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SPEC announces wide slate of new benchmarks

SPEC announces wide slate of new benchmarks

This tanker doesn’t turn fast, but when it does you know it.   The last version of SPECviewperf 11, the popular benchmark from SPEC’s Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG), was released in June 2010—a mere three years and a bit ago. You can’t rush into these, especially when you use volunteers who don’t re­spond [...]

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No booth, but Adobe still at Siggraph

No booth, but Adobe still at Siggraph

Adobe remains a significant research contributor and collaborator.    Just because Adobe didn’t have a booth at Siggraph 2013 doesn’t mean the company wasn’t there. Adobe has contributed quite a few significant papers over the years to the Siggraph Papers side of the conference, which has traditionally been where the industry really changes. Adobe has [...]

Fund-raising pandas and other applications for 3D sensing

Fund-raising pandas and other applications for 3D sensing

PrimeSense and Open NI are leading the next wave of 3D sensor applications.  Everybody wants in on the act. PrimeSense, no stranger to Siggraph, demonstrated their new Capri sensor in the OpenNI Booth. The tiny next-gener­ation embedded 3D sensor PrimeSense hopes will power mobile 3D sensing applications was demo’ed on a Nexus 10 tablet. The [...]

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The return of virtual reality

The return of virtual reality

Oculus and Epson presented two wildly varying approaches to headset design at Siggraph 2013. By Kathleen Maher Nvidia took a space in the Emerg­ing Technologies area to demon­strate the work it is doing with lightweight display panels for virtual reality (VR) headsets. The panels are fabulously thin and lightweight, but the VR experience was a [...]

Fabric Engine sees five years out

Fabric Engine sees five years out

New Creation Platform allows both custom M&E tools and commercial software to work side-by-side.  Media and Entertainment technol­ogy has followed the same evolutionary path as other industries, from in-house development to high-priced custom products to commodity software—ex­cept that M&E is still transitioning in the direction of commodity software. Fabric Engine targets that transition with tools [...]

Autodesk has plenty to talk about away from the Siggraph show floor

Autodesk has plenty to talk about away from the Siggraph show floor

New management is guiding the M&E into acting more like the rest of the company. A consistent topic of conversation on the Siggraph trade show floor was, “So, what do you think of Autodesk?” The open-ended question wasn’t about new products or big initiatives; it was about Autodesk not having a booth. “Poor leadership,” groused [...]

Autodesk throws a party and skips the booth at Siggraph

Autodesk throws a party and skips the booth at Siggraph

The user group party celebrated CG heroes and new technology. Naiad fluid simulation was shown running in Maya.  Autodesk disappointed the folks a bit this year at Siggraph. Instead of renting their typical large booth this year, Autodesk spent their money more directly on their customers—always a good idea. The company threw a big-bash user [...]

Ambitious Thinkbox expands its range

Ambitious Thinkbox expands its range

At Siggraph Thinkbox introduced a new add-on for Maya and new particle capabilities.   Thinkbox has a wide range of prod­ucts, and in spite of its name, the last thing the com­pany does is fit easily into a box. We sort of imagine the company’s busi­ness meetings going something like this: What if we could [...]

Southpaw is making money by giving away digital asset management

Southpaw is making money by giving away digital asset management

The multi-purpose open source Tactic for M&E asset management is finding its market one free download at a time. A year has passed since Southpaw Technology held its breath and jumped headfirst into the open source unknown with Tactic, its project asset management solution. “The first few months were scary,” says CEO Gary Mundell; “no more demos, [...]

Five M&E software makers team up to compete

Five M&E software makers team up to compete

Shotgun, Tweak, Zync Render, Fabric Engine, and Thinkbox sell multimedia solutions that work with each other. By Kathleen Maher The Shotgun booth at Siggraph keeps getting bigger. This year the company included demonstrations from several com­panies it works with. Shotgun Soft­ware builds pipeline tools, which on the face of it doesn’t sound very sexy for [...]