0 specification

The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that it has released the new COLLADA™ 1.5.0 specification, which includes significant new functionality to further broaden the applicability of this leading standard for 3D digital asset exchange. COLLADA expands into new markets and widens adoption among leading content-creation software packages; Support for COLLADA 1.4 continues in parallel with COLLADA 1.5 development. Full details are available through the online press release here. Read More

NVIDIA Shader Debugger released

NVIDIA is proud to announce the release of the Shader Debugger, a full-featured pixel shader debugger for OpenGL that allows shaders to be debugged just like CPU code. The Shader Debugger offers: Cross-Language, Cross-API Support o Microsoft DirectX 9 & 10 (HLSL) / OpenGL (CgFX & COLLADA FX Cg); Debugger Run Control / Single Step, Run to Cursor, Run to Bookmark; Variable Inspection / View Globals, Parameters, and Local Variables / Technique, Pass, and Function selection / Watch Expressions; Visual Debugging / Value Visualization (Map variables to colors) / Conditional Pixel Kill. You can find out more about the Shader Debugger at www.shaderdebugger.com. Read More

FX Composer 2.5 Released

FX Composer 2.5, the latest version of NVIDIA's powerful shader development environment, has been released. FX Composer supports OpenGL, Collada FX, and CgFX, DirectX, and HLSL, as well as the .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae file formats for importing geometry. Version 2.5 adds: DirectX 10 support, including geometry shaders and stream out; Particle Systems; Visual Styles; Major User Interface Improvements; Remote Control over TCP/IP; Support for the NVIDIA Shader Debugger and New Sample Projects. You can download the tool for free at www.fxcomposer.com. Read More

Khronos Group posts schedule for Beyond Programmable Shading at Siggraph 2008

Khronos Group has posted the schedules for Beyond Programmable Shading:Fundamentals and In Actions on their Siggraph page. Read More

Vivante Brings GPU IP Solutions to MIPS(R) Alliance Program

Vivante Corporation, the embedded GPU technology leader, announced today that it has joined the MIPS® Alliance Program to bring its programmable graphics IP cores to designers using cores from MIPS Technologies. Vivante’s 2D/3D GC series GPU IP product line supports OpenGL® ES 2.0, OpenGL® ES 1.1 and OpenVG® application programming interfaces. Read More

Imagination sets another first with OpenGL ES 2.0

Imagination Technologies, the leader in mobile and embedded graphics technologies, reports that the first branded consumer electronics products utilising its advanced and market-leading shader-based graphics core, POWERVR SGX, are now shipping. POWERVR SGX, Imagination’s OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG compliant graphics acceleration technology, is already on sale in devices from Aigo, Kohjinsha, Sharp and others.The first mobile phone handsets with POWERVR SGX will start shipping in Q4/2008 in Japan. Read More

Getting Started guide for COLLADA

There is a new basic summary of resources and steps for getting started using COLLADA as a digital content creator or as a software developers. The guide shows you the steps to take if you want to use COLLADA to import/export data from tools or if you want to implement COLLADA in your application. Read More

Metismo adds 3D to Bedrock

Metismo has confirmed the availability of 3D support within its Bedrock platform in partnership with Imagination Technologies. Bedrock can now enable a J2ME game utilising the JSR239 OpenGL ES API to be developed. Bedrock’s Cross Compiler can then be used to translate the J2ME to native C++ and OpenGL ES on a range of handsets including Brew, Apple iPhone, Antix Game Player, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Read More

Vivante’s OpenGL® ES 2.0 Conformance Submission First to Support Depth Texture Extension

Vivante Corporation announced that is the first OpenGL® ES 2.0 3D graphics technology provider to submit conformance results that include the Depth Texture extension (OES_depth_texture). Vivante has submitted conformance results based on the GC600 2D/3D GPU IP core for the OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance test, for review. The Depth Texture extension to the OpenGL ES 2.0 application programming interface (API) enables dynamic shadow rendering. Dynamic shadows give applications like 3D Graphical User Interfaces real life animation qualities. Read More

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