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Re: FINALLY, it's here!

Subject: Re: FINALLY, it's here!
From: "KingDruid"
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 00:38:35 +0000 UTC
Newsgroups: macromedia.director.basics
[q][i]Originally posted by: [b][b]Newsgroup User[/b][/b][/i]
 There are differences between DirectX7 and DirectX9 that have nothing to 
 do with the additional DirectX9-specific shaders and programming model.

 For example, in Director MX 2004, you can set up a 3d scene and set the 
 renderer to DirectX5 or DirectX7.  There are differences in how they 
 render the scene.  Even though you are not using any of the fancy new 
 DirectX7 stuff.

 Added to that, one of the biggest Vista compatibility issues that I have 
 experienced with MX '04 is that Vista does not have DirectX5 at all and 
 has problems with DirectX7.  If Director 11 can use DirectX9, then that 
 will fix that problem immediately.

 So while I would love to be able to write DirectX9 shaders and apply 
 them to w3d models, I will be quite happy simply having access to the 
 DirectX9 renderer.

 This is disappointing since there really isn't any upgrade at all, just an 
update to be more compatible with Vista. Which you would think would just be a 
free update?? And I really don't see an advantage in the new physics engine 
since the Havok engine works faster and everybody just needs to rewrite there 
code to work with it.

 This basically means I would have to tear down my games and make AEGIA PhysX 
work with it and have it be more compatible with Vista and Mac OS, but in the 
end I would actually just have a slower game because of the new physics engine 
and no graphical upgrade at all??           

 I'm sorry but I really don't see a reason to update to Version 11 if it only 
makes it run faster. I am better off looking for an alternative that allows you 
to use at least some of the DX9 shaders and runs fine on xp, vista, and mac os. 
Unfortunely that only leaves Unity which only runs on a mac...????

 BTW what happened to linux support did they scrap that?

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