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Why have hardware-accelerated vector graphics not taken off?

I'm working on an app that involves real-time manipulation of vector paths at 60fps, and I'm very surprised by how little information there is on the subject. At first, I tried to implement my idea ...
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How does a program talk to a graphics card?

I have heard that GPU's are better at performing certain tasks than a CPU. My question is, how does a program tell a graphics card to process something instead of the CPU? Does the program talk to the ...
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Getting strokes and fill to align to pixel boundaries

While investigating ways to get the Cairo graphics API to draw a single-pixel line, I found this explanation in the FAQ. It explains why often a single-pixel line gets drawn as a half-intensity line ...
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Would one use a 2D Gaming Engine for a desktop application?

I am thinking about a library that I could use for a program to create presentations but I am not sure what one could/should use for a task like that. What first came to my mind are 2D Gaming Engines ...
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Algorithm to assign edges to smallest possible polygons?

I'm designing a procedural city generator, and the first step of the generation process is the creation of city streets. These streets extend out in a straight line to a point, then they can either ...
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Silverlight-based “area of influence” algorithm

I am in the process of developing a tool for a game called MechWarrior: Online which defines a map of an area of space called the Inner Sphere. Essentially, this map is a set of points (planets) on a ...
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Algorithm for sweeping a 2d shape along a curve?

I am trying to create a graphics application where the user can use an arbitrary shape as a "brush", which will be swept along the drawing path. The shape may be transformed along the path (rotated, ...
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Can we technically un-blur images?

Since there is an algorithm to blur images, so that part of it cannot be recognised, can we reverse the algorithm and unblur part of than image? Is there a program that already does that, is that ...
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OpenGL vs OpenCV for beginner [closed]

I am a freshman college student currently learning C++ programming. I am good at math and physics, so I am looking to specialize in 2D/3D graphics with OpenGL. My question is about the differences ...
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Rendering trillions of “atoms” instead of polygons?

I just saw a video about what the publishers call the "next major step after the invention of 3D". According to the person speaking in it, they use a huge amount of atoms grouped into clouds instead ...
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From console to GUI applications

I'm a beginner programmer and all I've worked with so far are console applications in C++. Coding wise, how is the graphical side of programs created? I understand the logic that I am using from ...
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What's the right way to work with a graphic designer?

Recently, we worked with a graphic designer (arranged by the client) to provide the skin for a Django+Bootstrap application we had built. The designer provided a series of static images of the new ...
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How would you unit-test or perform the most effective automated testing on graphics code for OpenGL?

I'm writing a game and the accompanying graphics engine on top of OpenGL in C++. Im also a fan of good coding processes and automated testing. Graphics code + testing seems pretty immiscible, since ...
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Algorithms for making image mosaics - is there a quicker way than this?

I've been playing with making image mosaics. My script takes a large number of images, scales them down to thumbnail size and then uses them as tiles to approximate a target image. The approach is ...
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Pseudocode for Appel's algorithm implementation

I'm trying to implement the version of Appel's algorithm for vector hidden line removal (i.e. I'd like to avoid any form of rasterization). I found the description of this algorithm here - ...
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Specific reasons why a top left origin is better/worse than a bottom left origin for computer graphics

I have been researching why the origins for most graphic applications are located in the top left corner of the screen. From everything I have read, they are located there because that is where the ...
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Accurate calculation of a raster image's boundary length

I have a rasterized image that contains two colors: white and black. The black portion is entirely connected and looks like a big blob. Is there a good way to estimate the length of the boundary ...
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OpenGL's relationship to OpenGL ES (3.0)

I'm beginning my journey into graphics programming and want to learn OpenGL. Because I'm green to graphics programming but not to C and C++, a familiar question came up when I looked at OpenGL and ...
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Is it better to draw my own graphics or import images?

I am about to start a Tetris clone using Java as my programming language. While I was designing how it'd be done, I've stumbled upon this question: What would be better, if any difference at all, ...
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Collaboration between a Graphic Designer and Expression Blend developer? [closed]

I'm new to the programming world and also a little bit confused. My brother would like to work with me on some program. I'm a graphic designer so he asked me for UI and all it's elements. I would ...
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What is a good algorithm for tracing around the edge of a 2D polyline

If I have a polyline made up of any number of vertexes, what is an efficient algorithm for tracing around the boundary of this polyline? There are 4 situations to consider: The polyline does not ...
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Writing in C for Performance? [closed]

I know I have quite frequently heard that C typically has a performance advantage over C++. I didn't really think anything else of it until I realized that MSVC doesn't even seem to support the newest ...
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How to draw a spiral using segments of varying circles?

I have an old plotter that can't handle printing true spirals. I need help with developing an algorithm to approximate a spiral. Here's a LISP sub-script that I have written which uses semicircles ...
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Automated testing of programs with graphical output

I am a lecturer for a post-graduate module where I expect my students to write Python code that replicates examples from the textbook. The project has been running for a couple of years and this year ...
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How can I handle clock hands using doubles that suffers at most O(log n) corrupt bits at nth frame of display?

I presently have a clock app that calculates from scratch at every iteration. This means O(1) corrupt bits in my doubles and heavy object creation and deletion as well. I am wary of running ...
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Treating a 1D data structure as 2D grid

Hopefully this is a good question. I am working with a native class that represents a 2D image as a 1D array. If you want to change one pixel, for example, you need to now how to derive the index from ...
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Talking about Front End Web Development frameworks from a designer's perspective

I am a Web Developer working at a company where the fronted framework we have selected is Angular JS. I am now in the position where I am the 'resident expert' whatever that may mean. I have been ...
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How can I get into C++ graphics library? [closed]

I have been programming for a year so far and I know 2 languages: C and C++. I've covered the basics, I've written functional windows programs, and I've written complicated bits of code. When I was ...
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How to compute barycentric coordinates in a systematic and efficient way?

As part of a ray tracer implementation, I need to compute the barycentric coordinates in a triangle in 3D in order to decide if a ray hits the triangle or not. In theory this could be done by simply ...
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Learning basic graphics programming [closed]

After learning the basics of computing simple die throwing games and calendar applications, I want to explore simple graphics - drawing and moving around geometric objects is ok to start with, ...
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Design pattern for complex view creation in sheet music

I've got a bunch of Note-Models with properties like pitchand duration. In music notation, these notes must now be placed into a certain bar on a certain line on a certain page, and so on. Many more ...
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combining (something like) Flash in a windows form application

I know this is a place where people ask advice for designing code. I am at a bit strange side on my coding quest, on one side people send me design stuff. Special graphics and ideas on how they should ...
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How would you architect an application which is largely a collection of flowcharts?

I am working with a history teacher on a history app. He has like 200 flowcharts that he wants to put into the app (among other things). The two likeliest-looking ways to do it: HTML/CSS. The big ...
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Scale an image with unscalable parts

Brief description of problem: imagine having some vector picture(s) and text annotations on the sides outside of the picture(s). Now the task is to scale the whole composition while preserving the ...
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Encapsulate bitmap (*.bmp) as C++ class

How would you implement / design a class which has to represent a bitmap? I'm stuck at handling the different possible color modes and I keep thinking that this should be somehow implementable using ...
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Good at Backend, but bad at front end

I want to start web development, I have been learning php. I have experience in Java, Python, and C++ This experience has made me good at the back end side of web development. But I am terrible at ...
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How to move a car around an environment with hills in C++?

I don't have any code for this since I don't know how I am meant to do this. I have a car and I am able to move it around on a flat plane and I have that working correctly. However, I want it to also ...
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OpenGL programming vs Blender Software, which is better for custom video creation?

I am learning OpenGL API bit by bit and also develop my own C++ framework library for effectively using them. Recently came across Blender software which is used for graphics creation and is in turn ...
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Can graphics in the public domain be used in commercial software?

For example: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Epithalamus.png Could I take an image file like that, splice it apart, and use it in an application that would be sold?
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Working with vectors and transformations

I am going to write an graphical 2D application that allows user to create polygons and transform them through transformation such as rotation an so on. I was hoping someone can give pro and cons ...
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Low level Linux graphics

For educational purposes, I'd like to write an application on a Linux environment that can process keyboard events and draw graphics without huge dependencies like X or SDL. I presume that this must ...
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The perfect crossfade

I find it hard to describe this problem in words, which is why I made a video (45 seconds) to illustrate it. Here's a preview of the questions, please have a look at it on Vimeo: ...
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Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C ( in Python? )

I am attending a Computer graphics course after the summer. I have read lots of good things about the book "Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C" for people who are willing to put in some ...
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Efficient way to compare scene-graph trees

I'm designing a scene graph system, where it is required to compare two trees. The trees are populated with individual objects, each with varied number of children; and they have a root. Eg: Parent: ...
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Cairo Rotate Text : Transformation Matrix

http://www.cairographics.org/manual/cairo-Transformations.html I have been using Cairo Vector Graphics Library for some work, and I can't quite understand some parts: What is the default value of ...
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Win32 and Win64 programming in C sources? [closed]

I'm learning OpenGL with C and that makes me include the windows.h file in my project. I'd like to look at some more specific windows functions and I wonder if you can cite some good sources for ...
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Build functionality around the design, or the other way around?

When you build an application, is it better to design the UI first (in Photoshop or whatever), then implement the functionality following the UI you just designed, or do the programming and build the ...
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Rotate, Scale and Transform in video games

IF a 3 dot vector and a 3x3 matrix can rotate, scale and transform things in a virtual 3D space, could you use a 3x3x3 matrix and a 3.3.3 vector to do something to the games sense of time?
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I can't draw. How can I make polished applications?

I'm not a graphic designer. I'm pretty bad at drawing anything. I struggle to build things that look even as nice as "sample" applications bundled with development tools; primarily because I don't ...
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How to import an image using openGL [closed]

I am new to openGL C++ and what I wanted to know is if there was a pre-existing function in the OpenGL library that would allow me to import a 3d or 2d model? For example, if I make a 3d image ...