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Direct2D. Purpose Direct2D is a hardware-accelerated, immediate-mode, 2-D graphics API that provides high performance and high-quality rendering for 2-D geometry, bitmaps, and text.


The Direct2D API is designed to interoperate well with GDI, GDI+, and Direct3D. Developer audience Direct2D is designed primarily for use by the following classes of developers: Introducing Direct2D. Windows With C++ Introducing Direct2D Kenny Kerr This column is based on a prerelease version of Windows 7.

Introducing Direct2D

Details are subject to change. Animated 2D Graphics for UI, Games. 2D Drawing APIs in Windows. Introducing the Microsoft Direct2D API. One of the challenging aspects of working on a product development team is that you often have to keep the subject of your work secret for various reasons. I’m a Dev Lead in the Windows Desktop Graphics organization, and my team has been working quietly for the past year on an exciting new graphics technology – Direct2D –that was announced recently at the Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.

Direct2D (or D2D) is a native immediate-mode 2D graphics rendering API that is built on top of Direct3D, and offers some compelling performance and visual quality improvements over GDI and GDI+: