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.
Ogre 13.3 released
Ogre 13.3.0 was just released. This release contains some significant feature additions, which we will discuss in more detail below. For a full overview of the changes, see the changelog. PBR Material support The most significant addition is probably built-in PBR...
Ogre 13 User Survey 2022
Those of you who have been around Ogre for some time might remember that back in 2020, we conducted a survey about our user base. The results of which can be found here. For the Ogre 13 development cycle we would like to assess to correctly emphasize the development...
Removing bloat and reducing size in Ogre Next 2.4 by up to 20%
As we mentioned last time, Ogre-Next 2.4 will be mostly focusing on maintenance and fixing code debt. Over a week we've fixed a lot of warnings. With default settings on Clang on Linux, there's no errors (except on OgreMeshTool). But we haven't taken a look at...
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.
Open source (MIT License)
Ogre is released under the MIT License, which is a permissive open source license. The only condition is that you distribute the license text included in our distribution with any software that uses OGRE.
Learn OGRE using our series of introducatary Tutorials. Of course the OGRE team provides official documentation in form of the OGRE Manual and API documentation.
Support and community
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.