Since 2001, OGRE has grown to become one of the most popular open-source graphics rendering engines, and has been used in a large number of production projects, in such diverse areas as games, simulators, educational software, interactive art, scientific visualisation, and others.
The Metal RenderSystem backport from Ogre-next, that I talked about in the last round-up, now has landed in the master branch and will be available with Ogre 1.12.7. See the screenshot below for the SampleBrowser running on Metal Sample Browser running with Metal on...
Whoa! What's this? Didn't you announce Ogre 2.1 Baldur was released a few days ago? Yes! Then, what's going on? I noticed Ogre 2.1's release announcement atracted more popularity than I expected (thank you!!!) thus I shall explain: Ogre 2.1 has been in development for...
Thank you to everyone who has been along all these many years! This release wouldn't have been possible without you! Thank you to every contributor (code, documentation, forum posts, art assets), to every user, to every tester that made Ogre 2.1 as stable as it is...
Cross Platform and Cross Language
Furthermore, OGRE comes with Bindings for Python, Java and C# out of the box to account for different coding needs.
There are several support resources that you will want to consult when you have a problem:
Forums – The primary support mechanism as the forums are populated with a large number of experienced users who are always happy to help.
Gitter – We have an channel on gitter.
Wiki – This is a repository of tutorials and reference knowledge which you should definitely consult if you need a hint.
Here’s a few examples of what people have been saying about OGRE:
Those three characteristics make me choose it and so far, after almost a year and a half, I have never regretted that decision. Ogre3D has helped us a lot by speeding up the prototyping phase, testing new techniques for the physics algorithms really quickly, and, as part of my Argo Engine, serving really well as the presentation module.”
When we looked at Ogre the bar was instantly raised, it easily fulfilled all our criteria and more. The clean, extensible, object oriented architecture was well suited to our needs. Some open source projects often consist of cryptic, un-maintainable, spaghetti code. The thing I like most about Ogre, is that I do not feel compelled to have a shower every time I touch the code.
In addition, creating the scripts for interface components is a breeze since Ogre’s approach is clean and straight-forward. While you can (and we did) manipulate GUI components through code for advanced effects, it is easy to get GUIs up and running quickly. Ogre’s well-documented design makes it great both for prototyping and for customization of a finished product.
As an accolade to it’s stability, it has performed outstandingly in an embedded environment. The transparent portability has allowed the development under a Microsoft environment and subsequent deployment on Linux with painless ease. With constant ongoing development in a growing, and evermore supportive, community, we have visions of using this engine for many years to come.