Khronos Group News Archives

Presentations from GDC now online: OpenGL, Handheld Technologies, COLLADA and Announcements

Many of the presentation from GDC are now available as PDF. Presentations cover OpenGL (2.1 and beyond), COLLADA, OpenKODE, OpenMAX, OpenVG, OpenSL ES, OpenGL ES 2.0, as well as news and announcements about the new glFX and Composition Working Groups. Read More

COLLADA used to bring interactive 3D assets to the web - new online PaperVision3D fighter game and Web3D GDC presentation

Interactive 3D on the Web (i.e. Web3D) is becoming a reality with COLLADA as the enabling intermediate format. The first PaperVision3D game Xwing Obstacle Course lets you control a simple fighter in real-time 3D over the web using Flash. The posting describes the workflow using COLLADA models. The COLLADA for the Web presentation from GDC explains how COLLADA, Ajax and X3D are used within Flux to enable real-time streaming 3D virtual worlds and games over the web. Read More

Bullet Physics Library v2.45 improves COLLADA import

Bullet is a state-of-the-art 3D Collision Detection and Rigid Body Dynamics Library for games with support for COLLADA 1.4 physics. It is released under a ZLib license, free for commercial use, including Playstation 3. The new v2.45 improves COLLADA import and enhances performance for convex polyhedral shapes. Read More

Call for OpenGL ES 2.0 authors for ShaderX6 book

The ShaderX book series (1-5) is looking for authors for ShaderX6. ShaderX6 will cover advanced rendering techniques including Mobile Devices shader programming (i.e. OpenGL ES 2.0). Proposals are due by April 1st, 2007. Read More

CLManager lets you copy, merge and manage COLLADA nodes and libraries

CLManager is a utility program designed to aid in the content management of COLLADA DAE files. Nodes can be copied, removed and rearranged. Libraries can be created, removed, sorted or merged. Node ids and their references can also be changed. Two COLLADA files can be merged either by importing individual nodes within the libraries or by importing whole libraries from another COLLADA file. This joins two other applications from Pinecost Software, the free CollView COLLADA file viewer and C2X Collada To X3D Converter. Read More

AmanithVG v1.0 OpenGL API hardware-accelerated vector graphics rendering

AmanithVG engine is a commercial cross-platform engine for accelerated vector graphics. AmanithVG is entirely built on top of OpenGL (from 1.1 to 2.0, using extensions where available) and OpenGL ES (1.1 and 2.0) APIs. The new v1.0 build is available on Win32 (x86), MacOS X (universal binary), Linux (x86), and FreeBSD. AmanithVG builds for embedded platforms are available on request (including embedded Linux, TI OMAP2420 , Freescale i.MX31, and Symbian S60). Read More

AMD to provide tools for OpenVG and OpenGL ES 2.0 development including RenderMonkey v1.7

AMD is introducing a suite of tools to help content creators jumpstart the development of applications for handheld devices based on OpenVG 1.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 and AMD’s Unified Shader Architecture. The tool suite includes RenderMonkey, a shader development tool to help developers create visually compelling characters and environments. The upcoming RenderMonkey v1.7 adds support for mobile content development including full OpenGL ES 2.0 shader support. AMD will also provide emulation environments and development kits to help developers create, test and tune their applications. Read More

AZTEQ mobile to collaborate with Acrodea on commercializing OpenKODE based gaming solution on mobile handsets

AZTEQ mobile Acrodea have announced that they will collaborate to commercialize OpenKODE mobile solutions. AZTEQ will use the OpenKODE implementation from Acrodea on its AZMA handset client software. AZMA is a complete, pre-integrated and tested software offering for mobile gaming. This collaboration will enable popular, console-class game titles to be offered on mobile devices with significantly lowered porting costs and an accelerated time to market. Read More

Acrodea releases OpenKODE 1.0 implementation for free download

Acrodea has released the first OpenKODE 1.0 implementation for free download. This package contains an implementation of OpenKODE Core as defined in the OpenKODE 1.0 specification. This release only contains the OpenKODE Core library, so in order to do anything useful with it you'll also need an implementation of EGL and some client APIs. Hybrid provides a free EGL+OpenGL ES+OpenVG implementation for noncommercial use. The example source code provided assumes EGL and OpenGL ES headers and libraries are available. Read More

New glFX and Composition Working Groups announced

The Khronos Group has officially begun two new working groups. The glFX Working Group is defining a run-time API to enable advanced 3D visual effects contained in a COLLADA FX file to be easily and portably used in OpenGL and OpenGL ES applications. The Composition Working Group is defining graphics APIs to enable window systems to be constructed using open standards for display composition to encourage mobile devices to use fully accelerated advanced user interfaces. See Press Release. Read More

COLLADA Contest to encourage open source COLLADA conditioning programs

The COLLADA contest is designed to encourage open source COLLADA conditioning programs to be created and uploaded into the COLLADA Framework on Sourceforge. A growing body of conditioners enables any developer to construct sophisticated pipelines to condition content for diverse platforms. Winners of the COLLADA Contest will be announced at SIGGRAPH 2007 and prizes include airfare to San Diego and four night’s accommodation to attend SIGGRAPH and a SONY Playstation 3. Read More

OpenKODE presentation from GDC 2007 - including new glFX Pipeline and Composition APIs

The OpenKODE presentation from GDC is now online as a PDF. It reviews the background behind OpenKODE as well as discusses the current 1.0 release, public implementations and what is planned for the next spec update. It also review information about the new glFX Pipeline and Composition APIs Read More

Interview with ARM Mali product manager covering OpenGL ES 1.1 - 2.0

This interview with the ARM Mali product manager, discusses hardware acceleration for the mobile industry: "In terms of graphics performance and quality the first generation of handsets with 3D acceleration capability are similar to Nintendo DS or PSP (supporting OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1). In the 2nd generation (appearing in 12-18 months) we expect to reach roughly similar levels of image quality to PS2 or Gamecube. The 3rd generation is probably the most interesting as we will see the introduction of OpenGL ES 2.0 capable acceleration." Read More

3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 to benchmark OpenGL ES 2.0 programmable mobile graphics hardware

Designed to gauge the performance of tomorrow's premium mobile gaming hardware today, 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 is a complete OpenGL ES 2.0 test suite that includes 2 OpenGL ES 2.0 3D game content tests and OpenGL ES 2.0 API feature tests for measureing performance on vertex and fragment shader processing, post processing, depth complexity, texture filtering and image quality. The benchmark suite will be released publicly in May, 2007. Read More

OpenGL ES 2.0 specification ratified and released

Khronos has ratified and publicly released the finalized OpenGL ES 2.0 specification for programmable 3D graphics that will significantly boost the functionality, flexibility and visual realism offered by a wide range of embedded and mobile devices. Multiple OpenGL ES 2.0 silicon devices are expected to commence shipment before the end of 2007. See Press release. Read More

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