CopperCube, the WebGL 3D editor for creating interactive 3D apps and websites has just been released in version 4.2. It now supports normal maps, import of Blender .blend files, using precalculated lightmaps, includes WebGL performance improvements, and much more. A detailed list of the changes in this free update can be viewed on the website.
Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has published a new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR." If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, “How do they do that?”, then you’ve experienced the magic of 3D worlds generated by a computer. This book will guide you through the history of how this came about and show you a little about how it's all done. Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and was recently named one of the most influential analysts.
Dr Rémi Arnaud from AMD offers a great review the WebGL community and a round up of just how fast WebGL is catching on, from SIGGRAPH 2013. "The SIGGRAPH 2013 WebGL BOF definitely had the kind of energy and vibrant community that I took for granted when at Silicon Graphics, but have since learned is rare. WebGL is an enabler;" writes Remi.
The Khronos Group is throwing a huge party at SIGGRAPH to celebrate 10 years of OpenGL ES. The OpenGL ES 10th Anniversary party will take place July 24th at the Hilten Anaheim in the California Ballroom A&B at 9PM following the All-Day BOF Blitz™. With over $16K in prizes to be won, and a chance to mingle with the creators of OpenGL ES, this is an event not to be missed. To help celebrate, the Khronos Group is inviting you to help sponsor the party, send us your OpenGL ES stories, and in return you and your company can get some great exposure. We've got some great stories already lined up, which appear on our Party page and in our OpenGL ES yearbook. We hope you can join the Khronos Group for this momentous occasion.
WebGL: Up and Running is a recent book by Tony Parisi, has been translated into Chinese. This book will help you get off and running with a quick introduction to WebGL. From the O'Reilly website "Tony Parisi is an entrepreneur and career CTO/architect. He has developed international standards and protocols, created noteworthy software products, and started and sold technology companies. Tony's passion for innovating is exceeded only by his desire to bring coolness and fun to the broadest possible audience." The Khronos group has had the privilege of working with Tony in the past. Tony Parisi is also the founder of the WebGL Meetups in and around the San Francisco area.