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enigmagame    140
Hi to all! I've a strange question... In my current project, I use GLUT library for window management. The question is pretty simple: is possible to use OpenGL without any window, so without using the GLUT library? My only purpose is to rendering to an image, by the reading of frame buffer. So, for example, I've a simple code, in this code I call glBegin() function to drow some triangles, I read the frame buffer and then I put the data on a image. It's possibile to do this without the GLUT library, without any window, only using a simple OpenGL code? Thanks!

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Brother Bob    10344
Mesa have a wonderful offscreen renderer. Basically, you allocate a memory buffer to render to, create the rendering context, do your OpenGL commands, and you have the image in the buffer for any use you like.

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enigmagame    140
Hi!
I've tried Mesa3D offscreen-rendering and it's run correctly. But, now, I can use only the Mesa3D implementation and the rendering quality is very decreased.
Aren't possible other solutions?
Thanks!

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joachim_n    138
You can create message only windows in recent versions of windows by using HWND_MESSAGE as the parent of a window. However, I don't know if these windows are sufficient to create a rendering context and initialize a framebuffer object.

[url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms632599(VS.85).aspx[/url]

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enigmagame    140
I must implement a platform indipende code...
For me, using Mesa3D, I obtain bad quality rendering because the hardware acceleration isn't used, but I don't understand because...

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V-man    813
The rendering quality should be good. I know because I've tried it.
It offers a similar pipeline to any GPU implementation.
Of course, it is slow, because Mesa3D is not a driver.

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Sneftel    1788
The on-screen rendering is using supersampling to avoid aliasing artifacts. You can do this too if you like: Just render 4x as large as you actually need, then scale down the resultant image using box filtering.

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