Foliage middleware provider Interactive Data Visualization has announced the release of the latest version of its SpeedTree, adding new features like a forest preview, wind, and advanced lighting. IDV says the early release, which it calls a "near-final beta version" for both PC and next-gen consoles will let users create a tree and see it instantly as part of a forest, to "quickly get a feel for how their trees will look and perform with other trees. The latest version supports COLLADA and OBJ mesh exporting that will capture "SpeedTree's normals, binormals, tangents, and wind weights as well as the standard geometric features (vertices, texture coordinates, etc.)."
Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software Ships to First Customers, exports to COLLADA
Right Hemisphere 5 Deep Server Software provides a unified, automated, and secure enterprise-wide media communication and collaboration environment. Anyone can use to improve the quality and speed of decision making among designers, managers, suppliers and customers. Featuring an abundance of new capabilities for authoring and rendering high quality line art illustrations, including a 2D and 3D symbol library; 2D line styles in 3D viewer, 2D vector and raster illustration outputs; easy thrust line creation with animation; illustration support with thick and thin rendering, color fill and more; a 2D alpha tool for creation, removal and manipulation of alpha channels in texture maps; and added drawing tools to improve technical illustration workflows. Also, new file format support for Microsoft 3D XAML, Google SketchUp, Autodesk FiLMBOX, Collada DAE, Silo 3D and WebCGM.Read More
International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) have announce the top 25 nominees from 224 game developers in 42 countries. The judging process was completed in Marseille in the Belle de Mai. The results were announced with a shortlist of 25 games in 5 different categories.
Google has updated the 3D Warehouse with a significant new feature. Models in the 3D Warehouse can now be downloaded in the Collada file format (an open standard 3D file format). Collada files are supported by Google Earth. This is particularly significant because this means you now have an even faster way to bring models from the 3D Warehouse into Google Earth. The Collada files are downloaded in a Zip file. After downloading one you can simply drag the model's DAE file from the Zip file straight into Google Earth's Places folders and the model will be loaded on top of your current location. Note that if you are viewing the 3D Warehouse in a language other than English, you may not see the Collada file format option for a given model.
Symbian announced today New Symbian technologies to shape the future of converged mobile devices and service. Symbian Limited, developer and licensor of Symbian OS™, the market-leading operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones, today announced two ground-breaking technologies, ScreenPlay and FreeWay, to power the future of mobile computing. The newly announced technologies offer dramatic enhancements in the vital areas of graphics and connectivity, which are essential in driving the growth and reach of smartphones. "Consumers are expecting more intuitive, more informative and more entertaining graphics experiences on their phones. Symbian is heavily involved with Khronos to help create and promote open standards for mobile graphics and media. By supporting open standard APIs, Symbian has ensured that ScreenPlay will receive strong industry support," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.
Jon Peddie Research has posted an online poster of The History of 3D in Computers. From gigantic wonders of the world to handleheld supercomputers--Movies and Games feature better and better graphics, while devices become smaller and smaller. A great time line presentation of the progress of 3D from the 1949 MIT SAGE air defense system to the present Nokia N95, the first mobile device with 3D shader hardware.
NVIDIA today announced the release of FX Composer 2.0. FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for DirectX and OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae formats, FX Composer provides true API cross-platform functionality. The widely used FX Composer tools permit rapid, low-cost development of visual effects.
3d-test Panorama of web 3d technologies - Real Time 3D & Interactive media has posted a new set of Interviews. Included are interviews from Ed Plowman - ARM, Nicolas Verley et Jason "Chinny" Brynford-Jones - SoftImage, Neil Trevett - Vice President Embedded Content, NVIDIA and many more. If this is your first time to visit the Interview archives at 3d-test, you will find lots of great older interviews from COLLADA, NVIDIA and many others.
NVIDIA announces FX Composer 2.0 Beta 3. FX Composer 2 is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for DirectX and OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae formats, FX Composer provides true cross-platform API functionality.
DX Studio announces the release of DX Studio v2.0. DX Studio is a complete integrated development environment for creating interactive 3D graphics on Win2k/XP/Vista. The system comprises of both a real-time 3D engine and a suite of editing tools, and is the first product to offer a complete range of tools in a single IDE. Some of the features include full COLLADA support for models, new per-pixel lighting model, per-pixel bump and specular map support, fully integrated model editor including extrusion, lofting, UV mapping, boolean operations and much more, materials, animations and skins, new material editor and much more.