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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Since its first release in 1992, OpenGL has been rapidly adopted as the graphics API of choice for real-time interactive 3D graphics applications. The OpenGL state machine is easy to understand, but its simplicity and orthogonality enable a multitude of interesting effects that require more room than can be accommodated in the OpenGL "Red Book". The objective of this book is to demonstrate how to generate more satisfying images using OpenGL in general, and how to achieve some sophisticated results in particular. There are three general areas of discussion: basic OpenGL concepts, basic techniques, and advanced techniques.
The first part of the book goes over some of the more basic OpenGL material - 3D transformations, color, shading, and lighting. Although the second part of the book - basic techniques - may look old hat at first, it does cover some interesting subjects such as deferred shading and image processing techniques that you don't normally think of as wedded to computer graphics. The best part of the book, to me, is part 3 on advanced techniques. In particular the chapters on scene realism, natural detail, illustration and artistic techniques, and scientific visualization have very unique material on them that reveal algorithmic details along with enlightening illustrations and pseudocode. The reader of this book should already be familiar with performing computer graphics using OpenGL and also be somewhat mathematically sophisticated considering that mathematics is heavily used in this book. All of the code for the methods and effects used at this book are in a zipfile at the book's website. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has gone through the "OpenGL Programming Guide" and wants to take their computer graphics skills to the next level.
One of the authors of this book does have an extensive tutorial freely available on the web that is an older subset of this book, so you might want to check it out and see if you like his writing style before you purchase. Type "Advanced Graphics Programming Techniques Using OpenGL" into Google and the first address listed should be the author's tutorial. It is no longer on as far as I can tell.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2008
Today there are many books for pro (GPU Gems, ShaderX etc), many for beginners (superbible, redbook, orange book etc), but practically no for intermediate level. This is one of them. It's well written and tells the basics of advanced 3D algorithms: batching, env mapping, bump mapping etc.
Disadvantages are:
-too short articles on difficult topics
-too much (for me) about CADs
-somewhat old (using pbuffers instead of FBOs)
P. S.
The link for source codes from the book doesn't work, use the following one: [...]
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2005
I posted a review before, but I decided again to change it. Everything I said I will repeat more or less.

There is a paper on written by an author, and much of that paper's info is in the book. It is not a direct reprint though. I was disappointed because I had an immediate impression it was just a total reprint of a free document. Also, the book is not hand-on at all, you really have to know your way around OpenGL to implement the techniques. It's not a quick teach-yourself-OpenGL book.

Now, I came back to update my review, because the first few chapters are crammed full of info that is really, really good. Well worth the money for the book. If you really want to know OpenGL on the inside... this book is it. It's just alot of reading, and very little hands-on. And some info in here you can find on, but much newer techniques are covered to.

So I bumped it back to 5 stars, and it is an honest review. It is really worth it for these deep chapters, not for code techniques. Don't buy it unless you really already have a good handle on GL you will not be able to figure much out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2010
It was written rather more targeting the fixed-pipeline/rudimentary programmable shaders era. It's too bad it wasn't released a year or two later. That said, it is fairly well written and still has useful information relevant today, if occasionally a little sparse on the more advanced and fully relevant stuff (and I would say this book, plus the free online OpenGL 3.3 documentation plus an introduction to initiating the modern API, "Beginning OpenGL Game Programming - 2nd ed" make a much better set than getting the poor "OpenGL Programming Guide - 7th ed"; add "OpenGL Shading Language - 3rd ed" to these and and you are set).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2015
No Stars. The link provided for the source code referenced heavily herein is no longer valid.

Correction: The code IS available on some obscure russian site I found using google. Huge peeve of mine... book sales that claim to 'include dvd' or 'link to source' and then fail to... you took the time to enter the rest of the book description.. why not this fact as well. Takes 15 seconds to check up on.
Here is the link: I haven't checked to make sure it is all intact yet.
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on April 7, 2015
great book
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