The Khronos Group will once again be holding a series of Meet ups at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
On Thursday 13 February 2014 the first Khronos meetup in Amsterdam will take place. The goal is to learn about open media-standards from The Khronos Group and others. So when OpenCV is discussed, we’ll also talk OpenVX. Speakers include Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation talking Blender and OpenGL and Maarten and Jurjen of ThreeDee Media talking WebGL. Complete details are available here and here.
MontageJS has introduced a new WebGL-based component for the MontageJS framework. The 3D view component for MontageJS offers an abstraction layer for WebGL and aims to make the individual elements of a 3D scene just as easy to manipulate as conventional HTML elements in the page DOM. If your browser has WebGL enabled, you can try out a demo here. The MontageJS 3D view component is designed to load and display glTF content. The COLLADA working group provides Mac and Windows open source converters to translate COLLADA files into glTF.
Adobe has just released its update for Photoshop CC, bringing with it major support for the world of 3D. Included is the natively built-in option to publish your 3D models directly to Sketchfab using WebGL. Support files types include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.
Paris ACM SIGGRAPH, in association with IRCAM and the CNRS, invites you to a conference on the subject of standards and open libraries in the animation and video game industries. Erik Noreke from The Khronos Group will be presenting the Khronos Group as well as the latest developments in the standards they manage.
ARES Security Corporation has announced AVERT 7, which improves the software's modeling capability with the use of the COLLADA model format. This format greatly enhances the re-usability of existing models in both open source and propriety data sources as well as use 2D & 3D geometry from existing data stores such as computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS). AVERT visually depicts, analyzes and optimizes physical security.
Autodesk has introduced Maya LT, an affordably priced but powerful 3D animation tool for indie game developers. Through support for FBX export, Maya LT can be used for game engines like Unity Engine and Unreal Engine and content creation for Second Life. The FBX converter can export from Maya LT into Collada DAE format.
Dr Rémi Arnaud from AMD offers a great review the WebGL community and a round up of just how fast WebGL is catching on, from SIGGRAPH 2013. "The SIGGRAPH 2013 WebGL BOF definitely had the kind of energy and vibrant community that I took for granted when at Silicon Graphics, but have since learned is rare. WebGL is an enabler;" writes Remi.
The Vanda Engine allows you to import COLLADA scenes made in 3ds Max and Maya. The Vanda Engine also allows you to import the PhysX static and dynamic rigid bodies made in 3ds Max and Maya. Designers can export whole scenes including animations, cameras, textures, meshes, etc and import it to Vanda to enjoy their interactive scene.
The Khronos Group has posted some of the SIGGRAPH BOF slides online. More to come as the week progresses. Currently you will find OpenCL, WebCL, Camera work group and COLLADA.