| Jorrit Tyberghein et al.|
August 26, 1997; 19 years ago (1997-08-26)
2.0 / July 3, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-07-03)
Crystal Space is a framework for developing 3D applications written in C++ by Jorrit Tyberghein and others. The first public release was on August 26, 1997. It is typically used as a game engine but the framework is more general and can be used for any kind of 3D visualization. It is very portable and runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X. It is also free software, licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, and was SourceForge.net's Project of the Month for February 2003.
Crystal Space Wikipedia
Crystal Space is programmed in object oriented C++. It is very modularly built with a number of more or less independent plugins. The client programs use the plugins, such as the OpenGL 3D renderer, by registering them via Crystal Space's Shared Class Facility (SCF).
Crystal Space has modules for 2D and 3D graphics, sound, collision detection and physics through ODE and Bullet.Graphics:
Supports hardware acceleration from all major card vendors
Allows use of shaders
Library of common shaders like normal mapping, parallax mapping and hardware skinning
Supports software rendering with limited features
Plugin-based mesh system
Triangle-based meshes with frame and bone animation support
Collision detection and dynamics:
ODE and Bullet dynamics
Simplified collision detection when full dynamic simulation is not needed