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For additional product news and information, visit GDC Goodies This page is dedicated to product announcements made during the 2010 Game Developers Con- ference held last month in San Francisco. For more news from the annual industry event, visit www. or SOFTWARE GAME DEVELOPMENT Social 3D Solutions During GDC, Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced the public beta of 3DVIA Studio and 3DVIA Scenes, applications that enable realistic, 3D online experi- ences. The new 3DVIA offerings combine social media with content creation apps and reusable 3D content to simplify the 3D content creation process. 3DVIA Studio is a 3D development environment for programmers and artists to create com- plex, interactive games, simulations, seri- ous games, and Web-based applications. 3DVIA Scenes, a Web-based, multi-user 3D application platform targeted at creative professionals and 3D enthusiasts, features a drag-and-drop interface enabling users to build online applications using 3D models and pre-programmed 3D “smart objects” developed and shared through the 3DVIA content warehouse. The two new applications are free for non-commer- cial use during the beta period. Dassault Systèmes; WIN Gamebryo LightSpeed Emergent Game Technologies, a provider of 3D game development solutions, has updated its Gamebryo LightSpeed devel- opment engine. New features include the launch of LightSpeed’s “Kickstart” program, whiteboxing capabilities, additive animation blending, and support for the LightSpeed D3D11 renderer. A starting point for evaluation, rapid prototyping, and development using LightSpeed, Kickstart includes tutorials, documentation, videos, sample game code, and game assets. The new whiteboxing tool helps game design- ers rapidly prototype simple, playable levels to test gameplay and then deliver the whiteboxed level to artists for texturing and lighting. Emergent also announced a new source distribution method for Light- Speed, giving developers access to three branches of engine code: Development, Beta, and Release. Emergent Game Technologies; WIN features a new physical engine, post- process effects, and a real-time shadows engine. Nova Web Player now works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Chrome. Nova 2010 also supports 64-bit systems, and FBX, DXF, OBJ, 3DS, DAE, and X fi le formats. Ambient occlu- sion through the attenuation of lights and shadows adds more realism to the scenes and rounds out Nova 2010. Vertice; WIN New Nova Vertice introduces its Nova 2010 real-time 3D engine with support for DirectX 10, shaders 4.0, and multi-touch technol- ogy, as well as compatibility with Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology. Nova 2010 also CHARACTER MODELING AND ANIMATION Poser Pro 2010 Smith Micro Software’s Productivity and Graphics Group has launched Poser Pro 2010, for profes- sional artists and production teams to add 3D characters to their projects. Poser Pro 2010 boasts more than 2.5GB of ready-to-use content, including pre-rigged, textured 3D char- acters. The 2010 version also features improved rigging, an enhanced user interface, a new content management system, and a variety of new tools, includ- ing: Dependent Parameter, Cross-Body Part, StuffIt Connect and Facebook image uploading, Physically Correct Light Falloff, Tone Mapping and Exposure, and Ward- robe Wizard. Poser Pro 2010 users gain the ability to integrate characters within other applications, such as Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya. Poser Pro 2010 is priced $500 with upgrades from the previous version of Poser Pro priced at $200. Smith Micro Software; WIN MAC April 2010, Volume 33, Number 4: COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD (USPS 665-250) (ISSN-0271-4159) is published monthly (12 issues) by COP Communications, Inc. Corporate offi ces: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204, Tel: 818-291-1100; FAX: 818-291-1190; Web Address: Periodicals postage paid at Glendale, CA, 91205 & additional mailing offi ces. COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD is distributed worldwide. Annual subscription prices are $72, USA; $98, Canada & Mexico; $150 International airfreight. To order subscriptions, call 847-559-7310. © 2010 CGW by COP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted without permission. 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