[Chimera-users] Mac OS X stereo

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Mar 16 15:00:29 PST 2005

On Wed, 16 Mar 2005, David Belnap wrote:

> As a follow-up to the discussion about stereo by Virginia and Sabuj, will 
> Chimera currently, or in the future, work in stereo on a Mac running OS X?

Only if Mac OS X supports stereo-in-a-window.  That appears to be 
unlikely because stereo-in-a-window is a feature that is only supported on 
workstation-class graphics cards (NVidia Quadro, ATI FireGL, 3DLabs 
Wildcat), and Apple only sells consumer-class graphics cards (NVidia 
GeForce, ATI Radeon).

chimera needs stereo-in-a-window, instead of full-screen stereo, so the 
scientist can still use the dialogs to control chimera.  If we figure out 
a reasonable way to keep the (mono) dialogs working in full-screen stereo, 
then we will support stereo on the Mac.  (This also presupposes that most 
of the Tcl/Tk on Aqua bugs are fixed.)

For some other thoughts about stereo hardware, see:

 	Greg Couch
 	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
 	gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu

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