The latest code for WebKit, the Browser engine that powers Safari, Chrome,
Android and WebOS for the Pre, now supports the new WebGL 3D rendering. The
standard is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and is managed by the Krohnos Group who
manage OpenGL the 3D engine used by all groups not using DirectX. You can
expect Google, Apple and Mozilla to include WebGL into their browsers over
the next year. This could be the first serious move to support 3D since VRML
in the late '90s.
WebGL will be an extension of the feature set in the CANVAS tag. Now is a
good time to get to know CANVAS.
Here is the money quote:
enable rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the
OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics standards. The working group is developing the
specification to provide content portability acros... (more)
It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain,
makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come
out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the
rendering options in Swift 3D.
Quick Run Down on Swift 3D
First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has
always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes
of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash
4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its
Will Corporate America Embrace the iPhone?
Apple is a “change” company. Look at their track record: Mac II, iMac,
iPod and now the iPhone. What has not changed, however, is the view of Apple
a company that delivers only consumer based products. Apple simply is not
perceived as an Enterprise company. Apple is working to change this
perception. It is a slow process but something came along to change the pace:
Enterprise Tools coming to the iPhone
Apple is looking to “wow” the professional market. For this to be
successful, Apple meet certain base criteria. For instance... (more)
It used to be so easy to slam Microsoft. There are the 800lb gorilla with all
the money that have done some shady business deals - but that is very much in
the past. Today Microsoft keeps doing things that make it hard not to like
them. They are going Open Source and being transparent and even making
mistakes (Vista, anyone?) and the 800lb almost appears humble.
Or maybe I need to stop drinking the cool aid.
With that said, there is a very cool tool that MSFT is using to determine
what will be in the next version of Silverlight. Called the "Silverlight
Feature Suggestion" site, y... (more)
HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located
at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes
the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this
in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type
Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you
have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the
following to the root of your Web page:
That's it. Easy, huh?