The Away3D team is pleased to announce the first official release of Away3D Typescript!
Today we release some information around progress and support material, and plan to have more updates for you on our development roadmap in a separate post later this month.
So why is this beneficial to Away3D? Because this is where we see the web heading, and the emerging role of hardware accelerated graphics in cross-platform content. WebGL has been a web standard for several years now, and browser vendors are beginning to integrate WebGL support into their public version releases. We even see activity on mobile browsers with several vendors releasing WebGL-enabled developer releases on Android, Blackberry and iOS platforms. It is our intention to place Away3D at the center of this new standard as it reaches a coverage viable for use in commercial projects – something we are only now starting to see.
A significant step of the conversion was to resolve our shader scripts into GLSL compatible scripts – not an easy task as all internal Away3D shaders are written on the fly. This was eventually cracked by Adobe, who very kindly donated some R&D work on an AGAL -> GLSL convertor. The code was ported to Typescript and has its own package structure separate from the main classes (christened AGLSL) for those interested in using the source in their own library conversion projects.
No release would be complete without some examples, so the above link takes you to a specially prepared mini-site where you can try out various demos and tests of the Away3D Typescript framework. Right now we have a limited subset of Away3D functionality ported from Away3D Flash 4.1, but we hope to be adding more very soon.
Remember, you will need a WebGL compatible setup to view the examples – this handy chart shows how compatibility has progressed over the last few years and can point you in the direction of a suitable browser version to download. Another aspect to consider is your operating system and hardware setup which has a role in determining if you will be able to view WebGL content or not – the Khronos Group has a maintained Blacklists and whitelists page on this very subject in case you are experiencing problems.
For a step-by step guide on how to setup your development environment for Away3D Typescript, take a look at the tutorial above. This will guide you through the initial install process of the typescript compiler, and has all the necessary links for downloading a set of examples and a compatible IDE. We have also created a few accompanying video tutorials that should guide you through the basics (in these we use the excellent WebStorm IDE for coding).
- 1. Away3D Typescript – Getting started
- 2. Away3D Typescript – Recompiling the core
- 3. Away3D Typescript – Live debugging with Google Chrome
Keep an eye on our new Github repos for development activity – we are expecting to put in plenty of work over the coming weeks and months to complete the 4.1 conversion and firm up the library ready for a production release. We will also be posting more on various public speaking events where Away3D Typescript will be presented and discussed. The first of these will be at the Flash Online Conference #6 later this week on Friday 11th October, where you’ll hear more about the current state of things, and get a chance to ask any questions you may have. Show your interest by selecting our session on the Stage3D facebook group page.
We are always keen to encourage others to get involved with Away3D development, and with any new development the time to get stuck in is at the start, so let us know if you are interested in helping out! Get in touch via Github or the Away3D forums, we’d also love to hear feedback or suggestions on the current library’s implementation / features / bugs.
Enjoy the new release!
The Away3D team