
OpenGI OverviewOpenGI is a platformindependent opensource Clibrary for parameterization and Geometry Image creation, developed by Christian Rau. Geometry Images are a powerful, completely regular representation of triangular (or quadrangular) meshes, describing each vertex and its attributes as a pixel in one or more rectangular images and thus defining an implicit connectivity through neighbouring pixels. It can be understood as a next step after color and normal mapping, representing the whole model as a set of images. Due to its regularity this representation is extremely suitable for implementing mesh algorithms (e.g. LOD, Subdivision, Smoothing, ...) on the GPU. Features:
Dataflow:This figure shows the typical OpenGI dataflow, where the ellipses represent user data and the rectangles represent major OpenGI operations. The user specifes the data for a triangular mesh as a set of vertex arrays and an optional index array. For this mesh valid parameter coordinates are computed and this parameterization is then used to sample the mesh's attributes into a set of images. But OpenGI can also be used for parameterization only, by reading back the parameterized mesh into a vertex/indexarray representation. You can also use the library for sampling only by giving the mesh initial parameter coordinates. 