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Khronos Details WebGL Initiative to Bring Hardware-Accelerated 3D Graphics to the Internet

The Khronos Group, today announced more details on its new WebGL™ working group for enabling hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in Web pages without the need for browser plug-ins. The WebGL working group is defining a JavaScript binding to OpenGL® ES 2.0 to enable rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics standards.
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BetaNews writes glowing review of WebGL announcement

BetaNews has published a well thought out review based on the recent announcement of WebGL. Scott Fulton writes "For three-and-a-half years, the rotating cube corner has pretty much been the 'test pattern' for WebGL. But today's endorsement by the Khronos Group, responsible for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, could catapult this project from virtual stagnation into overdrive." There is also a good comment discussion on going. If you wish to comment directly to the developers of WebGL, you can do so on the Official Khronos WebGL Feedback thread.
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Khronos Group announces WebGL Draft Specification

The Khronos Group announced the unveiling of the WebGL Draft Specification. WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Khronos has setup a wiki, forums and a public mailing list for greater community involvement.
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GLGE javascript library to ease the use of WebGL is released

3D-Test interviewed the developers behind GLGE, a higher level API using WebGL, with a declarative xml format to remove the chore of creating 3D scenes via javascript alone. GLGE hides the GLSL shaders from the developer by implementing common use shaders within the API, various lighting types, normal maps, shadows, fog, etc. This frees the developers up to create actual content, games and applications with WebGL. Read the interview and visit the GLGE website.
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3d-test with SpiderGL developer—a high-level Javascript WebGL binding

3d-test has posted a short interview with Marco Di Benedetto, the developer behind SpiderGL. Learn why SpiderGL came into existence, where it is now, and where it is going.
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CopperLicht JavaScript 3D engine released, using WebGL

CopperLicht, a fast JavaScript 3D engine has been released today in its first public version. It uses WebGL and is able to render huge 3d worlds like Quake 3 levels (see the demos) at playable speeds. It comes with a full 3d world editor to edit levels and maps and is free to be used. Via it's world editor, CopperLicht is able to import more than 20 3D file formats (like .3ds, .obj, .x, .lwo, COLLADA etc), so it is very easy to create content using this 3d engine. This is the first public release of CopperLicht, so Ambiera, the developer behind this 3d engine is happy about any suggestions, feature requests and comments.
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WebGL in Chemistry with Molecules

iChemLabs introduces a WebGL extension to their popular, open source, HTML5 chemistry library, ChemDoodle Web Components. Allowing for the complete rendering of molecules in 3D, the ChemDoodle Web Components allow scientists to provide interactive 3D graphics on their webpages. Companies and universities have become interested in WebGL, and iChemLabs believes the technology will revolutionize how the sciences are presented, such as how pharmaceutical companies interact with their customers, how professors teach students, and how synthetic chemists will communicate. The title links to a component allowing one to view structures from the PubChem database. For further information, view this article published on MacResearch.
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GLGE Javascript library now supports COLLADA

In January we mentioned GLGE, a javascript library which helps ease the use of WebGL. The fine folks at GLGE have now added support for COLLADA to the library. Although still a work in progress, there is a great little demo online.
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Blender to WebGL exporter

Blender users rejoice. There is now an exporter for Blender so you can export your objects into WebGL javascript.
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WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web slides from GPU Technology Conference 2010

NVIDIA has posted the complete slide set on 'WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web' presented by Vladimir Vukicevic from Mozilla online. The slides include the live voice-over by Vladimir from the actual presentation.
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