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Improved OpenCL support for the “SuperShaper”

The SuperShaper is a small free tool that let's you explore the Super Formula in real-time. It uses OpenCL1.0 to evaluate the formula and OpenGL3.2 for rendering. For maximum performance OpenCL and OpenGL share buffers if possible. The latest version supports any OpenCL capable device in the system (CPU or GPU).

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COLLADA Contest Winner announced

We at the Khronos Group wanted you to "Show us the power of COLLADA." Thank you for the great response. We appreciate all your submissions, Likes, questions and all the other interest that was shown. But let's get down to business: We have chosen Gugi: Idle Animation by gavranxyz. We felt the model was very well put together with many nice touches. The idle animation cycle really was the icing on the cake. Huge congrats to gavranxyz from all of us at Khronos! We can't wait to share Gugi with our community.

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SIGGRAPH 2011 Khronos Pavilion worth checking out

Not sure where to start at SIGGRAPH 2011? Make your first stop at the Khronos Group Pavilion. Lots of give-aways and lots of demo's from ARM (665), Codeplay (766), DMP (664), Fixstars (667) and HUONE (762) all part of the Khronos Pavilion (663 & 764). Stop in to say Hi and learn about WebGL, OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenGL ES and COLLADA.

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Katalab’s OurBricks shows 3D with no plugin

Leveraging the power of WebGL and its supported browsers, OurBricks allows users to examine a full 3D version of any model uploaded to the site with no need for any plug-in. Visitors to the site can download content, embed it in any webpage as easy as embedding a YouTube video, or drop it into Katalabs’ multi-user 3D sandbox for a ‘virtual world’ type experience.

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Khronos Enriches Cross-Platform 3D Graphics with release of OpenGL 4.2 Specification

The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.2 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API. OpenGL 4.2 integrates developer feedback and continues the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification while maintaining full backwards compatibility - enabling applications to incrementally use new features, while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms. The OpenGL 4.2 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.20 update to the OpenGL Shading Language. The OpenGL 4.2 specification contains new features that extend functionality available to developers and enables increased application performance. The full specification is available for immediate download.

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COLLADA Contest - $500 first place - ends August 7th 2011

The Khronos Group is thrilled to announce a 3D content development contest with a $500 cash prize for the winner. Deadline is Sunday August 7th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The winner will be announced SIGGRAPH in Vancouver and be awarded $500. Full details are available at OurBricks.com.

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Khronos Group invites you to SIGGRAPH 2011

Neil Trevett, president of The Khronos Group invites you to attend SIGGRAPH 2011, and visit The Khronos Group pavillion #663.

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COLLADA Computing of Hurricane Dolly

Using COLLADA Computer in Google Earth gives a 3D animation of the hurricane Dolly landfall on 23 July 2008. Using collocated NEXRAD and CloudSat radar data with visualization of CloudSat provided by the A-Train Data Depot Giovanni. The result is a very impressive 3D look at the hurricane and surrounding cloud formations. Math operations can be used on all the spacial object using the COLLADA structures right in Google Earth.

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Google and Firefox Implement WebGL Security Fix

A few weeks ago, Google became aware of a security issue with WebGL: shaders could be used to indirectly deduce the contents of textures uploaded to the GPU. As a result, Chrome 13 (and Firefox 5) will no longer allow cross-domain media as a WebGL texture. The default behavior will be a DOM_SECURITY_ERR. However, applications may still utilize images and videos from another domain with the cooperation of the server hosting the media, otherwise known as CORS.

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Final Cut Pro X offers OpenCL support

Apples latest release of Final Cut Pro is a ground up rewrite offering lots of GUI changes. The power behind this update lies under the hood. Final Cut Pro X supports 64-bit Cocoa APIs, and takes advantage of the power of GPUs OpenCL and multithreaded operations. The change will be obvious when you look at the Activity Monitor.

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