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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Neutrone NDK Beta available
« on: September 30, 2010, 02:13:15 PM »
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NDK is now available for download! We hope that you will enjoy your NDK experience.


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / 4sceners demo roundup September
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:42:22 AM »
4sceners collected the best scene demos of this month.

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Whether you're a filmmaker, animator, or video post-production professional in a multi-national media studio or in a local events video agency, producing outstanding work is only part of your mission. You're also tasked with doing it faster.

The papers in today's Dispatch discuss tools and systems that not only help you create stunning work, but help you do it more efficiently.

The Result: same-day edits, improved post-production processes, and the opportunity for more profitability through increased productivity.

•           In Knocking Down Workflow Roadblocks with Creative Suite* 5 Production Premium, Jacob Rosenberg, chief technology officer of the Bandito Brothers studio, tells how running native 64-bit Adobe CS5 applications on Intel® Xeon® processor-based workstations significantly reduced the time for encoding and rendering files, changed their workflow, and enhanced their business.
•           Looking for a tool to help you decode MP4 video effectively and efficiently? Dive into the code in the MP4/AVC Decode Using the Intel® Media SDK white paper to learn how the Intel® Media SDK can help.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / DX11 Perspective Matrix Jittering Temporal AA
« on: September 28, 2010, 09:51:01 PM »
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Temporal anti-aliasing algorithms are algorithms where you use samples from previously rendered frames in order to perform a temporal form of supersampling. There are different ways to implement temporal AA...
The perspective matrix jittering temporal AA is easy to implement, cheap and provides anti-aliasing qualities similiar to SSAA 2x. However, the current implementation suffers from distracting screen blurring once the camera starts moving. I haven’t really read up on temporal reprojection yet, but it might be interesting to implement AA using it and see how the results compare to this implementation.

Full story here

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Unity3D version 3 released
« on: September 27, 2010, 05:48:07 PM »
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Unity 3 represents a quantum leap – built-in lightmapping and occlusion culling, a debugger, you name it. A full editor overhaul and stunning performance gains. An irresistible product has seen the light of day.

Download Windows version here

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Research Summit 2010 - Poster Listing
« on: September 26, 2010, 05:50:18 PM »
More than 100 (!) whitepapers here  :P

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Blender project: RAT bProficiency
« on: September 26, 2010, 07:29:40 AM »
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RAT bProficiency is the result of the work I am doing to submit to the BFCT. I decided to use it as open source and will release all production files plus a detailed pdf with documentation as open source.

Full story at BlenderNation


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Nvidia’s GPU Conference  just ended. Here is a list of the 10 most noteworthy products, technologies, and news items from the event.

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This month’s build of UDK features significant additions, including:

· UDK users now have access to the gameplay profiler tool.
· Matinee’s movement tracks can now be split into individual translation and rotation components.
· Users can bulk edit texture properties within the Content Browser.

Download here or here


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / ATI GPU ShaderAnalyzer 1.55
« on: September 24, 2010, 04:58:13 AM »
GPU ShaderAnalyzer is a tool for analyzing the performance of pixel, vertex, geometry, hull, domain and compute shaders for ATI Radeon™ graphics cards. It gives you accurate performance estimates for your shaders and even allows you to view disassembly of the generated hardware shader, all without having to run the application on actual hardware. GPU ShaderAnalyzer can be used as a GUI tool for interactive tuning of your shaders or in command line mode to generate detailed reports. It supports Direct3D (D3D9.0 - D3D11) and OpenGL (GLSL 1.50, arb_fp and arb_vp) shaders.

What's New in Version 1.55

    * Support for Catalyst™ driver 10.4-10.9
    * Support for June 2010 DX run-time.
    * Fixed an installation problem on a machine with VBScript disabled.


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Revision 6.1

Added the NVIDIA Quadro 6000, 5000 and 4000 graphics cards.
Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 graphics card.
Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 and FX 1700 graphics cards.
Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 graphics card.
Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 LP and FX 380 graphics cards.
Removed the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5900 (Future) graphics card.
No. of cards: 126

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You can download the Bullet 2.77 from the usual place at http://code.google.com/p/bullet/downloads/list (based on svn revision 2218)

The main new feature is the OpenCL and DirectCompute hardware accelerated cloth simulation.
Thanks to Lee Howes from AMD for this contribution and thanks to NVIDIA for a Fermi GTX 470 GPU for compatibility testing!

We have done a lot of work to streamline OpenCL development for various platforms. We can debug OpenCL kernels using MiniCL, a simplified OpenCL replacement that compiles kernels using the regular C/C++ compiler. The demos can be compiled using OpenCL 1.0 and 1.1 using the most recent AMD and NVIDIA OpenCL SDKs for Windows and Linux as well as Mac OSX. A lot of work went into tweaking the CMakeLists.txt for the cmake build system so it works nicely with various OpenCL SDKs cross-platform. We also used a modified version of CMake to generate Visual Studio project files that we distribute, using relative paths and environment variables etc. The OpenCL kernels are embedded in the executable by default, but they can also be loaded from disk.

There is also a DirectCompute cloth implementation for Microsoft DirectX11. You can see Lee Howes presentation at MSDN here


    * OpenCL & DX11 cloth simulation as part of BulletSoftBody. See Bullet/Demos/OpenCLClothDemo and Bullet/Demos/DX11ClothDemo. This is an initial implementation, and there is no support for collision detection or other advanced features yet.
    * New btParallelConstraintSolver as part of BulletMultiThreaded. Although mainly targetting PlayStation 3 SPUs it also accelerates multi-core PCs. See Bullet/Demos/MultiThreadedDemo or get the spubullet-2.77 from PS3 Devnet.
    * Many more bug fixes and minor features.


Check out the precompiled Windows executables in the download section.

Some related news:

    * We forked the 3ds Max plugin, replacing PhysX by Bullet. It is open source under the MIT license and it supports .bullet export. See http://dynamica.googlecode.com for source and precompiled versions.
    * OgreKit is a new open source framework that makes very easy to develop using Bullet, Ogre, OpenAL and Lua. It directly reads Blender .blend files and works on Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and iPhone/iPad. See http://gamekit.googlecode.com
    * Cinema 4D release 12 has improved support for Bullet, including constraints and their improved soft body implementation. Cinema 4D 12 also supports .bullet export. Download a free trial demo here: http://www.maxon.net


Feedback is welcome,
Erwin


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Component maker Zotac is one of NVIDIA's closest partners and it has now announced the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP that offers something unique, name support for up to four monitors.

Full story here

Afaik Forceware only supports only 2 monitors per GPU. I wonder how this card internally works  ???

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We have improved the support of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processor in CPU-Z.
It does now display the processor name and logo, as well as the memory frequency and timings.

You can download the beta version at that address.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / TheaRender - interactive render beta
« on: September 22, 2010, 05:34:38 PM »
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Our first goal with interactive render (IR) was the full integration of our OpenGL viewport. This way, IR can be used the same way with the same navigation controls. Besides the integration with the viewport, full integration with the rest of UI is implemented, so that almost every function of Thea works in co-operation with IR. This way, we can tweak settings, apply materials, etc. with IR keep working in the background.

The second goal, was the render method itself. We wanted a new mode that would be as fast as possible especially in initial updates. Although this can be parameterized to use TR1/TR2 unbiased methods, for IR we developed two "lighter" techniques; one progressive biased and a Monte Carlo unbiased.

Download beta demo here


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In today's Dispatch, we transport you to the nexus where fantasy meets technology. And at the center of it all, you'll find Intel HD Graphics, our newest integrated graphics offering and the first to include the CPU and GPU in one package. Beam me up, Scottie!

•           When designing games, developing for both maximum gameplay and reduced power consumption can be a constant concern. In Star Trek* Online Goes Where No Game Has Gone Before, Jimb Esser, the lead graphics programmer for Cryptic, discusses the challenges faced in taking this beloved franchise into the world of MMO gaming, and why optimizing the game to run on processors equipped with Intel HD Graphics was an obvious choice.

•           The 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family with Intel HD Graphics provides new features that improve system performance and reduce power usage, especially in mobile systems. Now, both developing and running applications when on-the-go with your laptop can give you increased performance. Read how in the Intel® HD Graphics Dynamic Frequency Technology white paper.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Notepad++ 5.8 released
« on: September 22, 2010, 10:32:27 AM »
 Notepad++ v5.8 new features and fixed bugs (from v5.7) :
 

   1. Upgrade Scintilla to version 2.21.
   2. Fix a vulnerability issue: Load ScinLexer.dll with its full path to avoid hijack.
   3. Fix Unicode file corrupted on saving bug (the buffer alignment issue).
   4. Fix DBCS encodings file saving corruption bug.
   5. Fix file containing NULL character loading bug.
   6. Fix php syntax highlighting bug.
   7. Fix dragging undocked window performance issue while using Vista Aero UI style.
   8. Fix dragging undocked window performance issue while using Vista/Windows7 Aero UI style.
   9. Fix large file truncated after loading problem.
  10. Improve file loading performance.
  11. Fix Shortcut Mapper inconsistence issue after deleting a macro or an user command.
  12. Add 2 line wrap methods (default plus aligned and indent).
  13. Add 2 menu commands : "Modify Shortcut/Delete Macro" and  "Modify Shortcut/Delete Command".
  14. Add "Modify" and "Delete" buttons on Shortcut mapper dialog.
  15. Add macro new ability to record search and replace actions.
  16. Fix SaveSession bug.
  17. Remove characters count feature from the status bar due to its performance issue with UTF8 file.
  18. Fix crash issue due to themes switching.
  19. Make folding margin hidable.
  20. Add NPPM_GETCURRENTNATIVELANGENCODING, NPPM_ALLOCATECMDID and NPPM_ALLOCATEMARKER message (to get the current native language enconding).
  21. Change editing settings saving behaviour : one set of settings are applied in 2 scintilla controls (except zoom).
  22. Add Statistics feature which is accessible from the menu command "Summary..." (under menu "View") and the 2nd zone of statusbar (double click).

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / dxProf 1.0.7 is released
« on: September 22, 2010, 01:24:09 AM »
dxProf 1.0.7 is released
     
What's new:
- Fixes d3d function names in the callstack
- Fixes for not being able to turn on pause mode when target application uses directinput
- Added simple api to control dxprof behaviour from the target application

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Indigo Renderer 2.4 released
« on: September 22, 2010, 01:12:31 AM »
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Indigo 2.4 is dramatically faster than Indigo 2.2, a result of numerous optimisations in the core rendering engine: vastly more efficient MLT, up to 2X faster instancing and motion blur in complex scenes, colour noise is completely eliminated, 4X faster blackbody illumination and many other substantial improvements.

Indigo shaders run 10-20X faster using Indigo 2.4 in 64 bit mode than Indigo 2.2 64 bit, a night-and-day performance difference for complex materials.

After 27 minutes the testscene still looked grainy  ???


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