Open source development Web site SourceForge.net has appointed
as its Project of the Month. Crystal Space is an open source application framework designed to create 3D games, and it runs on Mac OS X and other platforms.
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Written in C++, Crystal Space is free. It uses OpenGL to render 3D graphics, and supports effects like colored lighting, mipmapping, portals, mirrors, alpha transparency, reflective surfaces, 3D sprites, procedural textures, particle systems, halos, volumetric fog, scripting, 16- and 32-bit display support, font support, and much more.
Crystal Space’s roots go back to 1997, the brainchild of Jorrit Tyberghein. Tyberghein said he was inspired to create Crystal Space after looking at Id Software’s own work with landmark 3D shooters like Doom and Quake. Project manager Eric Sunshine got involved from an interest in porting the Crystal Space code to different platforms, including Mac OS X.
Crystal Space has drawn a lot of interest from the community, and a mailing list for the software has more than 660 people subscribing to it, with traffic often reaching 50 or more messages per day. Crystal Space has also drawn broad support from people actively contributing to the project, coding, proofreading documentation and more.
For more details, visit SourceForge.net, and check the Crystal Space links.