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SimLab Composer improves WebGL support

SimLab composer, a 3D scene building, rendering, sharing, and animation application, introduces significant improvements for WebGL. Enhancements include exporting cameras, supporting reflection maps and bump maps. The engine behind the WebGL export has been completely rewritten.
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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to include OpenGL ES 3.0

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is not large upgrade in functionality that many users have been waiting for. However, it does add several new features that make it a little more functional for developers, including the addition of OpenGL ES 3.0. OpenGL ES 3.0 was released at GDC 2013 in March and offers some significant improvements over OpenGL ES 2.0.
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The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR

Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has published a new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR." If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, “How do they do that?”, then you’ve experienced the magic of 3D worlds generated by a computer. This book will guide you through the history of how this came about and show you a little about how it's all done. Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and was recently named one of the most influential analysts.
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WebGL editor CopperCube 4.2 released

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CopperCube, the WebGL 3D editor for creating interactive 3D apps and websites has just been released in version 4.2. It now supports normal maps, import of Blender .blend files, using precalculated lightmaps, includes WebGL performance improvements, and much more. A detailed list of the changes in this free update can be viewed on the website.
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Intel’s open source graphics driver goes mobile with OpenGL ES 3.0

Intel submitted a branch of the 3D graphics open source driver (Mesa), and is certified for compliance to the OpenGL ES 3.0 3D Graphics specification for the 3rd Generation Intel Core platform. This specification is expected to be used by many mobile Linux based operating systems in the near future.
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WebGL and HTML5: Is this the future of gaming?

Marcus Kruger from Goo Technologies discusses why he and his company see WebGL and HTML5 as the future of gaming... in the cloud.
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Autodesk Releases Maya LT with COLLADA export capabilities

Autodesk has introduced Maya LT, an affordably priced but powerful 3D animation tool for indie game developers. Through support for FBX export, Maya LT can be used for game engines like Unity Engine and Unreal Engine and content creation for Second Life. The FBX converter can export from Maya LT into Collada DAE format.
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WebGL 3D engine CopperLicht 1.6.3 released

The JavaScript library CopperLicht has just been released in version 1.6.3, adding support for normal maps, compatibility with the 3D editor CopperCube 4.2, and it also now works nicely on Google Chrome for Android. CopperLicht is free to be used, and can be downloaded for free from its website.
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Gamers, artists, scientists and engineers unite in the name of a 3D education

Highlights at the inaugural event on 30th and 31st of October include the second meeting of the standards body, Khronos Group's UK chapter, led by Samsung R&D Institute UK, Unity 3D workshop and an Education panel that will debate the question: "Specialists or all-rounders: What sort of school leavers do we need?"
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ARES Security Improves Modeling Capability with COLLADA

ARES Security Corporation has announced AVERT 7, which improves the software's modeling capability with the use of the COLLADA model format. This format greatly enhances the re-usability of existing models in both open source and propriety data sources as well as use 2D & 3D geometry from existing data stores such as computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS). AVERT visually depicts, analyzes and optimizes physical security.
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