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3D Graphics with Scene Kit

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3D Graphics with Scene Kit is a book about Apple's high-level 3D rendering framework for OS X and iOS. It covers general concepts in 3D graphics and how they apply to Scene Kit. 

Scene Kit is a high-level, Objective-C framework for 3D rendering. It is a peer technology to other graphics technologies like Core Image and Core Animation. As an OS X or iOS developer, this means that you get to work with a lot of familiar concepts and frameworks. 

Scene Kit is built on top of OpenGL (Open Graphics Library), the open standard for 3D graphics. Even though it’s a high-level framework, it allows you to drop down to lower abstractions when you want more detailed control, all while still using higher abstractions everywhere else.

In the first few chapters, this book covers foundational concepts in 3D graphics, such as scene graphs, lighting, and textures, and shows how to organize your scene, animate its content, and configure its appearance. If you've never worked with 3D graphics before, this will be a gentle introduction. 

It builds on that foundation by adding user interaction and integration with other Cocoa frameworks. To introduce more advanced topics, it goes deep into how triangles are used to display geometry in 3D graphics, and teaches you how to create your own geometry in Scene Kit. 

In the later chapters of the book, pieces of OpenGL are introduced, a little at a time, to customize the rendering in ways that wouldn't be possible using just light and material configurations.  

3D Graphics with Scene Kit is an interactive book, with embedded 3D objects on the page next to the explanatory text. It's intended to be both fun and illustrative. I sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. 

What's New in Version 1.3.1

Fixed a broken link.


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Customer Reviews

Amazing Book!

This book is amazing! I have been wanting to learn about 3D graphics for a while, and this book makes 3D graphics simple. I also really like having a book dedicated to Apple's SceneKit. I look forward to future updates of this great book.

Scene Kit with Swift language

I'm new to IOS programming and 3D. I started studying Swift because it is easier for me than Obj-C. I am interested in this book using Swift language, like many beginners like me.

Nice Book - Rocky first chapter

First few paragraphs there are a couple of glaring English grammar errors. Misconjugation of everyday verbs sunk my confidence and distilled in me a buyer’s remorse. I’ll probably make a few errors myself in this review, but no one is paying me either. Further, the book stated there were read testers, and named them, yet they all seemed to miss it.

However, I digress. I stuck with it and I am glad I did. This was an excellent introduction and David really packed in alot of information into 100 or so pages. Excellent book design made learning hard concepts easier. I will have to read over the book again, practicing the code to get a firmer grip on the information provided.

Definitely a must read for the programmer that wants to get their toe wet in this field.

3D Graphics with Scene Kit
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  • Free
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Programming
  • Published: Dec 24, 2014
  • Publisher: David Rönnqvist
  • Seller: David Ronnqvist
  • Print Length: 151 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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