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Come Together, Right Now: Siggraph 2007

Your friends might be digging out their swimmies and cleaning up the barbecue but if you’re reading this, summer means something else entirely to you. It means Siggraph and a wonderful week in sunny San Diego spent in dark rooms laughing at teapot jokes.

Siggraph, the world’s largest support group for graphics lovers kicked off August 5 and runs through August 9 at the San Diego Convention center. There are several very important themes this year for the Khronos Group as it enables multimedia development on every computer platform from handhelds to super computers.

  • OpenGL The OpenGL ARB Unveils Details of Upcoming OpenGL 3
  • COLLADA will have another great BOF this year, with demonstrations of FX Composer 2.0, C4 Engine, 3DS Max, Maya, AgentFX, Verse, Poser, XSI, Anark Studio, COLLADA RT and Photoshop CS3.
  • OpenKODE is gaining traction as handheld developers look for ways to port their applications across the wide variety of handheld platforms out there.
  • OpenMAX APIs are being further developed to address the multiple requirements of multimedia on multiple platforms.

In fact, almost every working group within Khronos has news.

We hope to see you this week. Be sure to bookmark this webpage as we will be bringing you all the latest breaking news!

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In-Depth all day course for intermediates on Mobile 3D Ecosystem

Expert Members Kari Pulli, Jani Vaarala, Ville Miettinen, Robert J. Simpson, Tomi Aarnio and Mark Callow have organized an in-depth all day course for intermediates on Mobile 3D Ecosystem at Siggraph on Tuesday August 7th. Attendees will learn how to develop 3D applications for mobile devices, how they function, and where they are heading. The course focuses on OpenGL ES and M3G, and how to use these technologies to create efficient applications and deploy them in the mobile world. Prerequisites include a basic knowledge of 3D computer graphics, a working knowledge of a modern graphics API like OpenGL, D3D, X3D, or Java3D and an ability to read simple computer programs written in C and Java. Read More

Bitmanagement to showcase support of COLLADA in BS Contact

Bitmanagement - a Siggraph exhibitor at Web3D both #029 - will showcase at this years computer graphics premiere event the newly developed support of the popular COLLADA 3D exchange format in their web based 3D rendering engine BS Contact. With this strategic move Bitmanagement follows their roadmap to extend their leadership in real-time rendering engines for open standards in Web3D and Khronos consortia. Read More

NVIDIA(R) FX Composer to help developers create games in less time

NVIDIA today announced the release of FX Composer 2.0. FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for DirectX and OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae formats, FX Composer provides true API cross-platform functionality. The widely used FX Composer tools permit rapid, low-cost development of visual effects. Read More

Acrodea and Bandai Networks release Game SDK X-Forge 2007 for handheld devices

Acrodea and Bandai Networks have announced the release of X-Forge 2007, a game development environment for handheld devices. Leading the mobile games market, the newly released X-Forge 2007 SDK (software development kit) offers the first compatibility for Open GL®ES 2.0, and supports programmable shaders and scene graphs. X-Forge 2007 delivers compatibility with OpenKODE as set forth by the Khronos Group, and supports the de facto standard 3D graphics API sets OpenGL ES 1.0/1.1/2.0. Read More

Embedded Systems 3D Game SDK Version 0.4.1 released

The Embedded Systems 3D Game Software Development Kit, short ES 3D Game SDK, is an Open Source 3D Game Engine / SDK for embedded devices / mobile phones. The new v0.4.1 includes hardware and simulated lighting for the terrain renderer. Also, several improvements and bug fixes are included in this release. The SDK is tested against the OpenGL ES library from Hybrid Graphics (Rasteroid 3.1), Imagination Technologies (PowerVR) and Nokia (OpenGL ES 1.1 Plugin). For OpenKODE, the Acrodea SDK is used and tested. Read More

Eyeon debuts Fusion 5.2 VFX software

eyeon Software Inc has announced an update to its compositing application, Fusion. Support for the OFX plug-in format was announced at NAB in April and, now with Fusion 5.2’s plug-in capabilities that support the native Fusion API, the After Effects API and the OFX API, Fusion hosts the broadest selection of third party plug-in functionality, according to Eyeon. The release of Fusion 5.2 includes over one hundred updates and modifications. 3D scene importing allows artists to import more 3D data and animation in FBX, 3DS, OBJ and COLLADA.dae formats. 3D LUTs are now supported in real time, accelerated via GPUs. Read More

Papervision3D 1.5 (AS3) Official Release - CS3 Component updated to v1.5

Papervision3D is an open source 3D engine for the Flash platform that utilizes COLLADA. The creators of Papervision3D have finally been able to sit down and merge a lot of code and clean up some major work under the hood with Papervision3D! This version of the engine has seen a 40% plus increase in speed! The API didn’t change a bit, and we added some new features like culling and InteractiveScene3D with Interactive materials. The CS3 Papervision3D component was also updated today. Read More

3D graphics hardware IP uses OCP bus interface

Providing scalable high performance low power 3D graphics cores to the embedded space for handheld devices, mobile phones, vehicle navigation systems, amusement game consoles and other embedded graphics applications, DMP has adopted the Open Core Protocol as the standard bus interface for their components. Read More

Papervision3D planets

A simple tutorial to show how powerful Papervision3D is for designers and programmers alike. Papervision3D uses the COLLADA API. Read More

FX Composer 2 RC1 Released

FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for OpenGL and DirectX, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, HLSL, as well as .obj, .3ds, .dae, .fbx, and .x formats, FX Composer provides true cross-platform API functionality. This release candidate of FX Composer 2 includes various bug fixes and minor improvements, including better support for older Shader Model 2-class GPUs. Read More

New features added to the MADLIX on-line 3D gallery

MADLIX lets users insert 3D-content in web pages, blogs, Google pages, community presentations and more. MADLIX uses OpenGL and runs with all Java enabled webrowser. The updated MADLIX site features a new and improved 3D viewer with model preview, faster loading and Facebook integration. In Facebook users can share models using the MADLIX 3D-wall. The content pipeline has been updated with an on-line publisher available for all Java enabled platforms supporting the COLLADA 1.4.1 specification. Read More

Papervision3D in 5 minutes

Peter Elst has a quick little tutorial showing how simple it is to get a COLLADA model up and running in a Flash file using Papervision3D and John Grdn's new PV3D components. Read More

OpenSceneGraph Training at Terrain Summit 07

A 2-day intermediate OpenSceneGraph developer training session will be held September 26-27 in Huntsville, Alabama, in conjunction with the Terrain Summit 07 conference. OpenSceneGraph is an OpenGL-based cross platform open source scene graph API. Course instructors are Bob Kuehne (co-author, OpenGL Programming on Mac OS X) and Paul Martz (author, OpenGL Distilled). Visit the URL for online course registration. Read More

FX Composer 2 Beta 4

NVIDIA announced their latest beta of FX Composer 2. This release includes several improvements: better support for foreign languages, Vista x64 fixes, and bug fixes. Make sure to check out our new FX Composer 2 overview slide deck. FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for DirectX and OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae formats, FX Composer provides true cross-platform functionality. Read More

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