Hardware 3D rendering…
One thing that might be interesting in the heating up battle of Flash vs Silverlight is rendering. Will Silverlight down the road provide hardware rendering support for 3d in Silverlight? If so Microsoft will have a compelling offering. Would Microsoft really want this with strong 3d capabilities built into a browser (goes against their console offerings, or maybe not in the end).
With 3d in the browser on two competing platforms that use hardware rendering we can make Raycasted donuts (yummy) oh and there could be a massive surge in the online 3d gaming market (especially the indie market).
It is up for grabs
But the problem is that Silverlight will also need to support OpenGL for other platforms (that do not run DirectX). If Adobe wants to win this maybe OpenGL 3d integration into flash will make it more cross platform. I know the developers on the papervision3d lists are all looking forward to better than software rendering in flash.
Who’s Directing Director?
But then this leads to another question, where does Director fit in all this, is it even part of the plan? Will Director and Flash merge to support this? Then what happens to the saturation of Flash in the market when it has more third party issues like Director? (and possibly less adoption director usually gets up to 50% to 60% saturation)
What exactly happened to Director in the plans?
Here is a posting to macromedia.director.3d from Ritesh Banglani, Product Manager for Director and Shockwave. It was in response to a joke about him coming and going from the forum like Halley’s Comet…
Still here, guys. I cannot give an exact release date for the next version, but it will likely be towards the end of the year rather than the middle. The Shockwave Vista release (with DirectX 7) will be out sooner – in 6 weeks or so.
We will NOT upgrade the 3D feature set in the forthcoming Director release. Requirements like new platform support, performance and text engine enhancements are very urgent, and we don’t want to delay this release beyond 2007. However, we are committed to maintaining Shockwave as the leading 3D format on the web, and you WILL see 3D enhancements in a subsequent release. The move to DirectX 9 is a signal of our long term commitment to Shockwave 3D.
I know this is not the answer many of you are looking for. I appreciate your patience, and hope to keep the channels of communications open!
Currently this is the status of hardware supported 3d in WPF/E Silverlight.
WPF fully supports hardware rendering but Silverlight (cross browser) does not.
What features are missing from Silverlight presentation markup that will be supported in WPF?
Some high-end, Windows-specific features of WPF, such as real 3D, hardware-based video acceleration, and full document support, will not be supported in Silverlight. This is done on purpose in order to serve the Silverlight cross-browser, cross-platform reach requirements that demand a light-weight plug-in. However, Silverlight will offer a uniform runtime that can render identical experiences across browsers on both Macintosh computers and on Windows-based computers.