Alternatives to GDI for all platforms with any license

  • OpenGL

    OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the...

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  • WebGL

    WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object...

    Free Open Source Web

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  • SDL

    Simple DirectMedia Layer is a cross-platform multimedia library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, 3D hardware via OpenGL, and 2D...

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  • Microsoft DirectX

    Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on...

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    Free Windows

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  • Crystal Space

    Crystal Space is a mature, full-featured Software Development Kit (SDK) providing real-time 3D graphics for applications such as games and virtual reality. It is free...

    • Discontinued Discontinued since July 2012 : http://www.crystalspace3d.org/main/Download

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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GDI Comments

Comment by jordanmoore
about GDI · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Excellent piece of kit. Why this is largely unknown is beyond me.

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Comment by ATx
about GDI · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Another wonderful software that improves the look of your fonts on screen (forget ClearType). Why can't Microsoft do this?

Don't get scared by the Japanese language, there are earlier versions in English that include the newer FreeType 2 font engine (freetype.dll), and SSE-optimized executable & DLL (gdi++_sse.exe, gdi++_sse.dll -- you need to remove the "_sse" part).

The UI part is located in the system tray (gditray.exe), and allows you to select different configuration files (GDI++\ini*.ini).

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