It is a super-fast, lightweight, 2D-rendering engine for Ogre3D. To be used for powering simple HUDs or basic interface libraries.
Existing solutions seemed a bit inefficient and I felt like tackling the issue. My implementation is able to batch all rendering into one operation, regardless of document complexity, without using any real-time texture caching.
The secret sauce is Atlas, a programmatic texture atlas that can pack font glyphs of multiple fonts and texture assets into a single texture. Assets are pre-loaded into an Atlas, eliminating the need for material-switching in a Canvas (allowing me to get the batch count down to one).
Screenshot from the demo
A screenshot of the packed Atlas texture that was generated at run-time (in about 0.03s) for the demo. It contains 4 font faces and 5 font sizes (for a total of 500 glyphs) and a single texture (the logo). Please note that most of the unused space is due to POT limitations on texture-sizes.
Canvas is licensed under Lesser GNU Public License 2.1