Mathematics & Computer Science Department
Rivier College
420 Main Street  Nashua, NH

Software Catalog

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Brief Description

             OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. It makes available to the programmer a small set of geometric primitives - points, lines, polygons, images, and bitmaps. OpenGL is well structured with an intuitive design and logical commands. Efficient OpenGL routines typically result in applications with fewer lines of code than those that make up programs generated using other graphics libraries or packages. In addition, OpenGL drivers encapsulate information about the underlying hardware, freeing the application developer from having to design for specific hardware features.

             The OpenGL API was designed for use with the C and C++ programming languages but there are also bindings for a number of other programming languages such as Java, Tcl, Ada, and FORTRAN.

If you are running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, OpenGL is already available within those Operating Systems' standard distribution. If you are running on Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME, OpenGL can be downloaded from a Microsoft web site free of charge. If you're running on Unix or LInux, you can either purchase OpenGL or run the MESA free version of OpenGL. One can visit OpenGL to get more information.

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Last date page was modified: October 2nd,2010