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Is On1 compatible with Metal?

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    That is something you'll have to ask the company. The people here are other users like yourself, me included, and don't have the answer to something like that.

    I'm sure the engineers are aware of OpenGL deprecation and have made plans accordingly. If you get an answer from support let us know, I'd be interested to hear it too.

    PS, I'm working my way through a book on Metal programming now. :)

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  • Steve Ratts

    Thanks for that clarification Brian! I've sent the question to their technical support and will post again here once I've gotten an answer.

    Good luck with your Metal programming!

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  • Steve Ratts

    I did check with On1 Technical support and the best they could say is that they're aware of this, but currently have no plan to switch from OpenGL to Metal.

    That's rather disappointing given the obvious speed benefits available now and the future compatibility issues. It would sure be nice if they could get out ahead of the compatibility problem and simultaneously give us improved graphics performance! Waiting until the last moment to solve this will likely not result in the best results...

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    I'm pretty sure that the software is developed with Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE and Microsoft uses either OpenGL or DirectX. I'm sure the Windows users would like to see a DirectX implementation for the same reasons Mac users would benefit from a Metal implementation. That however means having to fork the heart of the software, its rendering engine, into 2 distinct code bases. That translates to more complexity and less compatibility between the two OS versions of the program.

    As long as Apple continues to support OpenGL I can understand why they want to keep using it. I would hope however, like you, that they are making plans for when the day comes.

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  • Steve Ratts

    Thanks Brian, that would certainly explain why things are the way they are. I can see how having two versions would really complicate matters.

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