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RebelSDL 1.0 is an brand-new plugin for Hollywood: RebelSDL. RebelSDL is a plugin for Hollywood that allows you to use SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) from Hollywood. This makes it possible to write scripts that utilize the host system’s graphics hardware to create high-performance, butter-smooth 2D animation that is produced completely in hardware by the GPU of your graphics board. This leads to a huge performance boost over the classic Hollywood graphics API which is mostly implemented in software for maximum portability and compatibility. RebelSDL transparently replaces Hollywood’s inbuilt display handler with its own display handler managed by SDL. Whenever RebelSDL is activated, Hollywood displays are automatically mapped to SDL windows and hardware brushes are mapped directly to SDL textures so that they can be drawn, scaled, and transformed in an extremely quick way on all supported systems. This is especially useful on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux because Hollywood doesn’t support hardware double buffers and hardware brushes on these platforms by default. With RebelSDL, however, hardware double buffers and hardware brushes can be used on these platforms now too. RebelSDL can also act as a helper plugin here which adds this functionality to Hollywood without having you write a single line of SDL code to utilize it. On top of that, RebelSDL offers wrapper functions for some useful commands of the SDL API, for example RebelSDL allows you to call SDL’s joystick and game controller functions which are much more flexible than Hollywood’s inbuilt joystick library. RebelSDL also allows you to access Hollywood hardware brushes as SDL textures and modify their properties via some dedicated SDL calls exposed by RebelSDL. The current release state is beta.

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