Unity has announced the first step in the end-of-life process of the Web Player. With Unity 5.4, the only option to generate web content will be with WebGL export, which is currently in preview. Learn more about WebGL support in the Unity documentation.
Facebook’s new SDK for Unity v7.1 provides the opportunity for Unity developers to better integrate their games with Facebook. The new update includes full support for Unity 5, support for the new WebGL build target and Facebook’s latest native mobile SDKs with new tools and features. The Facebook SDK for Unity complements Unity’s cross-platform support, providing a pure-Unity write-once, run-everywhere experience across the gaming platforms of WebGL, Unity Web Player, Android and iOS.
The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. announced that they have added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, an implementation of OpenGL ES that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework. With a fast implementation of OpenGL ES on OS X, developers will find it easier to migrate OpenGL ES games and apps from iOS to OS X, and web browsers can leverage MetalGL to improve the performance of WebGL on OS X.
Khronos is proud to announce four upcoming Chapter meetups! Since SIGGRAPH 2015 the Khronos Group Chapters have grown considerably. Upcoming in September alone there will be a meetup in Hobart Australia (Sept 22), New York (Sept 22), Milano (Sept 30) and finally Austin Texas (Nov 23). Is there no Chapter in your area? Let us know if you are interested in starting one.
Next week Patrick Cozzi will be giving a talk on the state of WebGL and glTF at the Graphical Web conference. He will have some exciting progress to share on glTF, and he also wants to capture the state of the entire WebGL ecosystem. If you are working on a WebGL engine, tool, or browser/driver/platform, and want Patrick to include an update for it, please contact him with the details by the morning of Friday September 18th. The slides will be posted online afterwards.
The Khronos Group BOF Blitz is live streaming all BOFs. Starting with "Accelerating Vision Processing" at 1PM PT followed by "Heterogeneous Computing" at 2PM and "3D Web Graphics" at 3:45PM. Finally, at 5:30PM there will be the "3D Graphics API State of the Union" BOF which will include Vulkan:
WebGLStudio.js is an impressive platform to create interactive 3D scenes directly from the browser. It allows one to edit the scene visually, code your behaviours, edit the shaders, and all directly from within the app.
NASA released a new Blend4Web-powered project powered by WebGL. To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Curiosity Mars Rover landing on the red planet, NASA has developed a web application to reflect the most prominent moments of this space mission. This app is both very informative and intriguing: you can move the rover, control its cameras and the robotic arm and even take a selfie! The 3D content is integrated with martian landscape photos linked to locations and events via HTML interface and markers. Seamless integration of these different data types is guaranteed by WebGL as a native browser technology. We believe that the successful implementation of such an ambitious project marks a significant milestone in the development of Internet technologies in general and WebGL, in particular.
The Khronos Group SIGGRAPH schedule has been posted online. This year Khronos brings four BOFs to the BOF Blitz, a Chapter meetup and a course a party! Khronos is celebrating it's 15th Anniversary this year, and what a year it's turning out to be. BOFs include OpenVX & OpenCL, OpenCL, SYCL & SPIR-V, WebGL and glTF and Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenGL ES.
Four years ago we presented a prototype for creating custom 3D paper models using OpenGL. This time we present a new version developed using WebGL. Besides several options to custom the paper model like surface color, edge color and thickness, or images used as stickers, the user can also make new models using a simple revolution surface editor. This prototype still follows a client-server model. The server starts to work when the user requests the PDF file, computing a high quality paper model using OpenGL for multisampling, texture filtering and off-screen rendering.