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Commercial OpenSceneGraph Support Plans

Louisville, Colorado, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 14, 2007 

As was announced at the SIGGRAPH ’07 OSG BOF, Blue Newt Software and Skew Matrix Software have partnered to provide OpenSceneGraph (OSG) support services, which includes support on a new branch of OSG v1.2 as well as the current OSG development head. The v1.2 branch will be licensed under the OSGPL and available for free download.
 
“Many clients have applications that use OSG v1.2. They can’t port to OSG v2.x at this time, so they still need bug fixes and minor feature additions on v1.2,” said Paul Martz, Skew Matrix Software president. “Bob Kuehne and I will support these customers on v1.2, and help them move to v2.x as their schedule allows.”
 
Changes to the v1.2 branch will be funded primarily through support contract sales, and driven by the needs of clients with active support contracts. The branch will remain active as long as clients continue to purchase support.
 
For information on purchasing a support contract:

Training Classes for Fall/Winter 2007/2008

Louisville, Colorado, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 14, 2007 

As was announced at the SIGGRAPH ’07 OSG BOF, Blue Newt Software and Skew Matrix Software will be providing a series of OpenSceneGraph (OSG) training courses during the coming months.
 
The 2-day Intermediate OSG Training in Huntsville, AL, September 26-27, is nearly full but has a few remaining openings. The course will be held at the Huntsville Marriott, and is co-located with the Terrain Summit ’07 conference. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual, as well as a copy of all presentations and labs. To register, visit the following URL:
http://www.skew-matrix.com/training.asp
 
Bob Kuehne and Paul Martz will co-instruct two week-long comprehensive OSG courses hosted by the Open Source Retreat. The first will be in Charlottesville, VA, November 12-16, 2007, and the second will be in Rome, Italy, January 6-10, 2008. These courses include time set aside for one-on-one consultation and instruction. To register for either of these courses, visit the following URL:
http://www.opensourceretreat.com
 
Another public course is tentatively scheduled for the US West Coast in early 2008, location and date to be determined. More information on this course will be posted to the OSG Users Email list as it becomes available.
 
In addition to these public courses, Blue Newt and Skew Matrix also offer private courses, ideal for companies that desire on-site instruction and consultation for their OSG developer staff.


Blue Newt Software and Skew Matrix Software Partner to Supply OpenSceneGraph Products and Services

Louisville, Colorado, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 12, 2007 

Bob Kuehne of Blue Newt Software and Paul Martz of Skew Matrix Software have joined forces to provide OpenSceneGraph (OSG) documentation and training. This collaboration has already resulted in the immediate availability of a new OSG book, the OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual v1.2, and registration is now open for an intermediate OSG developer course.

"The partnership between Paul Martz and Bob Kuehne and their commitment to providing documentation and training is great news for the OpenSceneGraph project and its growing community of commercial and non commercial users," said Robert Osfield, OpenSceneGraph project lead. "To these tasks they bring a wealth of experience in cutting edge computer graphics and scene graphs. Between them they have over a decade of involvement in the OpenSceneGraph project as both users and contributors."

OSG Documentation
To supplement the release of the OpenSceneGraph Quick Start Guide, Bob and Paul have published a new book, the OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual v1.2. Generated directly from the OpenSceneGraph v1.2 source code using enhanced OSG Doxygen output, the manual documents many of the methods and enumerants in the three core OSG libraries: osg, osgUtil, and osgDB. The softbound book is available for purchase now from Lulu.com.

A second book, the OpenSceneGraph Reference Manual v2.0, will be
released shortly  after OSG v2.0 becomes available. It will include
documentation for the new core library,  osgViewer.

Bob and Paul will coauthor and publish an additional book in the OpenSceneGraph Programming Series, the OpenSceneGraph Programming Manual, planned for publication in spring 2008. Bob is the coauthor of OpenGL Programming on Mac OS X and Paul is the author of OpenGL Distilled and the OpenSceneGraph Quick Start Guide.

OSG Training
Developer training includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in OSG and OpenGL application development and application tuning. Bob and Paul have several years of OpenGL and OpenSceneGraph experience. Their complimentary skill sets include 3D graphics application performance tuning, design and debugging skills, and knowledge of modern graphics hardware and device drivers. Both public and private courses are available.

The first OSG course under this partnership will be a public course in conjunction with the Terrain Summit 07 conference in Huntsville, Alabama. For course registration information, visit the following URL: http://www.skew-matrix.com/training.asp

For information on the Terrain Summit 07 conference, visit the following URL. http://www.terrainsummit.com/

About the Companies
Blue Newt Software LLC exists to help customers solve their toughest graphics problems. Blue Newt has assisted numerous clients achieve more realism, performance, and insight with their 3D graphics applications. Blue Newt was founded in 2003 to focus modern software development techniques, languages, and toolkits on improving 3D graphics applications.

Skew Matrix Software LLC provides 3D graphics services, such as software development, technical writing and editing, and developer training. Skew Matrix Software specializes in 3D graphics software development using OpenGL and OpenSceneGraph.

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OpenSceneGraph Training Transition to Tech Soup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

OpenSceneGraph Training Transition to Tech Soup

Chicago, IL, August 3, 2010

Tech Soup announces the transition of all OpenSceneGraph courses to it's facilities and instructors. Beginning this August, all OpenSceneGraph courses will be performed by TechSoup. Bob Kuehne, Blue Newt Software, LLC will continue to lead these courses as an original developer, author, and presenter of the material. Customers will experience the same quality training that has been occuring for years, but with improved resources to deliver an even better educational experience to our students.

The OpenSceneGraph courses range from beginner through advanced courses, including OpenSceneGraph in depth, as well as companion projects like VirtualPlanetBuilder. The first OSG course to be performed under this new arragnement will take place in early Fall 2010, and will include the following topics.

 Topics:

  • Building & Debugging
  • Memory Management
  • Nodes
  • State & Lighting
  • Visitors
  • Viewing & Manipulating
  • Plugins
  • Optimization
  • Terrain
  • Data Tiling & Paging

The OSG courses teach the fundamentals of OpenSceneGraph. Developers attending the courses learn the mechanisms behind effective development from scenegraph creation and manipulation through debugging & optimizing. Through instruction and labs, students build scenes and interact with real code from day one. The courses are fast-paced, require creativity and problem solving, and leave users with a thorough immersion in OpenSceneGraph. Instruction is hands-on with numerous labs where students directly turn concepts into practical knowledge.

For the latest information or to register for this OpenSceneGraph course visit http://www.techsoupcorp.com/courses/openscenegraph.html.

About Tech Soup:

Company founders Bob Kuehne (Blue Newt Software, LLC) and Alan Millman (Alan Millman Consulting, Inc.) formed Tech Soup to provide training and educational materials to the software developer community with a special emphasis on 3D graphics software development. The founders have been in the 3D graphics software industry for more than 20 years and involved with OpenGL since its inception, writing books, teaching courses, and working with Fortune 500-class companies around the globe. They remain active in the industry doing advocacy, development, consulting, and training. Contact Tech Soup directly for private course offerings, consulting engagements, or custom development opportunities.

Contact Information:

Bob Kuehne

President, Tech Soup Incorporated

+1-734-834-2696

info@techsoupcorp.com

http://www.techsoupcorp.com/

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