OpenGL

Delphi/Pascal OpenGL Header updated to 4.6

The Delphi/Pascal OpenGL headers have been updated to support OpenGL 4.6. The current version of this header can always be found at the github repository, the 4.6 release has also been tagged.

This version adds support for all ARB extensions added to OpenGL 4.6 and brings a few cross-platform fixes (mostly for Free Pascal) along with a few fixes and added constants for a few extensions that have been missing.

The header supports pretty much all Delphi and recent Free Pascal versions and should work on Windows, Linux (FPC only) and Mac OSX.

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SPIR-V Extension for Visual Studio

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Source (C#) and download (VSIX for VS2015) can be found at https://github.com/SaschaWillems/SPIRV-VSExtension

With the launch of Vulkan, SPIR-V has been introduced as it’s binary shader format, replacing text based shader formats in favor of an intermediate representation. To make life a bit easier I have just released a Visual Studio (2015) extension that adds SPIR-V related commands to the context menu of shader files (and folders containing shader files):

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This allows you got generate binary SPIR-V files from GLSL right out of your IDE. The commands use the glslang reference compiler for this and work on all file extensions supported by it.

The extension also parses errors generated if the shader does not compile and adds them to the error list of Visual Studio, so you can double click to jump to the file and line that the error occurred:

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The extension supports Vulkan and OpenGL semantics for generating the SPIR-V binary files, so if you happen to have a GPU and driver that supports SPIR-V for OpenGL you can generate binary shaders for OpenGL too. To get you started with SPIR-V for OpenGL I have released a simple C++ example that shows how to use SPIR-V with OpenGL.

As for Vulkan, SPIR-V is the only official (i.e. non-extension) source for loading shaders and is used in all of my C++ open source Vulkan examples.

Status update

Just as the last blog post is starting to collect dust (time flies by oO) :

I’m still doing lots of 3D development during the late hours in my spare time, still with C++ (Visual Studio rocks 🙂 ), but most of that development is done under an NDA so that’s the main reason I haven’t been updating this blog lately.

Other than that I’ve also been working on a dungeon crawler prototype using modern C++ (C++11/14) and modern OpenGL (4.4). Not much to see yet, but the first screenshot shows the latest version with omni-directional shadow maps, randomly generated dungeons, normal mapping and 3D models (using ASSIMP). I’d also like to mention G-Truc‘s excellent glm and gli libraries that I’m both using in this (and other projects).
I’ve been playing around with randomly generated dungeons a few times in the past but never got much further than some simple tech demos, so this may never become a game but rather a playground, though it already looks pretty nice.

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So right now there’s not much new stuff on OpenGL (ES) or WebGL, but you may check out my twitter account for screenshot and ramblings on my current 3D endeavors without me getting into details. Most of the stuff I post there is not worthy of a complete blog post, so for quick updates, twitter pretty much replaced my blog.

 

glCapsViewer 1.0 beta release

I just released version 1.0 (beta) of the OpenGL hardware capability viewer (C++ port using Qt). Note that it’s a beta release and my first C++ (and Qt) application released to the public.

Release on gitHub: https://github.com/SaschaWillems/glCapsViewer/releases/tag/v1.0-beta

Binary downloads (win32) :

https://github.com/SaschaWillems/glCapsViewer/releases/download/v1.0-beta/glcapsviewer_v1_0-beta_win32.7z

or

http://opengl.delphigl.de/releases/glcapsviewer_v1_0-beta_win32.7z

If you find any bugs, please post them in the comment section or (better) open an issue at the github repository.

Right now windows only, other platforms (linux first) will follow as soon as I’ve moved the project to CMake.

New features and url for the OpenGL hardware database

opengl-logoIn preparation for the release of the next glCapsViewer version (C++), the OpenGL hardware database has been completely overhauled and also got a new url for easier access.

After releasing the sources to the php front end of the database, I decided to clean up the sources for all pages, throw out old (bad) code and add in new features using external libraries like DataTables.

The OpenGL hardware database was my first php based web project, so much of the code wasn’t very pretty, and almost all search and filter functions were hard coded and not available everywhere and for all table columns. Not only did that make it hard to add new stuff, but it also gave a very inconsistent end-user experience.

The new version of the database now uses DataTables on all pages, including a live search, so that you can now easily search for data on every page among every column. Same goes for sorting, as all columns are now sortable, instead of just a few that were hard coded in the old version.

In addition to the new search functionality, the visuals are now based on jQueryUI and BootStrap, giving an easier look on the eye and also adding some convenient features, like having report information in separate tabs for easier navigation. Combined with live search, this should make the database a lot more fun to use.

The database now also has a real url (http://opengl.delphigl.de), instead of the old redirection, making up for much shorter urls than before, e.g. : http://opengl.delphigl.de/gl_generatereport.php?reportID=679

Feedback so far has been positive, and I also received some feature requests that I’ll ad in the future. So if you want to see a new feature, or see something that could be improved, just drop me a line or message me on twitter.

 

 

Going GitHub with gl(ES)CapsViewer

In my last posting for 2014, I wgithub-logorote a little bit about going open source with my projects. So I took the C++ rewrite of the OpenGL hardware capability viewer as a first step in releaasing more of my sources to the public.

And while I found bitbucket to be fine, I decided to move over to GitHub. Most of the developers I use to interact with are there (and not on bitbucket), and I prefer their UI and functionality over bitbucket (plus they seem to be super active with adding new stuff).

My GitHub repositories are located here.

It currently hosts the C++ port of the OpenGL hardware capability viewer, as well as it’s OpenGL ES counterpart (written in Java), the web front end of the OpenGL hardware database (PHP) and the pascal OpenGL header translation (Pascal).

So if you want to check out progress on these projects or like to fork them, just head to the repository. I’ll add other projects over time, and plan on releasing sources for some of my old (inactive) delphi projects too.

Delphi/Pascal OpenGL Header now supports OpenGL 4.5

With OpenGL 4.5 being released (and NVidia already having drivers out in the wild) I’ve updated our Delphi/Pascal OpenGL Header translation to the latest OpenGL version.

You can always grab the most recent header translation from the bitbucket repository, where you’ll also find updates aside from the major OpenGL releases.

If you’re missing anything from the headers, like a vendor specific extension missing, or want to give feedback just drop me a line. I’d also be interested in feedback from developers that own OpenGL 4.5 compatible hardware, as my ATI Radeon HD6850 doesn’t support OpenGL 4.5 (yet, at least I hope so 😉 ).

And btw. : The OpenGL hardware database was mentioned (again) in the OpenGL BOF presentation at this years SIGGRAPH, so please keep contributing your OpenGL reports so all OpenGL devs out there can make good use of it.

Enhanced C++ compute shader particle system

I’ve just added an OpenGL C++ repository over at bitbucket, and the first C++ demo is an enhanced port of the attraction based compute shader system from my last post.

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Sources : https://bitbucket.org/saschawillems/opengl-c
Compiled win32 binaries : https://bitbucket.org/saschawillems/opengl-c/downloads/computeShaderParticleSystem_win32_bin.zip

Compared to the Delphi version, the C++ version uses point sprites (instead of smoothed GL_POINTS), has a random color fade and allows for several user inputs :

Note : This demo requires at least OpenGL 4.3!

  • r: reset particles at current cursor pos
  • p: Toggle pause
  • b: toggle viewport border for particle movement
  • c: toggle random color fade
  • +: increase speed
  • -: decrease speed
  • page up: increase particle count by 1024
  • page down: decrease particle count by 1024

Compute shaders for particle systems

Next on my list of new OpenGL functionality are compute shaders. They’ve been introduced into the GL core with 4.3, and pretty much allow you to do GPGPU directly in OpenGL without having to resolve to other APIs like OpenCL.

So my first compute shader demo implements a (simple) attraction based particle system. It generates two shader storage buffer objects (SSBOs). One for particle positions and one for particle velocities, and the compute shader then accesses these SSBOs to calculate particle velocities depending on an attraction point (in this demo it’s the mouse cursor) and accordingly updates the particle positions. So the whole particle system gets caclulated on the GPU, which should be a lot faster than doing it on a GPU.

Some screenshots, though they don’t do it any justice as the particle system is so dynamic and looks much better in motion :

You can grab the complete (Delphi) source from my bitbucket repository.