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What GUI Toolkit Would Be Best For My Game Editor?

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I am starting today on my game editor, and one of the first things I am doing is choosing what GUI toolkit I should use. I would really like if it was cross-platform and based on C, which is what my whole project is written in. I just need to have a few things to display the contents of a database, adjust values, have a utility bar, and have a place to show a representation of the game world as it is being built. What are your favorites, and do you have suggestions and/or advice?

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Have you used it? Which one do you recommend? Why?

I have not used GTK+ before. In fact, I have no experience with GUI programming. However, I have noticed a majority of programs on linux uses GTK+ or QT. Qt is C++, so that leaves GTK+. And like what Bearhugger said, GIMP is an example of a program that uses GTK+. Take a look at that to see if you like it.
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I'm working on an editor for an engine, and I'm using the win32 API! I swear I'm not lying! I can't prove even to myself that I'm not crazy though.

I'll quote a previous post of myself for my opinion and experience with the API.

 

I'm one of the few that actually don't hate the win32 GUI API. It's object-oriented, light-weight (compared to the alternatives), it's native, and it has a rich set of controls. On the other hand, it's a C API, it's not easy to get into for lack of comprehensive introductory documentation, MS did not include a designer with the free versions of VS, and it's not so popular these days. But it's a very powerful library once you get your head around how it works and how to write your own custom controls, and most importantly, it's native, so you wouldn't have to deal with all that interop bulls**t to have the editor work with your native graphics engine, and you wouldn't have to learn C#/VB if you don't already know them.

Anyway, whether you end up using it or something else is up to you, and I wouldn't blame you for turning to another library, but maybe what you're aiming to accomplish isn't really that difficult to make in win32. From your description, a thin wrapper library like win32++ sounds like a perfect fit for your needs. It has lots of samples to start from.

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@Amr0     Something tells me that that is not a screenshot of your editor...

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@Amr0     Something tells me that that is not a screenshot of your editor...

It is. It's not my engine though if that's what you mean...

 

Tell me more about your editor Amr0, it looks interesting.

It's a work in progress. I've already mentioned it's being made using the Win32 API. Anything specific you want to know more about? Also, what's with the down-votes? I have reviewed what I have posted and I can't seem to find anything objectionable!!!??!

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I call it the node graph editor. It's a custom win32 control/window, but it uses DX9 for drawing for maximum responsiveness, but that's it, no third party libraries. Currently it does all its drawing using simple shapes (rectangles and lines) and a single texture for the plugs, so it looks plain. But I wanted to make sure it's functional before looking into making it look good.

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MrJoshL, on 24 Feb 2013 - 08:57, said:
@Amr0     Something tells me that that is not a screenshot of your editor...
It is. It's not my engine though if that's what you mean...

 

Sorry for the broken quote but the reason for the down votes, and going out on a limb here, is the fact the top of the window it says very clearly L. Spiro Engine Editor. Many of the users of this site know L. Spiro has made many posts related to his engine in development. It came across at first that you were stating the everything in the image was made entirely by yourself. The title of the window sorta comes across as being the complete opposite.

 

While you state the engine is not yours we as forum readers are not aware if you and L. Spiro are working together/sharing builds of the engine. As far as I was aware his engine has not been released for the general public to use. I hope this offers a little bit of understanding why you were down voted.

 

Sorry for the post not being on topic I just figured no one was going to answer why they down voted him. smile.png

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MrJoshL, on 24 Feb 2013 - 08:57, said:
@Amr0     Something tells me that that is not a screenshot of your editor...
It is. It's not my engine though if that's what you mean...

 

Sorry for the broken quote but the reason for the down votes, and going out on a limb here, is the fact the top of the window it says very clearly L. Spiro Engine Editor. Many of the users of this site know L. Spiro has made many posts related to his engine in development. It came across at first that you were stating the everything in the image was made entirely by yourself. The title of the window sorta comes across as being the complete opposite.

 

While you state the engine is not yours we as forum readers are not aware if you and L. Spiro are working together/sharing builds of the engine. As far as I was aware his engine has not been released for the general public to use. I hope this offers a little bit of understanding why you were down voted.

 

Sorry for the post not being on topic I just figured no one was going to answer why they down voted him. smile.png

Aha! Thanks for taking the time to clarify.

 

Actually, everything in the image was indeed made by myself, despite the title of the window. However, I posted the screenshot as an example of what can be accomplished using the win32 API, and nothing more. It did not occur to me that people would even care whether it was made by me or not. I mean it's just a textured sphere! Anyway, an up-vote for you, kind sir.

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I have, since posting, switched fully to a Linux-based environment, so now I am using GCC, GTK+, Valgrind, and all of the other great things associated with Linux.

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Ah, good for you. What made you decide to do this?

Well, I've always wanted to, but now I was just pushed over the edge by all of the headaches of Windows, and also the things that are on Linux and not Windows. At least in Linux you can customize the kernel modules, disable GUI, not need quite as much code to set up a window with a 3D renderer, and a lot of other things.

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