The Khronos Milano Chapter is thrilled to renew the collaboration with Autodesk for the upcoming Design Week in Milan, Italy - April 4-9. The Milano Chapter will be presenting a series of talks on the "Future of Making Things." Showing how companies are adopting 3D open standards as WebGL and glTF to deliver new solutions for the world of interior design, architecture and manufacturing.
Starting today, Sketchfab is proud to announce their support of the glTF file format. Zip up your glTF file along with any accompanying assets and then drag and drop into a browser window at Sketchfab.com. This method allows you to upload glTF files no matter which 3D software package you used to create the file. The addition of glTF means we now support over 30 file formats! In addition, the Sketchfab revised Unity exporter plugin will leverage the glTF format behind-the-scene to transmit 3D files in the most efficient, accurate way possible. If you’re interested in downloading example files visit the Sketchfab glTF page.
Web3D 2017 will be held in Brisbane Australia June 5-7 at Queensland University of Technology. The Call for submissions is now open with a dead line set for February 13th. With WebGL now widely supported by default in modern browsers, tools such as X3D, X3DOM, Cobweb, three.js, glTF, and A-Frame VR are allowing nearly anyone to create Web3D content. Submissions being accepted now for Papers, Posters, Workshops, Tutorials and the Art Gallery.
Unity 5.6 beta uses Vulkan to take the graphics performance to the next level, and at final release, Vulkan will run on Android, Windows, Linux, and Tizen. Unity has seen a rendering performance improvement out-of-the box up to 60% using Unity – that is without having to deal with any specifics of the Vulkan API.
Are you a product designer working with 3D modeling or printing? Join "Khronos WebGL Milano" & "I Love 3D" at Autodesk on April 15th in Milan at the heart of Zona Tortona to learn more about turning ideas into reality with the new tools now available to designers. Spaces for The Future of Making Things are limited to 30 participants. Please register on the Milano Chapter page. Check out our complete list of upcoming Khronos Chapter meet ups around the world.
At Adobe Max: The Creativity Conference, Adobe confirmed that they will be providing enhanced 3D support for Photoshop CC, including the ability to read COLLADA rigging and animation data. COLLADA Rigging Support: Users can import animation and rigging data from COLLADA files, and continue to paint, finish or refine 3D objects. You can also leverage the existing animation data and Photoshop Timeline to create promotional videos.
Tweaktown talked to Martin Best, Mozilla's Director of Platform Product Management about the future of WebGL and gaming in the browser. Martin says "We have been working to improve the performance, reach and capability of WebGL. WebGL 2 is in development and already in Firefox Nightly for testing." Read the entire interview.
Kathleen Maher from Jon Peddie Research writes "One of the most important technical advances to move technology forward is the development of WebGL, a variation on OpenGL that enables online code to take advantage of hardware processing. With the imminent arrival of WebGL 2.0 — expected by this summer — Peddie and Maher see benefits from hardware acceleration on the horizon."
xeoEngine is an open-source WebGL-based 3D visualization engine which supports glTF as its native data format. xeoEngine intentionally does not yet load animations, cameras and lights from glTF. Instead, it focuses on loading static models while allowing us to access their components via its scene graph API, so that we can programmatically rig them with our own tweens, lights, cameras and so on. Also, xeoEngine currently ignores glTF shaders, opting instead to rely on its own internally-generated shaders.
Khronos Group member Basemark announced that it has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA). ITA is a leading consortium focused on catalyzing the development and commercialization of virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and other immersive technologies. Basemark develops system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world.
Limitless Computing announced SightSpace Pro, a cloud-based and mobile solution that makes it possible to view 3D digital models and designs in the form of real-life buildings using Augmented Reality technology. The new SightSpace Pro works seamlessly with the most popular modeling and design file formats including Autodesk .DWG and .DXF, Trimble SketchUp (.SKP), Collada (.DAE), .DGN, .KMZ, and .KML.
With Unity 5.3, Unity3D is dropping the “Preview” label and making WebGL an officially supported build target. The Premium and Enterprise support plans will now cover support tickets for the WebGL platform.
Unity has announced the first step in the end-of-life process of the Web Player. With Unity 5.4, the only option to generate web content will be with WebGL export, which is currently in preview. Learn more about WebGL support in the Unity documentation.