Khronos Group News Archives

Announcing Feeling Snappy - Extremely fast COLLADA translators and SDK

Are you or your users tired of waiting for COLLADA files to import or export? Have you had out-of-memory problems processing very large scenes? Feeling Snappy is the answer you’ve been waiting for. It is a radically optimized version of Feeling Software’s popular COLLADA tools relied upon by hundreds of game and film studios throughout the world.

Benefits at a glance
  * The same high-quality translators for Maya, 3ds Max and Motion Builder you’ve grown to love and rely on, now redesigned for amazing speed and improved memory usage.
  * 8 to 10 times faster: less annoying delays, more productivity
  * 5 to 10 times more memory efficient: import and export extremely complex scenes at record speed
  * Up to 50% more memory available for your application after import, achieved through reduced memory fragmentation
  * No changes to FCollada API: simply recompile and enjoy fast, memory-efficient performance through your whole pipeline.

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MakeHuman 0.91RC1 Released - now includes COLLADA export

Makehuman, the GPL innovative and professional software for the modelling of 3-Dimensional characters, has announced version 0.91 Release Candidate 1. Most notable is the ability to export in COLLADA or obj format. Export in COLLADA format allows a skeleton structure perfectly adapted to character to be obtained automatically. At the moment the vertex linking must be done by users, but for the version 0.9.2 full support for all features will be provided. Read More

Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software Ships to First Customers, exports to COLLADA

Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software provides a unified, automated, and secure enterprise-wide media communication and collaboration environment. Anyone can use to improve the quality and speed of decision making among designers, managers, suppliers and customers. Featuring an abundance of new capabilities for authoring and rendering high quality line art illustrations, including a 2D and 3D symbol library; 2D line styles in 3D viewer, 2D vector and raster illustration outputs; easy thrust line creation with animation; illustration support with thick and thin rendering, color fill and more; a 2D alpha tool for creation, removal and manipulation of alpha channels in texture maps; and added drawing tools to improve technical illustration workflows. Also, new file format support for Microsoft 3D XAML, Google SketchUp, Autodesk FiLMBOX, Collada DAE, Silo 3D and WebCGM. Read More

OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual v2.2 Book Now Available

Blue Newt Software and Skew Matrix Software are pleased to announce the publication and immediate availability of OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual v2.2. Their book documents the current release of the cross-platform OpenGL-based scene graph API. The 640-page book is available as a PDF file or softbound. Bob Kuehne (Blue Newt Software) and Paul Martz (Skew Matrix Software) co-edited the book. Read More

DMP announces three new course on OpenGL ES and OpenGL SL for the new year

DMP announced three new courses, two getting started and one advanced course. The first OpenGL ES Programming training course (getting started) will be in February, the second OpenGL ES Programming training course (advanced) will be in March, while the third GLSL Programming training course (getting started) will follow in April. For more information on these courses, please visit the Khronos Group events page. Read More

Video tutorial : content creation for Papervision3D using the XSI Mod Tool

This video tutorial will walk you thru the creation of the XSI Mod Tool animated 3D logo for Papervision3D. The tutorial covers Papervision3D installation, Flash CS3 project setup, basic modeling and texturing technique in the XSI Mod Tool and the export of Papervision3D compatible COLLADA files. Read More

Softimage|Crosswalk 2.5: Significant COLLADA improvements - Papervision3D compatibility

Softimage releases Crosswalk 2.5, which brings several new functionalities and improvements to the XSI and XSI Mod Tool COLLADA plug-in. One of those is the Papervision3D compatibility. Crosswalk is Softimage's solution to help transfer XSI content in and out of pipelines based on other applications, using various file formats including COLLADA. This standalone setup automatically detects existing installations, and installs/updates the appropriate plug-ins. It also contains the Crosswalk SDK, a file toolkit designed to facilitate the seamless integration of supported file formats into nearly any interactive media pipeline. Read More

Khronos’ Remi Arnaud will be lecturing at Lyon GDC 2007

Remi Arnaud will be lecturing at this years GDC in Lyon on how to take advantage of COLLADA in the content pipeline. This presentation is for artists and programmers that want to discover COLLADA, or want to learn more about this technology and all the possible usages. Read More

OpenSceneGraph announces new training courses in Washing ton DC

OpenSceneGraph recently announced a new training course to be held in Washington DC. This training event is co-instructed by Bob Kuehne (Blue Newt Software) and Paul Martz (Skew Matrix Software). The training will be held in the heart of Washington DC with easy train, metro, and parking, all near the location. The three days are broken into two courses: January 22-23 will teach you everything you need to know in order to move from basic OSG usage to detailed and comprehensive library features. January 24 will cover creation and rendering of large terrain/urban databases in OSG. Registration is now on and space is limited, so don't delay, sign up today. Read More

3D Model sharing site startup, supports COLLADA and more

Marsel Khadiyev has created meshplant.com, a model-sharing site for all kinds of meshes with peer-reviews and easy searches. A model on meshplant.com consists of a set of meshes and their textures. Uploading is simple- put your model file in a new folder, add any textures (currently only diffuse is supported), zip the folder, and upload. Currently models can be exchanged in either .3ds or .dae ( COLLADA ) formats. Read More

Khronos members publish new book “Mobile 3D Graphics with OpenGL ES and M3G”

The exploding popularity of mobile computing is undeniable. From cell phones to portable gaming systems, the global demand for multi-functional mobile devices is driving amazing hardware and software developments. 3D graphics are becoming an integral part of these ubiquitous devices, and as a result, Mobile 3D Graphics is arguably the most rapidly advancing area of the computer graphics discipline. If you are a graphics or game developer then you must learn to program for mobility, and this book will teach you how. You can read more about the book on the official homepage for the book, or purchase it directly from Amazon here. Read More

eRain Announces Papervision3D / COLLADA Support

Electric Rain announced in a press release that the upcoming version of Swift 3D will offer support for the Papervision3D format (read: COLLADA support). Electric Rain's decision to support the Papervision3D format was based on the recent explosion of interest in working with true 3D in Flash. Read More

Google releases the first version of its SDK for the new Android Open Handset Alliance Project

Google's Android project, developed as an Open Handset Alliance Project, released the first version of its SDK along with an introduction to the mobile device platform in video. The video shows some of the slick features available in the stock platform. As well, the platform supports some rather nice looking OpenGL ES powered 3D capabilities, including the ability to run Quake on Android devices, something that they briefly demo in the video. Watch to the end of the video and you will see that Google is giving away $10 million in prizes to the best applications built for the Android platform. That's right, being an open platform, it is up to the people to build the apps. Enjoy. More reading. Read More

Nathan Charles interviewed on OpenSL ES

Hayden Porter has done an interesting interview with Nathan Charles, lead for the Khronos Group OpenSL ES API working group and Software Architect at Creative Labs. Read the full interview here. Hayden Porter is a developer with a special interest in interactive sound for the web and mobile. Read More

ArcSoft Brings Multimedia To Nexperia Cellular System with OpenMAX IL

ARCSoft’s TotalMedia Mobile multimeda software applications have been integrated into NXP’s Nexperia ARM based cellular system solution 5210 family for 2.5G/2.75G cellular feature phones. The ArcSoft TotalMedia Mobile software applications are pre-integrated in the 5210 family. Providing an OpenMax IL interface, the ArcSoft solution includes a host of multimedia features. Read More

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