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3D Format Wars-Will COLLADA be the next ‘STEP’ for the DCC industry?

As the 3D wars heat up, many folks see COLLADA's .dae format as a front runner for Digital Content Creation (DCC). In the Engineering CAD field the STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP) has been declared as a clear winner by some. This article is an attempt to start a conversation on whether or not the COLLADA format is the next 'STEP' for the DCC industry.
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gles2-bc - OpenGL ES 2.0 Backward Compatible

gles2-bc is an open source C++ library which makes the non-backward compatible OpenGL ES 2.0 API backward compatible to ease the development with various OpenGL ES APIs. The initial version was just released providing most of the backward compatibility.
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Palm Pixi specs include OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics

The upcoming Palm Pixi will have the new MSM7627 chipset from Qualcomm giving close to the same performance as the Pre. Featuring two ARM cores integrated as a single chip – a dedicated CPU core and a dedicated modem processor – 320MHz application DSP for multimedia supporting full 30 fps WVGA encode/decode, 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core supporting OpenGL ES 2.0, high-resolution camera and integrated GPS.
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Pixelux and AMD to develop OpenCL acceleration for Digital Molecular Matter engine

Pixelux will work with AMD to develop an OpenCL accelerated Digital Molecular Matter engine. Pixelux are the folks who developed the Digital Molecular Matter engine used by Lucas Film for some of their effects. Recently, Pixelux released an end user plug-in version of the Digital Molecular Matter for Maya.
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WebGL appears in Mozilla trunk

Michael Smith posted on his twitter page this morning that WebGL has appeared in the Mozilla trunk. It was just three days ago that WebGL was first noticed in WebKit. From the homepage of Michael Smith, "I joined the W3C in 2007 as part [of] the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. I am involved with the work on The HTML Markup Language and on standards related to browsing technologies; in particular, the phenomenon known as HTML5, as well as other standards related to Web Applications."
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AMD supports OpenCL Bullet; Are Havok and PhysX in trouble?

According to Bright Side of News, AMD is dedicated to support open physics standards, with Pixelux and Bullet taking the prime spots. Bullet Physics Library is an open source physics library that is now getting translated into OpenCL, thanks to the effort of companies such as AMD.
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COLLADA, Spore Creatures, WebGL and Mozilla–What a combo

Being able to export your Spore Creatures into .dae COLLADA format was a pretty cool trick. However, you could only preview your creatures as 2D images in your browser. Over the weekend, Mozilla was hard at work, fixing a few bugs in their implementation of WebGL. Over the weekend Vladimir Vukićevićwas was also busy putting together a very cool demo that will let you view your COLLADA exported Spore Creatures in 3D, right in your browser. If you have a browser with WebGL enabled, here is the demo page in action.
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3DVIA introduces 3DVIA mobile app for iPhone

3DVIA introduces the 3DVIA Mobile App for iPhone users. 3DVIA mobile allows you to log into and manage your 3DVIA.com account, search and interact with the thousands of models posted on 3DVIA.com or create new art with 3DVIA Collage all from your iPhone for FREE.
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WebGL seen in Chrome browser

WebGL is being built into Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari and now Google's Chrome browser. WebGL can be used in the latest Chrome developer preview version--but only if "--enable-webgl" and "--no-sandbox" command-line switches are added when Chrome launches. The latest versions are Chrome 4.0.221.6 for Windows and 4.0.221.8 for Mac OS X and Linux.
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WebGL Available in the WebKit Nightly Builds

WebGL is now available in WebKit nightlies. If you run Leopard or Snow Leopard you can try it out WebGL yourself. WebGL runs in the HTML Canvas element, and works similarly to the 2D Canvas capability currently in WebKit. You can download the nightly build on the Webkit website.
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