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.
The Khronos™ Group today 7th August, 2007 is pleased to announce that SoftBank Mobile Corporation of Japan has joined the Khronos Group as a Contributing member. In May 2007 SoftBank Mobile announced their adoption of Khronos’ OpenKODE standard for advanced graphics and media processing in its new Portable Open Platform Initiative (POP-i) platform for mobile phones. Now, as a member of Khronos, SoftBank Mobile will be able to contribute to and vote on the development of OpenKODE and any other Khronos specifications as they are being created and evolved.
Your friends might be digging out their swimmies and cleaning up the barbecue but if you’re reading this, summer means something else entirely to you. It means Siggraph and a wonderful week in sunny San Diego spent in dark rooms laughing at teapot jokes.
Siggraph, the world’s largest support group for graphics lovers kicked off August 5 and runs through August 9 at the San Diego Convention center. There are several very important themes this year for the Khronos Group as it enables multimedia development on every computer platform from handhelds to super computers.
- OpenGL The OpenGL ARB Unveils Details of Upcoming OpenGL 3
- COLLADA will have another great BOF this year, with demonstrations of FX Composer 2.0, C4 Engine, 3DS Max, Maya, AgentFX, Verse, Poser, XSI, Anark Studio, COLLADA RT and Photoshop CS3.
- OpenKODE is gaining traction as handheld developers look for ways to port their applications across the wide variety of handheld platforms out there.
- OpenMAX APIs are being further developed to address the multiple requirements of multimedia on multiple platforms.
In fact, almost every working group within Khronos has news.
We hope to see you this week. Be sure to bookmark this webpage as we will be bringing you all the latest breaking news!
Expert Members Kari Pulli, Jani Vaarala, Ville Miettinen, Robert J. Simpson, Tomi Aarnio and Mark Callow have organized an in-depth all day course for intermediates on Mobile 3D Ecosystem at Siggraph on Tuesday August 7th. Attendees will learn how to develop 3D applications for mobile devices, how they function, and where they are heading. The course focuses on OpenGL ES and M3G, and how to use these technologies to create efficient applications and deploy them in the mobile world. Prerequisites include a basic knowledge of 3D computer graphics, a working knowledge of a modern graphics API like OpenGL, D3D, X3D, or Java3D and an ability to read simple computer programs written in C and Java.
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.
Acrodea and Bandai Networks have announced the release of X-Forge 2007, a game development environment for handheld devices. Leading the mobile games market, the newly released X-Forge 2007 SDK (software development kit) offers the first compatibility for Open GL®ES 2.0, and supports programmable shaders and scene graphs. X-Forge 2007 delivers compatibility with OpenKODE as set forth by the Khronos Group, and supports the de facto standard 3D graphics API sets OpenGL ES 1.0/1.1/2.0.
The Embedded Systems 3D Game Software Development Kit, short ES 3D Game SDK, is an Open Source 3D Game Engine / SDK for embedded devices / mobile phones. The new v0.4.1 includes hardware and simulated lighting for the terrain renderer. Also, several improvements and bug fixes are included in this release. The SDK is tested against the OpenGL ES library from Hybrid Graphics (Rasteroid 3.1), Imagination Technologies (PowerVR) and Nokia (OpenGL ES 1.1 Plugin). For OpenKODE, the Acrodea SDK is used and tested.
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.