COLLADA import/export in DAZ 3D offers a step towards full interoperability between Carrara and DAZ Studio. Now you can export figures, conforming clothing, morphs and scenes from DAZ Studio into Carrara. A key new ingredient to this cross-functionality is support for "sparse morph" data. This allows you to transfer large amounts of morph data within smaller files for greater speed. DAZ 3D pioneered this technology for the COLLADA file format and DAZ Studio is the first application to use this new technique. Dynamic clothing can also now be exported as part of a COLLADA file using the new "Freeze Simulation" feature. Available as part of the Dynamic Clothing plugin, Freeze Simulation is used to convert dynamic clothing simulations into static morph data. The same data can then be imported into your Carrara scenes.
There are a number of upcoming training course covering OpenGL, OpenGL ES, GLSL and OpenCL. A complete list of upcoming courses and events are available on the Khronos Website events page.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. and Digital Media Professionals Inc. (DMP) announced that DMP has become a member of the MIPS Alliance Program for its Android™ on MIPS initiative. The alliance will ultimately enable SoC developers to create MIPS-Based™ SoCs with DMP PICA/SMAPH series graphics IP cores. DMP’s OpenGL ES and OpenVG graphics IP cores including its PICA/SMAPH series cores are developed for high performance and low power embedded applications, fulfilling the increasing need for visually-rich user interfaces in products running Android.
The Khronos Group has posted Japanese and Chinese translations of the two recent major press announcements: "Khronos Unleashes Cutting-Edge, Cross-Platform Graphics Acceleration with OpenGL 4.0" and "Khronos Group Delivers COLLADA Adopters Package & Conformance Tests". You can find them both on the Khronos.org Press Release page.
NVIDIA has released a new version of its GPU Computing SDK. This version supports Fermi architecture and will allow GPU computing developers to prepare their code for Fermi-based graphics cards. GPU Computing SDK is made up of CUDA 3.0 Toolkit as well as the OpenCL SDK. The official NVIDIA page is here.
According to Google, the goal of ANGLE is to layer WebGL's subset of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API over DirectX 9.0c API calls. "We're open-sourcing ANGLE under the BSD license as an early work-in-progress, but when complete, it will enable browsers like Google Chrome to run WebGL content on Windows computers without having to rely on OpenGL drivers." Since ANGLE aims to implement most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, the project may also be useful for developers who are working on applications for mobile and embedded devices. CNET has done an excellent write-up on Angle.
All of the session slides from the 2010 GDC Khronos Group sessions are available online in PDF format. Slides sets available include:
Game Programming Gems 8 contains an OpenCL primer and optimization article. The articles, called Using Heterogeneous Parallel Architectures with OpenCL, was co-authored by Udeepta Bordoloi, Benedict R. Gaster, and Marc Romankewicz from AMD.
The OpenMAX AL working group is pleased to announce that OpenMAX AL version 1.0.1 has been released and is available for download in the Khronos Registry. The update to the specification includes minor bug fixes and clarifications, macros used for platform specific linking information, additional macro definitions for common codecs and multimedia container formats and a detailed description of memory management. An official feedback thread is located in the Khronos forums. The OpenMAX AL version 1.0.1 specification can be downloaded in PDF. Two recommendations have been made to implementors of OpenMAX AL and OpenSL ES.
DMP is proud to announce three new programming training course sessions. For those who have taken past courses, the OpenGL ES courese are two new courses, training I and II, which will run May 20-21 and March 27-28 2010. Complete details in english are available online for the courses: GLSL Getting Started, Training I and Training II, and in Japanese.