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ID: 18604, Fastgraph/Light 6.02

by Ted Gruber Email:

Fastgraph is an intuitive, high-performance graphics library. It is an ideal development tool for programs that demand robust graphics. Supports but doesn't require DirectX.
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An intuitive, high-performance graphics library

Windows graphics programming has traditionally involved using the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) functions from the Windows Application Programming Interface (API). The GDI functions support other devices besides the video display, but the price of this generality is speed. This translates to the sluggish performance often associated with Windows graphics applications.

Fastgraph solves this problem by providing a suite of more than 300 fast, hand-optimized assembly language graphics functions that operate on off-screen drawing surfaces called virtual buffers. The GDI only comes into play when transferring the virtual buffer contents to the client area of the application's window (this process is called blitting).

Fastgraph also works with but does not require the DirectDraw and Direct3D components of Microsoft's DirectX. Fastgraph includes its own 3D software rendering that is considerably faster than Direct3D software rendering. This lets you write DirectX applications to use Direct3D hardware acceleration if available, but if not, use Fastgraph's 3D software rendering without sacrificing too much in terms of 3D performance.

Fastgraph is an ideal development tool for entertainment and educational software, presentation graphics products, scientific and engineering applications, CAD/CAM, animation, or any 32-bit Windows application that demands robust graphics.

Fastgraph/Light is the evaluation version of Fastgraph. It includes virtually all functions found in the retail version of Fastgraph, but it requires an external run-time manager to run programs created with Fastgraph/Light. In addition, you may not distribute programs created with Fastgraph/Light.

The retail version of Fastgraph does not use the run-time manager (that is, it creates stand-alone programs). The retail version includes a royalty-free distribution license for programs created with Fastgraph.

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