As a part of its continued push to create an open, standards-based platform, Forterra announced today that it has integrated support for COLLADA into its OLIVE platform. “Our defense and intelligence customers are very much pushing for COLLAD- based standards,” said Badger. “One of them has talked about having all their building designs available in an OLIVE-based virtual world as part of their approval process (which would be possible via our COLLADA support)." We see widespread acceptance of COLLADA within the virtual world industry as being somewhat analogous to adopting HTML back in the early days of the Internet
SceneCaster announced new functionality with its ability to support the Khronos(TM) Group new COLLADA(TM) 1.5.0 specification. This expanded functionality now enables SceneCaster's 3D content to be exported to and shared with other 3D applications and authoring packages across all delivery platforms.
Orad will unveil Morpho 3D, a new 3D character generator at IBC2008. Morpho 3D is the first SD/HD CG to feature true 3D graphic capabilities. TV stations look for solutions that are easy to use and affordable. Up til now there was only simple 2D character generators or a complicated high-end 3D system. Users can import files from video, Photoshop layers, and 3D Collada into the layer structure. Morpho 3D supports drag and drop of images and RSS feeds directly from browsers.
Futuremark has created a demonstration for Audi's future concept In-Car Graphics System which will be shown at NVISION in San Jose. In-Car graphics systems are evolving rapidly with an increasing amount of digital instrumentation used inside of automotive designs. Futuremark will adapt OpenGL and OpenGL ES for rendering the backend of the digital instrumentation. The demo is based on OpenGL ES 1.x and ES 2.0.
JonPeddie.com gives a positive review of the recent COLLADA 1.5 Spec release from the Khronos Group. To read the full review you will need to purchase the latest TechWatch from Jon Peddie Research: "Jon Peddie's Tech Watch, is a biweekly newsletter on the PC graphics industry. Covering international trade shows and offering firsthand analysis of the newest products and trends for the future." Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented marketing, research, and management consulting firm with over 30 years in the graphics and multimedia fields.
Khronos Group has uploaded the Siggraph 2008 HandHeld BoF slides to the public developer library. Includes are presentations from Adobe FlashLite, HuOne, OpenVG, OpenWF, Jon Peddie and the Handheld Overview slide presentations. As well, Khronos has uploaded the OpenGL ES slide set to the OpenGL BoF library. A collection of photos from the OpenGL BoF are also available online.
The Khronos OpenGL ES Working Group has released the complete set of OpenGL ES 2.0 man pages, available in the online SDK.
The COLLADA BoF delivered news of wide adoption and product support from leading companies in the graphics industry. A dozen speakers from Bitmanagement, Crytek, Forterra, IBM, Intel, Maxon, Shapeways, Smith Micro, Softimage, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Yumatech delivered a fast paced odyssey of presentations that highlighted COLLADA feature support in authoring, browsing, gaming, and 3D printing products that include: BS Contact, Cinema4D, CryEngine 2, OLIVE, Poser, Shapeways Creater, and XSI 7 and MODTool. Imagine comparing your favorite 3D models in a visual asset manager and 3D printing a real figurine! To view the COLLADA BoF presentation, please visit our developer library.
Almost 300 developers and industry leaders gathered to hear the details about OpenGL 3.0. Feedback was positive - great functionality has been added to the specification and the mechanisms put in place to move the specification forward quickly. In particular, Blizzard's insights into why OpenGL 3.0 met their commercial needs - and the fact that NVIDIA announced immediate availability of OpenGL 3.0 drivers drew rounds of applause.
DMP has just announced the OpenGL ES getting start course and the OpenGL ES advanced course for September 2008. DMP has also announced the "Introducer Campaign" for the training course. When a person who already has attended an OpenGL ES training course introduces a friend or colleague to OpenGL ES training getting started course, the introducer and the new attendee will receive a 3000 yen gift card. Complete details (in Japanese) can be found here. Complete details for the advanced course are here, and complete details for the getting started course here.