Free as Air: ShiVa Integrates Allegorithmics’ Substance Engine At No Extra Cost

SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS, France– Thursday September 16th– Stonetrip, the leading 3D engine studio for games and 3D applications, today announced that it will be integrating Allegorithmics’ Substance dynamic texturing middleware for Windows into the ShiVa 3D engine, at no extra cost. This is the first time that the Substance engine has been made freely available to developers.

Allegorithmics’ Substance Air helps developers to create tiny, high-quality textures that are ideal for MMO and browser-based gameplay. The textures designed and generated with Substance Air are extremely lightweight, fully dynamic, and customisable at run-time. By integrating with the runtimes of both products, ShiVa enables developers of online and browser-based games to quickly load Allegorithmic’s lightweight texture formats into the ShiVa Engine tools pipeline.

ShiVa licensees will be able to use the fully-integrated version of the Substance engine within ShiVa editor and ShiVa engine without any additional fees. This unprecedented move will enable ShiVa licensees to load and customise Substance dynamic textures, which are stored as highly optimised descriptions files, massively reducing the filesize. The final bitmaps are only generated by the run-time engine on installation or on loading, so the equivalent of gigabytes of bitmap textures can be saved in just a few kilobytes.

“We are delighted to be able to give our developers such an affordable opportunity to create very high quality textures at a low weight in ShiVa with Substance Air,” says Philip Belhassen, CEO of Stonetrip.“This partnership with Allegorithmics is part of our ongoing policy of ensuring ShiVa is the most powerful and versatile 3D engine on the market.”

“Having Substance Engine as an integral part of Shiva is a wonderful way for game developers to create visually rich, yet lightweight, 3D applications for the web”, says Sébastien Deguy, CEO of Allegorithmic.“We are thrilled to work with a company as innovative as Stonetrip and to be part of such a robust and versatile application as ShiVa”.

A demo is available at http://www.stonetrip.com/download/TechDemo/ShiVa3D-Substance-v1.0.exe.

About the ShiVa 3D Engine

ShiVa is the developers’ tool of choice for easily creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iPhone, Android, iPad, Wii and Palm webOS. It is a powerful development platform for creators of 3D real-time applications and games and enables creators to quickly bring high-quality content to market. ShiVa has a strong support team behind it that is responsive, creative and experienced in game development on all platforms. The company continues to add additional support for new and emerging platforms under a single license strategy and extends ShiVa’s functionality to continually meet the needs of its more than 22,000 licensed developers. A comparison of the different versions of ShiVa 3D can be found here: http://www.stonetrip.com/shiva-editor.html#comparison.

About Stonetrip

Stonetrip is a leading 3D engine company for games and 3D applications founded in 2003. Headquartered in Sophia-Antipolis, France, the company designs and supports ShiVa, the developers’ tool of choice for easily creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games for Windows, Mac OS, Web, Linux, Wii, iPhone, iPad, Palm web OS and Android. The company is focused on delivering a powerful platform for creators through its industry leading technology that continues to make it easier to achieve high quality in less time with the greatest compatibility. Stonetrip continues to add additional platforms to the ShiVa platform as it extends its reach to new markets. For more information, visit www.stonetrip.com.

About Allegorithmic

Founded in 2003 and based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Allegorithmic is a leader in the 3D effects industry with clients including Intel, Autodesk, NVIDIA, NCsoft, Funcom and The9. The company specializes in creating advanced authoring software and middleware that is designed to simplify the process of creating high-quality textures for next-generation content developers. The company’s flagship product range is Substance. For more information on Allegorithmic and its products, please visit www.allegorithmic.com.


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