Recent research shows that WebGL is now supported on more devices than Flash. It’s the bigger platform. In fact, WebGL powered HTML5 is now the largest platform on the planet for interactive browser graphics. Now that WebGL is available on IE and Safari as well, we should see WebGL become even bigger. Long live WebGL!
Along with a plethora of updates from Apple, WebGL is now present by default on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The folks over at Ludei have run a couple of tests: "We have downloaded and installed iOS 8 beta on an iPad2 and thanks to the CocoonJS Launcher App, that offers access to both the System WebView and to Canvas+, we have been able to confirm that WebGL support is for both mobile Safari and the webview."
Vanda Engine 1.3 source code is now available on SourceForge and on Github. Vanda Engine 1.3 is based on the COLLADA RT project (using COLLADA DOM) and can import COLLADA 1.4 format. There are many bug fixes and several new features have been added to allow import of most of the features of COLLADA 1.4 including animation clips, multiple UV sets and loading cameras. OpenGL 3.0 is being used to render the scenes.
The London UK WebGL Meetup is pleased to have Davide Della Casa, Guy John from LiveCodeLab. They will give a brief presentation/performance at the start of the workshop. Davide and Guy will do a 15 minutes audio-visual performance, followed by a technical review of the main solutions adopted around WebGL and Three.js.
Blend4Web is a new WebGL framework for authoring and interactive rendering of three-dimensional graphics and audio in browsers. The platform is intended for creating visualizations, presentations, online-shops, games and other rich internet applications, and is integrated tightly with Blender (hence the name).
CopperCube 4.5 has just been released. The game engine now has the option to publish WebGL games with fullscreen and pointer lock support, meaning first person games and apps are now easy to use when run from websites. There is also a new WebGL demo available, showing this feature in action.
Khronos Group member Unity's CEO talks about what's new in Unity 5, WebGL, and his favorite games.
The Khronos Group has loaded some of the slide set from the GDC 2014 sessions online. Included in this uploaded are slides from OpenCL, OpenGL ES, OpenGL Efficiency, OpenGL, OpenVX, SYCL for OpenCL, Volumerics OpenCL RT Graphics and the Khronos Press Briefing. All presentations are also available via Slideshare.
Unity Technologies has unveiled Unity 5, the next generation of Unity multiplatform engine and development tools. Unity 5 brings a wealth of new capabilities and features enabling all developers to create amazing games and interactive experiences, and painlessly deploy them to almost any platform. Unity 5 will see the launch of the integrated Unity Cloud ad-sharing network for cross-promotion of mobile games, and an addition to Unity’s multiplatform support with the introduction of WebGL deployment.
The Khronos Group DevU sessions at GDC 2014 are happening this week. We're looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 DevU sessions. The sessions will take place on the 19th and 20th of March as well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance on March 19th. This not to be missed 2 day event is packed with lots of guest speakers from many companies. Seating is reserved and signup pages are available for each session here: OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL ES, OpenGL, WebCL, COLLADA, WebGL.