The Khronos Group made several major announcements at GDC 2017. Here is a quick review of what's going on:
- Adoption Grows for Vulkan; New Features Released: Press Release
- OpenXR - Cross-Platform, Portable, Virtual Reality: Homepage - Blog
- Call for Participation in the New 3D Portability Exploratory Group: Homepage
- WebGL 2.0 Specification Finalized and Shipping – Work on Next Generation WebGL Underway!: Blog
- Final Call for Feedback on glTF™ 2.0: Blog
- Request for Quote - Blender glTF Exporter: More information
In addition to the news, Khronos has a booth at GDC with lots of demo's going on, and will be updating the new @OpenXR and Flickr frequently.
Khronos has released a developer preview version of glTF 2.0 that brings significant enhancements to the open standard for runtime 3D asset delivery. For example, glTF 2.0 introduces physically-based rendering (PBR) for portable, high-quality materials - making glTF independent of the underlying 3D API. Khronos is seeking input and feedback from the industry via GitHub to help finalize glTF 2.0 in the next few weeks. Khronos has also today released a request for quotations on a funded project to bring glTF 2.0 export capability to the open-source Blender 3D Authoring Tool. Find out how to share feedback and get more details.
Join the Khronos Group at GDC, where the latest in game development and delivery technology is all anybody will be talking about. This year we will be at the Moscone, starting with a VRDC table on Monday and Tuesday, Developer Day Sessions all day Tuesday and demos at our GDC Booth #2419. The week will wrap up on Thursday with a Khronos sponsored WebGL/WebVR/glTF Meetup offsite. As well, there are going to be several Khronos related sessions this year. Checkout all the details online. Stop in at our booth to say high and pick up your free t-shirt. Not at GDC, order your Vulkan/WebGL/glTF shirt today.
Xeolabs developer Lindsay Kay this month extended xeogl to load glTF models with PBR materials, for both metallic/roughness and specular/glossiness work flows, using the FRAUNHOFER_materials_pbr extension. This is still a work in progress, as they are following along behind the current development of the glTF 2.0 spec. xeogl is a WebGL-based 3D engine that's geared towards visualization applications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
For a great introduction to glTF, join the Khronos Group for the upcoming webinar on February 14th. If you are a developer making engines or importers, viewers, or other tools that work with 3D graphics, then you need to be looking at glTF. Attend this webinar to learn the basic concepts of glTF with a demonstration of key points. This 1-hour session includes time for the presenter and some of the key shapers of the format to answer your questions.
As you make your plans for GDC, plan to visit Khronos! Find Khronos at Booth #2419 at the GDC expo March 1-3 2017. If you use Vulkan, glTF or WebGL, then don't miss our Developer Day Sessions on Feb 28 at GDC! Also be sure to check out our table at VRDC where we look forward to talking with you about the Khronos VR Initiative.
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.
Quietly in the Sketchfab forums, support for glTF was announced. sketchfab support staff James replied to a request asking for glTF support with "Hi guys, We just shipped support for glTF. We're still improving, but let us know how it goes!"
Earlier this week, at the Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York, Microsoft shared their vision around 3D for everyone. As part of achieving that vision Microsoft announced they are joining the 3D Formats working group at Khronos to collaborate on its GL Transmission Format (glTF).
This tool converts COLLADA (.dae) models or OBJ models to glTF for use with Cesium. You may upload one at a time or multiple models with drag and drop. You can also select a single zip file containing both model and textures or drag and drop them together onto the canvas below. Once uploaded, a self-contained glTF file will be downloaded and a model preview will be shown below.