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PluginSource Update Xcode project, default to Metal in Mac Sep 3, 2019

Native code (C++) rendering plugin example for Unity

This sample demonstrates how to render and do other graphics related things from a C++ plugin, via a native plugin interface.

Unity versions:

  • 2018.1+ use tip of default branch.
  • 5.6, 5.5, 5.4: use corresponding unity-x.x tag.

The plugin itself does very few things:

  • Demonstrates basic plumbing. How to initialize the graphics API, and how calls from Unity into plugin are made.
  • Draws a triangle. A single colored rotating triangle in the middle of the screen. For each backend API, this shows bare basics of how to setup vertex data, setup some shaders or render states, and do a draw call.
  • Changes Unity texture data. Unity side passes a texture into the plugin, and the code changes the pixels of it each frame, with an animated "plasma" pattern. This demonstrates how to work with Texture.GetNativeTexturePtr.
  • Changes Unity mesh vertex data. Unity side passes a vertex buffer into the plugin, and the code changes the vertices each frame, with an animated "heightfield" pattern. This demonstrates how to work with Mesh.GetNativeVertexBufferPtr.

Native code rendering is implemented for several platforms and graphics APIs:

  • Windows (D3D11, D3D12, OpenGL, Vulkan)
    • Note that Vulkan is not compiled in by default (requires Vulkan SDK); enable it by editing #define SUPPORT_VULKAN 0 to 1 under UNITY_WIN clause in PlatformBase.h
  • macOS X (Metal, OpenGL)
  • Linux (OpenGL)
  • Windows Store aka UWP (D3D11, D3D12)
  • WebGL (OpenGL ES)
  • Android (OpenGL ES, Vulkan)
  • ...more platforms (iOS, ...) coming soon, we just did not get around to adding project files yet.

Code is organized as follows:

  • PluginSource is source code & IDE project files for the C++ plugin.
    • source: The source code itself. RenderingPlugin.cpp is the main logic, RenderAPI*.* files contain rendering implementations for different APIs.
    • projects/VisualStudio2015: Visual Studio 2015 project files for regular Windows plugin
    • projects/UWPVisualStudio2015: Visual Studio 2015 project files for Windows Store (UWP - Win10) plugin
    • projects/Xcode: Apple Xcode project file for Mac OS X plugin, Xcode 10.3 on macOS 10.14 was tested
    • projects/GNUMake: Makefile for Linux
  • UnityProject is the Unity (2018.3.9 was tested) project.
    • Single scene that contains the plugin sample scene.

What license are the graphics samples shipped under?

Just like with most other samples, the license is MIT/X11.

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