Ballistic COLLADA viewer is a simple but efficient free COLLADA viewer, It is written in C++ and uses the OpenGL API for rendering. The new version adds support for textures and can reads models from the Google 3D Warehouse and models exported to .dae from the latest Google SketchUp, or Blender. It features game like navigation for better immersion.
PaperVision3D is an open source project that lets you import COLLADA files and render 3D objects in real time using Flash. The 3D Flash engines works with ActionScript 2 and 3, and features linear texture mapping, optimized for rendering speed and quality. This "how to" lets you experiment with creating a simple first person shooter using a COLLADA model and an AS2 class package. Also check out the summary blog which has some great example references.
Google has just released the latest beta for Google Earth 4. Google Earth 4 adds a simpler interface, time animation, enhanced layers, GIS data importing, compressed textures, movie making, and drawing tools. The latest beta adds a progress indicator, real-time GPS tracking, and greatly improved performance for COLLADA models (textured buildings). Available for OS X, Linux and Windows XP.
Anark Studio is a Windows rapid application authoring tool for creating interactive 3D content. The new v4.0 adds enhanced speed and memory management, improved workflow, optimized play-back and visual enhancements, and import of Max and Maya animations via integrated COLLADA 1.4.1 support.
Softimage will be demonstating SOFTIMAGE|XSI and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT v.1.5 in Seoul (Dec 5th, 2006) , Shanghai (Dec 8th, 2006) and Tokyo Dec 12th, 2006). AMD will be discussing workstations tailored to the CG market. COLLADA will be shown as a way to offer interoperability and improved collaboration among teams in mixed-software studio environment, allowing Softimage artists and technical directors to create and work easily in next-generation game development pipeline.
MeshLab is an open source portable and extensible mesh processing system for processing and rendering of large unstructured 3D triangular meshes (typical 3D scanning meshes). It provides a set of tools for cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of large unstructured meshes. The new v0.8 adds support for COLLADA read and write, new filters, and new OpenGL API shaders.
A basic summary of resources and steps for getting started using COLLADA as a digital content creator or as a software developers. The guide the steps to take if you want to use COLLADA to import/export data from tools or if you want to implement COLLADA in your application.
VTour for Mac supports the creation of geo-referenced 3D scenes for Google Earth using COLLADA 1.4.1 export
Starting directly from digital photographs, or from full 360-degree panoramas, VTour facilitates the creation of 3D scenes such as interiors or urban areas using polygonal photo-textured primitives. Users can export or publish results as a 3D movie or export COLLADA 1.4.1 as geo-referenced 3D scenes for Google Earth.
Anark Gameface is a bundle of Anark Studio, an advanced 3D authoring platform, and Anark Format SDK, designed to export your UI data directly into your game engine. The new v3.7 ncludes an enhanced workflow for game artists and performance upgrades for game engineers for more efficient UI authoring. It also includes support for the COLLADA file format, which allows for the direct data transfer of animation created in 3ds Max and Maya. Support for COLLADA will continue to grow with future releases.
Subsurface feature visualization using OpenGL ES - handheld augmented reality for geospatial asset management
Researchers at Graz University of Technology demonstrated using OpenGL ES to implement an Augmented Reality application for city geospatial asset management visualization on small handheld devices. The application overlays 3D data such as gas and power lines on top of a real city model captured by the built in camera. The goals is that a utility company field worker could point their mobile phone to a particular surface subsection of a road or building. Depending on the device's position and orientation, the field worker would be shown a real-time visualization of the subsurface network of cables and pipes. The "x-ray vision" merges real world vision with computer graphics generated from GIS data stores. The prototype application was shown at the ISMAR 2006 conference running on three different Windows CE handhelds using software as well as hardware OpenGL ES.