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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
About the Author
About the Reviewers

About the Reviewers

Mathias Paumgarten is a creative developer from Austria. He is currently living and working in Santa Monica, California.

Starting with a background in Flash development, Mathias found his passion for code-driven animation at a very young age. Over the years while working for and at several agencies he has broadened his skillset by leaving the web platform and working on installations using low-level languages such as C/C++.

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree at the University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg, Austria, he decided to leave Austria while focusing on modern web technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript, currently working as a frontend JavaScript developer.

Mathias has worked for several renowned agencies such as B-Reel, Soap Creative, and Firstborn working on projects for Sony, Fox Entertainment, Pepsi Co., and many more.

After receiving recognitions such as FWA and other awards, Mathias has also contributed to publications such as HTML5 Games Most Wanted.

Tim Pulver is an interaction design student from Potsdam, Germany. As a teenager he was fascinated by the demo scene and how people were able to transform code into something beautiful. He now uses Processing, openFrameworks, and Arduino to create interactive installations, data-visualizations, and user-interface prototypes.

One of his recent projects is interactive fulldome data visualization, where users can playfully explore global crop production.

In another project, Tim wrote a program that translated an image of an eye based on its structure into unique jewelry, which was printed out using a 3D printer.

He likes the idea of sharing and free culture. In 2011, he founded the electronic music netlabel Yarn Audio, which supports sharing and remixing of released music. All the cover artwork for this netlabel has been generated using custom made tools, too. You can contact him at