GDI+ is a native C++ DLL that was originally created for the Microsoft Office
suite. It has graphical capabilities that were far in advance of the original
Windows graphics system, GDI. For .Net, and particularly Windows Forms, GDI+ was
given a managed wrapper that enabled it to be used with C# and VB.Net. For many
years GDI+ has provided a sterling service, enabling Windows Forms applications
to show really great graphics. Unfortunately, the adoption of GDI+ never really
sparked the imaginations of the graphics card manufacturers and therefore
hardware acelleration was only provided by a few graphics cards from the Matrox
corporation. Because GDI+ never took off as a serious games graphics engine, the
manufacurers preferred to concentrate on the capabilities of DirectX.
This list of articles that began on another site in 2001 contains many real
world examples of how to get the best from GDI+. Enjoy!
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