openFrameworks for Flashers

Continuing on my personal quest to encourage you to learn everything, we’re putting on a dotBrighton meeting all about openFrameworks.

made with openFrameworks from openFrameworks on Vimeo.

openFrameworks is an open source creative coding library, here’s the description from the website :

The library is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries under a tidy interface: openGL for graphics, rtAudio for audio input and output, freeType for fonts, freeImage for image input and output, quicktime for video playing and sequence grabbing.

The code is written to be both cross platform (PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone) and cross compiler. The API is designed to be minimal and easy to grasp. There are very few classes, and inside of those classes, there are very few functions. The code has been implemented so that within the classes there are minimal cross-referencing, making it quite easy to rip out and reuse, if you need, or to extend.

Simply put, openFrameworks is a tool that makes it much easier to make things via code. We find it super useful, and we hope you do too.

I’ve also heard it described as “Processing on crack” 🙂

We’re really lucky to have James Alliban from London’s Skive coming to tell us all about it. James is a Flash developer who has been exploring oF so he’ll be ideally suited to tell ActionScripters the best way to get started.

We also have Jo Summers giving an extended news report on Flash on the Beach and I’ll demo the visual sampler from the Jam Session.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Brighton, there are a handful of tickets left. Otherwise you can join us via the video stream courtesy of Influxis. Either way, please sign up here and we’ll send you the details.

The meeting is Wednesday 13th (2 days time!) and starts at 7pm UK time. 11am PST, 1pm EST.

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