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Review of “COLLADA: Sailing the Gulf of 3D Digital Content Creation” on Slashdot

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."

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COLLADA 1.4.1 updated release notes

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.

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Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5 for CLDC, Beta 2 adds support for Java Bindings for OpenGL ES

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).

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New Google Earth 4 beta greatly enhances performance for COLLADA models

Google has just released the latest beta for Google Earth 4. Google Earth 4 adds a simpler interface, time animation, enhanced layers, GIS data importing, compressed textures, movie making, and drawing tools. The latest beta adds a progress indicator, real-time GPS tracking, and greatly improved performance for COLLADA models (textured buildings). Available for OS X, Linux and Windows XP.

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Futuremark to develop OpenKODE Conformance Test Suite

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.

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Mobile Game Innovation Hunt at GDC Mobile

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.

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OpenKODE 1.0 Draft Specification Public Review Period has started - Apply today to participate

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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COLLADA 1.4.1 specification available in Japanese

The Japanese translation of the COLLADA 1.4.1 specification is now available. You can download the Japanese translation from the COLLADA page as well as access the COLLADA DOM and the RT FX, and Refinery developer tools and code.

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GLBenchmark 1.0, benchmark suite for OpenGL ES 1.x released

GBenchmark v1.0 is 3D performance benchmark suite for OpenGL ES compatible Brew, Linux, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. The new benchmark not only measures OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 application performance, but also allows direct side-by-sdie comparison of native OpenGL ES and Java (M3G) based mobile 3D implementations. It can also be used to find performance bottlenecks. GLBenchmark is available as free networked-only, corporate and stategic (source code) versions. Check out the latest posted lperformance results.

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Cambridge UK Khronos Media Acceleration Forum presentations now online

The presentations from the full day Khronos Media Acceleration Forum in Cambridge UK are now online. These presentations include OpenKODE, a non-technical introduction to OpenGL ES, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, OpenSL ES overview, a technical overview of OpenGL ES 1.1, a technical overview of OpenMAX DL, IL and AL, how shader programmability with OpenGL ES 2.0 can boost overall system level performance, and high-performance 3D graphics coding for handheld devices.

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