Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 8 June 2002, Vol 5 No. 23

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w   DirectX 9.0 Beta 1
w   Featured Software: Registry First Aid
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Recommended Book
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


DirectX 9.0 Beta 1

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

DirectX Last week Microsoft released DirectX 9.0 Beta 1 to beta testers and Microsoft partners.

"DirectX 9.0 offers unparalleled advances in graphics technology," said Ted Hase, director of Windows® Third-Party Gaming and Entertainment at Microsoft. "Microsoft always has been a pioneer in the development of best-of-breed technologies and tools that facilitate the development of great gaming content. Developers will discover that the new capabilities built into DirectX 9.0 make it significantly easier to create content that demonstrates richness, robustness and totally immersive depth."

DirectX 9.0 offers the following new benefits for developers:

  • High-level shader language
  • library that supports patch meshes and traditional polygonal meshes
  • Improved real-time animation capabilities that allow separate animations on the same mesh to be blended
  • Enhanced low-level graphics programmability with new programmable vertex and pixel shader 2.0 models in the Direct3D® API
  • Full integration, including debugging, of new programmable shader models with the Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET development system
  • Enhanced DirectShow® video rendering hardware acceleration
  • A new version of DirectMusic® Producer, enabling support for DirectMusic enhancements such as low-latency playback
  • New wizards for creating DirectX Media Objects (DMOs) for audio effects and DirectMusic tools for MIDI processing
  • Improved DirectPlay® performance for multiplayer games
  • Availability of DirectPlay for Pocket PC 2002

DirectX 9.0 Beta 1 is not available for public download/testing. The final release of the DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) and DirectX 9.0 runtime is scheduled for fall 2002.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

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Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Buying Clothing online in Virtual E Dressing Rooms
Added: Napster's Drawn Out Demise?
Added: New IRA Rules Help Women Close Retirement Savings Gap
Updated: IRC Networks and Servers, Listing G - N

Added: Microsoft Releases DirectX 9.0 Beta 1 to Beta Testers

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Added: Microsoft Posts Windows XP Search Companion Patch


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Microsoft Posts Windows XP Search Companion Patch

Microsoft posted a patch for Windows XP, to address the problem that a corrupted file would prevent the Search Companion to search for files or folders, or to search the Internet.

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Favorites Homepage

A freeware tool for converting your Internet Explorer Favorites into a custom home page that resides on your computer. The home page provides access to all your links in a format that's easier to navigate than via the Favorites menu. Page elements such as background and text are customizable by color, and color schemes can be stored in profiles created from a convenient form which stores the information in a cookie.

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