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What's a good, free/cheap effect/.fx file editor?

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NVidia FX composer has the downside of only supporting up to DirectX10 and Shader Model 3.0.

I'm looking for, primarily, something that tells me the line numbers and types of the errors, has an IDE and allows me to target a particular version of DirectX and/or shader model, and that supports up to DirectX11/shader model 5.0. Anything more than that is bonus, but not needed.

Thanks.

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Well, the GPL only applies if you want to use the source code for something. If you are just using npp for editing files, those files don't automatically get gpl'd. That would be scary ohmy.png

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Well, the GPL only applies if you want to use the source code for something. If you are just using npp for editing files, those files don't automatically get gpl'd. That would be scary ohmy.png


That would be VERY scary.

Personally, I use NShader directly inside of Visual Studio:

http://nshader.codeplex.com/

I'm wondering...the next version of VS is essentially going to have PIX inside it...wonder if it'll actually have true "IDE" support for writing shaders?

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Well, the GPL only applies if you want to use the source code for something. If you are just using npp for editing files, those files don't automatically get gpl'd. That would be scary ohmy.png

True, but I still don't like it. :)

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[quote name='turch' timestamp='1325187453' post='4897889']
Well, the GPL only applies if you want to use the source code for something. If you are just using npp for editing files, those files don't automatically get gpl'd. That would be scary ohmy.png


That would be VERY scary.

Personally, I use NShader directly inside of Visual Studio:

http://nshader.codeplex.com/

I'm wondering...the next version of VS is essentially going to have PIX inside it...wonder if it'll actually have true "IDE" support for writing shaders?
[/quote]
Thanks, but I only have Express.

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I like using AMD's GPU ShaderAnalyzer. It compiles for several types of shader models, and also produces assembly code made for different graphics cards. Being an AMD product, these code outputs are for AMD/ATI cards only, but you don't need AMD hardware to use the editor.

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I like using AMD's GPU ShaderAnalyzer. It compiles for several types of shader models, and also produces assembly code made for different graphics cards. Being an AMD product, these code outputs are for AMD/ATI cards only, but you don't need AMD hardware to use the editor.

Thanks; downloaded, will post more later.

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