DirectX Tool Kit for Audio

The December 2013 release of DirectXTK is now available on CodePlex, and includes a C++ implementation of the XNA Game Studio’s low-level audio framework using XAudio2 and X3DAudio. AudioEngine – This class represents an XAudio2 audio graph, device, and mastering voice; similar to XNA’s AudioEngine. SoundEffect – A container class for sound resources which can…

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 4

An update to Visual Studio 2012 is now available for download. VS 2012 Update 4 was originally mentioned on Brian Harry’s blog, and has now been officially released. See KB 2872520. Compiler and CRT VS 2012 Update 4 includes a new version of the compiler (17.00.61030) and the C/C++ Runtime (11.00.61030). MSDN Downloads has the updated retail redistribution…

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CodePlex VS 2013 Refresh

Now that VS 2013 has shipped, Windows 8.1 SDK is finished, and Windows 8.1 has hit GA–see this post for details–, I’ve made new releases of my CodePlex projects. Here is a summary of the changes since the last time I blogged about these projects. All these updates includes the .props files needed to use the…

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DirectXMath 3.06

DirectXMath version 3.06 is included in the release of VS 2013. You can use this with VS 2012 or VS 2010 as well via the standalone Windows 8.1 SDK. The high-level What’s New is covered on MSDN, but here is a more technical summary of the changes between DirectXMath 3.03 in the VS 2012 / Windows 8.0…

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Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 SDK RTM are now available

Visual Studio 2013 RTM is now available. The VS 2013 RTM Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64, ARM), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information, see the Visual C++ team blog, Somasegar’s blog, and the Visual Studio team blog. VS 2013 RTM includes the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK)…

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A Brief History of Windows SDKs

A common source of confusion for Windows development is the Windows SDK naming scheme. For example: Can someone use the “Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5” to target Windows XP? The recommendation is for developers to use the latest version of the Windows SDK they can for access to the latest…

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DirectX SDK Samples Catalog

Microsoft has moved away from providing samples in SDKs for a number of reasons, but primarily to reduce the size of the standalone downloads and to minimize the size of the SDKs when included in other products (such as the Windows 8.x SDK being included with VS 2012 and VS 2013). The MSDN Code Gallery…

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DXUT for Win32 Desktop Update

With the deprecation of the DirectX SDK (see Where is the DirectX SDK? and Where is the DirectX SDK (2013 Edition)?), there’s been a lot of guidance both on this blog and on MSDN on moving to newer, supported solutions. As a number of folks have noticed, DXUT (aka the DirectX SDK samples framework) is not…

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Manifest Madness

This blog post discusses Application Manifest elements for use in Win32 desktop applications. This is not about the App package manifest (aka AppX) used for Windows Store apps for Windows 8.x. User Account Control Back when Windows Vista launched and the User Account Control feature was first introduced, there was one key recommendation for game…

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Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate

The Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate is now available. The VC 2013 RC Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64, ARM), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64). VS 2013 RC includes the Windows 8.1 SDK. As with VS 2012 / Windows 8.0 SDK, this release integrates many aspects of the legacy DirectX…

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