OpenGL News Archives
Minions of Mirth is a massively single player RPG which uses the OpenGL API for rendering. It is being developed for both Mac OS X and Win32. The game is Open Source and based on the GPL Quake2 codebase. The site features screenshots, features, and an 8 minute video.
ShaderTech, Nvidia, Discrete, RTzen, and GDC are sponsoring a shader programming competition: the Shader Triathlon. $20k worth of prizes are available. The deadline is August 1st, 2004 so get those OpenGL Shading Language enteries in now.
The ARB has approved minor updates (see the included revision histories) for the
OpenGL Shading Language Specification (version 1.10)
and to the associated OpenGL extensions
There is an updated version of the extension header file
corresponding to these changes, and some other registry updates
including a new set of
naming conventions for Shading Language extensions,
and a very minor unrelated update to the
Fathammer to integrate OpenGL ES into X-Forge mobile game development system using Hybrid’s OpenGL E
The X-Forge Game Development System for mobile gaming from Fathammer will incorporate OpenGL ES and M3G (JSR 184) using Hybrid’s OpenGL ES API Implementation Framework. OpenGL ES is based on strictly defined parts of the OpenGL standard and it enables the lightest possible interface between software and hardware based graphics acceleration.
MegaCorps Online is a new tactical multiplayer first person shooter game that features real-time shadows, bump maps and dynamic lighting. The game is developed in Java and uses the OpenGL API. The first beta is available for download.
EMotion FX s a realtime character animation system designed to be plugged into any 3D engine or game. It features facial animation, lipsynching, inverse kinematics, and support for OpenGL hardware shaders. The new v2.1 adds assembly of characters from different body parts (and removal in explosions), improved and new inverse kinematics solvers, memory optimizations as well as an improved Look-AtӔ controller.
Jun for Java is a Java class library with an OpenGL API interface for 3D graphics handling and a QuickTime interface for multimedia handling. The new vJun454 adds new list support and patched body support.
This is a GLUT 3.7 pre-compiled library for Windows 2003 on Itanium2. It was tested with a BULL Novascale 4040 4-ways system.
FreeWorld3D is a fully interactive 3D terrain editor and world creation tool, for use in game development. It features OpenGL acceleration, 3D mesh transforms & editing, terrain shadowmaps, lighting, fog, water and skyboxes. The new v1.0.0 release enahnces the water system and shadowmaps, creates a single texture map from terrain layers, and enhances performance.
Night Lights is an OpenGL screen saver (Windows or Mac OS X) that displays a stunning image of the earth’s night time urban illlumination patterns. Derived from real satellite imagery, it is a mesmerizing “night light” for your computer screen that takes advantage of OpenGL hardware acceleration.
The Sharp Actius RD3D notebook delivers 3D stereoscopic images without the need to wear special glasses using a Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go OpenGL accelerator. In the 3D mode, researchers can view molecules, medical imagery, and terrain maps in full 3D to gain a better understanding of their data. Right out of the box, you can hit the 3-D button next to the power button, and view, in 3D, the demo images that ship with the system. Sharp’s 3D SDK is available for Linux to create stereoscopic images using the OpenGL API and freeglut. See the technote for more information.
This OpenGL API-based demo renders an object with reflections and refractions. As an extra twist, the refractions are also blurred and tinted depending on the thickness of the object, resulting in an effect somewhat like frosted glass. You can see through it, but the thicker the object, the harder it gets to make out what’s on the other side. The thickness is estimated by subtracting front-face and back-face depths. The demo requires an NVidia card (GeForce FX or better).
The new 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 800 uses PCI Express, 640MBs GDDR3 memory, 250GBs of virtual memory, 8K x 8K textures, Resolutions of 3840 x 2400, and hardware accelerated buffers (depth-of-field, motion blur, shadow,and multi-pass rendering). 3Dlabs also released the lower end professional accelerators:Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200. All accelerators feature Acuity drivers that deliver professional-level OpenGL 1.5 support, including an optimized OpenGL Shading Language compiler on both Windows and Linux.
The Aurora 3D Developer’s Toolkit is an optimized mid-evel 3D rendering API written primarily using the OpenGL API for easy portability to various console platforms. The non-demo version provides high performance scene rendering with per pixel lighting, tangent space normal mapping, environment mapping, gloss mapping, glow mapping, and hardware shadow mapping. It uses Cg pixel shaders for real time graphics. A trial version is now available along with tutorials.
Indigo simplifies the process of color communication through 3D real-time virtual prototyping. Using the OpenGL API, it combines real-time color, texture and gloss in on-screen simulations associated with CAD/CAM objects. Colors are specified accurately to your suppliers and communicated to your customers without manufacturing physical samples. Special effects such as interference or nacreous pigments and additives can be simulated under different viewing conditions in real-time to improve accuracy and predict metarism.