With a major overhaul of how the future of OpenGL is shaped and Khronos Group taking over the development of the API, development of SPECviewperf was switched from being developed inside the SPEC OpenGL Performance Characterization group to the SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Project Group. The future of this benchmark is going multi-platform, since the development group is pushing to release binaries for Linux and Mac OS X. If the people manage to pull this one off, there is no reason why SPECviewperf will not continue to dominate the professional graphics benchmark space for many years to come.
AMD has released new OpenGL ES 2.0 developer tools. The AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 Emulator is a PC-based implementation of OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing you to develop OpenGL ES 2.0 applications in advance of hardware availability. RenderMonkey v1.71 is a shader integrated development environment that now supports creating OpenGL ES 2.0 shaders and effects.
Imagination Technologies are celebrating their PowerVR Insider program at SIGGRAPH this year, with its success since its launch last year a high point for the Kings Langley-based company. PowerVR insider is ImgTec's resource for programmers, engineers and anyone else involved in the world of mobile and embedded 3D graphics. There's a big focus on the open technologies that ImgTec implements in its silicon designs licensed to customers, including OpenGL ES and OpenVG.
Futuremark Announces 3D Content Creation Tool Chain for OpenGL ES 2.0 today at Siggraph 2007. Futuremark's new toolset provides hardware developers and the mobile gaming community with a solution for creating, developing, and running OpenGL ES 2.0 3D games and applications content in real-time from popular 3D graphics applications including SOFTIMAGE|XSI®. The Futuremark Content Creation Tool Chain supports all important OpenGL ES 2.0 features from common effect frameworks including effects, render passes, render to texture, post processing and shadow maps. The toolset consists of three major components: Futuremark BFP™ (Big Fat Pipeline), Futuremark RSCGE™ (Radical Shader Crunching Game Engine), and Futuremark FMS™, a COLLADA™ compliant content data file.
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.
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.
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.
A new version of the open source graphics engine Horde3D is available for download. Horde3D is designed to offer next-generation visuals while at the same time being lightweight. Horde3D is exclusively based on OpenGL 2.0 for rendering and COLLADA for importing geometry data. The new release adds particle systems and better integration for physics middleware.
Futuremark Corporation, the world's leading provider of handheld and mobile performance analysis software and services, including OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.0 and Java M3G tools, announced that the Korean government-funded Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has enrolled in Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP) and has formally licensed 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0. This move will provide the Korean telecommunications equipment research group with tools that will be used to establish OpenGL ES 2.0 3D performance standards for the Korean mobile gaming industry and all future handheld products to be sold in the Korean marketplace.
Big Nerd Ranch Europe announced today the first offering of Rocco Bowling's five-day OpenGL Bootcamp at the old monastery Kloster Eberbach near Frankfurt, Germany, for September 10-14, 2007. In modern application development OpenGL has become the standard-bearer in the visualization of 2D and 3D images in a wide spectrum of fields, from visually enhanced user experiences in general, to medical research and pharmaceuticals, rich data visualization, in addition to video gaming. Today, everyone doing any work concerning graphics must know OpenGL. Through the vision and dedication of the OpenGL community and the OpenGL ARB, OpenGL excels in cross-platform portability and scalability, adaptable to a variety of hardware environments from individual workstations to supercomputers.