Since I’ve not had a release in ages as I never think the time is right and things are pretty together right now I’m also announcing the release of GLGE 0.8, skipping a few to reflect the number of optimisations and additions that have been made since the last release:
As it’s been awhile since I last posted here is a brief overview of what’s been going on in the world of GLGE in the last couple of months:
Skeletal animation exports from blender 2.5x using the collada are now working quite well, although there are still a few bugs in certain animations, but I’m working on it. Collada support has also come a long way with a million workarounds and fixes for the various exports; please, if you have a file you’re having issues with let me know. I’ve got a demo using some of the assets from yofrankie exported using the blender 2.55 exporter. I meant to post this before christmas but have been lazily putting off, but here is is now:
Shadows fixed and improved
Shadows have been broken for a while so they are now upto the webgl spec. Plus, there was a bug in the shadow code which was reducing the accuracy of the shadows which has now been fixed. Soft shadows are also working again but are very slow still and I’m sure there is a better way of implementing so it’s still subject to change. Demo showing off the new fixed shadows in GLGE:
Other features and news
Culling has been added as well as much improved state sorting and other optimisations resulting in much faster rendering. There has also been a major code tidy up and a new build system based on nodejs and using the excellent uglifyjs has been added. The document generation is now included in the build process using node-jsdoc-toolkit, so hopefully documents going out of sync with the source will be a thing of the past.
I’ve not really been keeping up with the forum and it’s been causing issues for users posing so I’m adding a couple more ways to get support for GLGE:
IRC: #glge on irc.freenode.net
A number of projects have popped up using GLGE as there back end:
- KataSpace – a simple web-based application built on the Sirikata platform. Utilizing many new HTML5 features, WebGL, and Sirikata’s server, KataSpace provides a shared space where users can chat and interact with each other, right from their browsers.
- OurBricks – I’m loving this one, it’s going to be so useful!
- SteamCube – My entry to the Moz Game On 2010 comp
If you are using GLGE for a project please drop me a line and I’ll see about posting a link up on this blog.
There is another little webgl project I’ve spent some time working on in the last couple of months but more details of that will follow later