On 8/6/05, Gottfried Zojer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> But is anybody aware if there is somebody working on a project to bring
> Gimp to run with the AGEIA PhysX chip ( is there any documentation about
> how to use the NovodeX v2.2 SDK in combination with a Gimp plugin
> Thanks for any feedback

> On 8/6/05, "michael chang" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> The GIMP performs 2D image manipulation, not 3D physics manipulation.
> None of the features in the PhysX chip apply to what GIMP does, so
> it's highly unlikely that any of the filters or plugins use this chip.
> He is probably referring to the 3D effects that can be done via plug-ins.

Michael's comments are not necessarily correct.  Varying intensities over a
2D area can in fact be considered as a 3D surface, and the mathematics of 3D
surfaces could potentially be quite useful for 2D image processing tasks.
In fact, such 3D surface mathematics are already being used by a number of
the plug-ins, even though many folks may not realize it.  Consider a
gaussian filter for example.  Having written several plug-ins myself, I also
don't agree with Sven's comments regarding plug-ins.  There isn't any reason
that I can see why a plug-in couldn't be written that would make use of
specialized hardware to perform some type of image processing.

I'm not familiar with the details of the AGEIA chip's capabilities, but
there are certainly other chips out there (e.g. DSP chips) that could
potentially be useful to speed up certain image manipulation tasks (e.g.
noise reduction, compression, other types of filtering).


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