Irrlicht Engine 1.2 review

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The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET langu

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Nikolaus Gebhardt
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The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET languages.

Irrlicht Engine is completely cross-platform, using D3D, OpenGL and its own software renderer, and has all of the state-of-the-art features which can be found in commercial 3d engines.

We've got a huge active community, and there are lots of projects in development that use the engine.

You can find enhancements for Irrlicht all over the web, like alternative terrain renderers, portal renderers, exporters, world layers, tutorials, editors, language bindings for java, perl, ruby, basic, python, lua, and so on. And best of all: It's completely free.

Here are some key features of "Irrlicht Engine":
High performance realtime 3D rendering using Direct3D and OpenGL [more]
Platform independent. Runs on Windows95, 98, NT, 2000, XP and Linux.[more]
Huge built-in and extensible material library with vertex and pixel shader support [more].
Seamless indoor and outdoor mixing through highly customizeable scene mangagment. [more]
Character animation system with skeletal and morph target animation. [more]
Particle effects, billboards, light maps, environment mapping, stencil buffer shadows, and lots of other special effects. [more]
.NET language binding which makes the engine available to all .NET languages like C#, VisualBasic, and Delphi.NET.
Platform and driver independent fast software renderer included. It features z-buffer, gouraud shading, alpha-blending and transparency, fast 2D drawing.
Powerful, customizeable and easy to use 2D GUI System with Buttons, Lists, Edit boxes, ..
2D drawing functions like alpha blending, color key based blitting, font drawing and mixing 3D with 2D graphics.
Clean, easy to understand and well documentated API with lots of examples and tutorials.
Written in pure C++ and totally object orientated.
Direct import of common mesh file formats: Maya (.obj), 3DStudio (.3ds), COLLADA (.dae), DeleD (.dmf), Milkshape (.ms3d), Quake 3 levels (.bsp), Quake2 models (.md2), Microsoft DirectX (.X)... [more]
Direct import of Textures: Windows Bitmap (.bmp), Portable Network Graphics (.png), Adobe Photoshop (.psd), JPEG File Interchange Format (.jpg), Truevision Targa (.tga), ZSoft Painbrush (.pcx)... [more]
Fast and easy collision detection and response.
Optimized fast 3D math and container template libraries.
Directly reading from (compressed) archives. (.zip)
Integrated fast XML parser.
Unicode support for easy localisation.
Works with Microsofts VisualStudio6.0�, VisualStudio.NET 7.0-8.0�, Metrowerks Codewarrior, and Bloodshed Dev-C++ with g++3.2-4.0.
The engine is open source and totally free. You can debug it, fix bugs and even change things you do not like. And you do not have to publish your changes: The engine is licensed under the zlib licence, not the GPL or the LGPL.

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