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Game Programming Using Qt: Beginner's Guide

By : Lorenz Haas, Witold Wysota, Witold Wysota, Lorenz Haas
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Game Programming Using Qt: Beginner's Guide

By: Lorenz Haas, Witold Wysota, Witold Wysota, Lorenz Haas

Overview of this book

Qt is the leading cross-platform toolkit for all significant desktop, mobile, and embedded platforms and is becoming more popular by the day, especially on mobile and embedded devices. Despite its simplicity, it's a powerful tool that perfectly fits game developers’ needs. Using Qt and Qt Quick, it is easy to build fun games or shiny user interfaces. You only need to create your game once and deploy it on all major platforms like iOS, Android, and WinRT without changing a single source file. The book begins with a brief introduction to creating an application and preparing a working environment for both desktop and mobile platforms. It then dives deeper into the basics of creating graphical interfaces and Qt core concepts of data processing and display before you try creating a game. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll learn to enrich your games by implementing network connectivity and employing scripting. We then delve into Qt Quick, OpenGL, and various other tools to add game logic, design animation, add game physics, and build astonishing UI for the games. Towards the final chapters, you’ll learn to exploit mobile device features such as accelerators and sensors to build engaging user experiences. If you are planning to learn about Qt and its associated toolsets to build apps and games, this book is a must have.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Game Programming Using Qt
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Time for action – rendering the scene's content to an image

Let's try to render a scene to an image. In order to do that, we take the following code snippet from our first example where we tried to put items on a scene:

QGraphicsScene scene;
QGraphicsRectItem *rectItem = new QGraphicsRectItem();

The only change we make here is that we set a brush resulting in a green-filled rectangle with a red border, which was defined through setBrush() and setPen(). You can also define the thickness of the stroke by passing a QPen object with the corresponding arguments. To render the scene, you only need to call render(), which takes a pointer to a QPainter pointer. This way, the scene can render its contents to any paint device the painter is pointing to. For us, a simple PNG file will do the job.

QRect rect = scene.sceneRect().toAlignedRect();
QImage image(rect.size(), QImage...