ShaderTool Alternatives

    ShaderTool is described as 'provides a flexible and editable node-powered pipeline that allows you to write shaders without also having to have written an engine. Use the integrated code editor to directly write shader code in either HLSL (DirectX) or GLSL (OpenGL)' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to ShaderTool for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Windows, Linux, iPhone and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Shadertoy, which is free. Other great apps like ShaderTool are Shader Editor (Free, Open Source), SHADERed (Free, Open Source), Shade - Pro Shader Editor (Freemium) and Shdr (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 12, 2020

    1. Shadertoy is the first application to allow developers all over the globe to push pixels from code to screen using WebGL since 2009.
    2. Create and edit GLSL shaders on your Android phone or tablet and use them as live wallpaper. A live-coding editor with syntax-highlighting lets you see results transparently in the background as you code and provides ample workspace to focus on your ideas.
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    3. SHADERed is a lightweight tool for creating and testing HLSL and GLSL shaders. It is easy to use, open source and frequently updated with new features. FEATURES - Configurable, dock-based interface. - Geometry as well as vertex and pixel shader support.
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    4. Shade transforms your device into a professional node-based shader editor. Build stunning, connected shader graphs that render in real time. You'll find full support for keyboard shortcuts, drag-and-drop, and documentation built right in.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Google Chrome
      Shdr is an online ESSL (GLSL) shader editor, viewer and validator powered by WebGL.

    5. An online GSGL Shader Gallery and live development tool. You can freely add to it without an account.
    6. The Book of Shaders provides a gentle, step-by-step guide through the abstract and complex universe of Fragment Shaders. Besides scores of insightful illustrations, the site includes a very intuitive live-coding editor for users to easily see changes as they code.
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    7. ShaderLab is the WebGL2 GLSL Editor for the browser. Code your shaders right in your browser with a live view to progress in the background. Then share and garner feedback through comments and check out other creators.
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    8. TyphoonLabs' OpenGL Shader Designer is an open-source shader development IDE created for writing vertex and fragment shaders in the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL).
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Synthclipse is a GLSL shader prototyping tool. It makes possible to fast develop all kinds of shaders: Fragment (FS), Vertex (VS), Geometry (GS), Tessellation (TS) and Compute (CS).
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