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Houdini v8.1 (beta) animation and FX software adds support for COLLADA import

Houdini is world renowned for visual effects (e.g. Spider Man, XMen, I Robot, The Wild) with a feature set that includes procedural modeling tools, animation tools which support key-framed or expression-based animation, motion editing, particle effects, dynamics, lighting, compositing, integrated rendering, and character rigging tools. The new Houdini v8.1 beta adds support for COLLADA import.

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Kynapse v4.0 middleware solution for large scale A.I. behavior simulation adds COLLADA import

Kynapse is an middleware solution for large scale A.I. behavior simulation that lets non player characters move around in any 3D dynamic world, understand their environment, hide, communicate, cooperate, drive vehicles, etc. The 4.0 version supports hierarchical PathFinding and data streaming both for PathFinding and 3D perception, very large number of entries, and COLLADA import.

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COLLADA: Sailing the Gulf of 3D Digital Content Creation book - sample chapter

This book explains in detail how to use the COLLADA technology in a project utilizing 3D assets, and ultimately how to create an effective content creation pipeline for the most complex development.

It was created as a guide to the COLLADA 1.4 specification with the goal of providing readers with all the information that will help them understand the concepts, learn how the technology is already implemented by various tools, and provide guidance for using COLLADA in their applications.

Sample Pdfs:

The book will be useful for content developers interested in exchanging data between several tools, application developers planning to take advantage of COLLADA in their tool chain and tool providers wanting to add COLLADA compatibility.

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Google Earth’s KML format v2.1 adds support for textures, LOD and COLLADA format import

KML V2.1 is announced and supported by the new Google Earth 4 (beta) and by Google Maps. KML 2.1 supports textures (add photos, patterns, and 2D graphics onto the surface of polygons for 3D models) level of detailing for both placemarks and imagery (to improve performance), hi-resolution imagery (four fold increase), and support for COLLADA. In KML 2.1, you can import 3D models—such as buildings, bridges, monuments, and statues—in the Collada interchange file format. Models are defined independently of Google Earth in their own coordinate space, using applications such as SketchUp, 3D Studio Max, Softimage XSI, or Maya. When a 3D model is imported into Google Earth, it is translated, rotated, and scaled to fit into the Earth coordinate system. Models already loaded into Google Earth can be repositioned and resized using the <Update> element, another new feature in KML 2.1.

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Open source Bullet Physics engine supports COLLADA 1.4 and releases Collada Physics Viewer

The open source Bullet Collision Detection and Rigid Body Dynamics Library offers support for COLLADA 1.4 content. supports. The Bullet Collada 1.4 Physics Viewer can import Collada 1.4 Physics, generated by ColladaMaya, or ColladaBlender, or other DCC tools (untested). Using either FCollada or COLLADA-DOM, basic Rigid Body information and Collision Shapes (Box, Sphere, Cylinder, Cone (tapered_cylinder), Convex Polyhedron and static TriangleMesh) are created. Early alpha release so no support for constraint yet.

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Collada 1.4 Plugin v0.2.56 for Blender adds UV and material support

The Collada 1.4 plugin for Blender (ColladaBlender) is a translator to and from the COLLADA format from the popular open source Blender 3D modeling animation and rendering suite. The new v0.2.56 adds support for UV and materials, and new GUI export.

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ColladaMaya 2.0 open source COLLADA translator for Maya supports COLLADA 1.4

ColladaMaya from Feeling Software, is an open-source COLLADA translator for the popular Maya 3D modeling software. The new v2.0 been completely redesigned to fully leverage the export capability of FCollada, and to completely support COLLADA 1.4. The new design allows ColladaMaya, ColladaMax, and other FCollada-enabled software products to share more code and evolve faster. The latest version of FCollada, along with its source code, has also been released with extensive Doxygen documentation, to encourage developers to create new COLLADA tools with minimal effort.

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Two new COLLADA open source projects for loading and rendering COLLADA scene and FX files

The COLLADA RT Loader is a sample that was developed to load COLLADA document scene files, and render them using CG 1.5. It provides scene heirarchy, cameras, animation, and skinning support as well as basic COLLADA_FX rendering with the assistance of the COLLADA_FX lib.

The COLLADA FX Loader project is a sample that was developed to load a basic COLLADA FX document, and to make all of the calls to the Cg / CgGL runtime to create and initialize the materials and effects defined in COLLADA. It also provides an API to apply those effects through calls to set and reset the pass state of an effect.

The sample projects complement the open source COLLADA DOM, an API that provides a C++ object representation of a COLLADA XML instance document.

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Movie demos of COLLADA Physics and interoperability

Three new streaming Flash videos of demos from GDC 2006 show interoperability of physical simulations using COLLADA 1.4.

  • Ragdoll simulation using Nima PhysX plug-in for Maya
  • Nima PhysX plug-in for Maya with support for COLLADA Physics
  • Exporting rigid body car crash scene from Maya to COLLADA

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Collada 1.4.0 Plug-in for Blender (alpha v0.1)

The Collada 1.4.0 Plug-in for Blender is a script to import from and export to the Collada 1.4 format in Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback . The plugin is a python script which runs through the Blender Python Interpretor and consists of two parts: The Collada 1.4.0 API is the converter between a Collada XML file (*.dae) and an object oriented representation of the Collada schema in Python. The Translator converts the Collada structure to Blender and vice versa. This early v0.1 release imports/exports geometry, lights, cameras, transformations and parent relationships.

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