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17th ACM International Web3D Conference

The 17th edition of ACM International Web3D Conference will take place in Los Angeles Convention Center, California, in August 04-05, 2012. Co-Located with SIGGRAPH 2012 and in Cooperation with Web3D Consortium & ACM SIGGRAPH. The annual ACM Web3D Conference is a major event that gathers researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, experimenters, artists, and content creators in a dynamic environment. Attendees can share and explore methods of using, enhancing, and creating new 3D Web and Multimedia technologies, such as WebGL and HTML5 (which is a hot topic in Computer Graphics), Flash/ Stage 3D, X3D, COLLADA, and the MPEG family. The conference highlights capabilities and trends in interactive 3D graphics across a wide range of applications and supports research from mobile devices up to high-end immersive environments.
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Mixamo offers online 3D animation service compatible with COLLADA

Mixamo online 3D animation service allows real-time creation of 3D character animations that are ready to be dragged and dropped into Flare3D IDE. This is possible through the use of the COLLADA format. Details of the workflow are provided online in a Mixamo-Flare-Flash tutorial.
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Khronos invites you to WebGL, COLLADA and KITE meetups

The Khronos Group will be hosting three meet ups held during GDC in the Hilton San Francisco. Registration is now open for all three meet ups. Seating is limited, so please don't wait if your interested. The WebGL meet up is already starting to fill up. Complete details and sign up available here.
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Khronos Announces COLLADA Community Initiative

Today Khronos released an open letter to the COLLADA community inviting closer cooperation and communication with the COLLADA working group.

To start the discussion, Khronos are also hosting a COLLADA meetup to discuss proprieties and actions for the ingoing health of this important 3D Asset format - open to all:

COLLADA Meet Up & Working Lunch
Wednesday, March 7th from 12:30pm–3:00pm
333 O’Farrell St, Tower 1, Presidential Suite

Host: Neil Trevett, Khronos President & Acting COLLADA Work Group Chair
* Open to all – while space available * No cost to participate * No GDC pass needed * Registration required *


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COLLADA Meetup videos now online

Did you miss the COLLADA Meetup we held along side GDC last week? No worries, we recorded the entire meetup, and have posted it in four parts on YouTube (part one, two, three, four) and as podcasts. With Neil Trevett as moderator, the COLLADA meetup is a first in a series of community meetups to help foster COLLADA cooperation and momentum. The slide presentation in PDF format from the meetup is also online.
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Minko 2 COLLADA extension available

The COLLADA files loader in Minko 2 now provides much faster parsing times. Tests show some of files now take up to 10 times less time to load. You can now load 100+MB *.DAE files containing 600 000 polygons and more, including animations. Another important addition is that we now parse a lot more data about the materials. We are now able to load material values such as the reflectivity, shininess and more to make it easier for the artists to customize the rendering using their favorite CAO tool.
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COLLADA Work Group letter updates community on progress

The COLLADA working group would like to share their progress since the March GDC meet-up on making COLLADA robust for the community. As requested by many community members, the COLLADA Conformance Test Suite (CTS) will be open sourced. Also, the OpenCOLLADA project will receive catalyst funding from Khronos to fix outstanding bugs and commence the integration of OpenCOLLADA into the open source test suite. Both the COLLADA CTS and OpenCOLLADA will be moving to Github. The COLLADA work group invites you to sign-up on the COLLADA public mailing list, and give your feedback.
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OpenCOLLADA and COLLADA CTS now on GitHub

OpenCOLLADA and the COLLADA Conformance Test Suite repositories are now both hosted on GitHub. As a reminder, please note that to bring integration of OpenCOLLADA plugins within the test suite and bug fixing, Khronos has issued a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This RFQ is open for bidding and you are welcome to request a copy through the public_collada mailing list. Last but not least, while at Siggraph, do not forget to stop by our both and to bring your demos! The COLLADA working group looks forward to hearing from you!
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COLLADA 1.5.0 has been published as ISO PAS 17506

COLLADA digital asset schema specification for 3D visualization of industrial data has just been published as ISO/PAS 17506:2012 by the International Organization for Standardization.
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COLLADA invites you to show off your demo at the SIGGRAPH BOF

If you are going to SIGGRAPH in a few days, be sure to bring along your COLLADA demo. COLLADA is inviting all to come up and show off their demo.
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