Today Khronos released an open letter to the COLLADA community inviting closer cooperation and communication with the COLLADA working group.
To start the discussion, Khronos are also hosting a COLLADA meetup to discuss proprieties and actions for the ingoing health of this important 3D Asset format - open to all:
COLLADA Meet Up & Working Lunch
Wednesday, March 7th from 12:30pm–3:00pm
333 O’Farrell St, Tower 1, Presidential Suite
Host: Neil Trevett, Khronos President & Acting COLLADA Work Group Chair
* Open to all – while space available * No cost to participate * No GDC pass needed * Registration required *
The Khronos Group will be hosting three meet ups held during GDC in the Hilton San Francisco. Registration is now open for all three meet ups. Seating is limited, so please don’t wait if your interested. The WebGL meet up is already starting to fill up. Complete details and sign up available here.
Mixamo online 3D animation service allows real-time creation of 3D character animations that are ready to be dragged and dropped into Flare3D IDE. This is possible through the use of the COLLADA format. Details of the workflow are provided online in a Mixamo-Flare-Flash tutorial.
The 17th edition of ACM International Web3D Conference will take place in Los Angeles Convention Center, California, in August 04-05, 2012. Co-Located with SIGGRAPH 2012 and in Cooperation with Web3D Consortium & ACM SIGGRAPH. The annual ACM Web3D Conference is a major event that gathers researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, experimenters, artists, and content creators in a dynamic environment. Attendees can share and explore methods of using, enhancing, and creating new 3D Web and Multimedia technologies, such as WebGL and HTML5 (which is a hot topic in Computer Graphics), Flash/ Stage 3D, X3D, COLLADA, and the MPEG family. The conference highlights capabilities and trends in interactive 3D graphics across a wide range of applications and supports research from mobile devices up to high-end immersive environments.
The Blender development team has released Blender version 2.60. Blender 2.60 incorporates 3D audio as well as restoration of sequence editor proxy support, vertex group modifiers, animation system improvements in the graph and dopesheet editor, improved Collada integration, added callbacks in the Python API, new add-ons, and better localisation and internationalisation support.
Quad Software announced the release of the version 3.1 of Grome, the game level authoring tool used by professional game developers and companies from 3D simulation industry. This new version brings new tools and enhancement to existing ones, speed and memory management improvements. New extended compatibility is provided with external engines (Unity3D, Unreal Development Kit, OpenSceneGraph) and integration with external modelers (3DS Max, Maya, Blender) is achieved via industry standard COLLADA format. Commercially available for over 4 years, Grome modeler is used for AAA game titles for latest generation consoles and for PC by companies like Ubisoft and Eidos, for mobiles platforms by Gameloft and for professional simulation applications by Boeing and Saab.
Smith Micro Software has announced the official release of Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012. New Features include: Subsurface Scattering; Rendering Performance Improvements; Vertex Weight Map Rigging Support; 64-Bit Application and FireFly Render Engine; Vertex Weight Map Editing Tool Suite; and Updated PoserFusion plugins and COLLADA support.
The complete COLLADA BOF video set is now online. Presentations cover Remi Arnaud of Screampoint, Marco Tillmann, Nathan Letwory, Uli Klumpp from Smith Micro and Daniel Meiwes from Oregon State University.
Not sure where to start at SIGGRAPH 2011? Make your first stop at the Khronos Group Pavilion. Lots of give-aways and lots of demo’s from ARM (665), Codeplay (766), DMP (664), Fixstars (667) and HUONE (762) all part of the Khronos Pavilion (663 & 764). Stop in to say Hi and learn about WebGL, OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenGL ES and COLLADA.
The COLLADA intermediate language specification is intended to standardize 3D data, but there’s a wide variation in the way applications work with COLLADA files. To help developers adhere to the standard and create 3D tools that work together seamlessly, the Khronos Group created the COLLADA Conformance Test Suite (CTS). The tutorial is available for download today as a PDF document. COLLADA has two levels of conformance tests, Adopters and the free Implementers tests. The implementers tests area freely available online.
Leveraging the power of WebGL and its supported browsers, OurBricks allows users to examine a full 3D version of any model uploaded to the site with no need for any plug-in. Visitors to the site can download content, embed it in any webpage as easy as embedding a YouTube video, or drop it into Katalabs’ multi-user 3D sandbox for a ‘virtual world’ type experience.
Have a 3D model you think is really cool? Enter it in the OurBricks 3D Model COLLADA Contest for a chance to win $500. Hurry, as the contest ends at midnight Pacific time August 7th 2011. That’s today!
The Khronos Group is thrilled to announce a 3D content development contest with a $500 cash prize for the winner. Deadline is Sunday August 7th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The winner will be announced SIGGRAPH in Vancouver and be awarded $500. Full details are available at OurBricks.com.
The Khronos Group is thrilled to announce a 3D content development contest with a $500 cash prize for the winner. The open COLLADA format is ideal for creating compelling experiences, but a great example is worth a thousand words. This is where you come in. Help show the power of COLLADA by creating a compelling piece of 3D content which can use as an example for the large and growing developer community.
Deadline is Sunday August 7th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The winner will be announced at the OurBricks event at the SIGGRAPH 2011 conference in Vancouver. For full details on how to take part in this contest are available here.
Applications for Life Company announced the release of Box Shot 3D 3.5, an update to their powerful utility that digitally shoots virtual 3D objects. Box Shot 3D allows to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and much more. The new version brings better support for non-triangulated COLLADA files.