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using the following verticies I should display a square unfortuntly I get a triangle does any one know what the problem is? Vertex #1: (mm) (281648.5023, 98353.3266, 17430.5600) Vertex #2: (mm) (283402.6170, 98353.3266, 17430.5600) Vertex #3: (mm) (283402.6170, 100272.9238, 17430.5600) Vertex #4: (mm) (281648.5023, 100272.9238, 17430.5600) Vertex #5: (mm) (281648.5023, 98353.3266, 17430.5600) the following is used to draw the square g_pd3dDevice->DrawPrimitive( D3DPT_TRIANGLESTRIP, 0, (iNumVert-2) );

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Your points are as such :

 4  --- 3 |      | |      | |      |1&5 --- 2

You will first draw 123. This is in trigonometrical order, which in directX will count as a back face. This triangle will not be visible on this side.

Then, you will draw 234. This face is in trigonometrical order, but the backface order changes with each face in trianglestrip mode, so this triangle will be visible on this side.

Finally, you will draw 345. This face is in trigonometrical order, again, so it's a backface this time. This triangle will not be visible on this side.

Diagnosis : you are rendering 3 triangles (only 2 are needed for a square) out of which only one is visible on this side (the two others are on the other side, where they DO form a square).

Edit : solution : render in the order 2134

ToohrVyk

[edited by - ToohrVyk on July 6, 2003 2:50:55 PM]

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the problem is I have thousands of these
is there a way I can just give directx the list of verticie and get it to generate the shape for me?

Some shapes have 8 or 9 points

[edited by - Rizo on July 6, 2003 3:07:57 PM]

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From the data you''ve posted, it looks like the vertices for a line strip.

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Use index buffers instead of tri strips. Look on drunkenhyena.com for a tutorial on them

Brian J

edit: andypike is still down!

[edited by - bjmumblingmiles on July 6, 2003 3:20:10 PM]

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If you want to just generate a shape by giving the vertices in a clockwise order, just list them and use a triangle fan.

EDIT : yay, this was my 400th post!

[edited by - ToohrVyk on July 6, 2003 3:35:44 PM]

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The data is a polygon outline. Assuming the polygons are convex, you can hand each of them to OpenGL as a GL_TRIANGLE_FAN. I believe Direct3D can draw triangle fans, too.

You don''t actually need to close the fan with the last vertex, issuing vertices 1, 2, 3 and 4 in order for a triangle fan will draw the square you want.

If you don''t know about winding order, you may wish to disable backface culling.

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guys this problem is getting more complex I''ve now been given the following shape

Vertex #1: (mm) (278658.8473, 99446.6236, 17430.5600)
Vertex #2: (mm) (277926.5305, 97722.1357, 17430.5600)
Vertex #3: (mm) (280572.3202, 97060.6883, 17430.5600)
Vertex #4: (mm) (280714.0589, 97911.1207, 17430.5600)
Vertex #5: (mm) (279840.0034, 97651.2664, 17430.5600)
Vertex #6: (mm) (280950.2901, 98808.7993, 17430.5600)
Vertex #7: (mm) (280572.3202, 99659.2317, 17430.5600)
Vertex #8: (mm) (279084.0635, 100580.5335, 17430.5600)
Vertex #9: (mm) (279414.7872, 99328.5080, 17430.5600)
Vertex #10: (mm) (278469.8623, 100297.0560, 17430.5600)
Vertex #11: (mm) (278658.8473, 99446.6236, 17430.5600)

what is the best way to handle this shape?

1. 1
2. 2
Rutin
22
3. 3
JoeJ
18
4. 4
5. 5

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