RenderingPipeline

from geometry to pixels

Direct3D

Poll Results: Learning a new graphics API

A couple of days ago I started an online poll asking about which new graphics APIs people want to learn next and how they believe what resources should support this task. So far 130 answers were collected and I’d like to thank everyone who took some time to give me feedback. The Google Form is […]

 

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Texture Compression

We all know image compression from common formats like JPEG or PNG. For rendering the textures can be compressed as well, but here different formats are used than the ones we are familiar with. The reason here is that there are special requirements when it comes to texture compression: Small texture size Fast decompression Fast […]

 

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Book Review: GPU Pro, GPU Pro 2, GPU Pro 3

The GPU Pro book series is some kind of unofficial successor of the quite good ShaderX series. Both are edited by Wolfgang Engel and both are focused on real-time graphics programming. The first book of this series, GPU Pro, came out 2010 and presents 41 articles on 706 pages (not counting the author introduction at […]

 

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Shader Model and GLSL versions

When reading articles about graphics programming you come alone the term ‘Shader Model’ and version numbers for GLSL, OpenGL and Direct3D (depending on the API used in the article). While the described algorithms (nearly always) can be implemented in the ‘other’ API as well the different versioning schemes can be confusing – what OpenGL version […]

 

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