Orlando, Fla. (January 29, 2013) - Sundog Software released version 2.7 of its SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK today, rolling out several new visual effects for game and simulation developers.
"SilverLining 2.7's most eye-catching improvement is crepuscular rays, AKA God-rays" said Frank Kane, founder of Sundog Software LLC. "Beams of light emanate from the sun when it's behind clouds, leading to visually stunning scenes with no extra effort from the developer." This update also provides new "shadow maps" that developers may use to cast shadows from the clouds on the ground, and "environment maps" used for reflecting SilverLining's simulated sky on water and other objects. These environment maps may be used with Sundog's Triton Ocean SDK to produce realistic sky reflections on Triton's virtual oceans.
"It's a big update," continued Kane. "In addition to new ray, shadow, and reflection capabilities, we've expanded support for very large cloud areas to DirectX-based engines, made some fixes to our lens flare and real-time cloud growth effects, enhanced our support for customers using multiple viewports, and improved our integration examples for the Ogre engine and for C# development."
SilverLining 2.7 is available now at http://www.sundog-soft.com. Packages are available for C++ or C# developers on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android platforms. Integration kits are available for OpenGL, DirectX, Havok, OpenSceneGraph, Ogre, Unity, and more.
About Sundog Software LLC
Founded in 2006, Sundog Software specializes in the real-time rendering of natural environments. Its SilverLining and Triton C++ and C# libraries provide OpenGL and DirectX developers with visual simulation of the sky, ocean, 3D volumetric clouds and weather effects. Sundog’s software is used worldwide by professional game developers, large military contractors and aviation companies developing flight training simulators, architectural visualization companies and broadcast video application developers. Its customers also include NASA and the FAA.
Sundog Software is located outside of Orlando in Winter Springs, Fla. To learn more, please visit http://www.sundog-soft.com.