After a long break from nebula3 opengl development I got back into it after the holidays. My previous posts are on another blog http://larryweya.blogspot.com Blogspot have an option of moving my blog to a different email account which doesn't seem to work for me. It forces me to keep logging in and out which is really annoying so I decided to start a new blog.
Next on my list was textures, I was dreading this as I wasn't sure yet how I wanted to go about it. Initially, I thought it would be easier to use one of the open source image libraries. After trying to integrate FreeImage and OpenIL I decided to write my own parsing routines since this is a learning experience.
To start with I have only written a .dds loader (a subclass of a streamreader) which is so far working fine and supports some of the more common pixel formats (DXT1, DXT3, DXT5, X8R8G8B8, A8R8G8B8, A4R4G4B4, R5G6B5 and A1R5G5B5). The plan is to eventually have it such that the image loading class (StreamTextureLoader) keep some kind of registry that maps file extensions to specific loader classes.
From what I know, directx and nebula's texture coordinates have uv coordiante (0,0) at the top left corner while opengl has it at the bottom left, I thought I would eventually have to do some sort of flipping, perhaps of the texture on load and save time but oddly enough, the texture mapping is perfect. I had a problem with my post process rendering but this was easily fixed on the shader by deducting the v coordinate from 1 i.e. v = 1 -v;