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Advanced Graphics Programming Using OpenGL [Hardcover]

Tom McReynolds , David Blythe

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Feb. 2 2005 1558606599 978-1558606593 1
Today truly useful and interactive graphics are available on affordable computers. While hardware progress has been impressive, widespread gains in software expertise have come more slowly. Information about advanced techniques-beyond those learned in introductory computer graphics texts-is not as easy to come by as inexpensive hardware.

This book brings the graphics programmer beyond the basics and introduces them to advanced knowledge that is hard to obtain outside of an intensive CG work environment. The book is about graphics techniques-those that don't require esoteric hardware or custom graphics libraries-that are written in a comprehensive style and do useful things. It covers graphics that are not covered well in your old graphics textbook. But it also goes further, teaching you how to apply those techniques in real world applications, filling real world needs.

* Emphasizes the algorithmic side of computer graphics, with a practical application focus, and provides usable techniques for real world problems.
* Serves as an introduction to the techniques that are hard to obtain outside of an intensive computer graphics work environment.
* Sophisticated and novel programming techniques are implemented in C using the OpenGL library, including coverage of color and lighting; texture mapping; blending and compositing; antialiasing; image processing; special effects; natural phenomena; artistic and non-photorealistic techniques, and many others.
* Code fragments are used in the book, and full blown example programs for virtually every algorithm are available at www.mkp.com/opengl

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"You may think you know OpenGL. As a software engineer with ten years of OpenGL experience, I thought I did. However, this book quickly convinced me that I was very much mistaken. David Blythe and Tom McReynolds have taught me much that I did not know, and in the process improved my company's products. This is a book for computer graphics enthusiasts, both amateur and professional. If you use OpenGL in your work, Advanced Graphics Programming using OpenGL will be your constant companion. Be sure to get your own copy, however - my copy is not leaving my desk under any circumstances!"
Ian Ashdown, President, byHeart Consultants Limited

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Provides graphics programmers with the tools and techniques to solve sophisticated and novel computer graphics programming problems.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your OpenGL skills to the next level April 14 2006
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Since its first release in 1992, OpenGL has been rapidly adopted as the graphics API of choice for real-time interactive 3D graphics applications. The OpenGL state machine is easy to understand, but its simplicity and orthogonality enable a multitude of interesting effects that require more room than can be accommodated in the OpenGL "Red Book". The objective of this book is to demonstrate how to generate more satisfying images using OpenGL in general, and how to achieve some sophisticated results in particular. There are three general areas of discussion: basic OpenGL concepts, basic techniques, and advanced techniques.
The first part of the book goes over some of the more basic OpenGL material - 3D transformations, color, shading, and lighting. Although the second part of the book - basic techniques - may look old hat at first, it does cover some interesting subjects such as deferred shading and image processing techniques that you don't normally think of as wedded to computer graphics. The best part of the book, to me, is part 3 on advanced techniques. In particular the chapters on scene realism, natural detail, illustration and artistic techniques, and scientific visualization have very unique material on them that reveal algorithmic details along with enlightening illustrations and pseudocode. The reader of this book should already be familiar with performing computer graphics using OpenGL and also be somewhat mathematically sophisticated considering that mathematics is heavily used in this book. All of the code for the methods and effects used at this book are in a zipfile at the book's website. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has gone through the "OpenGL Programming Guide" and wants to take their computer graphics skills to the next level.
One of the authors of this book does have an extensive tutorial freely available on the web that is an older subset of this book, so you might want to check it out and see if you like his writing style before you purchase. Type "Advanced Graphics Programming Techniques Using OpenGL" into Google and the first address listed should be the author's tutorial. It is no longer on OpenGL.org as far as I can tell.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intermediate Level Book Feb. 8 2008
By Petr Sikachev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Today there are many books for pro (GPU Gems, ShaderX etc), many for beginners (superbible, redbook, orange book etc), but practically no for intermediate level. This is one of them. It's well written and tells the basics of advanced 3D algorithms: batching, env mapping, bump mapping etc.
Disadvantages are:
-too short articles on difficult topics
-too much (for me) about CADs
-somewhat old (using pbuffers instead of FBOs)
P. S.
The link for source codes from the book doesn't work, use the following one: [...]
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new review (again) June 2 2005
By Maximus Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I posted a review before, but I decided again to change it. Everything I said I will repeat more or less.

There is a paper on OpenGL.org written by an author, and much of that paper's info is in the book. It is not a direct reprint though. I was disappointed because I had an immediate impression it was just a total reprint of a free document. Also, the book is not hand-on at all, you really have to know your way around OpenGL to implement the techniques. It's not a quick teach-yourself-OpenGL book.

Now, I came back to update my review, because the first few chapters are crammed full of info that is really, really good. Well worth the money for the book. If you really want to know OpenGL on the inside... this book is it. It's just alot of reading, and very little hands-on. And some info in here you can find on OpenGL.org, but much newer techniques are covered to.

So I bumped it back to 5 stars, and it is an honest review. It is really worth it for these deep chapters, not for code techniques. Don't buy it unless you really already have a good handle on GL you will not be able to figure much out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite outdated now, but still has enough useful stuff April 12 2010
By anon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was written rather more targeting the fixed-pipeline/rudimentary programmable shaders era. It's too bad it wasn't released a year or two later. That said, it is fairly well written and still has useful information relevant today, if occasionally a little sparse on the more advanced and fully relevant stuff (and I would say this book, plus the free online OpenGL 3.3 documentation plus an introduction to initiating the modern API, "Beginning OpenGL Game Programming - 2nd ed" make a much better set than getting the poor "OpenGL Programming Guide - 7th ed"; add "OpenGL Shading Language - 3rd ed" to these and and you are set).

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