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Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, VP of Mobile Graphics, NVIDIA, will be talking at Pacific Graphics 2009. Pacific Graphic is an annual international conference on computer graphics and applications and provides a premium forum for researchers, developers, practitioners in the Pacific Rim and around the world to present and discuss new problems, solutions, and technologies in computer graphics and related areas.

Bitmanagement introduces the new release of BS Contact 7.2 Stereo for Windows at Siggraph 2009. BS Contact enables the visualization of applications in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality through integration of interactive realtime 3D technology. Supporting all 25 main features of the BS Contact 7.2 Web3D and including significant improvement in quality and appropriate software for major 3D-hardware manufacturers. In BS Contact Stereo OpenGL (GLSL) dynamic shaders can be used.

The Khronos Group has posted the outline for all three of their BOFs. Representatives from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA will be presenting at the OpenCL BOF. COLLADA has a large line-up of presenters covering many topics. The OpenGL BOF will have OpenGL news from Barthold Lichtenbelt, ARB / NVIDIA, a presenter from Mozilla will talk about '3D on the Web, OpenGL ES in JavaScript', as well as an Open GL ES update and much more. All the details are available online.

Simulation Lab Software releases OSG Composer 1.2. an OpenGL interactive 3D scene editor. OSG Composer facilitates combining models from different CAD formats including: Rhino, IGES, STEP, Solidworks, SketchUp, 3DXML, FBX, 3DS, OBJ, U3D, and 3D PDF. This allows one to build advanced 3D scenes interactively, and to share those models in COLLADA, and PDF 3D formats while maintaining the assembly structure of the created scenes.

The Khronos Group will be attending Siggraph again this year, and have announced 3 BOF's. This year Khronos will be hosting another OpenGL BOF, an OpenCL and a COLLADA BOF. Complete details are on Khronos' Siggraph events page. Although the discount registration period is over, Siggraph is offering to those who are unemployed, a special discount in order to help offset the current economic conditions. Complete details are on this page. The Khronos Group looks forward to seeing all of you this year at Siggraph.

The Open Toolkit is a set of advanced, cross-platform bindings to OpenGL, OpenCL and OpenAL for Mono/.Net. The latest release adds support for the OpenCL 'flat' API and improves platform integration and speed.

ALT Software, the leading provider of advanced graphics software for safety-critical embedded systems, today announced its commitment to deliver DO-178B certifiable OpenGL drivers for the ATI Radeon™ E4690, AMD’s newest high performance embedded graphics accelerator. As part of its commitment to AMD’s Embedded GPU roadmap, ALT Software will be delivering both OpenGL SC (Safety Critical) and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for the ATI Radeon E4690.

The GPU Developers Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU’s parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL™ and OpenGL.

On the Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page, under System Wide Digital Asset Exchange support there is a easily overlooked mention of COLLADA. Users of COLLADA and the file format .dae will be please to see that Preview, OS X's lightway graphic viewer application, will display .dae files with OpenGL-powered 3D graphics. You will be able to zoom and rotate around a 3D scene and play viewpoint animations. There is a good discussion about this over at

Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans is fast approaching, and Khronos has started to update its events page. Just added are the date and time for the OpenGL Birds of a Feather (BoF) get-together at Siggraph 2009. Be sure to mark on your calendar Wednesday, August 5th 2009, between 4pm and 6pm in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 264.

NVIDIA Corporation announced that its inaugural GPU Technology Conference will take place September 30 to October 2, 2009. The event will focus on how developers, engineers, and researchers are using the GPU to solve the world’s most important computing challenges. The conference will encompass three simultaneous events -- the Emerging Companies Summit, the GPU Developer Summit, and the NVIDIA Research Summit. The GPU Developer Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU’s parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL™ and OpenGL.

The new gDEBugger V5.1 adds the ability to view Vertex Buffer Objects (VBOs) data. The Textures and Buffers viewer Data View tab displays the selected VBO's data in a spreadsheet. The user can select the displayed data format, offset and stride. gDEBugger, an OpenGL and OpenGL ES debugger and profiler, traces application activity on top of the OpenGL API, lets programmers see what is happening within the graphic system implementation to find bugs and optimize OpenGL application performance. gDEBugger runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.

The Khronos Group has announced that it will hold a DevU tutorial at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Khronos DevU will cover four major topics: OpenCL, OpenGL, COLLADA, and the Khronos “Mobile API Ecosystem. This will be an all day event held on Tuesday March 24 2009 in partnership with the GDC 2009. Admittance to the session is available to all registered Mobile GDC and regular GDC conference attendees.

The Austin Game Conference on October 27-28th is expected to attract more than 2,300 attendees and provides educational, networking and business opportunities for game development professionals. The Conference will host the Khronos Developer University (DevU) to provide up-to-the-minute training on industry standard APIs that are vital for state-of-the-art game development on emerging handheld platforms including cell phones. Khronos DevU will be held on October 26th, 2005.

Topics will include: an introduction to OpenGL ES and tips and tricks on how to use the API effectively on low-powered systems, and how to effectively port 3D content from desktops and consoles to handheld devices; an introduction to the new OpenVG 2D vector graphics API that is revolutionizing user interfaces, mapping displays and all kinds of 2D applications with a new level of performance and quality; one of the first in-depth looks at the new OpenGL 2.0 ES Shading Language and how to prepare for the upcoming wave of programmable handheld 3D hardware; and a heads-up on the upcoming OpenMAX API for accelerating, synchronizing and controlling riche media including video, image and audio.

This year at GDC and ESC in San Francisco, OpenGL ES and OpenVG move from interesting APIs to real-world implementations with exciting content. On the consumer side there will be hot demos from ATI, NVIDIA, Hybrid, PowerVR, Bitboys, Falanx, TI, and FutureMark. On the Avionics side look for ALT Software, Seaweed Systems and Quantum3D. All of these names are recognizable from their work on desktop OpenGL. As OpenGL ES and OpenGL come closer together with OpenGL ES 1.2 and 2.0, the same level of high-quality visuals and content can be expressed on desktop, mobile, or embedded systems.