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'''Title(s):''' [[Title::]] COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) DAE (Digital Asset Exchange) Format
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[[Category:Engineering format]]
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'''Title(s):''' [[Title::COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) DAE (Digital Asset Exchange) Format]]
  
'''Version ID:''' As of May 2009, COLLADA v1.4.1 (stable release), v1.5 (newest release)
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'''Version ID:''' [[Version ID::As of 2009-05, COLLADA v1.4.1 (stable release), v1.5 (newest release)]]
  
'''Date released:''' April 2008 and June 2008 repsectively
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'''Date released:''' [[Version Date released::2008-03 and 2008-06 respectively]]
  
'''Date:''' 2004
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'''Date:''' [[Format Date::2004]]
  
'''Creator(s):''' [[The Khronos Group]]. The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards for the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.
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'''Creator(s):''' [[Creator::The Khronos Group]]. The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards for the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.
  
'''Contributor(s):''' Sony Computer Entertainment, NVIDIA, ATI, Softimage, Autodesk, Google, and Intel.  
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'''Contributor(s):''' [[Contributor::Sony Computer Entertainment, NVIDIA, ATI, Softimage, Autodesk, Google, and Intel. ]]
  
'''Description:''' COLLADA is a royalty-free XML schema that enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry.
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'''Description:''' [[Description::COLLADA is a royalty-free XML schema that enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry.]]
  
'''History:''' Before the decision was made to start the COLLADA project, the team looked at all the existing formats and decided that, unfortunately, we needed to create a new one that would have a chance to become a standard.
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'''History:''' Before the decision was made to start the COLLADA project, the team looked at all the existing formats and decided that, unfortunately, they needed to create a new one that would have a chance to become a standard.
  
 
Most existing formats are not open formats and have not been designed by a working group, but by a single company. That is a problem: Will all other companies agree to support a format that they have not participated in designing? But most importantly, what would happen if that one company were to disappear or decide to prioritize their support for different tools?
 
Most existing formats are not open formats and have not been designed by a working group, but by a single company. That is a problem: Will all other companies agree to support a format that they have not participated in designing? But most importantly, what would happen if that one company were to disappear or decide to prioritize their support for different tools?
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The main existing interchange technologies are not designed as a language, but rather as APIs (available under a license on a limited number of platforms). This enables data to be exchanged among applications that have licensed the technology, but it does not help at all to liberate the data from proprietary formats. How can one risk having one's vital assets stored in a format that one does not have sufficient control over, including the exact specifications for?
 
The main existing interchange technologies are not designed as a language, but rather as APIs (available under a license on a limited number of platforms). This enables data to be exchanged among applications that have licensed the technology, but it does not help at all to liberate the data from proprietary formats. How can one risk having one's vital assets stored in a format that one does not have sufficient control over, including the exact specifications for?
  
What happened to Kaydara (being acquired by Alias) and then Alias (being acquired by Autodesk) should remind everyone of the risks of using proprietary formats, and all of us should keep asking for COLLADA to be widely supported by all DCC companies and different tool makers.  
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What happened to Kaydara (being acquired by Alias) and then Alias (being acquired by Autodesk) should remind everyone of the risks of using proprietary formats, and all of us should keep asking for COLLADA to be widely supported by all DCC companies and different tool makers.
  
'''Example(s):''' [[DAE Example]]
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'''Example(s):''' [[Example::DAE Example]]
  
'''Identifier:''' http://www.khronos.org/collada/
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'''Identifier:''' [[Identifier::http://www.khronos.org/collada/]]
  
 
'''Documentation:''' [[Documentation::DAE Documentation]]
 
'''Documentation:''' [[Documentation::DAE Documentation]]
  
'''File Extensions:''' .DAE
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'''File Extensions:''' [[File Extension::DAE]]
  
 
'''Applications:''' https://collada.org/mediawiki/index.php/Portal:Products_directory
 
'''Applications:''' https://collada.org/mediawiki/index.php/Portal:Products_directory
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'''Magic numbers:''' [[Magic Numbers::]]
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Hex: 3C 3F 78 6D 6C 20 76 65 72 73 69 6F 6E 3D 22 31 2E 30 22 20 65 6E 63 6F 64 69 6E 67 3D 22 75 74 66 2D 38 22
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ASCII: .?xml.version="1.0".encoding="utf-8"
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'''Rights:''' © 2005-2008 The Khronos Group Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Excerpt - This specification is protected by copyright laws and contains material proprietary to the Khronos Group, Inc. It or any components may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, displayed, broadcast, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of Khronos Group...
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Khronos Group grants express permission to any current Promoter, Contributor, or Adopter member of Khronos to copy and redistribute UNMODIFIED versions of this specification in any fashion, provided that NO CHARGE is made for the specification and the latest available update of the specification for any version of the API is used whenever possible...
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'''Typical use:''' [[Typical use::Enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry]]
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'''File classification:''' - Specific properties that pertain to this engineering format.
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* '''Type {Binary, Text}:''' text
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* '''Raster data:'''
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** '''Raster data 2D:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:'''yes
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*** '''Description:'''Raster imagery data is organized in n-dimensional arrays.
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** '''Raster data 3D:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:'''yes
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*** '''Description:'''Raster imagery data is organized in n-dimensional arrays.
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* '''Geometric representation:''' - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports geometric representations.
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** '''Implicit representation:''' - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports implicit representations.
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*** '''Implicit surfaces:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Implicit Surfaces - Is Supported::true]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Implicit Surfaces - Description::]]
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*** '''Implicit curves:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Implict Curves - Is Supported::true]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Implicit Curves - Description::]]
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*** '''Point set:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Point Set - Is Supported::true]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Point Set - Description::]]
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** '''Mesh:'''
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*** '''Manifold surface meshes:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Mainfold Surface Meshes - Is Supported::false]] - Is the feature supported in the engineering format?
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Manifold Surface Meshes - Description::]]
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*** '''Manifold volume meshes:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Manifold Volume Meshes - Is Supported::false]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Manifold Volume Meshes - Description::]]
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*** '''Non-manifold meshes:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Non-manifold Meshes - Is Supported::false]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Non-manifold Meshes - Description::]]
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** '''Parametric representation:'''
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*** '''Parametric surfaces:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Parametric Surfaces - Is Supported::false]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Parametric Surfaces - Description::]]
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*** '''Parametric curves:'''
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**** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Parametric Curves - Is Supported::false]]
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**** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Parametric Curves - Description::]]
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** '''Contour sets:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Contour Sets - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Contour Sets - Description::]]
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** '''NURBS:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification NURBS - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification NURBS - Description::Planned for future release.]]
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* '''Multi-resolution models:'''
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** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Multi-resolution Models - Is Supported::false]]
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** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Multi-resolution Models - Description::]]
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* '''Dynamics:''' - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports dynamics.
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** '''Kinematics:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Kinematics - Is Supported::true]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Kinematics - Description::A rigid body can be dynamic or kinematic.]]
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** '''Assembly:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Assembly - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Assembly - Description::]]
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** '''Force(s):'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Force - Is Supported::true]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Force - Description::]]
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* '''Boundary representation'''
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** '''Manifold surface boundary representations:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Manifold Surface Boundary Representation - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Manifold Surface Boundary Representation - Description::]]
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** '''Manifold volume boundary representations:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Manifold Volume Boundary Representation - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Manifold Volume Boundary Representation - Description::]]
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** '''Non-manifold boundary representations:'''
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*** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Non-manifold Boundary Representation - Is Supported::false]]
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*** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Non-manifold Boundary Representation - Description::]]
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* '''Material transparency:'''
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** '''Is Supported:''' [[File Classification Material Transparency - Is Supported::true]]
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** '''Description:''' [[File Classification Material Transparency - Description::]]
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'''References:''' [[References::]] - A list of references regarding any aspects of this engineering format; any reading material supplemental to this page.

Latest revision as of 19:12, 11 May 2009

Title(s): COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) DAE (Digital Asset Exchange) Format

Version ID: As of 2009-05, COLLADA v1.4.1 (stable release), v1.5 (newest release)

Date released: 2008-03 and 2008-06 respectively

Date: 2004

Creator(s): The Khronos Group. The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards for the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

Contributor(s): Sony Computer Entertainment, NVIDIA, ATI, Softimage, Autodesk, Google, and Intel.

Description: COLLADA is a royalty-free XML schema that enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry.

History: Before the decision was made to start the COLLADA project, the team looked at all the existing formats and decided that, unfortunately, they needed to create a new one that would have a chance to become a standard.

Most existing formats are not open formats and have not been designed by a working group, but by a single company. That is a problem: Will all other companies agree to support a format that they have not participated in designing? But most importantly, what would happen if that one company were to disappear or decide to prioritize their support for different tools?

The main existing interchange technologies are not designed as a language, but rather as APIs (available under a license on a limited number of platforms). This enables data to be exchanged among applications that have licensed the technology, but it does not help at all to liberate the data from proprietary formats. How can one risk having one's vital assets stored in a format that one does not have sufficient control over, including the exact specifications for?

What happened to Kaydara (being acquired by Alias) and then Alias (being acquired by Autodesk) should remind everyone of the risks of using proprietary formats, and all of us should keep asking for COLLADA to be widely supported by all DCC companies and different tool makers.

Example(s): DAE Example

Identifier: http://www.khronos.org/collada/

Documentation: DAE Documentation

File Extensions: DAE

Applications: https://collada.org/mediawiki/index.php/Portal:Products_directory

Magic numbers:

Hex: 3C 3F 78 6D 6C 20 76 65 72 73 69 6F 6E 3D 22 31 2E 30 22 20 65 6E 63 6F 64 69 6E 67 3D 22 75 74 66 2D 38 22
ASCII: .?xml.version="1.0".encoding="utf-8"

Rights: © 2005-2008 The Khronos Group Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Excerpt - This specification is protected by copyright laws and contains material proprietary to the Khronos Group, Inc. It or any components may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, displayed, broadcast, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of Khronos Group...

Khronos Group grants express permission to any current Promoter, Contributor, or Adopter member of Khronos to copy and redistribute UNMODIFIED versions of this specification in any fashion, provided that NO CHARGE is made for the specification and the latest available update of the specification for any version of the API is used whenever possible...

Typical use: Enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry

File classification: - Specific properties that pertain to this engineering format.

  • Type {Binary, Text}: text
  • Raster data:
    • Raster data 2D:
      • Is Supported:yes
      • Description:Raster imagery data is organized in n-dimensional arrays.
    • Raster data 3D:
      • Is Supported:yes
      • Description:Raster imagery data is organized in n-dimensional arrays.
  • Geometric representation: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports geometric representations.
    • Implicit representation: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports implicit representations.
      • Implicit surfaces:
        • Is Supported: true
        • Description:
      • Implicit curves:
        • Is Supported: true
        • Description:
      • Point set:
        • Is Supported: true
        • Description:
    • Mesh:
      • Manifold surface meshes:
        • Is Supported: false - Is the feature supported in the engineering format?
        • Description:
      • Manifold volume meshes:
        • Is Supported: false
        • Description:
      • Non-manifold meshes:
        • Is Supported: false
        • Description:
    • Parametric representation:
      • Parametric surfaces:
        • Is Supported: false
        • Description:
      • Parametric curves:
        • Is Supported: false
        • Description:
    • Contour sets:
      • Is Supported: false
      • Description:
    • NURBS:
  • Multi-resolution models:
    • Is Supported: false
    • Description:
  • Dynamics: - Section describes whether or not the engineering format supports dynamics.
    • Kinematics:
      • Is Supported: true
      • Description: A rigid body can be dynamic or kinematic.
    • Assembly:
      • Is Supported: false
      • Description:
    • Force(s):
      • Is Supported: true
      • Description:
  • Boundary representation
    • Manifold surface boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: false
      • Description:
    • Manifold volume boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: false
      • Description:
    • Non-manifold boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: false
      • Description:
  • Material transparency:
    • Is Supported: true
    • Description:

References: - A list of references regarding any aspects of this engineering format; any reading material supplemental to this page.