HTMLTexture (EX9.Texture)August 30, 2012 posted by: Elias
thanks to MESO for sponsoring and CEF and Chromium for doing the hard work, it’s finally possible to render web content (HTML, Flash, WebGL, etc.) directly into a texture using one of the two new nodes:
HTMLTexture (EX9.Texture String)
HTMLTexture (EX9.Texture URL)
as there’s no window involved at all in the rendering process this is also known as offscreen rendering. and, probably the best feature, the generated texture contains an alpha channel. so for example setting no background color on theelement of your HTML content will result in a completely transparent texture.
the new possibilities are of course endless:
- build your own fancy 3d webbrowser
- integrate web services directly into your application
- or in combination with the new XML nodes patch a WYSIWYG editor or whatever nonsense you can come up with :)
the nodes are fully spreadable, so for example feed it with a spread of urls you last visited, add some scale/translate magic and voila, you patched the welcome screen like we know it from firefox or chrome.
with the key and mouse inputs you can redirect user input wherever it needs to go, so you could display several websites at once, but redirect user input to only one of them.
if you want to test these new nodes download the latest alpha build of vvvv including the addonpack.
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Just got around to having a play, super super nice :)