Webgl tagged news

Visit the Khronos Group at GDC 2011 in March. We have lots of demos, exciting news, a DevU happening on March 3rd, and free Khronos API laminated reference cards to hand out. Do you want to find out more about WebGL, COLLADA, OpenGL, OpenGL ES or OpenCL? Drop by our booth #1444 in the Moscone Center. Our DevU will be held at the Esplanade level, Room 301. See you there!

Benjamin Nortier from 1011ltd.com is now in possession of a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer. After surveying the 3D modelling software, disappointment settled in, and Benjamin has decided to build a WebGL 3D modelling tool. The tool must be accessible—Open Source, Powerful—using boundary representation (BRep), and Modern—internet-ready with a solid RESTful API. Complete with a sneak peak, and proof of concept, this project is worth following.

A little fun for Monday morning, Scott Downe has created a WebGL page that is only 88 characters in size. He challenges any one to create a smaller page. Although the WebGL page is blank, it makes for an interesting challenge in optimization, and reminds me of the day when programming, every byte counted.

The sample code for the OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming Guide is now available for WebGL, Android 2.2, and iOS 4.2 (in addition to continued support on Windows OpenGL ES 2.0). Additionally, in order to make it easier to provide future updates, the code has been migrated to the opengles-book-samples Google Code project. You can purchase the OpenGL ES 2.- Programming Guide here.

WebGL is now enabled by default in the latest FireFox Beta 8 browser. Principal Firefox Engineer Vlad Vukicevic commented on his blog “3-D games, interactive product displays, scientific and medical visualization, shared virtual environments, and 3-D content creation all become possible on the web.” Unlike desktop or mobile OpenGL development, it’s very easy to get started with WebGL. Some simple HTML and JS content lets you immediately start writing WebGL code. Firefox 4 Beta is available here.

Vladimir Vukicevic, Work Group Chair for WebGL thanks everyone for their contributions and support of WebGL over the past year. Further, Vladimir is requesting that everyone try to update their WebGL demos. Especially if you have a demo that is listed on the WebGL User Contributions page. “If you have time, please try to update your apps so that they will run on a recent Firefox or Chrome nightly build. If you’re unable to do so, it would be helpful if you could add a note to the page saying that it was written for an earlier version of WebGL, and is not expected to run on 1.0.” wrote Vladimir Vukicevic, “Also, if your app is listed on http://khronos.org/webgl/wiki/User_Contributions please try to update it! We’ll be going through that page soon and removing entries that don’t work with the current spec.”

The WebGL working group recently announced the availability of the WebGL extension registry. The current URL is not permanent and will most likely changed. “The WebGL extension registry contains specifications for extensions to the core WebGL API. Most of these extensions are incorporated directly from the OpenGL ES or OpenGL extension registries, and refer to those extensions for their behavioral definition. Because WebGL extensions are specified as Web IDL interfaces, each specification also includes the IDL to which each implementation will comply.”

Katalabs is excited to announce the release of KataSpace; a WebGL/HTML5 front-end to the Sirikata based multi-user 3D environment. The application allows you to build MMO or Second Life style virtual worlds and deploy them on any web page available to anyone running a modern web browser—including the one on your smartphone or iPad.

CopperLicht is a JavaScript 3D engine for creating games and 3d applications in the webbrowser. It uses the WebGL canvas supported by modern browsers and is able to render hardware accelerated 3d graphics without any plugins. This update sees a few bug fixes as well as having its own name space defined in JS to avoid conflicts with other libraries, such as jQuery.

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