The COLLADA 1.4 Adopters Package is complete and under final review prior to public release. The Adopters Package contains both conformance testing software and documentation intended to drive rapid evaluation, deployment, and acceptance of the COLLADA specification in 3D content creation, and asset management software. The Khronos Group expects the Adopters Package to be released next month.
The COLLADA specification defines an XML-based schema to enable 3D authoring applications to freely exchange digital assets without loss of information, enabling multiple software packages to be combined into extremely powerful tool chains. The COLLADA 1.4 Adopters Package and conformance tests are designed to provide distinct levels of conformance and specification adherence that informs users about the suitability of a software authoring environment for use in a COLLADA tool chain.
Three new levels of COLLADA compliance are offered in the Adopters Package: Baseline, Superior and Exemplary. Baseline conformance establishes the lowest level of interoperability between applications within a tool-chain. Superior and Exemplary conformance increases the level of interoperability with broader feature support and asset information preservation without transformation. Exemplary software is suitable for the advanced processing and archiving of your valuable 3D assets. Content creation tools can now be certified to provide a trusted chain for preserving 3D content for future usage, while utilizing the latest 3D modeling features.
Access to the COLLADA Adopters Package is available to any interested company by executing the Khronos COLLADA 1.4 Adopters Agreement. The Adopters Program is intended to promote consistent implementations of the format by many vendors across multiple platforms and to create an objective definition of conformance for the specification. The Adopters Package defines a peer-reviewed Conformance Testing Procedure by which conformant products may use the COLLADA trademark (available after paying a Conformance Test Submission Fee that covers the costs of development and maintenance of the Adopters Program).