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COLLADA Test Suite is on Github with complete tutorials

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The Khronos Group announces that the full COLLADA Test Suite is now ported to GitHub and is free to use to exhaustively test the quality of any COLLADA importer/exporter, with a full tutorial on how to use the test suite.

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Collabora announces GStreamer OpenMax IL wrapper plug-in

Collabora has announced the release of their GStreamer OpenMax IL wrapper plug-in for the GStreamer 1.x multimedia framework. The new plug-in release by Collabora supports the stable GStreamer 1.x API/ABI with a generic OpenMAX IL implementation as well as special support for the OpenMAX features of the Raspberry Pi. (News via Phoronix)

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Request For Quote for a WebCL Kernel Validator

Khronos has announced a Request For Quote for a WebCL Kernel Validator. The Validator will enforce compliance of WebCL kernels with the defined WebCL language restrictions, and prevent out of bounds memory accesses. The WebCL kernel Validator will enforce out of bounds memory protections, and will perform syntactic validation of WebCL kernels. Details are available online in PDF format.

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Turns your smartphone into Web-based game controller with WebGL

World Wide Maze is a pretty basic ball-rolling game, but at it's core is something quite interesting. The first is a link to the mobile version of Chrome that turns your smartphone into a PC game controller. The second is of course that World Wide Maze works off the WebGL standard, and it requires pretty decent system specs for a browser game, including 1GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card for hardware acceleration.

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WebGL-based MOOC on Interactive 3D Graphics

Udacity and Autodesk are now offering a MOOC on the basics of interactive 3D graphics. A MOOC is a massive open (i.e. free) online course. The self-paced course is based on WebGL through the popular three.js library. 19,000 people have signed up so far.

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Voreen Version 4.2 Released

Version 4.2 of the open-source, cross-platform volume visualization tool Voreen is now available for download. This version brings significant performance optimizations, stereoscopic rendering, a OpenCL-based 3D random walker implementation for interactive volume segmentation, and extended visual debugging features of the network editor.

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Intel resources now included on the OpenCL resource page

Intel has submitted several resources to the OpenCL resource page. The Khronos Group Resource pages are open to the community to submit their own resources. Each of Khronos technologies has it's own resource page.

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Porting OpenGL Games to Android on Intel Atom Processors

This article introduces how to use OpenGL ES on the Android platform through either the software development kit (SDK) or the Android Native Development Toolkit (NDK) and how to decide which approach to use. The various OpenGL ES sample apps in the SDK and NDK are described as well as the Java* Native Interface (JNI), which allows you to combine Java and C/C++ components. How you decide whether you should target OpenGL ES version 1.1 or 2.0 is also discussed.

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Udacity offers WebGL course “Interactive 3D Graphics”

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Brought to you in partnership with Autodesk, this class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation. By the end of this class you will know enough to make an animated 3D demo program that runs in a web browser, while also understanding the basic principles of how realistic computer images are generated. Course Instructors are Eric Haines from Autodesk and Gundega Dekena.

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OpenGL SuperBible 6th edition available for pre-order

OpenGL SuperBible, Sixth Edition is the definitive programmer’s guide, tutorial, and reference for the world’s leading 3D API for real-time computer graphics, OpenGL 4.X. The best all-around introduction to OpenGL for developers at all levels of experience, it clearly explains both the API and essential associated programming concepts. Readers will find up-to-date, hands-on guidance on all facets of modern OpenGL development, including transformations, texture mapping, shaders, advanced buffers, geometry management, and much more. Fully revised!

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