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Thermo Scientific
Open Inventor Toolkit newletter
Announcement: Open Inventor Toolkit 10.8 Released
A new release of the Open Inventor Toolkit is available to customers under maintenance.
Highlights of the new release include:
SoBillboard performance, e.g. for screen-aligned text
SoTabBoxDragger user interface
Height values can be used directly to color a HeightField
New shader function for shifting HeightField coordinates
Announcement: Open Inventor Toolkit joins OSDU
Thermo Fisher Scientific has joined the OSDU Forum, an international forum of oil and gas operators, cloud services companies, suppliers of applications, and other standards organizations working together to develop an open data platform that brings together seismic, well, and reservoir data. With our Open Inventor Toolkit technologies, we will add significant value to complement the OSDU Data Platform with large volume visualization, specialized visualization features for E&P applications and technology for efficient interactive image streaming from the Cloud.
Feature Highlight: Automatic highlighting for SoTabBoxDragger
As part of our on-going project to improve the user interface for Open Inventor Toolkit features, version 10.8 introduces automatic highlighting for draggers and manipulators, starting with the widely used SoTabBoxDragger.  Previously users had to know, for example that each “face” of the dragger is selectable.  Now the dragger behaves like a modern “flat” user interface: selectable parts of the dragger highlight when touched.
Feature Highlight: Vertex shifting for SoHeightFieldRender
Height field rendering is a powerful feature implemented for efficiently rendering large “horizon” surfaces in E&P seismic interpretation applications.  The height field representation is memory efficient and stored as a multi-resolution hierarchy (like volume data) to maintain interactive rendering even with many horizons.  By definition, height values are stored on an implicit regular grid.  Open Inventor Toolkit 10.8 introduces a shader function that allows the application to shift the grid vertices on the GPU with no performance penalty.
Lifecycle changes
Q4 2020 is the end of support for the following obsolete platforms.
“End of support” means that starting January 2021, new Open Inventor Toolkit releases will no longer be built for these platforms. The current releases of Open Inventor Toolkit will receive critical bug fixes on these platforms, if necessary, for one year (until the end of 2021).
Open Inventor 9 : 32-bit builds and MacOS are no longer supported.
Open Inventor 10
  • C++  : Qt 5.12 is replaced by Qt 5.15
Java : Oracle JDK 8 is replaced by OpenJDK 11
Q3 2021 is the end of support for Visual Studio 2013 with Open Inventor 
Note that Open Inventor 9 is still fully supported with bug fixes, but new features are only implemented in Open Inventor 10.
In 2021, the following platforms will be added for Open Inventor 10 C++ and Java :
RedHat (RHEL) 8 / gcc 8.2  and  Ubuntu 20.04 / gcc 9
Academic program: Be on the cutting edge of innovation
Qualified academic and non-commercial organizations can apply for the Open Inventor Academic Program. Through this initiative, individuals in your organization can use the Open Inventor Software Toolkit at no charge for non-commercial use.
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