3/6/2003 - Coin is a high-level 3D graphics library with a C++ Application Programming Interface. Its target audience is developers of 3D graphics applications worldwide. SoQt is a library which provides the glue between Systems in Motion's Coin high-level 3D visualization library and Troll Tech's Qt 2D user interface library.
By using the combination of Coin, Qt and SoQt for your 3D applications, you have a framework for writing completely portable software across the whole range of UNIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Coin, Qt and SoQt makes this possible from a 100% common codebase, which means there is a minimum of hassle for developers when working on multiplatform software, with the resulting large gains in productivity.
Coin 2.0.0 features
Coin 2.0.0 is now available from http://www.coin3d.org. The new version includes major additions in functionality such as:
Other improvements include major performance optimizations for faster rendering, a better framework for download and deployment on Microsoft Windows platforms, miscellaneous feature enhancements requested by the Coin user community, and many documentation improvements.
"Coin has been received very well by 3D software developers", says Einar Hübert, CEO of Systems in Motion. "Coin started as a spin-off from other software development projects, but has now become core of the company. We will focus even more on development of Coin and increasing its market position in the years to come. Coin is a very stable and reliable tool, and version 2.0.0 makes it more accessible to the broad range of 3D developers globally."
Licenses and pricing
Coin 2.0 is Free Software released publicly under the GNU General Public License ("GPL"), and is also available for any proprietary use under a Professional Edition License (Coin PEL). The price for becoming a Coin PEL holder is USD 2,000 per developer per year. There are no royalties or hidden extra costs. The Coin PEL text has been modified slightly from Coin 1.0.X to Coin 2.0.0.
Examples of professional users of Coin are General Electric, Caterpillar, Shell, Statoil, HitecO, Midland Valley, Fedem Technology and ConocoPhilips. Examples of users of Coin under the Free Software license are CERN, NASA, the Vienna University of Technology, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Coin is based on the SGI Open Inventor API. Open Inventor has long since become the de facto standard graphics library for 3D visualization and visual simulation software in the scientific and engineering community. It has proved its worth over a period of more than 10 years, its maturity contributing to its success as a major building block in thousands of large-scale engineering applications around the world.
Coin uses scene graph data structures to render real-time graphics suitable for mostly all kinds of scientific and engineering visualization applications. Coin is portable over a wide range of platforms: any UNIX / Linux / *BSD platform, Microsoft Windows operating systems, and Mac OS X.
Coin is built on the industry-standard OpenGL immediate mode rendering library, and adds abstractions for higher-level primitives, provides 3D interactivity, immensely increases programmer convenience and productivity, and contains many complex optimization features for fast rendering that are transparent for the application programmer. For more information about Coin and source and binary downloads, please visit http://www.coin3d.org.
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework developers can use to write single-source applications that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's new Zaurus SL5500 and SL-A300 PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California. More about Trolltech can be found at www.trolltech.com.
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