SceneKit and Swift

Hmmm, looks like we’ve managed to completely overlook the existence of SceneKit in the annals herein thus far, even though it’s been around for a couple years on OS X now. So hey, why not skip learning about SceneKit in Objective-C completely and go straight to SceneKit in Swift? Everybody seems to have that idea lately:

Create Stonehenge with iOS SceneKit and Swift

SceneKit has been described as the casual game developer’s framework. Since I started playing around with it a few weeks ago, I’m having a little trouble putting it down…

Straightforward exposition of how to set up ground, sky, and build Stonehenge.

Introduction To SceneKit – Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Let’s look at creating a new project that uses SceneKit. Apple provides a template for SceneKit projects(Application -> Games) but for this tutorial we’ll be adding SceneKit to an existing project to get a better understanding on how it works…

Exhaustively detailed introduction to 3D basics in SceneKit with the latest Xcode.

Beginning Scene Kit Tutorial

In iOS 7, Apple made a huge push in the casual, mobile gaming space by introducing SpriteKit, an incredible 2D-graphics framework. Developers had plenty to chew on for a whole year, and SpriteKit gave everyone the capability to make simple iOS games with relative ease.

However, the 3D space continued to be largely inaccessible, requiring expert knowledge of computer graphics (OpenGL ES), or a sizeable wallet (Unity Pro).

Well, not anymore. :]

A teaser for the SceneKit chapters in the Wenderlich publishing empire’s iOS 8 By Tutorials, which we’d recommend purchasing as part of the Swift By Tutorials bundle, as we did!

UPDATES:

Objc.io #18, Games: Scene Kit

kconner / KMCGeigerCounter: Make your app click like a geiger counter every time it drops a frame.

Example: A Nice First Person Shooter Control Scheme For SceneKit Games

Merry Swiftmas from InfoQ

A Simple SceneKit Material Editor in Swift

SceneKit for Absolute Beginners

Depth of Field in SceneKit

New in iOS 9: Filtering SceneKit Nodes with Core Image Filters

MercurialText: Embossed Type using SceneKit and CIShadedMaterial

Apple Pencil Controlled Christmas Tree Bowling with SceneKit

Scene Kit Tutorial with Swift Part 1 and Part 2: Nodes and Part 3: Physics and Part 4: Render Loop and Part 5: Particle Systems

Creating Procedural Normal Maps for SceneKit

Getting Started with Model I/O; A First Look at Model I/O’s Sky Cube Texture

3D Graphics with Scene Kit is now a free downloadsample code on Github

Alex | October 31, 2014

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