ArcGIS 9.3 is being incrementally released in a series of service packs with emphasis on refining and improving workflows; the bulk of the product is to be released next year. ArcMap being one of the additions shared during the ESRI User Conference: Label placement for contour maps will better match what users of USGS quad sheets expect. In particular, the contour elevation labels appear on the major contour intervals and do not overprint the line work. The new release introduces WYSIWYG editing for line work and improvements will be made to street number placement, support for Asian language characters, multiple view windows, labeling on 3D services, the speed of import of Web services, tracking in 3D, textured COLLADA and schematic diagramming.
Google Earth adds shading to all SketchUp models to make them look more realistic. For something like my sky-dome model this is problematical because it means the texture is unevenly lit and too dark. With some very minor editing of the Google Earth ( COLLADA ) model file in a text editor, it’s possible to turn this shading completely off for individual textures. This was exactly what I did for the Skydome Google Earth file posted a couple of days ago. The split-screen picture shows the before and after. The original is on the left.
Lightsprint, developer of realtime global illumination middleware, integrated all of its products into single Lightsprint SDK, including unique realtime global illumination engine, precomputed global illumination, lightmaps and ambient occlusion maps with infinite light bounces and color bleeding, COLLADA support, significant portion of source code and more.
Caligari Corporation, the producer of award-winning 3D modeling, rendering and animation software, announced today that Service Pack 1 for trueSpace7.5 is now available for download. Version 7.51 offers numerous new features, such as support for COLLADA and BVH formats, in addition to fixes.
The big news of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s annual DevStation 07 conference was the session on the rollout of features for the Home community service. Currently undergoing a closed beta, it will launch globally in October. In between now and then, there will be monthly SDK releases, as more advanced features are rolled out. The current pre-release version only supports the use of Maya for the creation of 3D assets, while v1.0 will add 3ds Max and COLLADA support.
NVIDIA announces FX Composer 2.0 Beta 3. FX Composer 2 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 API functionality.
Khronos is happy to announce a very well rounded Birds of a Feather (BOF) schedule for SIGGRAPH’s 34th international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Running August 7th and August 8th at the San Diego Convention Center, these informal get-togethers are filled with presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds in OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenKODE, COLLADA, OpenVG, OpenMAX and much more.
MotionNode is an affordable 3-DOF inertial measurement unit for use in motion sensing applications. The sensor is extremely small, easy to use, and yields accurate orientation tracking results. MotionNode can be used in real-time applications or as a motion capture device.
The open source Software Development Kit (SDK) provides real-time access to the sensor data streams. Recorded motions can be exported to industry standard animation formats, such as COLLADA and FBX, for effortless integration with existing Digital Content Creation (DCC) pipelines and software.
The goal of the MotionNode system is to make high quality, easy to use motion sensing technology available to everyone. To achieve this goal, the software platform is designed with an open architecture, using standard components whenever possible. COLLADA provides a widely supported and flexible asset format that meets the current needs of the MotionNode system, while allowing for future growth.
MADLIX lets users insert 3D-content in web pages, blogs, Google pages, community presentations and more. MADLIX is OpenGL-powered and runs smoothly inside all Java-enabled browsers, with no need for custom plug-ins or application installation. The on-line gallery at www.madlix.com features high-quality content ready for insertion. MADLIX is accompanied by the MADLIX exporter tool enabling 3D artists to directly export their 3D artwork from Autodesk Maya to the MADLIX gallery. The exporter features pre-view functionality as well as a standalone viewer, supporting the MADLIX file format and the open standard file format COLLADA.
Feeling Software has just released version 3.03 of its Feeling Viewer. Designed explicitly to support everything in the COLLADA 3D file format, the Feeling Viewer has advanced shading effects, complex character animations (e.g. skinning and morphing) and physics. If you're an artist looking for a good viewer to display your complex animated scenes, look no further: this is the most advanced 3D viewer available commercially. Your animated models will look just as good or better in the Feeling Viewer than in the original CAD or DCC application. The Feeling Viewer is not just for playback: the underlying Feeling 3D Engine is extensible and has been integrated in several 3rd party applications to enhance them with fast, top-notch 3D graphics with relatively little programming effort. The Feeling Viewer now runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Internet Explorer, Powerpoint and many more applications. This is accompanied by many new features including complex particle systems, trimmed NURBS surfaces and environment mapping.