Shaderific version 4.1 is now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes it possible to write, compile and test OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader programs directly on any iOS device. Version 4.1 adds full support for iOS 10. Furthermore, the release includes a new shader for Conway's Game of Life that demonstrates the use of the newly introduced custom uniforms. The cell size can be determinded and shadow effects can be enabled to provide a variety of beautiful rendering options. To provide full flexibilty to the user Shaderifc now supports importing Game of Life patterns in the form of text files. The patterns are automatically converted to textures that can be used as start configurations.
Unity 5.6 beta uses Vulkan to take the graphics performance to the next level, and at final release, Vulkan will run on Android, Windows, Linux, and Tizen. Unity has seen a rendering performance improvement out-of-the box up to 60% using Unity – that is without having to deal with any specifics of the Vulkan API.
MAXON announced they have reached a licensing agreement for the use of AMD’s Radeon ProRender technology in MAXON’s Cinema 4D application. Radeon ProRender’s physically-based GPU rendering engine is built on platform-agnostic OpenCL architecture and will provide outstanding performance on both macOS and Windows. Written using OpenCL, Radeon ProRender can run on virtually any hardware. Radeon ProRender also provides a CPU backend which means Radeon ProRender can run on GPU, CPU, or a combination of multiple disparate GPUs.
A new version of the Lightweight Java Games Library has been released. This provides java bindings for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Vulkan, OpenCL, OpenAL, EGL, BGFX, etc.
Magic Bullet Suite delivers for the first time ever, real-time color correction thanks to OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, extending the toolset for users of the industry’s leading NLE.
Developer Super Evil Megacorp, which turned heads last year with its Vainglory mobile MOBA, now has a beta version that uses the Vulkan API. Super Evil Megacorp says that this Vulkan-enabled version runs 30% more efficiently on supported hardware, resulting in better battery life, faster controls, and higher framerates.
Unity has released the beta for version 5.5 of its eponymous engine. WebGL 2.0 has been made the default for new projects, bringing it into line with OpenGL ES 3.0 when it comes to rendering and visual quality in browsers. At this time browser support remains experimental.
The CryEngine roadmap has been released, including specific details about the upcoming CryEngine 5.2 and 5.3. Developers have planned full support for the Vulkan API around mid-october 2016.
The Khronos Group continues to sponsor the AEC Hackathon. Next up in Austin Texas is AEC Hackathon 3.6. Stay up-to-date with the schedule, challenges and projects on the official AEC Hackathon site. Learn more about AEC Hackathon from executive director Damon Hernandez.