And now for something … ok, not completely different, but largely different: a cross-platform application framework for the iPhone, OS X, Win32, and Linux. No, seriously.
We are happy to announce the release of NUI: http://www.libnui.net
NUI is a C++ application framework that runs on the iPhone, MacOSX (universal), Win32 and Linux.
Its main distinctive features is its use of 3D hardware to render the UI via OpenGL, GL Es and Direct3D.
Its features include:
– Low level abstraction: string, files, paths, streams, network, timers, threads, mutexes, etc.
– Widget layout engine
– Really many widgets: text, grids, boxes, collumn views, tree views, etc.
– Integrated widget tree visual introspection/debugging
– Web-like CSS engine
– Modern rendering and compositing engine
– Animations for widgets and their attributes
– Attributes to remote control widgets
– Audio IO and Audio file loading/saving (including compressed audio files decoding)
– Stable and proven lib: many applications have been released since 2001 with NUI at their core.
Intriguing, no? In general we’re solid advocates of the OS specific front end approach, which has a way of turning out much better than attempting to share code if you use decent MVC design, but if you do have the kind of application that lends itself to an OpenGL interface, this could be an interesting option indeed.