[SDL] SDL 1.3 status ?

Alex Barry alex.barry at gmail.com
Fri Jul 29 06:57:35 PDT 2011

Why are we still debating whether or not we want a software renderer?
I believe Ryan stated a number of replies back that the renderer is
generally complete, and it's no longer a development bottleneck.
In regards to software rendering as a compatibility layer, I think
software rendering is useful.  This thread is filled with various game
developers stating that, and to those who aren't using the software
renderer, I suppose it shouldn't matter to you if it is still included
or not.

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:02 AM, Beoran <beoran at gmail.com> wrote:
> Tim and David, I agree with you.
> Forest, sure, SW rendering is slow and hogs the CPU if you want to render to
> display. If you want to do in-memory image editing, though, it can be very
> useful. Rendering to a HW texture and then reading back the pixels is sort
> of complicated and I'm unsure if it's supported everywhere. In stead, I'd
> render to a sw surface, and update the texture only if needed.
> Vittorio, agreed there, but which simple 2d features should be added? Now we
> have blitting and scaling. Next to add would be rotozooming? Anything else?
> Just plain rotation? Shearing? Affine transformations? Mode 7 style
> "perspective" projections? Do we needed more primitives too like triangles,
> circles, ellipses, rounded rectangles..? Or should those be left for the
> next version of SDL_gfx?
> Kind Regards,
> B.
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