News Archives

Our announcements yesterday about WebGL and COLLADA, were at the very least, significant. Feedback from around the web has been really great, just to name a few:

ConceivablyTech posted a good review of the WebGL 1.0 Spec release news and followed it up with their own speculation on WebCL. "Enabled in a browser, WebCL could open an entirely new world for cloud applications at much higher performance levels. Khronos mentioned image and video processing as well as advanced physics for web games that could come alive through WebCL."

Mirye Software announces Shade 12, the powerful modeling, animation and rendering platform for Windows and Mac OS X . Shade 12 features a powerful, enhanced renderer that can make use of multiple cores and network rendering using ShadeGrid nodes. New features include new preview options including GLSL Phong rendering (with OpenGL 2 support), fast preview rendering and preview stereoscopic 3D, COLLADA Import and Export Options.

Khronos has announced a quick reference card for WebGL 1.0 release spec. This adds to the collection of Reference Cards already available for other Khronos APIs: OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenVG, OpenMAX, OpenSL ES, COLLADA and OpenWF

The Khronos™ Group today announced that it is making the COLLADA™ 1.4 Conformance Test Suite available free of charge to all developers. COLLADA is an open, XML-based industry standard that enables assets to be freely interchanged between 3D authoring applications which can then be mixed and matched in powerful combinations. The COLLADA test suite is a comprehensive set of over 500 detailed tests and a scripted framework that rigorously exercises applications that import and export COLLADA assets to ensure that they can reliably participate in a COLLADA-based toolchain.

Khronos Releases WebGL 1.0 Specification to Bring Accelerated 3D Graphics to the Web without PluginsThe Khronos Group today released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins. WebGL defines a JavaScript binding to OpenGL ES 2.0 to allow rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the industry-standard OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics APIs. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations including the beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Apple Mac OS Safari nightly builds.

AMD announced at GDC 2011 a technology demonstration of a Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software. The new plug-in is based on OpenCL™ industry standards and the open-source Bullet Physics Engine. AMD's Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2011 is designed to enable game developers and 3D artists to access Maya's creative workflow capabilities to create interactive cloth simulations on a greater range of workstations and PCs, including those based on ATI FirePro™ professional graphics cards and AMD CPUs, and to remove technology limitations that can restrict developers' ability to create stunning games and computer-generated (CG) graphics.

Please visit Khronos at booth #1444 at the Game Developer Conference (GDC), March 2-4, 2011 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to learn more about COLLADA. Khronos is also running a series of developer university sessions on Thursday, March 3rd, in Room 301 in the South Hall:

  • WebGL at 9AM
  • OpenGL at 10:30AM
  • Demos at 12 noon
  • COLLADA at 1:30PM
  • OpenCL at 3PM
  • Beer and demos at 4:30PM and finally Mobile APIs at 4:50PM.
  • More details about Khronos activities at GDC can be found on our GDC Event page.

Opera just announced that its latest Opera 11 beta has WebGL support for Windows. Currently only Windows is support, but a promise of WebGL on Opera for other platforms has been made. As well, Opera claims they are working on WebGL for Windows using DirectX. This should be interesting, as WebGL is built on top of OpenGL. Opera 11 for Windows is available for download today.

The new version 0.9.5-R1 of the free open-source, cross-platform 3D application framework PixelLight has been released. OpenGL is used within the main renderer. Beside the usual bugfixing and feature completion, there are several migrations in this release. PixelLight is now using 'nullptr' introduced by C++0x, migrated from C style casts to C++ style casts and under MS Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is now used as the main development IDE. There are also new features like the plugin SPARK_PL integrating the free open source particle engine SPARK. The SDK now includes two new demos, one of them shows how picking works.

Joe Davis and Gordon MacLachlan both from Imagination Technologies, will present their session "Understanding POWERVR SGX Graphics Technology and Optimizing for Great Graphics Performance" on Monday february 28th at 4:15 Room 120 in the North Hall. The aim of this session is to give an expert insight into the POWERVR SGX and SGX MP Tile Based Deferred Rendering architecture and explain to developers how they can use the PVRTune analysis utility, and best programming practice, to optimize their applications for todays mobile devices.

The Khronos Group invites you to attend GDC 2011, and visit The Khronos Group booth #1444. We will have lots of great news on WebGL, COLLADA and many of our other API's, and to pick up a free laminated reference card for many of our APIs!

Glenn Kasten and Jean-Michael Trivi both with Google, will be introducing you to the Android release 2.3 (Gingerbread) native audio APIs based on the Khronos Group OpenSL ES standard. Starting with a brief history of OpenSL ES and an introduction to the OpenSL ES object / interface model and initialization process, followed by the Android native audio APIs and their relation to standard OpenSL ES. Highlighted by some typical audio needs for game and other interactive apps with example code fragments for each use case. Be sure to make it to this programming tutorial on Tuesday March 1st from 10:00-5:00 in Room 121, North Hall.