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Old Jan 4, 2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Combining vetrex and normal ma in GLKit

OK, firstly, I'm still a beginner - especially at openGL - so apologies for any stupid questions or if I've overlooked something simple.

I'm adding a view to my app which loads a 3D model (originally built in blender) that can be rotated, zoomed and panned. I've tried unsuccessfully with a few different methods but here's what I've got so far:

- Export .obj model from blender
- Converted .obj file to .h using script
- substitute the above .h file into Xcode's OpenGL game template and add touch recognisers for arcball rotation etc.

Everything works fine except for it only displays a wireframe model. Looking through the code I see default model data used by the template combines vertex and normal data in a single matrix whereas the converted .h file I'm using hold them in two separate matrices - I'm guessing this is the problem and the easiest fix is to combine the data into a single matrix but I find an appropriate command to do such a thing. Is it even possible?

The other option is to load the normal data separately but this to escapes me also. Below is the code I'm using for the drawing - cvsaVerts is the vertex matrix and cvsaNormals (not used yet) is the normal matrix.

- (void)setupGL
    [EAGLContext setCurrentContext:self.context];
    [self loadShaders];
    self.effect = [[GLKBaseEffect alloc] init];
    self.effect.light0.enabled = GL_TRUE;
    self.effect.light0.diffuseColor = GLKVector4Make(1.0f, 0.4f, 0.4f, 1.0f);
    glGenVertexArraysOES(1, &_vertexArray);
    glGenBuffers(1, &_vertexBuffer);
    glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, _vertexBuffer);
    //default data
    //glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(gCubeVertexData), gCubeVertexData, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
    //from .h file
    glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(cvsaVerts), cvsaVerts, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
    glVertexAttribPointer(GLKVertexAttribPosition, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 24, BUFFER_OFFSET(0));
    glVertexAttribPointer(GLKVertexAttribNormal, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 24, BUFFER_OFFSET(12));
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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Maybe I'm making things more difficult than it needs to be...

Does anyone know of a good tutorial (or sample) of an .obj loader/model viewer instead?
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