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Sorry to practically double post but I noticed much more activity on this board. Anyway, could someone recommend me a good fast method of rendering text in openGL. I've tried gltext but the results were slow. When I used SDL to do all the rendering SDL_TTF made rendering flawless. But this switch to OpenGl is killing performance. It's driving me crazy!!!! Could someone please lend a hand? (or an arm for this matter). I don't want fancy text or anything like that, just plain simple text that blits fast. Thank you! [help]

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Okay thanks, but before I go over this I'd like to add that even the setup on the OpenGl faq page went slow when I modified to to draw the font 5 times in different locations.

Update: The one on the faq page is ironically the one you gave me [bawling]. But I don't think I've tried your class. Here's hoping!

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Didn't have much luck. Without font my program ran about 75 fps. With 1 string, it ran at about 62 and with 5 it ran at about 32 and the font size was only 12. Am I missing something? [looksaround]

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void Draw()
//Draw Background and characters

for(int i = 0; i<5; i++)
statsFont->Print("Hello World");



int main(int argc, char* argv[])
srand ( time(NULL) );
hxsSetupWindow(ScreenW, ScreenH,32,0,"Demo"); //using hxRender for some things
statsFont = new CFont("Times New Roman", 12);


//Prepare Frame
Timer += timedelta;timedelta = float (SDL_GetTicks() - lasttickcount) / 1000;lasttickcount = SDL_GetTicks();
//Begin Operation
if (Timer >= 0)

//Sprite and collision operations

if(keys[SDLK_ESCAPE] == 1 || keys[SDLK_F1] == 1){break;}
if(keys[SDLK_F2] == 1){GameReset = 1;}
Timer = 0.0f;
}//End Operation
}//End Loop

That's the sum of it.

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Odd. That draw routine looks fine (apart from the texture disable/enable dont match with push/pop matrix). I get 600FPS by dropping your entire draw routine contents into a small test harness. Image. Binary Double check your framerate calculations are being done properly. Even for an empty OpenGL window you should be getting hundreds if not thousands of frames per second - even with the FPS counter on the screen telling you that! Also, you might also want to properly switch to orthographic mode before doing the text draws, seeing as you want them as a screen overlay instead of in 3D space. Eitherway, the framerate calcs and the othomode should not account for a halving of your FPS for five messages. What is your machine/gfx card spec and window size btw?


[Edited by - Fahrenheit451 on May 28, 2005 7:21:42 AM]

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I'm using windows XP with an integrated intel 8245G graphics card with 64MB. My window size is 640x480. Btw I don't hit 600 fps when I'm just clearing the screen. [lol] This anywhere near normal for a 2D game in SDL?

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Okay it must be my hardware then. I get about 50 fps from loading that binary. Umm suggestions? If not, your gfx card specs would be appreciated! It's time I updated anyway.

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just had a look at the nehe tutorial a couple of observatiosn
A/glPrint(..) is a very slow command, do not use this method if u wanna draw fast text (see for info on creating text with textures)
B/its still using glaux.h which should be advoided at all costs

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Thats a pretty low spec card. You might want to try getting the latest drivers from Intel to see if it helps any, but it does seem like your hardware is limiting your framerate. Still, you can certainly still get some milage from it with regards learning OpenGL, but you will have a lot of trouble running demos from this site or the latest games. The intergrated graphics chips have no where near the capabilities of the slot in AGP or PCI ones. Does your machine have a 4x or 8x AGP slot?


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According to this I have no AGP card or signal support. I also made sure my drivers were up to date. I can't believe text is giving me this much trouble. I don't understand why I can draw a big 640x480 surface with no problem but drawing like 5% of that area several times as text kills my framerate.

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After trying the program on a GeForce 4 computer with 246 fps it's settled. I'll just update my gfx card! It's not as if I use much text anyway. Thanks for the help Fahrenheit451 (And thanks to zedzeek aswell)! I'd give you a higher ranking but it doesn't go beyond extremely helpful. [grin] Hopefully this upgrade wont limit my game audience when I give my game out(Although people can't complain about stuff that's free[rolleyes]). Thanks again!

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