Windows 7: Introducing Direct2D and DirectWrite

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    dentaku

    Whoo! for DIPs!
    The Cleartype with YDirection Antialiasing looks amazing by the way.

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    stevo_
    Really impressive..
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    Dovella
    Great great great great and GREAT!!!!!
    CONGRATULATION!!!!!
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    Aztec
    I would like to port my existing GDI based application to Direct2d

    Where can I download the SDK?
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    OmegaThree
    Windows 7 beta SDK provides everything you need to build with Direct2D (and other recent additions), but it's Windows 7-only.  I've yet to compile and try running binaries under Vista.
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    MarkR1212

    Unless Direct2D is backported to Windows XP, it might as well never exist for many commercial desktop application developers (ourselves included).

     

    Windows XP support is an absolute requirement, in my opinion. Otherwise mainstream use of Direct2D will be delayed for several years, and that's a real shame as it addresses a critical need for many of us.

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    memoryweaver

    Is anything actually using Direct2D yet? We read about support in Windows 7, but not about any application. Font smoothing improvements would be a distinct advantage, particularly at larger font sizes, where the current systems fail. Really, anything that can improve the look and feel, and overall 'shinyness' of an application or web page would really be welcome.

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    Marcus

    Web Development, Oxfordshire, UK.

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    samabraham

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    OmegaThree

    It's been a year, but I thought I'd give an updated response to Marcus's question.  The latest Steam UI uses Direct2D whenever possible.  That's about as mainstream as it gets!

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