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Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified

By : Denis Perevalov
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Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified

By: Denis Perevalov

Overview of this book

openFrameworks is a powerful programming toolkit and library designed to assist the creative process through simplicity and intuitiveness. It's a very handy software library written in C++ to reduce the software development process, helping you to kick-start creative coding. With the help of C++ and shaders support, openFrameworks allows for the processing of all kinds of media information with your custom-developed algorithms at the lowest possible level, with the fastest speed. "Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" will introduce you to a world of creative coding projects, including interactive installations, audio-visual, and sound art projects. You will learn how to make your own projects using openFrameworks. This book focuses on low-level data processing, which allows you to create really unique and cutting-edge installations and projects. "Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" provides a complete introduction to openFrameworks, including installation, core capabilities, and addons. Advanced topics like shaders, computer vision, and depth cameras are also covered. We start off by discussing the basic topics such as image and video loading, rendering and processing, playing sound samples, and synthesizing new sounds. We then move on to cover 3D graphics, computer vision, and depth cameras. You will also learn a number of advanced topics such as video mapping, interactive floors and walls, video morphing, networking, and using geometry shaders. You will learn everything you need to know in order to create your own projects; create projects of all levels, ranging from simple creative-code experiments, to big interactive systems consisting of a number of computers, depth cameras, and projectors.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified
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The oscillating plane example

This example demonstrates how to create a flat plane from triangles and then oscillate its vertices to obtain a dynamic surface. Also, the color of vertices will depend on the oscillation amplitude.


This is example 07-3D/06-OscillatingPlane.

The example is based on the emptyExample project in openFrameworks. Begin with adding the declaration and definition of the setNormals() function, as described in the Computing normals using the setNormals() function section. Then in the testApp.h file, in the testApp class declaration, add definitions of mesh and light:

ofMesh mesh;          //Mesh
ofLight light;        //Light

In the beginning of the testApp.cpp file, add constants with vertex grid size:

int W = 100;          //Grid size
int H = 100;

The setup() function adds vertices and triangles to the mesh and enables lighting:

void testApp::setup(){
  //Set up vertices and colors
  for (int y=0; y<H; y++) {
      for (int x=0; x<W; x++) {