The week of March 16th is a busy one so be sure to add the annual Khronos Group sessions to your calendar. This year we have a great line up including Vulkan, WebGL and glTF. There will be a special Chapters Luncheon and after the day winds down join Khronos for a special evening social full of good conversation with the Khronos Group members who bring you Vulkan, WebGL, OpenGL, and more. Register today for all the sessions you will attend.
Jeff Muizelaar mentioned that WebGL 2 is now enabled within Firefox nightly builds. The WebGL 2 implementation isn't yet fully complete, but is at least to a point that it's working well enough for most modern content written against the provisional specification.
vertexshaderart.com is a site where you provide a WebGL vertex shader who's only inputs are a number that counts 0, 1, 2, 3, ... and time (and audio). Your job is to make a vertex shader that makes something cool.
A-Frame is an open source framework for easily creating WebVR experiences with HTML. It is designed and maintained by MozVR (Mozilla’s virtual reality team research team). A-Frame wraps WebGL in HTML custom elements, enabling web developers to create 3D VR scenes that leverage WebGL’s power, without having to learn its complex low-level API. Because WebGL is ubiquitous in modern browsers on desktop and mobile, A-Frame experiences work across desktop, iPhone (Android support coming soon), and Oculus Rift headsets.
If you're a Star Wars fan and have a computer and a smart phone, give this Chrome Experiment a try. From Engadget, "Lightsaber Escape is a Chrome Experiment that Google made in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Star Wars visual-effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. It uses WebGL for the 3D graphics, plus WebRTC and WebSocket for the real-time communication between your phone and desktop."
With Unity 5.3, Unity3D is dropping the “Preview” label and making WebGL an officially supported build target. The Premium and Enterprise support plans will now cover support tickets for the WebGL platform.
It's been a very busy few weeks for the Khronos Group chapters. We've added three new chapters: Paris France, Washington DC and Wroclaw Poland. There is a good selection of upcoming meetups as well:
- Computer Graphics on the Web: Dec 8, 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
- First Khronos Wroclaw meetup + VR: Dec 9, 2015 - Wroclaw, Poland
- Image Processing with WebGL: Dec 10, 2015 - London, Britain
- WebGL Developers Meetup: Dec 17, 2015 - Milano, Italy
- OpenGL for beginners part 1: Jan 06th, 2016 - Naritaweg, Amsterdam
Errata: We originally said Seattle Washington... our mistake, our latest chapter is in Washington DC.
For nearly two decades, Flash Professional has been the standard for producing rich animations on the web. Since the emergence of HTML5 and demand for animations that leverage web standards, Adobe rewrote the tool to incorporate native HTML5 Canvas and WebGL support.
This is a C# reference loader for glTF. It's as simple to use as Interface.LoadModel("PathToModel.gltf"). You can use this loader in your project by importing the "glTF Loader" NuGet package. Additional examples can be found in the gltfLoaderUnitTests project.
CSS-Tricks has a guest post by Matt DesLauriers on rendering SVG paths in WebGL. Matt discusses some of the tools and ideas involved in making it happen, as well as other approaches and other related concepts.