OpenGL News Archives
The OpenGL Shading Language is a high level, hardware independent C-like programming language that integrates seamlessly with OpenGL to enable application developers to deploy interactive, cinematic-quality rendering effects using today’s latest Visual Processor Units. This Master class will show the capabilities of OpenGL Shading Language and teach developers how to write a range of shaders. The class includes source code samples, tips, techniques and demonstrations. The seminar will be held in Beaverton, Oregon from 8:30am until 4:00pm. Pre-registration is required.
Swift 3D allows designers to build and export vector and raster-based 3D animations to Flash format. The new v4.0 for Mac OS X adds an enhanced polygon modeling toolset with bitmap texturing, Bezier animation paths and uses the OpenGL API for hardware acceleration of preview and rendering.
Extglgen is a popular tool to generate an OpenGL library to load and use all OpenGL extension functions up to OpenGL 1.5 that are defined in the SGI glext.h header file. In the latest release, the generated library does not solely rely on wglGetProcAddress to return NULL if an extension is not supported, but it first checks the OpenGL extension string.
Video Fun Box is a 3D video titling program that can also create a wide range of fully customizable special effects using the OpenGL API. Effect and titles can then be exported in AVI format for inclusion in any video editing project.
Hybrid has released freely downloadable Win binaries of its M3G (JSR 184) API implementation for J2SE for non-commercial use. The M3G implementation is built as a lightweight wrapper on top of the Hybrid OpenGL ES API implementation and allows 3D graphics to be rendered at interactive frame rates on mobile devices. Hybrid’s OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 implementations for Win32, N-Gage, and PocketPC 2003 are also available for download for non-commercial use free of charge. Demos and documentation are available.
Videocue for Mac OS X combines a teleprompter with a webcam so you can create a video of you giving a presentation, without you having to memorize a word. Using the OpenGL API that is the basis of Quartz Extreme, it features an ultra-smooth teleprompter, integration with popular blog systems, OpenGL API 3D transitions and fx, over 20 built-in professional broadcast quality titles themes, integration of other media, subtitle track overlays, OpenGL API compositing and motion, and GPU-based acceleration.
Megacorps Online is a tactical multiplayer first person shooter with real-time shadow volumes, dynamic lighting and other high-performance features using Java and the OpenGL API. The latest release offers faster rendering and FPS, improved Linux and ATI performance, and support for Java Webstart.
The Shader Designer is an IDE for creating GLSL shaders. The latest V1.5.7 improves light positions and the vertex shaders and enhances the Fractal Explorer utility. The Shader Designer team is also looking for beta testers for the upcoming Linux version. If you have a Linux GLSL capable card, to become a beta tester, email at jacobo.rodriguez ‘at’ typhoonlabs.com
breve is a free, open-source software that makes it easy to build 3D simulations of decentralized systems and artificial life. It includes physical simulation and collision detection so you can simulate realistic creatures, and a rich OpenGL API display engine so you can visualize your simulated worlds. V2.0 introduces a number of improvements to breve’s rendering capabilities, including improved transparencies, the ability to programmatically modify textures in real-time, and the ability to place multiple cameras throughout the simulated world.
GLSHell interpreter offers built-in basic OpenGL API functions, 3D mathematics, GLApp, PBuffer, Mesh, Texture, and Shader classes. Using GLSHell one could create OpenGL API based demos without using a compiler.
Mix babes, bikinis and blades and you’ve got the OpenGL API-based Cleavage 3D Interactive Screensaver! Challenge your friends to a sword fight in game mode, or for those who like to watch, sit back and watch the bikini clad women battle it out in amazing 3D graphics as a screensaver! You can also make this classic game remake play your MP3s in the background.
The Siggraph Tokyo seminar on Oct 27, 2004, will feature 3 OpenGL API-related presentations:
- OpenGL 2.0 Programing
- OpenGL ES General
- OpenGL Performer
Presentations run from 17:00-21:00, at the SGI Japan Seminar Hall ( B1F ) Ebisu Garden Place Tower, Ebisu 4-20-3 Shibuya-ku Tokyo Japan.
3D Box Shot a new virtual packaging design tool that converts bitmap artwork into a 3D box (6 different types) in realtime using the OpenGL API so you can rapidly prototype your box designs. You can rotate, pan and zoom your box in real-time, then export high quality bitmap images of your packaging for web or print.
MojoWorld’s procedural fractal landscape generation engine creates complete planets with unlimited detail including sky, sun, moon, stars and water. Everything can be modified, transformed and animated in real-time using OpenGL API hardware acceleration. New features in version 3 include PhotoBillboards, vegetation, river terrains, terran import/export, interactive light sources, MojoFX 2D special effects, SmartGuides, transformation tools, navigation tools, and more.
Croquet is a combination of computer software and network architecture that supports deep collaboration and resource sharing among large numbers of users within the context of a large-scale distributed OpenGL API-based visualization system. This development release (Mac, Win, Linux) is aimed at experienced self-sufficient software developers who are comfortable working with unsupported software with minimal documentation.