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Twinity supports COLLADA import

Twinity is a 3D online world that links the real with the virtual world based on realistic replicas of the world’s most vibrant metropolises in 3D. Twinity will let people upload .dae COLLADA files to include in their own virtual world.
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Only two days left in the “Champion the 3D Web Using COLLADA” contest

With only two days left in the "Champion the 3D Web Using COLLADA" contest, time is quickly running out to enter. If you haven't done so yet, take a gander at the incredible list of prizes available to be won, then get your entry upload before midnight July 15th 2009! Grand Prize is $5,000, a COLLADA T-Shirt, a guest appearance at a future Immersive Education Initiative in-world (virtual) event and one downloadable copy of Swift 3D v6. A complete list of prizes is available on the website. This contest is sponsored in part by the Grid Institute and Electric Rain, Inc. Complete contest rules are available online.
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Khronos attending Siggraph 2009 - event page updates, BOFs announced

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.
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OSG Composer breaks barriers between COLLADA and CAD

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.
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Khronos announces COLLADA Contest extended until midnight July 31st

The Khronos Group has announced that the "Champion the 3D Web using COLLADA" contest has been extended to midnight July 31st 2009. For all you artists out there that either missed the contest first time round, or just didn't have time to create and submit your artwork, now is the time to enter! The contest has also been opened up to people in any country. So if you are not within the United States, you can now enter the contest. Winners will be announced during Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans.
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Spore - offers COLLADA export of models - 113 million models to choose from

Spore, the multi-genre massively single-player metaverse god game developed by Maxis and available as a download from Electronic Arts has released a new patch. This patch allows people who agree to a EULA the ability to download creatures and vehicles in the COLLADA format for use in Maya and other applications that support the COLLADA format. With almost 113 million different creatures and vehicles available, this makes for possibly the largest model repository available. There is a short preview of Spore available on YouTube.
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NaviCAD released - allows you to view COLLADA files on the iPhone

NaviCAD is the only way to see Collada models--specifically models from the Google 3D Warehouse--on the iPhone/iPod Touch. NaviCAD has been approved for sale by Apple and is available for download immediately.
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OpenCL, OpenGL and COLLADA BOFs overview now online

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.
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SimLab Composer 2.0 adds support for COLLADA


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COLLADA Contest - $5000 Grand prize - 3 days remaining

The Champion the 3D Web using COLLADA Contest is quickly coming to end. With only three days left until it closing July 31st at midnight. If you are interested in entering, you should do so now. The Khronos Group has posted the BOF schedules for Siggraph 2009, which includes the time and date for announcing the winner. In addition to a Grand Prize of $5000, there are also First place, Second place and runner up prizes which include cash and additional prizes from the Media Grid Immersive Education Initiative and Electric Rain Inc. A complete list of prizes is available on the COLLADA Contest website.
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