Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hey You Got Your GPU in My Intel!

A hint that Intel is getting into the dedicated GPU game in 2020?


It's going to be a very very Discrete 2020.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Cloud Is Rendertastic!

Gone are the days of rendering for hours, weeks or months to complete your animation. Now you can rent time and render to the Cloud. Hundreds, thousands, or hundreds of thousands of Linux computers in a Cluster complete your 3D Project in record time. Powerful GPUs like the NVIDIA VOLTA are installed in Data Centers for all Big Data needs including 3D Rendering. At least 21 Billion Transistors, Deep Core Architecture for Machine Learning, Ultimate Virtual Machines and/or Containerized OS'es. Think of the GPUs like Custom chips complimenting the host CPU(s). Hmmm, does that sound familiar? That's basically what the Amiga did many years ago at a much smaller scale. If Aladdin4D could somehow take advantage of this technology in the future that would be sweet.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Toasty Virtual Machines

An innovative developer found a few software workarounds to boot the Amiga Video Toaster GUI in an Amiga Virtual Machine without the Amiga Video Toaster hardware card. It's nice to finally see some progress on Open Video Toaster. Our Toaster was feeling alone and stagnant in the modern era without brilliant hobbyist coders to dig into one of the most interesting open source releases that happened early in the 21st Century. How does this relate to Aladdin4D you might ask? Aladdin4D 5.x renders directly to the Amiga Video Toasters Framebuffers and even saves 24 bit animations in the Flyers native broadcast quality video format. Not as innovative in todays world but a road down memory lane of how none-linear video editing and live switching used to be. Please visit the Open Video Toaster site and grab the binary to play with on your Amiga Virtual Machines. If you own a copy of Aladdin4D 5.x don't forget to render it retro in brilliant 24 bit color with Aladdin4D. Rub the Lamp, Render the Magic.


Open Video Toaster

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Much Swifter Future?

Since coding on the macOS version of Aladdin4D has to be restarted from scratch anyway we are investigating migrating the C code to the Swift programming language to help future proof later versions. Swift is a lot more modern than C and is now surprisingly open source as well. A shocking move from Apple Inc that was unexpected. Of course recoding Aladdin4D completely in Swift would be a large undertaking and render the original source code from the OS X Mac version obsolete. It wasn't that exciting to look at anyway so no big loss there.  We would love to hear your feedback on this idea of course. The evaluation process is not complete. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The 10 Best Graphics Cards in the World

Don't forget to check  out a great article about the best graphics cards in the world.

TechRader Link

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 mini-review: The new people's champion annilates Titans

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 is one hot as hell graphics card, delivering Titan X-level performance at a price real gamers, video editors and creative content producers can afford. The blowers on high-end GPU's are so big now that they may even be able dry your hair or hands if they are wet.  You’ll find the a single HDMI 2.0b connection, a single dual-link DVI-D connector, and three full-sized DisplayPorts that are DP 1.2 certified, but ready for DP 1.3 and 1.4. That last tidbit means the card will be able to power 4K monitors running at 120Hz, 5K displays at 60Hz, and even if you think 4K & 5K are old news and passe maybe the fact that it supports 8K displays at 60Hz will excite you. Keep in mind you’ll need a pair of cables for that last scenario to work.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lamps, Life & Tribulations

The Aladdin4D Blog started about  ten years ago with the acquisition of Aladdin4D and the hopes and dreams of renewing development of it. Like a long televised soap opera it's had its ups and downs over those years and things have happened that we could have never predicted. The inspiration to start the blog came from Martin's Minutes. 

For those that don't know Martin's Minutes was another blog on the Internet before they were even called blogs that was from a 3D Animation companies founder that discussed a program called "Animation Master". It was fun and insightful to read and was also started by a company that got its beginning making Amiga 3D Animation software.

Like the Aladdin4D Blog, that site didn't always discuss just 3D software, it also covered topics about the world we live in and the deep thoughts of Martin Hash. It was a valuable insight into the brilliant mind of the creator of Hash Inc which is still around today.

If you get a chance stop by and check them out and don't forget to say we sent you.

Here's to Martin Hash, we salute you!