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Time for 3D imagery to have its own codec

Time for 3D imagery to have its own codec

Compression is a key technology for the advancement of 3D. The Khronos Group is pushing ASTC to take the industry to the next level. By Jon Peddie Ever since Ed Catmull introduced the concept of texture mapping in the early 1970s and James Blinn did en­vironmental mapping, memory stor­age and loading has been increasing. Add […]

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All 3D all the time at Dimension 3

All 3D all the time at Dimension 3

The annual conference has become a pilgrimage site for true believers in the future of stereoscopic 3D. Kathleen Maher reports from Paris. By Kathleen Maher Sometimes it seems digital 3D is not so much a technology but some­thing more like a religion. As vari­ous types of immersive 3D are be­coming more commercially attractive, thanks to […]

New bridge analysis tool models multiple earthquake variables

New bridge analysis tool models multiple earthquake variables

BridgePBEE is new software from engineering researchers at the University of California, Berkeley that can model the interaction of soil, foundation, and structure in an earthquake. Computer-based analysis of earthquake structural damage is a complex task. A new free software tool from engineering researchers at the University of California, Berkeley lets civil engineers conduct studies […]

Wild new Airbus twin-fuselage patent designs in glorious 2D

Wild new Airbus twin-fuselage patent designs in glorious 2D

The cutting edge of aviation thinking must still go 2D when submitting a patent application. All current commercial aircraft are either single or dual aisle with the engines mounted on (turboprop) or under (jet) the wings. But that doesn’t stop aeronautical engineers from thinking out of the box about the future of air travel. Unfortunately, […]

Lattice updates XVL Studio digital mock-up software

Lattice updates XVL Studio digital mock-up software

New features include 64-bit native support, multiple search conditions, graphics accelerator auto-detect, and more. Lattice has sold more than 500,000 seats of its various 3D tools. Lattice Technology has released an update to XVL Studio, its market-leading software for repurposing 3D manufacturing data for downstream use. New features and enhancements in XVL Studio 11.0a include […]

Hexagon acquires myVR for 3D GIS interactive viewing

Hexagon acquires myVR for 3D GIS interactive viewing

The Norwegian company creates software that enables high-resolution real-time viewing of interactive maps over low bandwidth. Technology conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired all shares in the Norwegian company My Virtual Reality Software AS. Known as myVR, the company provides software for 2D, 3D and 360-degree viewing for desktop and mobile. myVR has developed a patented […]

Sketchfab puts 3D content on the web for free

Sketchfab puts 3D content on the web for free

New website allows anyone to publish interactive 3D content online; all it takes is a WebGL-compatible browser. Sketchfab went live today with new technology making it easy to publish interactive 3D content online. The free service does not require any third-party application installed on either the client side or the server. All Sketchfab needs is […]

SPEC updates Siemens NX benchmark

SPEC updates Siemens NX benchmark

The new version tests NX 6 or 7 on 64-bit Windows 7.The benchmark is available at no charge from the SPEC website. SPEC, the non-profit group that creates performance evaluation benchmarking software for the technical graphics industry has released a new benchmark for Siemens PLM Software’s NX 3D CAD software. SPECapc for Siemens NX 6 […]

ZBrush update adds realism to fiber, fur, and hair

ZBrush update adds realism to fiber, fur, and hair

Other new features in ZBrush 4R3 include vector displacement maps and a 3D noise feature. Pixologic is now shipping an update to ZBrush, the popular 3D digital sculpting and painting program.  New features center on the ability to create, manipulate and export detailed geometry for fur, fiber, and hair. FiberMesh allows the real-time creation of […]

An  Open Letter about the future of Collada from the Khronos Group

An Open Letter about the future of Collada from the Khronos Group

The growing use of Collada as an open, non-proprietary file format for 3D asset exchange presents new challenges and opportunities. [Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter from the Khronos Group Board of Directors about the future of Collada. GraphicSpeak is publishing the letter as a service to the 3D digital content industry.] March […]