Mmmmmm… Cheesy!  Open Source QuickDraw 3D Project Updated

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Quesa is an open source implementation of the QuickDraw 3D API for OpenGL headed by the Quesa Development Team. The group has released an updated version of the API, bringing Quesa to version 1.6d14. The new version includes new features and bug fixes. According to the Quesa Development Team:

The Quesa Development Team are pleased to announce the release of Quesa 1.6d14, the latest release of their portable Open Source implementation of Appleis QuickDraw 3D API.

This release features full support for picking (both 2D and 3D), fixes several memory leaks and crashes, and improves OpenGL behavior on Mac OS X and Windows.

Applications written to the Quesa API can take advantage of an extensive high-level 3D toolkit (including file importers/exporters, plug-in renderers, and high-level geometries), while still leveraging the performance of low-level OpenGL 3D hardware acceleration.

Major changes for 1.6d14 include:

  • New support for picking (point, rect, and ray)
  • Added support for transparent and animated textures
  • Added new API calls for intersection tests, not present in QD3D
  • Added new API calls for geometry projection, not present in QD3D
  • Added support for screen space subdivision of NURBs
  • Fixed several memory leaks and memory corruption bugs
  • Fixed extraneous flicker and improved performance on Mac OS X
  • Fixed rendering bug when rendering textures on little-endian CPUs
  • Fixed rendering bug within PowerPlant applications
  • Fixed rendering bugs in box and cylinder geometries

Quesa is a cross-platform Open Source project which re-implements the QuickDraw 3D API under the LGPL license. It provides binary and source compatibility with Appleis QuickDraw 3D, while supporting multiple platforms and operating systems.

You can find more information and pre-built binaries and demo applications for Mac OS and Windows, visit the projectis Web site.

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