dtk_create_complex_shape(3) Creates or modify a shape to display custom and


#include <drawtk.h>

dtk_hshape dtk_create_complex_shape(dtk_hshape shp,
unsigned int nvert, const float *vertpos,
const float *vertcolor, const float *texcoords,
unsigned int nind, const unsigned int *ind,
unsigned int type, dtk_htex tex);


dtk_create_complex_shape() creates a shape displaying a complex, custom and possibly evolving content described by vertex attribute buffers (vertpos, vertcolor and texcoords) and an array ind containing the indices of vertices whose order describes how to connect the vertices altogether in order to form primitives (controlled by type). tex can be used to specify a texture to be mapped onto the shape.

vertpos should point to an array of nvert pairs of float values corresponding of the position (x,y) of each vertex. vertcolor should point to an array of nvert quatuples of float values corresponding of the color (R,G,B,A) of each vertex. texcoords can be either NULL or can point to an array of nvert pairs of float values corresponding to the texture coordinates (u,v) of the vertex. If texcoords is NULL, no texture will be used even if tex is not null.

ind should point to an array of nind indices of the vertices in the vertex attribute buffers. This list of indices determines how the vertices form the primitives and depends on type zhich can take one the following value (See OpenGL manual to have detail):

The first three vertices defines the first triangle (and their order is significant). Each subsequent vertex defines a new triangle using that point along with two vertices from the previous triangle.
A triangle fan is the same as a triangle strip with one exception: the first vertex of the list is always the first vertex of each triangle.
Separate triangles are specified. Every 3 indices defines in the order a triangle. If nind is not a multiple of 3, the excedent 1 or 2 indices are ignored.
A series of one or more connected line segments is specified by enclosing a series of two or more endpoints. In this case, the ith index specifies the end point of the i-1st segment and the start point of the ith segment.
Individual line segments, each specified by a pair of vertices. If nind is odd, then the last index is ignored.

shp can be used to modify a previously created shape. If it is non-null, the handle will be used to modify the shape referenced by shp: no new shape is created and the returned value is ensured to be shp in case of success, NULL otherwise. If shp is NULL, the function will attempt to create a new shape.

The arrays vertpos, vertcolor, texcoords and ind are not copied into internal structures of the created shape. This allows one to dynamically change any aspect of the shape. However, in return it forces to keep the buffers allocated during the whole life time of the shape.


In case of success the function returns the handle to the newly created or modified shape. If the shp argument is non-null, the handle returned is the same value. In case of error, NULL is returned.


The data contained into the buffers are accessed only during the creation and the draw of the shape. So if the data is updated in a different thread than the one used for drawing, some locking is needed.