OpenGL Headline News
Jul 26, 2010
The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.1 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface). OpenGL 4.1 is the sixth update to OpenGL specification in two years, continuing the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification. This new version continues to maintain full backwards compatibility to enable developers to begin using new features whenever they choose, while portably accessing state-of-the-art GPU functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms. New functionality in the core OpenGL 4.1 specification includes full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 APIs, the ability to query and load a binary for shader program objects to save re-compilation time, the capability to bind programs individually to programmable stages for programming flexibility, 64-bit floating-point component vertex shader inputs for higher geometric precision and multiple viewports for a rendering surface for increased rendering flexibility.