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Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin

Google released an experimental browser plugin which lets you display rich 3D graphics in Web content. Google hopes this plugin will contribute to the new 3D Web work group managed by the Khronos Group and backed by Mozilla and Google itself. With Google's contribution and participation in this effort to build 3D Web standards it looks like this concept is gaining traction. There has been some confusion over Google releasing this API and whether it is meant to derail the efforts of Khronos and Mozilla. On the contrary, from Google's own blog, "Google plans to contribute technology and web development expertise to the discussion within Khronos and the broader development community."
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The Industry Takes an In-Depth Look at 3D


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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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Google SketchUp makes COLLADA the official first-class format

Google SketchUp will switch to COLLADA for its official file format in the upcoming free version of SketchUp. John Bacus, SketchUp Product Manager, wrote "In our next release, we're going to make COLLADA an official first-class format for all modelers. You'll be able to import and export COLLADA models, as well as COLLADA models wrapped up in the KMZ format for Google Earth, with any version of SketchUp."
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WebGL seen in Chrome browser

WebGL is being built into Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari and now Google's Chrome browser. WebGL can be used in the latest Chrome developer preview version--but only if "--enable-webgl" and "--no-sandbox" command-line switches are added when Chrome launches. The latest versions are Chrome 4.0.221.6 for Windows and 4.0.221.8 for Mac OS X and Linux.
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Khronos Group announces WebGL Draft Specification

The Khronos Group announced the unveiling of the WebGL Draft Specification. WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Khronos has setup a wiki, forums and a public mailing list for greater community involvement.
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Android and OpenGL ES Confirmed for jMonkeyEngine 3

The adoption of Android abilities into jME3 means big things for game developers using the engine and OpenGL ES. The ability to develop for many platforms with expertise in one engine gives jMonkeyEngine a lot of power.
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Android and OpenGL ES Confirmed for jMonkeyEngine 3

The adoption of Android abilities into jME3 means big things for game developers using the engine and OpenGL ES. The ability to develop for many platforms with expertise in one engine gives jMonkeyEngine a lot of power.
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Google Announces Angle - Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine - so OpenGL ES can run over DirectX 9

According to Google, the goal of ANGLE is to layer WebGL's subset of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API over DirectX 9.0c API calls. "We're open-sourcing ANGLE under the BSD license as an early work-in-progress, but when complete, it will enable browsers like Google Chrome to run WebGL content on Windows computers without having to rely on OpenGL drivers." Since ANGLE aims to implement most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, the project may also be useful for developers who are working on applications for mobile and embedded devices. CNET has done an excellent write-up on Angle.
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TurboCAD Pro 17 upgrade offers improved COLLADA export

IMS Design released TurboCAD Pro 17 offering improved speed. Significant improvements in interoperability with Google™ SketchUp™ workflow have been introduced via an improved COLLADA (.DAE) export feature which includes instances so that blocks and architectural objects will be read by SketchUp as components.
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