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    Interacting with 2D on 3D in WPF

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    Interacting with 2D placed on 3D is now possible in v1 of the Windows Presentation Foundation! In between shipping Vista and planning the next version of WPF, we realized that with a clever implementation it was possible to provide this feature today...
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    What’s new in WPF 3.5

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    With the release of WPF 3.5 beta 2 (download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D2F74873-C796-4E60-91C8-F0EF809B09EE&displaylang=en ), we’ve added some exciting new features to WPF 3D. At a very high level these can be...
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    Subclassing UIElement3D

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    Subclassing from UIElement3D to create your own elements that respond to input, focus and eventing is simple to do in 3.5. In this example we'll create a Sphere class which derives from UIElement3D and will show off some new features in the process. ...
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    What’s New in Graphics for 4.0 Beta 1

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    .NET 4.0 Beta 1 was released a few weeks ago and there’s a lot to it that you can read about elsewhere so I thought I would just stick to what’s changed for WPF graphics. These are the biggest things of note: RenderOptions.ClearTypeHint : If WPF renders...
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    What's New in Graphics for 4.0 Beta 2

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    Last beta I mentioned we were saving the best for Beta 2 so thank you for waiting :) New Features The PixelShader class now accepts Pixel Shader 3.0 shaders when your hardware supports them. Important : There is no software rendering for PS 3.0. For example...
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    .NET 4.0 Image Scaling Change Reminder

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    As we mentioned earlier in this blog post , the default BitmapScalingMode has changed from Fant to Linear. If you compile your app for 4.0 and notice scaled bitmaps looking worse, this is why. If you want the old look, set the mode back to Fant. Fant...
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    Material Behavior

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    What Material you choose will impact your GeometryModel3D in three ways: Lighting model Depth write Blend with the back buffer The first one is straightforward since it's right in the name of the Material plus it's documented. The last...
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    Material Color Knobs

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    We affectionately refer to DiffuseMaterial.Color, DiffuseMaterial.AmbientColor, SpecularMaterial.Color, and EmissiveMaterial.Color as the "color knobs." The color knobs are probably the least understood WPF3D feature because they were one of the last...
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    More 3D Transitions

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    The WPF Feature Montage has been updated to include a custom transition control that contains four 3D transitions: page turn, curtain pull, explosion, and door open. The full source is included in the zip. -- Jordan P.S. For those of you who saw...
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    WPF3D Lighting and Shading

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    We use the standard fixed-function Blinn-Phong model . You can read up on all of the equations here at MSDN. If you have a Tier 2 card, we actually do our lighting in a vertex shader. If you don’t have a Tier 2 card, we do the lighting on the CPU. Why...
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    3D Hit Testing

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    How to do 3D hit testing has come up a bit recently in the forums but essentially it isn’t any different than 2D hit testing which is described on MSDN here . You can either start with a 2D point on the Viewport3D or a 3D point on a Visual3D. Starting...
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    3.5 SP1 Software 3D Leak Fix Available

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    In 3.5 SP1 it was really easy to leak memory when doing software 3D rendering involving a VisualBrush or DrawingBrush. We got this complaint many times online and in person. Unfortunately, there is no work around. It’s described in “Issue 2” from this...
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    .NET 3.5 SP1 Graphics @ Channel 9

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    Sorry for the lack of updates, but we've been pretty busy. On what, you may ask? Our PM, David Teitlebaum, just did a video on Channel 9 showing off the new features. He starts by covering interactive 2D on 3D and improved layered window support, both...
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    D3DImage and Software Rendering

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    If the WPF render thread is doing software rendering, D3DImage will not show up. I don't think we specifically called this out in the documentation so it can come as a surprise when you first encounter it. Off the top of my head, here are times when the...
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    Augmented Reality with WPF3D

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    Augmented Reality is the process of taking real world data, typically video, and enhancing it with computer graphics. Casey used WPF3D along with an AR toolkit and DirectShow to get some great results. Check out the sweet video ! -- Jordan P.S....
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    Petzold.Media3D

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    Charles Petzold has posted his WPF3D library on the web. It includes sphere, cube, cylinder, torus, line, and teapot mesh generation. Buying his book 3D Programming for Windows grants you royalty-free use of the library so be sure to check it out!...
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    Blender to XAML Exporter Updated

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    Robert Hogue has updated the Python script with a bunch of new features. See this forum post for the instructions, tutorials, and demos! -- Jordan
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    Bootcamp Lecture

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    We gave a lecture on 3D yesterday at a "WPF Bootcamp" event and I've attached the slides. Here's the outline: Intro to WPF3D with a simple example Interactive 2D on 3D Performance tips (based on this paper ) -- Jordan
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    Texture Coordinates in WPF3D

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    If you've never encountered texture coordinates before, DanLehen has a detailed introduction that you can find here . If you have used texture coordinates before in another API you may have noticed that we are a little different. Here's what you need...
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    Welcome to the WPF3D team blog!

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    Soon we'll be posting things like design tips, perf tricks, feature discussions, 3D basics, and more but until then check out these existing resources: DanLehen's blog 3DTools for WPF WPF MSDN Forums Jordan Parker Software Design Engineer
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    Latest 3D Apps

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    It sounds like the Shaxam folks are improving their Lightwave to XAML exporter. Richard Godfrey has two fantastic examples up on his blog . Chris Cavanagh has created a little 3D physics XBAP demo and he has also posted the source . Japan's famous...
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    3DTools v1.01 Released

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    We just released the 1.01 version of the 3DTools for the Windows Presentation Foundation. This update fixes a few small bugs found in the 1.0 release. You can get the new version from here: http://www.codeplex.com/3DTools/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx...
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    Cel Shading

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    Charles Petzold has been experimenting with cel shading on his blog at the request of Chris Cavanagh (whom has updated his 3D physics XBAP btw). Though we do use shaders internally, WPF3D's API is fixed function so you have to dig out the ol' fixed function...
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    Transforming Bounds

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    Many haven’t realized this, but we added the ability to transform between 2D and 3D Visuals back in 3.5. This is handy if you need to draw 2D content around your 3D object or if you want to know the 2D position of a 3D point without doing a hit test....
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    Blender Exporter on CodePlex - Looking for volunteers...

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    In July I promised to track down the Blender exporter that was lost during the GotDotNet phase out. The last version of the export script is now hosted on CodePlex ( here ). I am embarrassed that it has taken me this long to do this, and even more so...
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