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I am deeply confused as to why this won't open the font:
	bool FONT = false;
	TTF_Font* Font = NULL;

	Font = TTF_OpenFont("arial.ttf", 14);
	if(Font == NULL)
		std::cout << TTF_GetError() << std::endl;
		FONT = true;
arial.ttf is in the same file as the .exe but it just isn't working. SDL_ttf is initialized. Also I'm not sure how to find out the error because there's no console :3, I remember something about stdout or something along those lines from ages ago when I dabbled with SDL

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SDL, at least the version I have, redirects cout to a text file name stdout.txt . It will probably be placed in the same folder as your executable, in the bin\debug path or whatever it is.

Or, you can do it yourself with std::ofstream.

#include <fstream>

std::ofstream errfile("my_error_file.txt");

if(Font == NULL){
errfile << "error loading font: " << TTF_GetError() << std::endl;

More info on std::ofstream.

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Ok, the problem was that arial.ttf was in the wrong folder, now don't get an error message.

The text won't render though;

void Text(std::string Text, TTF_Font *Font, SDL_Color Colour, SDL_Rect *Position) {
SDL_Surface *Initial;
SDL_Surface *Intermediary;
SDL_Rect Rect;
int W, H;
unsigned int Texture;

Initial = TTF_RenderText_Blended(Font, Text.c_str(), Colour);
W = NextPowerOfTwo(Initial->w);
H = NextPowerOfTwo(Initial->h);

Intermediary = SDL_CreateRGBSurface(0, W, H, 32, 0x00ff0000,
0x0000ff00, 0x000000ff, 0xff000000);

SDL_BlitSurface(Initial, 0, Intermediary, 0);

glGenTextures(1, &Texture);
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, Texture);
glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, 4, W, H, 0, GL_BGRA_EXT, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, Intermediary->pixels);


glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, Texture);
glColor3f(Colour.r, Colour.g, Colour.b);

glTexCoord2f(0.0f, 1.0f); glVertex2f(Position->x, Position->y);
glTexCoord2f(1.0f, 1.0f); glVertex2f(Position->x + W, Position->y);
glTexCoord2f(1.0f, 0.0f); glVertex2f(Position->x + W, Position->y + H);
glTexCoord2f(0.0f, 0.0f); glVertex2f(Position->x, Position->y + H);


Position->w = Initial->w;
Position->h = Initial->h;

glDeleteTextures(1, &Texture);

/*Errors << "Text OGL Error: " << glGetError() << std::endl;
Errors << "Text SDL Error: " << SDL_GetError() << std::endl;*/


inline int Round(double x) { return (int)(x + 0.5); }

inline int NextPowerOfTwo(int x) {
double LogBase = log((double)x) / log(2.0f);
return Round(pow(2, ceil(LogBase)));


if(FONT) {
TextColour.r = 0;
TextColour.g = 0;
TextColour.b = 0;

TextPosition.x = View[0]/2;
TextPosition.y = View[1]/2;
Text("G'day, kind sir", Font, TextColour, &TextPosition);


I used this: http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=284259

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