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It's been quite a while since I showed anything new here so I'll tease you with this cryptic development image of my project; swShader. The reason why I have been this quiet lately is not because I'm phasing things out, on the contrary, I'm too busy turning it into a finished product!

The image is a screenshot of the WHQL DCT, which is a free Direct3D conformance test suite from Microsoft. I've only recently started using it, but I expect it will be quite useful to test swShader's capabilities. The screenshot shows the simplest test of all, which checks whether pixels are filled correctly by comparing it to the reference rasterizer. Even with this simple test I detected a bug in the swShader render core and several in my Direct3D interface implementation. The good news is that things -can- now become practically bugfree.

Ironically, I was able to run a popular game before being able to run DCT tests! Of course most of you would rather see a screenshot of the game, but I'm keeping that for later to have a bigger impact. And let's face it, passing DCT tests is a more important breakthrough. ;-) I'm also in close contact with a company willing to invest in it so I can finally make some good money with it. That's probably bad news for anyone who wished to work with it for free, but I promise I'll keep contributing to the community as much as I can!

If you haven't already, please visit my new homepage for some more information:

Best regards,
Nicolas "Nick" Capens

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