OpenGL News Archives
Nvidia will be providing Japanese arcade game maker Namco with the “Nvidia System N2 Arcade Platform Solution” for its next-generation arcade hardware. It will feature a GeForce graphics card using the OpenGL graphics API, and the Linux operating system.
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 information system. Along with its ability to deliver compelling 3D visualization and simulations, the Croquet system’s components are designed with a focus on enabling massively multi-user peer-to-peer collaboration and communication. Croquet utilizes an OpenGL API-based graphics engine and a semi-retained graphical engine pipeline, with a rendering hierarchy based upon dynamically composeable objects, with each of these objects having full access to the OpenGL API libraries. Developers have the ability to make direct calls to the OpenGL library at any of the nodes making it possible for them to extend the rendering engine in virtually unlimited ways.
The latest v18 of the Moon Game 2D/3D Game Development Library adds support for OpenGL 2.0 and OpenAL 1.0/OpenALEE.
The HVox terrain engine is unique from other engines because it can render arbitrary terrain with caves and overhangs. The approach is based on Voxels in combination with continous level of detail. The engine uses OpenGL Fragment and Vertex shaders, so at least a GeforceFX or Radeon 9600 are required.
gDEBugger lets you trace application activity on top of the OpenGL API to see what’s happening within the graphic system implementation. The new v0.9.5 supports OpenGL 1.5 standard and additional extensions. Latest features include automatic trace of OpenGL errors, the ability to save OpenGL state variables snapshot into a file and to record the OpenGL calls log into a file. It also adds support for Windows XP service pack 2.
Ch is an embeddable C/C++ interpreter for cross platform scripting,
2D/3D plotting, shell programming, numerical computing and embedded scripting. All programs using OpenGL API function calls can run in Ch across platforms (Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, Windows and Mac OSX) without compilation. The new v4.7 includes thirty-six new APIs as well as input/output redirection, variable queries, and interfacing functions with a variable number of arguments. Ch Standard Edition is free for commercial and non-commercial use.
A Horribly 3D Halloween Screen Saver displays kids on their way home from trick or treating who are stupid enough to take a shortcut through the local haunted graveyard, but the ghosts have other ideas. The kids have heaps of different costumes including Harry Potter, Buffy, Yoda and Halloween favourites like Pirates, Skeletons, Witches and much more. Watch the bats fly overhead or tremble at the site of the glowing ghosts, and it’s all thanks to extra-scary OpenGL API 3D!
G3D is a BSD open source 3D engine that supports real-time rendering, off-line rendering, back-end game server management of 3D worlds, and use of graphics hardware for general purpose computing. V6.04 adds support for OpenGL 2.0, a new manual, Visual Studio .NET support, depth textures, AABSPTree Frustum Culling, easy-to-use access to programmable hardware, and new demos including a network game infrastructure.
The Nvidia GPU Jackpot event Oct 21-22 in Las Vegas is for content developers and artists. The programming track (limited to 80 attendees) includes: Performance and Features of GeForce 6 Series GPUs; Efficient Shadow Generation; Normal Map Compression & Quality; SLI (How to Take Advantage of Multiple GPUs) ; Advanced Performance Tools and Developer Tools and the NVIDIA SDK. The registration fee for the event is $80 and all attendees will receive a GeForce 6 Series GPU
VizKit is an OpenGL API-based visual plug-in for iTunes. It is published as an open source, cross-platform (Mac/Windows) seedwork. The main features are: Unicode anti-aliased texture of the track title including custom font loading and CoverArt texture generation with QuickTime.
DAZ|Studio is a free application that allows you to easily create beautiful digital art. You can use this software to load in people, animals, vehicles, buildings, props, and accessories to create digital scenes and includes pre-configured 3D scenes, complete with a poseable character, accessories and environments. Thee scenes can easily be manipulated including character poses, shape morphs, model textures, and lighting. It supports OpenGL API rendering and the 3Delight Renderman compliant renderer.
Smode Studio uses the OpenGL API for real time rendering of visual compositions. It integrates 3D objects (mesh, curve and particle), video and still images and can be controlled via midi, keyboard or a sound analyzer module.
Pixie is a photorealistic renderer for MacOS X, Windows, and Linux
that uses a RenderMan-like interface. Features include programmable shading, motion blur, depth of field, raytracing, scan-line rendering, area-light sources, occlusion culling, global illumination, and caustics. Pixie uses the OpenGL API as a rasterizer.
This classic shadow mapping approach to create correct soft shadows allows complex scenes to be shadowed realtime even on old hardware (83k triangles on GF4/4200 at 23fps). Includes source code. Implementation requires OpenGL 1.5 and nVidia GPU, GF3 or higher.
Sc21 is used to integrate the OpenGL API-based Coin Open Inventor work-alike library, with the Mac OS X user interface. In contrast to the SoGui libraries normally used to create Open Inventor applications, which focus on cross-platform compatibility, the main design goal of Sc21 is to make the integration with Mac OS X as close and intuitive as possible. Sc21 is designed to be used with the Coin Open Inventor work-alike, but it should also work with SGI’s or TGS’s Open Inventor (although this has not be tested yet).