Graphics in the console (for real)

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    Graphics in the console (for real)

    Ok, I didn't know if everyone knew this already or not, but contrary to what people say, graphics are more than possible in the console program. Like bitmaps and stuff...it isn't just limited to ASCII stuff. Granted, it's using Windows GDI stuff, but I was so excited when I found out. So I'm in the process now of making a new graphics library thing for the console which will allow bitmaps and stuff. Sorry, I'm just excited . Did anyone else know that this stuff was possible in the console?

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    I think most people know it's possible, what graphics api are you using?

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    Ummm...I dunno...I'm using the Windows GDI functions (BitBlt() and such) in the console program.

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    I think most people know it's possible
    Wow, shot down in flames!

    Seriously though, I'd be giving the console up now HarryP. If you're using Windows functions anyway you may as well have a nice window to run them in, instead of console.
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    if you really want to do something radical, try doing it in Turbo C++ instead. i guran-dam-tee you that it'll keep you busy for a long long time . and i'd like the screen shot.
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    Didn't mean to sound sarchastic, actually sounds quite interesting. Glad you are having fun with it. Your using the win32 api btw.

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    I have made a few Windows programs, but I really hate the interface...all that code just to make a window. So I decided to see if I could do the same stuff in a console program, and after a little experimentation and some checks at MSDN, I found that any of the standard Windows API functions work in the console.

    The 2 shots below are of: 1)Lines drawn in random colours using MoveToEx() and LineTo(). 2)The closing screen of the program, using StretchBlt(), CreateFont(), and DrawText().

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    Oops, I cliked Submit too fast...Sorry.

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    Heh, wow. I actually didn't know that you could do that (that's what I get for never coding Win32 API). It sounds pretty neat, keep it up
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    Actually getting graphics into a console window is quite easy, FindWindow will give you the console windows handle, and with that you can do just about anything. What is more of a problem is the hoops you have to jump through to keep them there if you, for example, minimise and maximise again.

    You need to use Windows programming techniques, and frankly, if your doing that anyway, why are you bothering with a console?
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    Yeah I know, I realized that the whole re-painting the window thing would be interesting, and I don't really plan on doing much with it...I was just pointing out that I found it is possible, to I was excited hehe. I really don't see much of a practical use for it, frankly, because if one is going to use Windows API functions, might as well just make Windows programs.

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    cant you also just use allegro (i think thats what it was called)

    though those wont give you much in terms of quality..

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