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Ok I will quit for tonight after this one..DX7 or DX8??please read

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Ok I was wondering should I stay with DX7 or go to DX8? I have bookson both versions and I haven''t been able to decipher either heh...so I was just wondering if it would be best to put the past behind me and go with DX8 or stay with Direct Draw err.. I mean DX7?? Thanks and like I said, I will let someone else post now

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If you''re only wanting to use 2D I would stick to 7. If you fancy learning 3D and have a massive bandwidth then get 8.

Neil

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Why would anyone want to use older version if newer is available
If DX8 shows direction you''ll better go that way. You can''t newer stay DX7.

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eng3d: Your point is academic.


D3D8 provides direct access to the 3d hardware, with which you
can just draw a texture-mapped primitive to represent your 2d
object. Why bother with blending, blitting, copyrect operations
when the hardware does all that for free??


just my 2 cents..

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DX8 seems useless:
1. My ATI 3DRage Pro doesn''t get enumerated
2. It''s got far more crap in it that you''ll never use anyway
3. Why have support for what not when you know you''ll only need a tiny bit of it? I think that you should always use
the least possible if it provides what you are looking for in a descent manner.
4. Too much overflow is never good. In speed, and sanity.
5. And finally VERSION NUMBERS DON''T COUNT. STUFF IS OF THE ESSENCE!

If you can decipher thus far I would like to add that people who just look at numbers are numb. Don''t bee fooled.

And most importantly: Get a pen - get a life.

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I agree with the last point. But also all the new features (ie rotation) add a new headache of checking for collisions, drawing order. For proper 2D I ALWAYS use DirectDraw (7). For 3D I find it very hard to beat Direct3D (8).

Neil

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Thanks for all your input! I appreciate everyone''s advice and I have decided to go with direct draw for now. Maybe after alot of 2d work I will move to D3D. Thanks again

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i am taiwanese, so my english no good, i use DirectX 7.0

because i have no 3D accelerator Card, so
i try DirectX 8.0 is very slow.....

so i back to use DirectX 7.0, i only used 2d DirectDraw, is fast.

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Most of the stuff I do now with graphics is 2d so I use DX7. Basically I use the tools I''ve got and don''t worry so much about getting something new unless I really want to use it.
If I got DX8 the very day it came out, I think they''d have released DX9 the next day.

"A man can''t just sit around." ''Lawn Chair'' Larry Walters (1982)

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