SimLab composer, a 3D scene building, rendering, sharing, and animation application, introduces significant improvements for WebGL. Enhancements include exporting cameras, supporting reflection maps and bump maps. The engine behind the WebGL export has been completely rewritten.
Eric Berdahl, Adobe Senior Engineering Manager has written an open letter to their users explaining why they use OpenCL. "Even though Adobe does not build hardware and, therefore, does not implement OpenCL, we use OpenCL and we know what features we need, from OpenCL and from OpenCL hardware, to enable us to build even more compelling and efficient applications." explains Eric.
METAVERSE Technology LLC launches a 3D printing exchange platform on w3dc.com. 3D print objects are available in the COLLADA file format which is supported by most of the available 3D printers and online print services.
Shaderific version 3.0 now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes it possible to write, compile and test OpenGL ES 2.0 shader programs directly on any iOS device. Version 3.0 adds camera support, face detection, movie textures and video capture. Video frames provided by the built-in camera as well as movie files can be used as dynamic textures. Automatic face detection provides shader programs with access to a new uniform array containing the bounding rectangles of up to five faces. Furthermore, it is now possible to record a video of the ongoing rendering session and the video is automatically exported to the photo library.
Altera will demo live video streaming using OpenCL, and real-time video processing such as Sobel edge-detection and image manipulation, all coded in OpenCL software and running on Altera FPGAs. In addition, this demo uses an Altera’s Nios II soft processor, and enables the power of OpenCL in embedded applications by removing the need for external processor or host server machine.
AMD and Adobe have teamed up to bring support for OpenCL to Windows with the upcoming release of Adobe Premier Pro. This marks the first time Microsoft's OS has been had hardware-accelerated video editing using OpenCL, and exporting video from source to final format can now be achieved up to 4.3 times faster.
World Wide Maze is a pretty basic ball-rolling game, but at it's core is something quite interesting. The first is a link to the mobile version of Chrome that turns your smartphone into a PC game controller. The second is of course that World Wide Maze works off the WebGL standard, and it requires pretty decent system specs for a browser game, including 1GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card for hardware acceleration.