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Description

neoGFX is a C++ app/game engine and development platform targeted at app and game developers that wish to leverage modern GPUs for performant application user interfaces and game graphics. neoGFX is still a work in progress (incomplete) so is not yet suitable for making apps or games. Currently neoGFX has only been built for and tested on Windows.

neoGFX uses C++20 features; although C++20 compiler support is currently patchy this isn't a problem given the expected neoGFX 1.0 release date of Q4, 2021.

Programming language: C++
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 only
Tags: Game Engine     GUI     Cross-platform     Library    

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Introduction

neoGFX is a C++ app/game engine and development platform targeted at app and game developers that wish to leverage modern GPUs for performant application user interfaces and game graphics. neoGFX is still a work in progress (incomplete) so is not yet suitable for making apps or games. Currently neoGFX has only been built for and tested on Windows.

neoGFX uses C++20 features; although C++20 compiler support is currently patchy this isn't a problem given the expected neoGFX 1.0 release date of Q4, 2021.

Features (when version 1.0 released)

  • clean modern C++ design including full exception safety supporting various widget allocation patterns (stack, member variable or free store);
  • use of standard non-proprietary C++ data types including using standard string classes (UTF-8 encoding) and containers from the C++ standard library;
  • simple, easy to use multi-threaded event system (an improvement over traditional signals and slots);
  • no baggage: neoGFX primarily contains only the GUI and graphics related functionality needed for creating apps and games;
  • full library of widgets and layout managers specifiable in an RJSON (Relaxed JSON) derived declarative UI description language drag/drop editable using the included design tool, neoGFX Design Studio;
  • CSS3 style sheet support with support for custom skins;
  • scripting engine, neos, that will be able to support a wide range of scripting languages (on release: neoscript, JavaScript and Lua);
  • sub-pixel text rendering;
  • simple window style for specifying that a window is "nested" rather than being a separate native desktop window;
  • "text_edit" widget supports multiple fonts, text colours (with optional gradient effects), colour emojis and rendering text in columns;
  • "Green" and "Arcade" modes to optimize CPU power consumption, fight #ClimateChange!
  • GPU shader rendered CSS3 compliant gradients with optional gaussian smoothing;
  • MVC (model-view-controller) related classes supporting robust and fast app design;
  • optional MDI support utilizing "nested" windows;
  • 2D, 2.5D and 3D game support: sprites, objects and physics;
  • Pure ECS (Entity-component-system) usable by both games and apps;
  • flexible asset management: texture images (e.g PNGs) can be stored in .zip archives which can be optionally embedded inside the program binary accessible using simple URLs;
  • support for OpenGL, DirectX and Vulkan.

Roadmap

Version ETA Features
v0.99 Q3, 2021 Windows OpenGL; widget library feature complete; UI design tool
v1.00 Q4, 2021 Linux OpenGL; scripting engine
v1.10 Q2, 2022 Vulkan; Android support; physics engine
v1.20 Q4, 2022 macOS support

Implementation Progress

Feature % done TODO
Window 95 Drop shadow
Dialog 90 Default button
Message Box 100
Menu 100
Nested windows 25
MDI 0
Tabs 95 Vertical tabs
Toolbars 90 Drop-down button support
Layout Managers 95 Need to fully support size policies
Label 100
Button 100
Table View 95 Selection; cell widget
Tree View 95
List View 95
Text Edit 85 Columns; rich text (HTML); undo/redo; performance optimization
Line Edit 100
Spin Box 100
Slider 90 Keyboard
Check Box 100
Radio Button 100
Combo Box 95 Glob and regex filters; review UX.
Group Box 100
Tool Tips 0
Status Bar 100
Progress Bar 0
Docks 75
Font Picker 95 Font selection widget
Colour Gradient Selector 95 Swatch library
Colour Picker 100
Date/Time 0
File Browsers (Native) 99
Drag and drop 75
UI/Resource Description (RJSON) 40
tool: neoGFX Design Studio 10
i18n 40
l10n 0 UK English, US English, French, German, Chinese
HID: Game Controllers 80 Calibration/settings UI; DirectInput button mapping
Multi-monitor 50 DPI changes when changing or dragging between monitors
Scene Graph 0
Skins 40

Last updated: 10/10/2020