NVIDIA announced their latest beta of FX Composer 2. This release includes several improvements: better support for foreign languages, Vista x64 fixes, and bug fixes. Make sure to check out our new FX Composer 2 overview slide deck. FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for DirectX and OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae formats, FX Composer provides true cross-platform functionality.
A new version of the open source graphics engine Horde3D is available for download. Horde3D is designed to offer next-generation visuals while at the same time being lightweight. Horde3D is exclusively based on OpenGL 2.0 for rendering and COLLADA for importing geometry data. The new release adds particle systems and better integration for physics middleware.
Futuremark Corporation, the world's leading provider of handheld and mobile performance analysis software and services, including OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.0 and Java M3G tools, announced that the Korean government-funded Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has enrolled in Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP) and has formally licensed 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0. This move will provide the Korean telecommunications equipment research group with tools that will be used to establish OpenGL ES 2.0 3D performance standards for the Korean mobile gaming industry and all future handheld products to be sold in the Korean marketplace.
Big Nerd Ranch Europe announced today the first offering of Rocco Bowling's five-day OpenGL Bootcamp at the old monastery Kloster Eberbach near Frankfurt, Germany, for September 10-14, 2007. In modern application development OpenGL has become the standard-bearer in the visualization of 2D and 3D images in a wide spectrum of fields, from visually enhanced user experiences in general, to medical research and pharmaceuticals, rich data visualization, in addition to video gaming. Today, everyone doing any work concerning graphics must know OpenGL. Through the vision and dedication of the OpenGL community and the OpenGL ARB, OpenGL excels in cross-platform portability and scalability, adaptable to a variety of hardware environments from individual workstations to supercomputers.
The fourth edition of OpenGL Pipeline--the quarterly newsletter covering all things the OpenGL standards body has "in the pipeline"--covers a bunch of exciting news and tips: from updates about OpenGL "Longs Peak" to mobile shaders and debugging.
DMP announced a two day OpenGL ES Programming Course for beginners in Tokyo. This course provides the knowledge that a novice OpenGL ES programmer needs to author interactive, 3D graphics applications using OpenGL ES. It covers fundamental topics such as overview of architecture, modeling, and lighting, and introduces advanced topics using extensions such as matrix palette skinning animation. Attendees should be able to read simple programs written in the C language. No previous experience with writing graphics programs is required. This course is held in Japanese.
The OpenGL ES working group is pleased to announce the release of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Full Specification. Previously, OpenGL ES 1.1 was defined by a "difference specification", which was an annotated list of differences between it and desktop OpenGL 1.5. To understand the API, programmers new to OpenGL had to read the 300+ page OpenGL 1.5 specification, cross-referencing against the difference specification to see which features were supported. The new document is entirely self-contained, so no cross-referencing is required. And, as it is only about half as long as the desktop specification, it is much easier for OpenGL beginners to read. The API itself is of course unchanged, and the working group will continue to maintain and publish the older difference specification for those who prefer it. Both versions of the specification are available at the Khronos OpenGL ES specification download page
Qtopia Core is the leading application framework for single-application devices powered by embedded Linux and forms the foundation for the Qtopia Phone Edition and Platform Edition. The new Qtopia Core 4.3 beta adds support for OpenGL ES for accelerated graphics. Beta is available for download under a preview evaluation license.
More content from GDC 2007 is now online. Videos: The Softimage|XSI Crosswalk video describes how to create a Half-Life 2 character out of mulitiple COLLADA assets coming from many different softwares, integrating and refining them in XSI, and then exporting for use in a game. The Feeling Software videos show short demos of the features of Feeling's COLLADA Tools for Max and Maya. Panel Discussion: Notes from the COLLADA panel discussion summarizes the thoughts of professional developers talking about using COLLADA in real world production Presentations: Pixelbox Academy presentations cover "COLLADA 101 - Fast Track to Getting Started" and "Everything you ever wanted to know about COLLADA". GDC Mobile presentations include: "Mobile 3D Hardware: They're Not Little PCs!", "Premium Phone Graphics: The New Generation of Mobile 3D Gaming" and "3D Convergence: Crossing Language and Platform Boundaries".