Adobe has launched Photoshop CC 2014, a new full-point update that extends the software’s GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, and expands its blur effects and Smart Objects functionality. All three new tools are powered by the GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, expanded in the update to improve performance on other image-editing tasks: Adobe promises image upsampling is “up to 15 times faster”.
CL3VER Viewer 2.1 improves 3D visualization of CL3VER presentations in most browsers--with IE in Windows XP being shown as the odd man out. CL3VER works with both Flash and WebGL. When you try to access a CL3VER 3D scene from your browser, it recognize the browser version and provides a Flash or WebGL scene automatically.
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.
Vivante Corporation announced multiple silicon partner integrations of its GC7000 Series GPU IP into SoCs targeting wearables, mobile, automotive, and 4K TV products. GC7000 supports the newly released OpenGL ES 3.1* API and hardware TS/GS/CS (tessellation / geometry / compute shader) extensions for Android. Product is based on a published Khronos OpenGL ES 3.1 Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.
Unity released version 4.5 of its engine, including a variety of enhancements, including over 450 fixes to the program. OpenGL ES 3.0 support has now come to the latest iOS devices in Unity 4.5, and its overall support of the standard has been improved in this release.
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.
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.
Unity Technologies has unveiled Unity 5, the next generation of Unity multiplatform engine and development tools. Unity 5 brings a wealth of new capabilities and features enabling all developers to create amazing games and interactive experiences, and painlessly deploy them to almost any platform. Unity 5 will see the launch of the integrated Unity Cloud ad-sharing network for cross-promotion of mobile games, and an addition to Unity’s multiplatform support with the introduction of WebGL deployment.
The new Soft Kitty OpenGL ES 3.0 demo shows that, with our latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs, it is possible to render animated fur covered characters in real time on mobile devices. The final demo runs at >30fps at resolutions higher than Full HD driven by a PowerVR Rogue GPU. Soft Kitty will also be on display at the Imagination booth (#402) at GDC 2014.