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  1. Where are all the OpenGL billboarding examples/tutorials?
  2. That length isn't the problem. But those lines of code, or something about them is because if I comment them out everything works normally.
  3. Because that is the type of the third parameter in the definition of glCallLists()
  4. When I try to add 3D Font to my program it screws up everything. It appears that it flips all my normals or starts rendering all the triangles in the opposite direction. How can I fix this? This code seems to be the problem: .... .... glListBase(nFontList); glCallLists(6,GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE,"MY TEXT"); ... ...
  5. I'm reading values from a .raw file and storing them in an array ie... BYTE g_HeightMap[MAP_SIZE*MAP_SIZE]; ...so all I have to do is index into the array to get the current height of an objects position. This is probably something dumb cause i'm out of practice, but I can't get the terrain to deform. By this I mean when i change a value in the array the terrain doen't change.... g_HeightMap[10] = 0.0f; ...this does not move the points height to 0.0, what could I be doing wrong?
  6. Yup, those things and I needed to change from radians to degrees. It works now.
  7. I'm trying to convert a game over from DirectX to OpenGL and I'm tring to fire a cannon ball from a cannon, the ball rotates along with the cannon but the code that normally launches the cannon ball (it's projectile motion) doesn't work the same. This was the code that got the respective velocities in DirectX: weapon.Xvel = -proj.power*(cosf(proj.Xrot)*cosf(proj.Yrot)); weapon.Yvel = -proj.power*sinf(proj.Yrot); weapon.Zvel = proj.power*(sinf(proj.Xrot)*cosf(proj.Yrot)); but now when I elevate the cannon the Y direction of the object changes.( ie the whole coordinate system rotates too, if -y was pointing down and I rotate 90 deg -y is now pointing right) How can I fire the projectile in OpenGL?
  8. Hey is it possible to get Fog looking decent on a large flat plane made from just two huge triangles? (b/c my fog looks fine where the terrain is detailed but it wont work at all way off in the distance where there is virtually no detail)