2D and 3D core-graphics toolkit


GINO-F is a programmable toolkit providing over 450 routines and functions for developing professional 2D and 3D graphics applications. The library includes functionality from basic line drawing, fonts, polygons and images to full 3D OpenGL features such as facets, bezier surfaces, lighting, shading and texture-mapping. Metafile input/output includes DXF, JPEG, PNG, ICO, BMP, CGM, Postscript and WMF.

Used in conjunction with the interactive and GUI features of GINOMENU, GINO-F can produce powerful professional-looking applications.



Simple Line Drawing

Just using the basic primitives of colour, lines, arcs and rectangles and combining them with transformation control such as rotating and scaling, quickly turns a data file into a meaningful graphics representation.
Street Map

3D Wireframe

The 3D programming features of GINO are extensive and include:
  • 3D primitives (lines, arcs, polylines, bezier curves)
  • 3D transformations and viewing
  • 3D solid primitives (box, cone, cylinder, sphere)
  • 3D surface primitives (spline, bezier surface, bezier sphere, bezier volume)

3D Lighting and Shading

With the use of the built-in OpenGL functionality, GINO can provide:
  • Facet definition and fill style
  • Lighting and Shading
  • Depth Buffering
  • Culling and Blending
  • Fog, Translucence, Shadows
  • Texture Mapping and Filtering

Image Handling

GINO has the following image handling facilities:
  • Read/Write single pixels
  • Draw image from BMP, JPEG, PNG
  • Draw sub-images
  • Define packing characteristics
  • Image transformations
  • Replicate image rectangle
  • Enquire pixel data characteristics


Interaction can be key to getting information from the user back to the program.  Full GUI features are found in the GINOMENU package but GINO-F provides the following graphics interaction facilities:
  • Built-in cursor types
  • Cursor Actions (rubber-banding)
  • XOR mode for user-defined cursors
  • Mouse and Windowing event detection
  • Segment picking
  • Keyboard key detection

Segment Handling

Picture Segments provide a means of ‘labelling’ parts of a picture as well as building components that can be manipulated separately without affecting other parts of the drawing. They can be used for creating a graphical menu system, a 3D hierarchical structure or a progressive interactive design package.
Segment facilities include:
  • Access to OpenGL segments with software backup
  • Segment creation, extension, deletion, rename
  • Visibility, Sensitivity and Highlighting
  • Segment transformation
  • Copying, Referencing and Grouping
  • Archiving and Restoring


Animation sequences can be created by either using segments and moving the appropriate parts or using the viewing features to move the eyepoint and re-drawing the picture.  This example uses gDefineSphericalView adjusting the centre of the sphere and direction of viewing to produce the animation.

Additional Features

  • Export plots to DXF, WMF, CGM, BMP, JPG, PNG and Postsript formats
  • Print to any Windows printer or plotter
  • Combine any number and any type of plot on a single page
  • Define custom line styles and colors
  • Text and Numeric output using TrueType fonts