Futuremark Announces 3D Content Creation Tool Chain for OpenGL ES 2.0 today at Siggraph 2007. Futuremark's new toolset provides hardware developers and the mobile gaming community with a solution for creating, developing, and running OpenGL ES 2.0 3D games and applications content in real-time from popular 3D graphics applications including SOFTIMAGE|XSI®. The Futuremark Content Creation Tool Chain supports all important OpenGL ES 2.0 features from common effect frameworks including effects, render passes, render to texture, post processing and shadow maps. The toolset consists of three major components: Futuremark BFP™ (Big Fat Pipeline), Futuremark RSCGE™ (Radical Shader Crunching Game Engine), and Futuremark FMS™, a COLLADA™ compliant content data file.
COLLADA 3D Asset Intermediate Standard Accelerates Adoption and is to be Extended for 2D Vector Graphics
7th August, 2007 – SIGGRAPH - San Diego, CA – The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that industry momentum of the COLLADA™ standard for 3D asset intermediate format continues to grow rapidly with significant standardization activity and widening industry adoption. Many authoring packages have now added support for importing and exporting COLLADA assets including: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Agency9 MADLIX, Anark Core Platform, Caligari trueSpace 7.5, DAZ Productions DAZ|Studio 1.7, E Frontier Poser 7, Google Sketchup 6, NVIDIA FX Composer 2, Omegame Menus Master, Remograph Remo3D 1.3.1, Terathon C4 Game Engine and Wordweaver DX Studio 2.0.4. In addition the Khronos COLLADA working group has initiated extending COLLADA to include 2D vector graphics assets, such as high quality fonts, enabling authoring of user interfaces and scenes that seamlessly mix 2D and 3D assets in a unified geometry and effects environment.
Bitmanagement - a Siggraph exhibitor at Web3D both #029 - will showcase at this years computer graphics premiere event the newly developed support of the popular COLLADA 3D exchange format in their web based 3D rendering engine BS Contact. With this strategic move Bitmanagement follows their roadmap to extend their leadership in real-time rendering engines for open standards in Web3D and Khronos consortia.
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.
eyeon Software Inc has announced an update to its compositing application, Fusion. Support for the OFX plug-in format was announced at NAB in April and, now with Fusion 5.2’s plug-in capabilities that support the native Fusion API, the After Effects API and the OFX API, Fusion hosts the broadest selection of third party plug-in functionality, according to Eyeon. The release of Fusion 5.2 includes over one hundred updates and modifications. 3D scene importing allows artists to import more 3D data and animation in FBX, 3DS, OBJ and COLLADA.dae formats. 3D LUTs are now supported in real time, accelerated via GPUs.
Papervision3D is an open source 3D engine for the Flash platform that utilizes COLLADA. The creators of Papervision3D have finally been able to sit down and merge a lot of code and clean up some major work under the hood with Papervision3D! This version of the engine has seen a 40% plus increase in speed! The API didn’t change a bit, and we added some new features like culling and InteractiveScene3D with Interactive materials. The CS3 Papervision3D component was also updated today.
A simple tutorial to show how powerful Papervision3D is for designers and programmers alike. Papervision3D uses the COLLADA API.
FX Composer is a powerful integrated development environment for shader authoring. With support for OpenGL and DirectX, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, HLSL, as well as .obj, .3ds, .dae, .fbx, and .x formats, FX Composer provides true cross-platform API functionality. This release candidate of FX Composer 2 includes various bug fixes and minor improvements, including better support for older Shader Model 2-class GPUs.
MADLIX lets users insert 3D-content in web pages, blogs, Google pages, community presentations and more. MADLIX uses OpenGL and runs with all Java enabled webrowser. The updated MADLIX site features a new and improved 3D viewer with model preview, faster loading and Facebook integration. In Facebook users can share models using the MADLIX 3D-wall. The content pipeline has been updated with an on-line publisher available for all Java enabled platforms supporting the COLLADA 1.4.1 specification.