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Compiling Fl-Inventor on Windows
Another option for Open Inventor programming on Windows is the Fl-Inventor library. Here's how I got it to build:
- Download the latest version of FLTK 1.1 from http://www.fltk.org/. At the time of this writing, the latest is fltk-1.1.7-source.zip
- Unzip somewhere convenient, say C:\fltk-1.1.7
- Open visualc\fltkdll.dsw with Visual Studio. (I'm using 6.0. If you're using a later version, your mileage may vary.)
- Choose Build, Set Active Configuration... and choose fltkdll - Win32 Release
- Choose Build, Build fltkdll.dll.
- Download and install an older version of CMake from http://www.cmake.org/files/. (The latest version won't work without change, and the last thing I need to learn is a new build tool.) I used CMSetup14.exe.
- Download fliv-1.0.1.tar.gz and oiv_linux_w32-4.tar.gz from http://fl-inventor.sourceforge.net/. Unzip them both into the same place.
- Change to C:\fl-inventor and type "cmake ."
- Back in Visual Studio, open FLINV_ALL.dsw
- Set the Active Project Configuration to "ALL_BUILD - Win32 Release".
- Choose Project, Settings.... Settings For: should be set to "Win32 Release", and all sub-projects should be selected.
- Holding down the Ctrl key, de-select ALL_BUILD. Some more tabs should appear to the right. Select the C++ tab, and change Category: to "Preprocessor". Under Additional include directories:, add C:\fltk-1.1.7.
- Holding down the Ctrl key again, de-select FL, FreeType2, and Jpeg. A Link tab should appear to the right. Select it and Change the Category: to "Input". Under Additional library path:, add C:\fltk-1.1.7\test. Click Ok
- Choose Build, Build. The build will take several minutes.
- Exit Visual Studio. You should be able to run the example programs from C:\fl-inventor\install\bin
Open Inventor on Windows
The Open Source version of SGI Open Inventor is Linux-specific, and while it probably ports easily enough to other UNIX platforms, it doesn't look like a very attractive option for Windows.
If you want to do Open Inventor programming on Windows, the options seem to be:
Coin3D is probably the best choice, but it seems to include only the OI libraries, not the OI command-line tools like ivview and ivnorm.
- TGS Open Inventor, a commercial product
- Coin3D, a GPL clone of Open Inventor
- a Win32 port of the Open Source SGI Open Inventor that requires the SoQt library from Coin3D
Alternatively, the Win32 port of Open Inventor does incldue pre-compiled DLLs of Inventor, but not of the SoQt library or command-line tools.
I'm honestly not sure what the best solution is. I'll post some instructions when I come up with something.