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Directx Font - Fast or Not so Fast ???

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Is the Font class and methods that come with directx Really that slow .... Say i Have a Game the you can bring up info on a object .. same a ship and the info is say Ship Name: Bug Buster Class : ... Engine: Devices 1-45 Optemim range: Etc.. (Think Eve Online - If you have ever played it) the info is a lot of text ... so in this case would it be better to make my oun font engine ... and if so are there any good tuts on ways of doing this???? also what ARE some ways, or ideas of font engine design??

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Um i went from 200 fps to 30 when i displyed this
"aabbccddeeffgghhiijjkkllmmnnooppqqrrssttuuvvwwxxyyzz1234567890!@#$%^&*()"

10 times and also i want to render text to textures
i havent looked in to the dxfont much but oh well

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