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Presentations from GDC now online: OpenGL, Handheld Technologies, COLLADA and Announcements

Many of the presentation from GDC are now available as PDF. Presentations cover OpenGL (2.1 and beyond), COLLADA, OpenKODE, OpenMAX, OpenVG, OpenSL ES, OpenGL ES 2.0, as well as news and announcements about the new glFX and Composition Working Groups.

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COLLADA used to bring interactive 3D assets to the web - new online PaperVision3D fighter game and Web3D GDC presentation

Interactive 3D on the Web (i.e. Web3D) is becoming a reality with COLLADA as the enabling intermediate format. The first PaperVision3D game Xwing Obstacle Course lets you control a simple fighter in real-time 3D over the web using Flash. The posting describes the workflow using COLLADA models. The COLLADA for the Web presentation from GDC explains how COLLADA, Ajax and X3D are used within Flux to enable real-time streaming 3D virtual worlds and games over the web.

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Bullet Physics Library v2.45 improves COLLADA import

Bullet is a state-of-the-art 3D Collision Detection and Rigid Body Dynamics Library for games with support for COLLADA 1.4 physics. It is released under a ZLib license, free for commercial use, including Playstation 3. The new v2.45 improves COLLADA import and enhances performance for convex polyhedral shapes.

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Call for OpenGL ES 2.0 authors for ShaderX6 book

The ShaderX book series (1-5) is looking for authors for ShaderX6. ShaderX6 will cover advanced rendering techniques including Mobile Devices shader programming (i.e. OpenGL ES 2.0). Proposals are due by April 1st, 2007.

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CLManager lets you copy, merge and manage COLLADA nodes and libraries

CLManager is a utility program designed to aid in the content management of COLLADA DAE files. Nodes can be copied, removed and rearranged. Libraries can be created, removed, sorted or merged. Node ids and their references can also be changed. Two COLLADA files can be merged either by importing individual nodes within the libraries or by importing whole libraries from another COLLADA file. This joins two other applications from Pinecost Software, the free CollView COLLADA file viewer and C2X Collada To X3D Converter.

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AmanithVG v1.0 OpenGL API hardware-accelerated vector graphics rendering

AmanithVG engine is a commercial cross-platform engine for accelerated vector graphics. AmanithVG is entirely built on top of OpenGL (from 1.1 to 2.0, using extensions where available) and OpenGL ES (1.1 and 2.0) APIs. The new v1.0 build is available on Win32 (x86), MacOS X (universal binary), Linux (x86), and FreeBSD. AmanithVG builds for embedded platforms are available on request (including embedded Linux, TI OMAP2420 , Freescale i.MX31, and Symbian S60).

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AMD to provide tools for OpenVG and OpenGL ES 2.0 development including RenderMonkey v1.7

AMD is introducing a suite of tools to help content creators jumpstart the development of applications for handheld devices based on OpenVG 1.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 and AMD’s Unified Shader Architecture. The tool suite includes RenderMonkey, a shader development tool to help developers create visually compelling characters and environments. The upcoming RenderMonkey v1.7 adds support for mobile content development including full OpenGL ES 2.0 shader support. AMD will also provide emulation environments and development kits to help developers create, test and tune their applications.

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AZTEQ mobile to collaborate with Acrodea on commercializing OpenKODE based gaming solution on mobile handsets

AZTEQ mobile Acrodea have announced that they will collaborate to commercialize OpenKODE mobile solutions. AZTEQ will use the OpenKODE implementation from Acrodea on its AZMA handset client software. AZMA is a complete, pre-integrated and tested software offering for mobile gaming. This collaboration will enable popular, console-class game titles to be offered on mobile devices with significantly lowered porting costs and an accelerated time to market.

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Acrodea releases OpenKODE 1.0 implementation for free download

Acrodea has released the first OpenKODE 1.0 implementation for free download. This package contains an implementation of OpenKODE Core as defined in the OpenKODE 1.0 specification. This release only contains the OpenKODE Core library, so in order to do anything useful with it you'll also need an implementation of EGL and some client APIs. Hybrid provides a free EGL+OpenGL ES+OpenVG implementation for noncommercial use. The example source code provided assumes EGL and OpenGL ES headers and libraries are available.

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New glFX and Composition Working Groups announced

The Khronos Group has officially begun two new working groups. The glFX Working Group is defining a run-time API to enable advanced 3D visual effects contained in a COLLADA FX file to be easily and portably used in OpenGL and OpenGL ES applications. The Composition Working Group is defining graphics APIs to enable window systems to be constructed using open standards for display composition to encourage mobile devices to use fully accelerated advanced user interfaces. See Press Release.

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