The big news of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s annual DevStation 07 conference was the session on the rollout of features for the Home community service. Currently undergoing a closed beta, it will launch globally in October. In between now and then, there will be monthly SDK releases, as more advanced features are rolled out. The current pre-release version only supports the use of Maya for the creation of 3D assets, while v1.0 will add 3ds Max and COLLADA support.
NVIDIA announces FX Composer 2.0 Beta 3. FX Composer 2 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 cross-platform API functionality.
Khronos is happy to announce a very well rounded Birds of a Feather (BOF) schedule for SIGGRAPH’s 34th international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Running August 7th and August 8th at the San Diego Convention Center, these informal get-togethers are filled with presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds in OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenKODE, COLLADA, OpenVG, OpenMAX and much more.
MotionNode is an affordable 3-DOF inertial measurement unit for use in motion sensing applications. The sensor is extremely small, easy to use, and yields accurate orientation tracking results. MotionNode can be used in real-time applications or as a motion capture device.
The open source Software Development Kit (SDK) provides real-time access to the sensor data streams. Recorded motions can be exported to industry standard animation formats, such as COLLADA and FBX, for effortless integration with existing Digital Content Creation (DCC) pipelines and software.
The goal of the MotionNode system is to make high quality, easy to use motion sensing technology available to everyone. To achieve this goal, the software platform is designed with an open architecture, using standard components whenever possible. COLLADA provides a widely supported and flexible asset format that meets the current needs of the MotionNode system, while allowing for future growth.
MADLIX lets users insert 3D-content in web pages, blogs, Google pages, community presentations and more. MADLIX is OpenGL-powered and runs smoothly inside all Java-enabled browsers, with no need for custom plug-ins or application installation. The on-line gallery at www.madlix.com features high-quality content ready for insertion. MADLIX is accompanied by the MADLIX exporter tool enabling 3D artists to directly export their 3D artwork from Autodesk Maya to the MADLIX gallery. The exporter features pre-view functionality as well as a standalone viewer, supporting the MADLIX file format and the open standard file format COLLADA.
Feeling Software has just released version 3.03 of its Feeling Viewer. Designed explicitly to support everything in the COLLADA 3D file format, the Feeling Viewer has advanced shading effects, complex character animations (e.g. skinning and morphing) and physics. If you're an artist looking for a good viewer to display your complex animated scenes, look no further: this is the most advanced 3D viewer available commercially. Your animated models will look just as good or better in the Feeling Viewer than in the original CAD or DCC application. The Feeling Viewer is not just for playback: the underlying Feeling 3D Engine is extensible and has been integrated in several 3rd party applications to enhance them with fast, top-notch 3D graphics with relatively little programming effort. The Feeling Viewer now runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Internet Explorer, Powerpoint and many more applications. This is accompanied by many new features including complex particle systems, trimmed NURBS surfaces and environment mapping.
LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop will ship with its own 3D model art library and works with models from other sources, such as COLLADA. LightWave Rendition allows each format to be fully rendered in high-resolution with all of their properties.
This sample chapter on Gamasutra from COLLADA: Sailing the Gulf of 3D Digital Content Creation" explains why the COLLADA technology has been developed. It provides a global view, defines the problems addressed by the technology, the main actors, and the goals and perspectives for this new technology. It provides an historic overview and information on how COLLADA is being designed and adopted. The goal is to give the reader an insight into how the design choices are made and how this technology might evolve. Also see the COLLADA Scenes sample chapter.
"Recently, we've had the opportunity to play around with Papervision3D - a full blown open-source 3D engine for Flash. The simplicity and power of the engine are amazing (especially in AS3), but what really explains its recent popularity is the ability to parse COLLADA data. In other words, Papervision3D allows Flash Developers to work closely with 3D artists that could export low-poly models and environments directly from Max and Maya." Also see the Papervision 3D blog for more COLLADA details.
COLLADA and X3D are two royalty-free open standards that use XML schema technology to represent 3D content. This whitepaper will assist developers in understanding the similarities and differences between COLLADA and X3D, the design goals that informed their development, and how and where the two standards can be used together as a powerful tool set for developing Web and enterprise applications.