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Tech Soup announces its first OpenGL 3 training course

Tech Soup announces its first OpenGL 3 training course, July 20-23, 2009, in Washington DC. The course covers new features in OpenGL 3, porting strategies, the OpenGL Shading Language, and 3D graphics concepts. Students learn the mechanisms behind fast, efficient, current 3D graphics with OpenGL 3 in a hands-on environment featuring several coding labs. Visit the Tech Soup web site to register online.

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Meshlab 1.2.0 released adds many features - supports COLLADA

MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes. Meshlab has supported COLLADA since 2006.

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DMP announces a two day getting start GLSL Programming training course

DMP has announced a new two day getting start GLSL Programming training course on June 18th and 19th 2009. The OpenGL ES roadmap has been tailored to the diverse needs of the embedded industry and contains two tracks with "1.X" and "2.X" specification roadmaps that will evolve in parallel. The 1.X roadmap will continue to be developed for new-generation fixed function 3D accelerators while the 2.X roadmap will enable emerging programmable 3D pipelines.This course introduce the world of programmable pipeline by explaining basic topics of the GLSL(OpenGL Shading Language) which is a core feature of OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 2.x.

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Blender COLLADA import/export improvements accepted as Google Summer of Code project

Chingiz Dyussenov proposal to improve COLLADA support in Blender has been accepted as one of the six Google Summer of Code 2009 projects for the Blender 3D modeler.

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Avid unveils Deko 5.2 with COLLADA support

Avid® unveiled version 5.2 of Avid Deko® 3000, an on-air graphics package that supports the industry-standard FBX and COLLADA formats. This enables customers to easily import and playback a broader range of 3D models and animations from leading applications such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Softimage 7.5 and MAXON CINEMA 4D. "By using proven industry interchange formats like COLLADA and FBX, Avid is providing tremendous incentive for customers to invest in the new Deko offerings," said Jeff Sargeant, a 3D artist and the creative director of design firm, Sargeant Inc.

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DMP announces OpenGL ES training course (beginner and advanced)

DMP has just announced the OpenGL ES getting start course and the OpenGL ES advanced course for May 2009. Complete details for the advanced course are here, and complete details for the getting started course here.

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OpenMAX IL conformant Nucleus Multimedia Framework from Mentor graphics

"Nucleus Multimedia Services" is an implementation of the OpenMAX IL standard for Nucleus Real Time OS. It ships with a fully functional library of standard components which allow common audio/video playback configurations.

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Khronos Launches Initiative to Create Open Royalty Free Standard for Accelerated 3D on the Web

The Khronos™ Group today announced an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. In response to a proposal from Mozilla, Khronos has created an ‘Accelerated 3D on Web’ working group that Mozilla has offered to chair. This royalty-free standard will be developed under the proven Khronos development process with a target of a first public release within 12 months. Any interested company is welcome to join Khronos to make contributions, stand for chair, influence the direction of the specification and gain early access to draft specifications before public release. The working group will consider various approaches including exposing OpenGL and OpenGL ES 2.0 capabilities within ECMAScript. The Khronos Accelerated 3D on Web working group will commence work during April 2009.

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Khronos Group Releases OpenSL ES 1.0 Specification for Portable Mobile and Embedded Audio Processing

The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that it has publicly released the OpenSL ES™ 1.0 specification, a royalty-free, cross-platform C-language API for high-performance, low-latency audio functionality on mobile and embedded devices. The OpenSL ES standard simplifies deployment of hardware and software audio capabilities across any platform or operating system and provides broad audio portability for application developers. The specifications are immediately available for download and may be used royalty-free by implementers and developers. An Adopters Program for OpenSL ES including extensive conformance tests to ensure cross-implementation consistency and trademark usage by conformant implementations will be released by Khronos during April 2009.

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Khronos Releases Streamlined OpenGL 3.1 Specification

The Khronos™ Group announced it has publicly released the OpenGL® 3.1 specification that modernizes and streamlines the cross-platform, royalty-free API for 3D graphics. OpenGL 3.1 includes GLSL™ 1.40, a new version of the OpenGL shading language, and provides enhanced access to the latest generation of programmable graphics hardware through improved programmability, more efficient vertex processing, expanded texturing functionality and increased buffer management flexibility. OpenGL 3.1 implementations are expected shortly from multiple vendors. The new OpenGL 3.1 specification and more details are available here. The official OpenGL 3.1 feedback thread is available here.

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