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Immaginaria Ltd is proud to announce a major update to TNGViewer, featuring support for the Open Asset Import Library, which provides access to several different 3D file formats. These include modo .lxo, DirectX .x, Stanford Polygon Library .ply, Stereolithography .stl, Object File Format .off and many more. importing COLLADA .dae files is also much improved; previously supported types such as 3D Studio .3ds, Alias|Wavefront .obj and so on are imported better as well. File formats that contain keyframe and skinning animation use dynamic OpenGL VBOs for performance. Furthermore, a fallback Direct3D 9 renderer is available on Windows, on any machine without decent OpenGL drivers. Finally, several interface and display issues have been fixed on Windows and Mac OS X.

Introducing the QtOpenCL library, which wraps the OpenCL 1.0 API in a Qt-style API. It takes the pain out of OpenCL initialization, program compilation, and kernel execution. It also provides convenience functions for interfacing to existing Qt facilities such as QImage and QtOpenGL. QtOpenCL is still a work in progress, distributed as a standalone module outside of the normal Qt source repositories.

The new ATI FirePro V8800, the workstation equivalent to the Radeon HD 5870, provides 1600 stream processors for more than double the computational power of it's predecessor (V8750) - 2.6 Teraflops!, 2GB GDDR5 RAM, 4 Display Port outputs, Stereo3D, CrossFire Pro support, and Windows & Linux drivers. For this new FirePro line, AMD is strongly emphasizing support for OpenGL 4 and OpenCL open standards. Performance reviews are already out from HotHardware and most notably 3DProfessor. General consensus is: performance at a completely new level.

Vue 8 Frontier is designed for 3D enthusiasts to easily compose character-filled images and video clips. It provides powerful nature creation tools, together with built in Poser and DAZ 3D character rendering. Based on the Vue 8 core application, Vue 8 Frontier will import any static Poser or DAZ 3D model exported through DAZ|Studio as COLLADA files.

One of Mozilla's Principal Engineers, Vladimir Vukicevic originally wrote the Canvas3D extension, which was a precursor to the WebGL work. Fairly wide support for the HTML5 Canvas element by modern browsers, along with increasing support for OpenGL ES by various hardware drivers, lead us to conclude that the time was right for a 3D drawing context within the HTML5 Canvas element.

Skew Matrix Software LLC is pleased to announce OpenSceneGraph v2.8.3, a new release of the leading cross-platform, open source, OpenGL-based scene graph SDK. The 2.8.3 release includes support for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 3DS file export capability, integrated support for the FFmpeg project and Autodesk FBX technology, and many other new features and enhancements. For more information, visit our website.

This tutorial shows basics of setting up OpenCL with a pre-made initializer OpenCLTemplate and covers from very basic vector-sum topics to a real-life OpenCL sample application. This tutorial presents OpenCL C99 sample code.

Geist Software Labs has released the first version of OpenCL Studio for beta testing. OpenCL Studio combines OpenCL and OpenGL into a single integrated development environment that allows you to visualize OpenCL computation using powerful 3D rendering techniques. The editor hides much of the complexity of the underlying APIs while still providing flexibility via the Lua scripting language. Integrated source code editors and debugging capabilities for OpenCL, GLSL, and Lua, as well as a toolbox of 2D user interface widgets provide a framework for a wide range of parallel programming solutions.

The GWT Quake II port project uses WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML 5

Using COLLADA with DAZ Studio and Carrara? Find out quickly which features of COLLADA are compatible between DAZ Studio and Carrara. The DAZ3D Artzone has a concise list online for reference.

EskoArtwork's ArtiosCAD 7.6, the most recent release of this CAD package, has added the ability to import COLLADA models directly into your workspace. ArtiosCAD is structural design software for all corrugated, folding cartons and POP displays.

A powerful Mac based 3D design suite offering streamline compatibility with Adobe Photoshop. Offering an intuitive interface, Strata Design 3D CX offers a number of import options in addition to COLLADA: OBJ, 3DS, DXF, IGES, OpenEXR, and others.

Developers that have a CUDA codebase and wish to be using OpenCL, here is a small tool to help you make that move. Swan is an open source GPL'd command line tool that aids the reversible conversion of existing CUDA codebases to OpenCL. A complete list of what Swan can and cannot do is available on their website.