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Book suggestion - 3d math only

06 February 2012 - 05:47 AM


I am interested in learning more about real time rendering in 3d but need to start from the bottom up. The problem is I am torn between these 3 books to start out with:

They appear to cover the same kind of ground but I want to make sure:

3d Math Primer seems to be the standard choice - http://www.gamedev.net/page/books/index.html/_/technical/math-and-physics-13/3d-math-primer-for-graphics-and-game-development-wordware-game-math-library-r226

The above has just had a new 2011 revision but renamed slightly (might actually be completely different), would it be worth getting that instead? http://www.amazon.com/Math-Primer-Graphics-Game-Development/dp/1568817231/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t

And there is Essential Mathematics for games and interactive apps:

Any ideas on which one as a first book in 3d math?

My other question was that these are introductory, anyone got any advanced suggestions after these?


dissertation - research question

15 December 2008 - 12:21 AM

Hello, I am a final year student studying Comp Sci and I about to start my dissertation in January. Topic: Interactive Dynamic Modelling and Texturing in 3d environments. The whole concept is to firstly to allow models and textures to be updated dynamically (imagine being on a tennis game and your racket changes to another brand not stored in the game but a database elsewhere). Lastly it is to allow some form of interactivity on these models. For instance you see someone in a virtual world wearing a cool baseball hat, you can click on it and buy it for you in the real world. My question is a simple one as I am partially stumped on research. I understand the areas I need to look into for developing such a system but is there anything current similar to this system which I have overlooked and can evaluate? Thanks in advance, Aro

Camera Problems

13 December 2008 - 09:09 AM

Hello, I have been frustrating myself today with trying to get the camera/keyboard movement working in my program. It basically hacked bits of some tutorials which I am testing to make sure i can do certain parts of a project before i need to start it. I have managed to get some movement in different directions but am having a problem simply spinning on the spot from the camera perspective. Anyway here is the complete code bar the headers & 3ds loader class. Once i get the camera sorted I will be keeping it for re-use in other projects.
#include <iostream>
#include <stdlib.h> //Needed for "exit" function
#include <windows.h>		// Header File For Windows
#include <gl\glut.h>			// Header File For The OpenGL32 Library
#include "structs.h"
#include "3dsloader.h"
#include <math.h>

using namespace std;

void handleKeypress(unsigned char key, int x, int y);
void initRendering();
void handleResize(int w, int h);
void drawScene();
void update(int value);
void load3dModel();

const float BOX_SIZE = 15.0f;
const float piover180 = 0.0174532925f;
float heading;
float _cameraAngle = 0.0f;
float _angle = 90.0f; //The rotation of the box
float xpos;
float zpos;

obj_type object;
GLfloat	yrot = 0.0f;				// Y Rotation
GLfloat walkbias = 0;
GLfloat walkbiasangle = 0;
GLfloat lookupdown = 0.0f;
GLfloat	z=0.0f;				// Depth Into The Screen
GLfloat xtrans = -xpos;
GLfloat ztrans = -zpos;
GLfloat ytrans = 0.0f;  //-walkbias-0.25f;
GLfloat sceneroty = 360.0f - yrot;

void cameraUpdate(int direction)
	if( direction == 1)
		//look left
		sceneroty += 0.5f;
		//xpos -= 1.0f;
		//now redraw the screen, but how
	    glTranslatef(xtrans, ytrans, ztrans);
	if( direction == 2)
		//look right
		sceneroty -= 0.5f;
		//xpos -= 1.0f;
		//now redraw the screen, but how
	    glTranslatef(xtrans, ytrans, ztrans);
	if( direction == 3)
		//move foward
		xpos -= (float)sin(heading*piover180) * 0.05f;
		zpos -= (float)cos(heading*piover180) * 0.05f;
		if (walkbiasangle >= 359.0f)
			walkbiasangle = 0.0f;
			walkbiasangle+= 10;
		walkbias = (float)sin(walkbiasangle * piover180)/20.0f;
	if( direction == 4)
		xpos += (float)sin(heading*piover180) * 0.05f;
		zpos += (float)cos(heading*piover180) * 0.05f;
		if (walkbiasangle <= 1.0f)
			walkbiasangle = 359.0f;
			walkbiasangle-= 10;
		walkbias = (float)sin(walkbiasangle * piover180)/20.0f;
	if( direction == 5)
		//look up
	if( direction == 6)
		//look down

int main(int argc, char **argv){
	//Initialize GLUT
	glutInit(&argc, argv);
	glutInitDisplayMode(GLUT_DOUBLE | GLUT_RGB | GLUT_DEPTH);
	glutInitWindowSize(800, 600); //Set the window size
	//Create the window
	glutCreateWindow("Basic 3ds loader - James Birchall");
	initRendering(); //Initialize rendering
	//Set handler functions for drawing, keypresses, and window resizes

	glutTimerFunc(25, update, 0); //Add a timer

	glutMainLoop(); //Start the main loop.  glutMainLoop doesn't return.
	return 0; //This line is never reached

//Called when a key is pressed
void handleKeypress(unsigned char key, //The key that was pressed
					int x, int y) {    //The current mouse coordinates
	switch (key) {
		case 27: //Escape key
			exit(0); //Exit the program
		case 'a': //turn left
		case 'd': //turn right - seems to be just rotating the object...
		case 'w': //move foward
		case 's': //move back
		case 'z': //lookup
		case 'x': //look down

//Initializes 3D rendering
void initRendering() {

	Load3DS (&object,"spaceship.3ds"); //change to load multiples later on

//Called when the window is resized
void handleResize(int w, int h) {
	//Tell OpenGL how to convert from coordinates to pixel values
	glViewport(0, 0, w, h);
	glMatrixMode(GL_PROJECTION); //Switch to setting the camera perspective
	//Set the camera perspective
	glLoadIdentity(); //Reset the camera
	gluPerspective(45.0,                  //The camera angle
				   (double)w / (double)h, //The width-to-height ratio
				   1.0,                   //The near z clipping coordinate
				   200.0);                //The far z clipping coordinate

//Draws the 3D scene
void drawScene() {

	glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT);	// Clear The Screen And The Depth Buffer
	glTranslatef(0.0f, -7.0f, -20.0f); //where the camera is
    GLfloat ambientLight[] = {0.3f, 0.3f, 0.3f, 1.0f};
    glLightModelfv(GL_LIGHT_MODEL_AMBIENT, ambientLight);
    GLfloat lightColor[] = {0.7f, 0.7f, 0.7f, 1.0f};
    GLfloat lightPos[] = {-2 * BOX_SIZE, BOX_SIZE, 4 * BOX_SIZE, 1.0f};
    glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_DIFFUSE, lightColor);
    glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_POSITION, lightPos);
	//take this out and do it for projection
	//glTranslatef(xtrans, ytrans, ztrans);
	//include drawing here for model 3ds
	glutSwapBuffers(); //Send the 3D scene to the screen

void update(int value) {
    _angle += 2.0f;
    if (_angle > 360) {
        _angle -= 360;
    glutPostRedisplay(); //Tell GLUT that the scene has changed
    //Tell GLUT to call update again in 25 milliseconds
    glutTimerFunc(25, update, 0);

void load3dModel(){
    int l_index;

	glBegin(GL_TRIANGLES); // glBegin and glEnd delimit the vertices that define a primitive (in our case triangles)
    for (l_index=0; l_index<object.polygons_qty; l_index++)
		glColor3f(1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
        //----------------- FIRST VERTEX -----------------
        // Coordinates of the first vertex
        glVertex3f( object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].a ].x,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].a ].y,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].a ].z); //Vertex definition

        //----------------- SECOND VERTEX -----------------
        // Coordinates of the second vertex
        glVertex3f( object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].b ].x,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].b ].y,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].b ].z);
        //----------------- THIRD VERTEX -----------------
        // Coordinates of the Third vertex
        glVertex3f( object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].c ].x,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].c ].y,
                    object.vertex[ object.polygon[l_index].c ].z);
    glFlush(); // This force the execution of OpenGL commands
Does anyone know whats going wrong? Cheers, Aro

:S Can anyone convert my .max file to .3ds?

12 October 2008 - 10:05 PM

Hi everyone! I have just got into the lab at uni and realised they havn't got round to installing 3d studio max yet, instead blender... Is anyone able to convert the following file and PM me the location? I would be very greatful! spaceship2.max Thanks, Aro

making pascal exe

15 July 2004 - 04:54 AM

I have started programming in Pascal and so far i seemed to have a good concept of the language and can make programs from it, i only have one tiny problem... Does anyone know how i would convert the .pas files or .bak files into a .exe file. Its just so i can test my programs without the Pascal enviroment...oh yeh im a new to this forum and i have a game currently under development but it looks like it will take a while. Thanks