Edge is a multi-platform game engine for mobile devices. The newly announced v3.00 will take full advantage of advanced 3D rasterizing using hardware acceleration and software rendering using OpenGL ES. Developers can use their favorite OpenGL ES implementation through the Edge SDK (including PowerVR, Rasteroid and Vincent OpenGL ES library). For Windows desktop development the standard OpenGL interface can be used.
COLLADA FX provides a way to package up shaders objects, describe the full visual style of a shader and provide a simplified model for operating them. This new Conditioner for the COLLADA Refinery (a COLLADA-based conditioning pipeline application) will convert a COLLADA FX-effect from profile_CG to profile_GLSL.
The beta release of the OpenGL ES 2.0 SDK for PowerVR SGX, provides one of the first OpenGL ES 2.0 PC emulation-based development environments. This SDK features training course content, demos for advanced shader techniques and the first PowerVR SGX tools, including a geometry exporter, texture converter, universal shader compiler, and advanced shader development environment. It also features a PC emulation environment significantly upgraded from previous MBX SDK releases, providing, among other things, full shader support. If you want to get access to this latest SDK before general release, please contact powervrinsider [at] imgtec.com.
This article written by Chris Hinsley from the Tao Group clearly explains the problems that OpenKODE is designed to address, how it creates a consistent platform for development and thus a viable market for developers, how it can also accelerate Java-based applications, how it brings together all of the Khronos APIs (3D, 2D, video, audio and user input and networking) and how it defines a standard secure distribution format.
Tony Parisi one of the co-creators of VRML, reviews "COLLADA: Sailing the Gulf of 3D Digital Content Creation". Quoting from the review: "...the laser-focus of the COLLADA design team seems to have paid off: the industry now has a common exchange format for game assets, and there is hope yet for developers who would rather spend their time building games than building tools to make games. This clarity of focus on the design comes through in the book as well. ... A detailed and lucid book that explains COLLADA from concept through implementation. If you are a programmer with a reasonable understanding of 3D graphics programming and/or authoring using 3D scene graphs, you will be able to learn the basics of COLLADA. If you are an experienced 3D toolmaker, COLLADA contains everything you need to get up and running to build your game, game engine or content pipeline tool. If you are a manager or decision maker, you get the added comfort of knowing that — finally — you just might be able to write that tool once and not over and over again."
Updated release notes for COLLADA 1.4.1 are now available (Release Notes Revision A). These notes offer corrections and additions to the earlier release notes, and are all indicated by colored shading.
The Sun Java Wireless Toolkit is a set of tools for creating Java applications that run on devices compliant with the Java Technology for the Wireless Industry specification. It consists of build tools, utilities, and a device emulator. The latest Beta 2 release adds support for the Mobile Service Architecture (JSR 248), admvance multimedia supplement, internationalization, and Java Bindings for the OpenGL ES API (JSR 239).
Futuremark Corporation has been selected to create the OpenKODE Conformance Test Suite. The OpenKODE conformance testing tools will enable mobile device chip makers, handset manufacturers and middleware vendors to confirm that their products conform to the OpenKODE 1.0 media stack specification and will include trans-API conformance tests to ensure that OpenKODE implementations support rich mixing of media types such as real-time video being processed in a 3D application. The suite of conformance testing tools will be made available through the Khronos Group OpenKODE Adopters program and products that pass all the tests may use the OpenKODE trademark. OpenKODE 1.0 is expected to be publicly released in the first quarter of 2007.
The Mobile Game Innovation Hunt will give 12-15 mobile developers and publishers the opportunity to pitch their most innovative game to a panel of expert judges and the audience in three-minutes! Submit your Khronos API-accelerated mobile game by January 15 to participate and for a chance to win cool prizes.
The OpenKODE 1.0 draft specification is available for limited public review. If you are interested in evaluating this draft release and contributing feedback, apply now to take part in the reviewer program. If you application is approved, you will receive a IP/non-disclosure agreement which you simply need to sign and return. You will then be able to download the OpenKODE 1.0 draft and give feedback on the reviewers email list.
You are encouraged to first review the lastest OpenKODE presentation and OpenKODE podcast
What is OpenKODE? OpenKODE 1.0 brings together the OpenGL ES and OpenVG Khronos media APIs to provide state-of-the-art acceleration for vector 2D and 3D graphics and provides the new OpenKODE Core API that abstracts operating system resources to minimize source changes when porting games and applications between Linux, Brew, Symbian, Windows Mobile, WIPI and RTOS-based platforms. Subsequent versions of OpenKODE will add the OpenSL ES and OpenMAX media APIs to provide accelerated video and audio that is fully integrated with graphics processing.
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