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CAD/BIM Development Moving Faster—The ODA Announces Monthly Releases

Open Design Alliance is a non-profit technology consortium of 1200 member companies, working together to develop solutions for complex engineering design problems.

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Khronos Group Releases OpenCL 3.0—Draws Wide Industry Support

The provisional specifications are now publicly available for industry feedback on high-performance computational standard.

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A New Openness—How Vectorworks is Adapting to the World of Integrations

A software application famous for its all-inclusive capabilities is learning how to gain new powers for its users by connecting to others.

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Apple Moving Away From OpenGL—What Is The Answer for Developers Now?

Apple has announced they are deprecating OpenGL in macOS, the open industry supported cross-platform graphics API that has largely enabled the massive proliferation of professional CAD and 3D apps to reach across platforms like Windows and arrive on macOS.

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Khronos Group Launches OpenGL 4.6 Adopters Program

The open industry 3D graphics standard, OpenGL, advances forward by the Khronos Group with new Conformance Test Suite in Open Source.

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SIGGRAPH 2017—The Year of the Game Engine & Low-Level Graphics API

Associate Editor Akiko Ashley was at SIGGRAPH 2017 this year and covered the top-level events, sessions, and presentations. This first report focuses on the “theme” elements apparent at this year’s computer graphics conference and exhibition.

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SIG: The Khronos Group Releases Major Update to Graphics API—OpenGL 4.6 with SPIR-V Support

SPIR-V support added to OpenGL in version 4.6—update to industry standard graphics API specification will liberate shader-language development for content creators and 3D developers, among other updates.

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GDC: Khronos Reveals API Updates and New Working Group at Game Developers Conference

Consortium releases Vulkan features, WebGL 2.0 and new OpenXR working group; group hosts series of events for the developer community.

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Apple’s WebGPU Standard Proposal—Aiming at Common Access to Explicit Graphics

Apple’s Webkit team is proposing a new industry group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web—one that can develop a standard API that leverages modern GPU features.

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HOOPS Communicator 2017 Improves Performance—Advances 3D Web Visualization

Tech Soft 3D released HOOPS Communicator 2017 software development toolkit (SDK), a simple yet powerful toolkit for advanced 3D web visualization that allows users to connect 3D data to vital business intelligence.

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Khronos Places OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Tests into Open Source

Developer community can contribute to test development and evolution; open source 3D API implementations can freely use tests to increase quality.

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ODA Accelerates BIM Interoperability With Native Revit File Support

The Open Design Alliance’s reverse engineered Revit file format support for its Teigha BIM API may soon change the BIM application landscape.

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Introduction of iSwift 2.0 – Objective-C to Swift converter for OS X

The introduction of iSwift 2.0 is an important update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion too, developed exclusively for Mac OS X. iSwift offers automatic as-you-type conversion of you Objective-C sources to Apple’s Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift can be the best way to convert and translate existing Objective-C files to Swift on the fly.

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SIG: Apple looks to be going the path of ‘Metal’ for graphics—seems out on Vulkan standard

Khronos Group makes further positive momentum with Vulkan API, but Apple is missing from the roster of industry supporters. This is an early signal that Apple may be pushing for Metal for Mac’s graphic future as aging OpenGL lingers as available cross-platform API.

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Metal for OS X Good, But Developers Need Flexibility and Options

Architosh speaks with Neil Trevett, President of Khronos Group, on matters of Vulkan in the tailwind of the Metal for OS X announcement made earlier this month.

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