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NaviCAD and Spore COLLADA Files

As reported by The Khronos Group, Spore now provides a cheat that allows Creators export their models in COLLADA file format. NaviCAD accurately displays the mesh and texture-mapping elements of the Spore COLLADA files. The NaviCAD developers are working on an update to handle all the COLLADA elements generated by the Spore COLLADA export cheat and have posted a slightly-modified Spore creature Hyla-Test in the Sample Models Search section of the app. NaviCAD is the only iPhone application that allows users to view COLLADA files including models from the Google 3D Warehouse.
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Khronos Siggraph 2009 BOF slide presentations now online

Khronos has posted the Siggraph 2009 COLLADA BOF presentation slides and the OpenGL BOF presentation slides. The OpenGL BOF slides include an overview on OpenGL 3.2, OpenGL ES, WebGL, GLSL and gDEBugger. The COLLADA slides include a COLLADA Conformance overview, COLLADA Vision, Project Wonderland, Sirikata--a next generation open source virtual world--and the COLLADA Contest Winners.
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COLLADA Contest winners announced

COLLADA has announced the winners of the COLLADA Contest. Congratulations go out to all of our winners and a big thank you to everyone who participated. The Grand Prize winner is Chuck Han and Dan Dan Halabe from Navicad.com. The rest of the winners can be viewed here.
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3DVIA now supports Collada’s DAE format for their library of 3D models

3DVIA now supports Collada’s DAE format for their library of 3D models. Downloading DAE format 3D models includes any model you create in 3DVIA Shape, which is a great quick tool for creating 3D content. This content can now be used in most digital content applications like Adobe Photoshop and 3D applications used for film and gaming.
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Programmers Tutorial on Skeletal animation using COLLADA, C++ and OpenGL

A member of the COLLADA message boards has written a detailed tutorial for programmers on implementing Skeletal Animations. Using COLLADA along with C++ and OpenGL, this tutorial will start a programmer with a high level overview in reading and understanding COLLADA file formats, through to a complete implementation using C++ and OpenGL.
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Google SketchUp makes COLLADA the official first-class format

Google SketchUp will switch to COLLADA for its official file format in the upcoming free version of SketchUp. John Bacus, SketchUp Product Manager, wrote "In our next release, we're going to make COLLADA an official first-class format for all modelers. You'll be able to import and export COLLADA models, as well as COLLADA models wrapped up in the KMZ format for Google Earth, with any version of SketchUp."
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Mogware releases COLLADA.net solution

Collada.NET is a reliable and robust solution for reading, manipulating, and saving collada scenes, animations or models in .NET applications including vertex manipulation, texture library access, support for animation keys, and more. The extensible 100% C# COLLADA reader and writer that eliminates the need to marshal in from the COLLADA DOM. While trying to code a 100% C# toolset, it didn’t take long for us to tire with the constant need and complexity of marshaling in from the COLLADA DOM. We scoured the web searching for a .NET solution, preferably in C#, that would enable us to more easily read, write and manipulate data but never found anything we were completely happy with.  We decided to create our own .NET solution in C#.

We’re using our COLLADA.net library in our MogBox tool to reprocess complex 3D content as seen in this demo video. Our COLLADA.net library made it possible for us to build this strictly C# tool that truly accomplishes some amazing feats reprocessing complex 3D content. We believe in this community and that through sharing technology, the whole can become stronger.  We simply can’t express how much we’ve enjoyed being able to stay in a .net environment without having to marshal anything.  We hope that by releasing our solution, others will be able to get further in their own development efforts more quickly. You can learn more about our COLLADA.net solution on our web page.


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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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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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