Sundog Software released version 5.0 of the SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK, featuring support for OpenGL 2.0 through 4.5. SilverLining is a C++ library that simulates real-time skies for any given time, location, and weather conditions. It implements a variety of volumetric rendering techniques to represent many different 3D cloud types in a physically realistic manner from any angle, while maintaining high frame-rates. SilverLining 5 introduces new hand-modeled storm clouds suitable for use in flight simulators. Large, natural-looking cumulonimbus thunderheads and towering cumulus clouds in various stages of development are included. SilverLining integrates into any OpenGL application easily with simple calls to initialize, update, and draw its skies, clouds, and precipitation effects. Integration code for OpenSceneGraph is included. SilverLining is widely used in the training and simulation industry, and powers the popular "SkyMaxx Pro" add-on for the X-Plane flight simulator.
Google has merged Earth Pro with the free Google Earth, now offering only Goole Earth Pro. Another notable change: In the past you had the option to switch between DirectX or OpenGL when running Google Earth on Windows, now the application defaults to OpenGL mode. Learn about the other improvements.
Khronos member MAXON announced the next generation of its professional 3D application, Cinema 4D Release 19 (R19), which offers both tools and enhancements artists can put to use immediately, and provides a peek at the future. MAXON will debut Cinema 4D R19 during SIGGRAPH 2017 in LA, where the developer can be found at booth #701. MAXON has introduced OpenGL capabilities in BodyPaint 3D, MAXON’s professional paint and texturing toolset.
Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro instance families to deliver high performance graphics applications from AWS. The Graphics Desktop instance family offers a single instance type with an NVIDIA GPU based on K520 with 1,536 CUDA cores, 8 vCPUs, 15 GiB system memory, and 4 GiB graphics memory. This instance type is ideal for running desktop graphics applications such as Siemens NX, SolidWorks, ESRI ArcGIS, and other applications that use DirectX, OpenGL, OpenCL, and CUDA.
After failing to get the initial Vulkan support in last year's CryENGINE 5.3, the public preview of CryENGINE 5.4 is finally available and comes with initial support for the Vulkan graphics API. Learn more on Phoronix.
Microsoft Story Remix has the ability to combine multiple elements, including mixed-reality content from Microsoft’s 3D assets site, 3D Remix. 3D Remix works with third-party content in the glTF interchange format to create eye-popping, special-effects-driven stories. Checkout Remix 3D Preview with glTF online today.
Nvidia released version 3.6 of the GeForce companion tool Experience. In addition to optimizing the graphics settings of all the supported games installed on your system, this update adds gameplay recording and broadcasting support for OpenGL and Vulkan games. Read the entire review on Tom's Hardware.
On the "Ashes of the Singularity" forums, Stardock has announced Vulkan support is mostly complete, coming in June. "However, it won't be until June before it's released as there is a ton of compatibility and optimization work to be done given the game's popularity as a benchmarking tool for high end graphics." Linux support is still up in the air.
With Blender 2.79, OpenCL support has improved and should be closer to parity with Blender's CUDA capabilities. The OpenCL Cycles renderer has shorter render times by up to 50% in some cases, tiles are now seen updating while rendering, support for SSS and volume rendering, optimized transparent shadows, and various fixes.