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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.

IMS Design released TurboCAD Pro 17 offering improved speed. Significant improvements in interoperability with Google™ SketchUp™ workflow have been introduced via an improved COLLADA (.DAE) export feature which includes instances so that blocks and architectural objects will be read by SketchUp as components.

The Open Toolkit is an advanced, open-source C# OpenGL/OpenAL/OpenCL wrapper. It is fast, easy to use and is compatible with all .Net/Mono languages (C#, VB, C++, F#, Boo) and all major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris, iPhone/iPad). This release introduces a NSIS-based installer for Windows, an improved build system and various documentation and stability fixes. Users of previous versions are strongly encouraged to upgrade. Downloads available here. With the 1.0 release imminent, the Open Toolkit is actively looking for packagers and maintainers for various platforms. If you are interested in creating a package for a specific platform please contact “the_fiddler” on or create an issue report on

We invite you to submit a proposal for an innovative article to be included in a forthcoming book, Game Development Tools, which will be edited by Marwan Y. Ansari and published by A. K. Peters. We expect to publish the volume in time for GDC 2011. We are open to any tools articles that you feel would make a valuable contribution to this book. Some topics that would be of interest include:

  • Content Pipeline tools (creation, streamlining, management)
  • Graphics/Rendering tools
  • Profiling tools
  • COLLADA import/export/inspection
  • Sound tools
  • In-Game debugging tools
  • Memory management & analysis
  • Console tools (single and cross platform)

This list is not meant to be exclusive and other topics are welcome.