- Blender 2.48 has been released: http://www.blender.org/development/release-logs/blender-248/
- Maya Dynamica plugin next?
Open source technologies bring cutting edge innovation, source code accessibility, rich community support, and a pricetag that can’t be beat to developers in every industry — including the online game industry. In this one day mini-track you will learn first hand from leading game developers and technology providers about open source game engines, tools, and server technologies that are changing the economics of online game development today.
Apart from numerous bug fixes, this is new:
OLPC is hosting a Physics Game Jam in Boston from August 29 to 31.
This is a team based rapid game development competition based on creating a physics game for OLPC XO laptops in 48 hours. Remote entries are allowed, and there will be prizes for the winners. PyBox2D is the main physics library that will be used, but anything open source that will run on the XO is fine.
There will be programming workshops such as developing in Sugar, using PyBox2D, and integrating computer vision with physics, so prior experience is not a requirement.
There is more information on the OLPC Wiki: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Physics_Jam
Registration is free, but donations are encouraged: http://olpcphysics.eventbrite.com/
We are visiting SIGGRAPH again next week.
Some of the Bullet/physics related activities:
Hope to meet you there,
Bullet 2.70 physics SDK is available for download now.
Some new Features
Feedback is welcome in the forum.
Tony Mullen reported that his new book Bounce, Tumble and Splash! Simulating the Physical World with Blender (Sybex) is out:
“The book covers all of Blender’s simulation functionality in depth including fluid, soft body, cloth, rigid body, particles, hair and much more. This is the first time much of this functionality has been documented in print, so I really hope that the book will help to give these powerful features a much wider audience.
I took a bunch of snapshots to give people an idea of how the books look inside and out, and you can check those out here:
There’s also a teaser on YouTube I put up some time ago. By all means take a look to get an even better idea of what this book covers:
The book’s in stock at Amazon:
I hope you enjoy the book!
+ Added split impulse support, penetration recovery won’t add momentum
+ cloth/soft body improvements: picking (pick and drag), tearing (click and release without mouse move), preliminary support for btSoftBody versus compound and concave trimesh
+ Added new btDbvtBroadphase, based on dynamic AABB tree. It has the capability to do view frustum culling and front-to-back traversal. See Extras\CDTestFramework for view frustum culling sample.
+ Enabled new btGjkEpa2 penetration depth solver, thanks to Nathanael
+ Provide access to all persistent manifolds for a given btBroadphasePair, see CharacterDemo for sample usage
+ Added linear and angular motor for btSliderConstraint
+ Add penetration depth test for convexSweepTest
+ removed several warnings for Windows build, thanks to Martijn Reuvers
+ Added Mac Cocoa Xcode project, thanks to TomorrowPlus
+ use collision margin of btBvhTriangleMeshShape for convexTest, Thanks to reltham for the contribution.
+ added custom memory allocator registration, thanks to Sly.
Download Bullet 2.69 from the Bullet repository at Google Code.
+ New BulletSoftBody library: cloth, rope and deformable volumes, including interaction with rigid bodies. Thanks Nathanael Presson.
+ Added btSliderConstraint
+ Added Extras/CdTestFrameWork, Thanks Pierre Terdiman
+ Added posix thread support (pthreads), Thanks Enrico.
+ Moved ConvexHull into Bullet/src
+ Moved optional quickstep and box-box collision detector to Bullet/src. Thanks Russell Smith for permission to re-distribute under the ZLib license.
+ Many bugfixes and improvements to BulletColladaConverter, btSubsimplexConvexCast, btMultiSapBroadphase, btOptimizedBvh
Download full SDK source code and precompiled Windows and Mac OSX Universal binary demos from http://code.google.com/p/bullet/downloads/list
Wolfgang Engel developed the Oolong Engine 2 for iPhone, and initial Bullet support looks very promising. Unlike most other phones, the floating point performance of the iPhone is very good.
Thanks everyone for the hard work and feedback,