ShiVa 1.7, S3D SDK and iPhone 3D Engine available...

About ShiVa 1.7, this new version brings more than 250 new features, updates and bug fixes...

The editor has been greatly improved in usability, stability, graphics and documentation.

Usability: you can now create particles effects, polygons trails, materials and 2D interface easily with a live preview for each changes, you can access to a full layer and camera management in the 3d viewport for a better scene organization. You have now a full access control on objects lightmap: import, export and use provided uv set for the built-in lightmap compiler. All editor actions and module have been optimized for a better efficiency : assign controller with a single click, create animation directly in the viewport, open multiple resources ( trail, material, particle ) at the same time, merge scenes, create scenes with thousands objects...
Stability: more than a hundred of bugs have been corrected since the last release.
Graphics: hundreds of redesigned icons and pictures for a better user feeling.
Documentation: API functions have been reorganized and commented with examples, tens or so pages talking about editor concepts, dedicated pages on iPhone development, direct access to various code samples and 3d web page generator...

The 3d engine has been updated with new visual features, optimization and functions.

Visual: Fresnel driven opacity and color is now available to create backlight effects, glass, falloff reflection...
Modulate, noise, saturate, burst material texture with a global intensity parameters. Particle are now driven by dynamics...
Functions: A new API is now available dedicated to xml management: send, receive, write and parse xml with simple functions.
Also more than 100 new functions and constant in Script APIs are available.

StoneTrip provides also, for free, their 3d engine SDK, for Windows, Mac OS and Linux...

Embed a powerful 3d engine in your application and use your library to perform heavy computation or/and use native system API to extend the functionnalities...
Customize your publications with a 3D engine in an MFC/Qt/Wx/Cocoa program.
Use hooks to intercept messages events into your C/C++/Objective-C application.
Send message events directly from your application to the S3D Engine.

The iPhone 3D Engine has been updated and provides now quasi-all iPhone features

GPS: iPhone 3G finds your location via GPS or by triangulating your position using Wi-Fi and cellular towers.
Device information: The device unique identifier and name, the system name, version, the language and locale used on the device
MultiTouch support: Let’s control everything using only fingers.
Microphone support: Audio capture and recording.
And always: Accelerometer support, Optimized Compressed Textures, ODE Dynamics engine, Advanced Character and Shape Animations and full Network Support

Their roadmap is also important, they prepare a new plugin with an easy installer, a server embedded in the player and a ShiVa 1.8 Wizard oriented...

To remind everyone the software possibilities, ShiVa is the only tool able to produce 3D real time applications immediately displayable on Windows, MAC OSX, Linux, iPhone and soon video game consoles.


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