ShellView as a Game Engine

This is a discussion on ShellView as a Game Engine within the Windows Programming forums, part of the Platform Specific Boards category; Greetings. I have an application that uses OpenGL to make browsing in an explorer window more fun. Its essentially built ...

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    ShellView as a Game Engine

    Greetings.

    I have an application that uses OpenGL to make browsing in an explorer window more fun. Its essentially built upon a game engine architecture where in my Main Loop, I call my rendering function as well as dispatch messages. It works great as a stand alone application because I write my own Main Loop.

    But in order to get it to work as a shell view, I must inherit from the IShellView class. Everything works great, but I do not control my own loop. This Causes a problem because I do not know where to put my Render function call. I tried creating a timer and on its call, doing a render, but it is too slow.

    Is there a way that I can "hook" into the main loop of explorer (or whatever instantiates IShellViews) so that i can get smooth rendering?? Or is there a better way of getting smooth rendering that does not involve timers? maybe capturing the WM_PAINT event?
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    Handling WM_PAINT events gives me smooth rendering at the same speeds as I had before BUT since these messages come VERY often (70+ per sec) all my other messages don't arrive in a prompt manner. Keyboard and mouse input is sluggish.

    Any suggestions?
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