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I am yet again looking at 3d model formats. Collada is one that looks very promising. I am curious what features it supports (eg. does it support animation?). Also, can I extend the file format and insert my own data into it? Lastly, are there any other 3D formats like Collada that are worth looking into?

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Collada supports animation and bones..
Check this out:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/colladaloader/

It includes a few example models, and some of them have animations

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Yes, Collada supports animation, you can check all features in http://www.khronos.org/collada/.

Collada is a XML based format, that means it is text and you have to parse it with your favourite XML parser (or build one). I recommend (like the Collada specification says) create your own binary format and a converter from Collada files. A binary format will be faster than a text format like Collada.



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Lastly, are there any other 3D formats like Collada that are worth looking into?


dot XSI (now known as crosswalk), fbx (ok most of the time, but closed format).

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