Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified
By Denis Perevalov
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 364

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openFrameworks is a powerful programming toolkit and library designed to assist the creative process through simplicity and intuitiveness. It's a very handy software library written in C++ to reduce the software development process, helping you to kick-start creative coding. With the help of C++ and shaders support, openFrameworks allows for the processing of all kinds of media information with your custom-developed algorithms at the lowest possible level, with the fastest speed.

"Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" will introduce you to a world of creative coding projects, including interactive installations, audio-visual, and sound art projects. You will learn how to make your own projects using openFrameworks. This book focuses on low-level data processing, which allows you to create really unique and cutting-edge installations and projects.

"Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" provides a complete introduction to openFrameworks, including installation, core capabilities, and addons. Advanced topics like shaders, computer vision, and depth cameras are also covered.

We start off by discussing the basic topics such as image and video loading, rendering and processing, playing sound samples, and synthesizing new sounds. We then move on to cover 3D graphics, computer vision, and depth cameras. You will also learn a number of advanced topics such as video mapping, interactive floors and walls, video morphing, networking, and using geometry shaders.

You will learn everything you need to know in order to create your own projects; create projects of all levels, ranging from simple creative-code experiments, to big interactive systems consisting of a number of computers, depth cameras, and projectors.


Stuffed with practical examples, this book gives clear and effective instructions to build your own fun, stunning, and highly-interactive openFrameworks applications. Each chapter is focused on one topic and has a new theme to it.

Who this book is for

If you are a visual artist, designer, or programmer interested in creative coding with openFrameworks then this book is for you. Basic knowledge of object-oriented programming, such as C++, Java, Python, and ActionScript 3, would be helpful.

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    Comments about oreilly Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified:

    This book is clearly an excellent introduction to the C++ openFrameworks creative coding framework but also to creative coding per se, which is basically coding interactive and/or procedural graphics and audio output from diverse input. It can range from "games" to data visualization, or even mathematical visualization or autitive representations.
    The book itself targets programmers that want to dive into creative coding, so you need some background in C++ to understand the code. However, openFramwoks doesn't really expose idiomatic C++. The interface represents well how grpahics programming and most library interfaces (other than these in boost) were typically written 10 years ago, when this framework was born. This is not really a problem as your focus while reading this book is to know more about the graphics, audio and interactic domains, not about programming in C++.
    And I must say that the book is efficiently designed to introduce you to most things you need to know in each of these fields, plus basics related to data visualization and other useful aspects of creative coding (which are also the basis of game development, soft-real-time
    application development and simulation development).
    The book propose entertaining projects that are easy to get interested in and are fun to play with once it's working. Each concept needed to understand how each project works is explained, in basic terms, so that you have enough to understand all the details (and I guess, enough to be able to search for more information later).
    Beware though that onpenFrameworks is a framework, a context in wich you plug your program in, not really designed to be a modular library but really designed to make you focus on the creative code. It's important to know when you consider using this library for a project. This and the not-idiomatic-c++ side of openFrameworks are the main differences with, for example, SFML (which however provide less features).

    All in all, it's an excellent starting point to understand both openFrameworks and creative coding. 

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