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Efficiently when compressing char* to std::string

11 December 2014 - 10:49 AM

I'm using the boost::iostream libraries to compress char* data however the implementations I have found involve iteration of vectors into string streams which is killing my performance. 


Is there any way I can speed this process up? Here is the code from the example I am using 

std::string Compress( char* pData, size_t size )
	std::vector<char> s;
	s.assign( pData, pData + size );

	std::stringstream uncompressed, compressed;

	for ( std::vector<char>::iterator it = s.begin();
		it != s.end(); it++ )
		uncompressed << *it;

	io::filtering_streambuf<io::input> o;
	o.push( io::gzip_compressor() );
	o.push( uncompressed );
	io::copy( o, compressed );

	return compressed.str();

Thanks :)

Building Boost with zlib

10 December 2014 - 07:27 AM

Sorry for the newby question, hopefully its an easy question to answer I have tried hard to solve this :P


I'm trying to use the zlib compression filter with boost, however my build of boost does not include zlib (built using bjam with defaults). After going through the documentation I have tried to rebuild boost with zlib by the following steps.


1. Compiled Zlib using cmake and vs2013

2. Copied includes, libs, and dlls into boost folder (same folder as bjam)

3. Tried to run bjam with this command, bjam set ZLIB_BINARY = "zlib\bin\zlibd.dll" set ZLIB_INCLUDE = "\lib\include" set ZLIB_LIBPATH = "zlib\lib"


All I get its a list of module build errors. I'm thinking my command is a load of garbage however due to lack of Command Prompt experience that's what I came up with after reading a few pages online.


Example of error

C:/Users/Max/Downloads/boost_1_57_0/tools/build/src\build-system.jam:583: in loa
d from module build-system
If anyone could link me to any information or give advice on the correct procedure that would be most welcome :D

Thanks :D 

C++ Serialize OpengGL pixel data in bitmap formatted byte array

14 October 2014 - 01:40 PM

Hi guys,


Im trying to send a screenshot to a remote device using TCP. My networking is working fine however I am unable to serialize the OpenGL pixel data into a format that can be de-serialized into a bitmap image on the client. I am using a Bitmap to keep it simple without compression at the moment.


My current attempt is using FreeImage as it is cross platform but would not mind switching Image framework. 

		glReadPixels( 0, 0, g_iScreenWidth, g_iScreenHeight, GL_RGB, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, g_pixels );

		FIBITMAP* image = FreeImage_ConvertFromRawBits( g_pixels, g_iScreenWidth, g_iScreenHeight, 3 * g_iScreenWidth, 24, 0xFFFF0000, 0xFF008000, 0xFF0000FF, false );

		FIBITMAP *src = FreeImage_ConvertTo32Bits( image );
		FreeImage_Unload( image );
		// Allocate a raw buffer
		int width = FreeImage_GetWidth( src );
		int height = FreeImage_GetHeight( src );
		int scan_width = FreeImage_GetPitch( src );
		BYTE *bits = ( BYTE* ) malloc( height * scan_width );
		FreeImage_ConvertToRawBits( bits, src, scan_width, 24, 0xFFFF0000, 0xFF008000, 0xFF0000FF, false );
		FreeImage_Unload( src );

		g_pTCPServer->SendDataToClientsBytes( bits, height * scan_width );

However this does not give me a byte format that can be de-serialized as a bitmap image on a c# application.


Any advice on how I can get the correct format would be appreciated smile.png.



Unity CG Custom Sader for Texture Layering using Passes

28 October 2013 - 04:01 AM

This is what I’m trying to accomplish

  1. Texture geometry with primary shader
  2. Layer a second texture over the first one by a projected amount following the normal.

Here is my current shader code:

Shader "Custom/FurShader"



_MainTex( "Main Texture", 2D ) = "white" {}

_MaxHairLength( "Max Hair Length", Float ) = 0.5

_NoOfPasses( "Number of Passes", Float ) = 2.0




#include "UnityCG.cginc"


struct vertexInput


float4 vertex : POSITION;

float4 normal : NORMAL;

float4 texcoord : TEXCOORD0;


struct fragmentInput


float4 pos : SV_POSITION;

half2 uv : TEXCOORD0;



uniform float _MaxHairLength;

uniform sampler2D _MainTex;

uniform float4 _MainTex_ST;

uniform sampler2D _SecondTex;

uniform float4 _SecondTex_ST;

uniform float _NoOfPasses;


inline fragmentInput LevelFragmentShader( vertexInput i, int level )


fragmentInput o;

float movementDist = ( _MaxHairLength / _NoOfPasses ) * level;

float4 pos = ( i.vertex + ( i.normal * movementDist ) );

o.pos = mul( UNITY_MATRIX_MVP, pos );

o.uv = TRANSFORM_TEX( i.texcoord, _SecondTex );

return o;


half4 frag( fragmentInput i ) : COLOR


return tex2D( _SecondTex, i.uv );



SubShader {

Tags { "Queue" = "Transparent"}

Blend SrcAlpha OneMinusSrcAlpha




// Upgrade NOTE: excluded shader from OpenGL ES 2.0 because it does not contain a surface program or both vertex and fragment programs.

#pragma exclude_renderers gles

#pragma vertex vert

#pragma fragment frag_unique

fragmentInput vert( vertexInput i )


fragmentInput o;

o.pos = mul( UNITY_MATRIX_MVP, i.vertex );

o.uv = TRANSFORM_TEX( i.texcoord, _MainTex );

return o;


half4 frag_unique( fragmentInput i ) : COLOR


return tex2D( _MainTex, i.uv );







// Upgrade NOTE: excluded shader from OpenGL ES 2.0 because it does not contain a surface program or both vertex and fragment programs.

#pragma exclude_renderers gles

#pragma vertex vert

#pragma fragment frag

fragmentInput vert( vertexInput i )


fragmentInput o = LevelFragmentShader( i, 1 );

return o;





FallBack "Diffuse"


But as you can see the result second texture is not projecting perpendicularly edge to edge. Any suggestions would be great, im sure my maths is correct vertxPos + ( Normal * projectionDistance). Could it be something to do with how im using unitys ModelViewProjection Matrix?

Image showing result http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj508/maxfire1/Capture_zpsc8db2b1f.png

Thanks in advanced

Blender animation help

30 November 2012 - 07:00 AM

Hi guys I need some help with animating my model, so I have been following a few animation tutorials which include rigging, weighting and animating but no matter what I try I can not get the mesh to move with the bones correctly. Either the bones move more than the mesh or the mesh moves more than the bones, both causing horrible transformation effects.

I have double checked all my weights but they all seem fine with little to none overlap :(

Attached a screen shot of the problem..

Now I have done some searching before I came here, my presumption is that its a problem with the armature modifier.. but I have no idea what this is haha

Thanks again