Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) version 15.2. This interim release features a significant improvement in the organization and quantity of online data, new functionality for transforming LiDAR point clouds, and support for several new 3D model file types, including COLLADA .dae format.
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.
The Khronos Group has loaded some of the slide set from the GDC 2014 sessions online. Included in this uploaded are slides from OpenCL, OpenGL ES, OpenGL Efficiency, OpenGL, OpenVX, SYCL for OpenCL, Volumerics OpenCL RT Graphics and the Khronos Press Briefing. All presentations are also available via Slideshare.
The Khronos Group DevU sessions at GDC 2014 are happening this week. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 DevU sessions. The sessions will take place on the 19th and 20th of March as well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance on March 19th. This not to be missed 2 day event is packed with lots of guest speakers from many companies. Seating is reserved and signup pages are available for each session here: OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL ES, OpenGL, WebCL, COLLADA, WebGL.
Cesium has introduced full support for glTF models. A demo with example aircraft, ground vehicle, and character models is available. There is also a tutorial on how to use the Cesium API for glTF, and a tool to convert COLLADA to glTF (based on COLLADA2GLTF).
The schedules for the COLLADA, glTF and WebCL meetups are now online. COLLADA has a great line up of speakers including the COLLADA work group chair Fabrice Robinet, Tony Parisi from Vizi and co-creator of the COLLADA technology, Remi Arnaud.
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.