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New release of Crystal Space 3D Engine

Mar 02, 1999, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])

Jorrit Tyberghein writes:

I'm very happy to announce a new official release of Crystal Space. This is version 0.12.

Crystal Space is a full 6DOF 3D engine based on the portal technology. It supports colored static and dynamic lights with soft shadows, mirrors and reflecting surfaces, alpha transparency, 3D triangle mesh sprites, 8-bit/16-bit/32-bit display support, optional Direct3D (on Windows), OpenGL (on BeOS, Windows, and Linux), or Glide (on Windows and Linux) hardware acceleration, optional MMX support, scripting language, curved surfaces, volumetric fog, halos, mipmapping and much much more (see also the list below).

Crystal Space is portable. The current version runs under Linux, Unix, OS/2, Windows, DOS, Macintosh, BeOS, OS/2, NextStep, Rhapsody, and OpenStep. The Amiga port is being worked on right now. For Linux you can choose between X windows, SVGALIB, or GGI support. You can also select software, OpenGL, or Glide 3D rendering. For Windows you can choose between software, Direct3D, OpenGL, or Glide.

Crystal Space is free (falls under the LGPL license). Because it is under LGPL you CAN use it for commercial or shareware purposes provided you can conform to the LGPL license. Include in the source archive there is a file called COPYING which explains what you can and can't do.

Crystal Space is written in C++ (and optional assembler parts) and full source is available (of course).

Crystal Space is work in progress. The current version is not finished yet and probably contains lots of bugs. The ultimate goal is to write a good and general 3D game engine. This includes all the 3D stuff but also support for a good scripting language. You are free to try to use Crystal Space in your projects but keep in mind that currently you will not find a ready-to-use package. But don't despair! There is currently a good development team (which YOU can join, by the way) working daily to bring you new features. There are currently about 346 people subscribed to the developers mailing list!

Here is where you can download Crystal Space and get all wanted information:

http://crystal.linuxgames.com

Or you can mail me at:

Jorrit.Tyberghein@uz.kuleuven.ac.be

Greetings,