The new version of Internet Explorer IE11 improves WebGL performance and adds support for instancing extension, 16-bit textures, GLSL builtin variables, and triangle fans. Microsoft notes its Khronos WebGL Conformance Test score has improved from 93 percent to 97 percent.
The Khronos Toronto Chapter will be holding their next meetup on Thursday July 10 on Yonge street in Toronto at the Uken Games Office. From the meetup page "Those who've tried out the iOS8 update were met with something truly remarkable: WebGL is enabled by default in Mobile Safari. With Apple finally on board, we now have support from ALL major desktop and mobile browsers." Spacing is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please signup soon!
The WebGL Workshop London Meetup Group will be holding a WebGL meet-up in London on August 28th 2014. At this month's meet-up they will finish the rotating dice in raw WebGL, then do the same in Three.js and Babylon.js for comparison.. Held at the SkillsMatter on Goswell Road London, there are a few prerequisites. Check it out, and if you can make, please be sure to reserve your spot.
The WebGL Workshop London Meetup Group will be holding another WebGL meet-up in London on June 26th 2014. At this month's meet-up they'll be looking at how WebGL can be employed to visualise your data. Held at the SkillsMatter on Goswell Road London, there are a few prerequisites. Check it out, and if you can make, please be sure to reserve your spot.
Recent research shows that WebGL is now supported on more devices than Flash. It’s the bigger platform. In fact, WebGL powered HTML5 is now the largest platform on the planet for interactive browser graphics. Now that WebGL is available on IE and Safari as well, we should see WebGL become even bigger. Long live WebGL!
Along with a plethora of updates from Apple, WebGL is now present by default on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The folks over at Ludei have run a couple of tests: "We have downloaded and installed iOS 8 beta on an iPad2 and thanks to the CocoonJS Launcher App, that offers access to both the System WebView and to Canvas+, we have been able to confirm that WebGL support is for both mobile Safari and the webview."
Vanda Engine 1.3 source code is now available on SourceForge and on Github. Vanda Engine 1.3 is based on the COLLADA RT project (using COLLADA DOM) and can import COLLADA 1.4 format. There are many bug fixes and several new features have been added to allow import of most of the features of COLLADA 1.4 including animation clips, multiple UV sets and loading cameras. OpenGL 3.0 is being used to render the scenes.
The London UK WebGL Meetup is pleased to have Davide Della Casa, Guy John from LiveCodeLab. They will give a brief presentation/performance at the start of the workshop. Davide and Guy will do a 15 minutes audio-visual performance, followed by a technical review of the main solutions adopted around WebGL and Three.js.
Blend4Web is a new WebGL framework for authoring and interactive rendering of three-dimensional graphics and audio in browsers. The platform is intended for creating visualizations, presentations, online-shops, games and other rich internet applications, and is integrated tightly with Blender (hence the name).
CopperCube 4.5 has just been released. The game engine now has the option to publish WebGL games with fullscreen and pointer lock support, meaning first person games and apps are now easy to use when run from websites. There is also a new WebGL demo available, showing this feature in action.