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Friday, July 2, 2004
ATI Takes Apple Awards for Demos
8:26 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In our story Wednesday on the 2004 Apple Design Awards, we neglected to mention the award taken by our friends at graphics card maker ATI Technologies. The award was "Best Performance Demo of a Shipping Product" and the company took both the winner and runner-up categories with the release of their SmartShader 2.0 demos "Animusicís Pipe Dream" and "Rendering with Natural Light."

IMG originally reported on the release of these and other demos back in February, but anyone with the proper hardware who hasn't downloaded and tried them out should be sure to do so. The winning entries both require at least a Radeon 9600 or higher in order to view.

Here's the description for the Animusic demo telling how they took this pre-rendered animation and turned it into a real-time 3D demonstration of their hardware's capabilities:

Pipe Dream, created by Animusic, was first shown as a non-real-time animation in the Electronic Theatre at Siggraph 2001. With this demonstration we show the raw horsepower of RADEON 9800, showing that last year's offline renderer is this year's real-time demo. The scene consists of over half a million polygons lit using per-pixel lighting techniques; use the W key to check out the wire-frame of the demo to show the scene complexity. Phong shading is used globally to give nice smooth lighting and highlights. Along with the lighting, shadows are another important feature of the demo. Take particular note of the dynamic shadows cast by the balls. Also take note of the environment mapping used for the balls, cymbals, and other metal to give a nice shiny appearance. The other important feature used by this demo is Full Scene Anti-Aliasing, which softens the "jaggies" from all the harsh lines in the scene.
In related Apple award news, we wanted to make sure we credited Rocco Bowling as the lead developer of Big Bang Chess, the title which took the big awards for the year. Bowling has created independent Mac games through his company Feline Entertainment, been active with iDevGames' annual contests, as well as worked on Solace, another title also published by Freeverse.

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