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PETAL is the Portable Extra Transparent Artistic Libary. It's a low level graphics library which currently supports Linux and Dos video systems. The API is primarily procedural, but makes use of certain C++ advances, and also includes C++ classes for such things like fonts. Along with the graphics API there is a limited device input API as well. Functions for returning the mouse's position and button status, as well as keyboard input are provided.

PETAL was designed for Linux. It takes full advantage of Linux's shared libraries and therefore has external drivers. What does this mean for you? It means your programs can easily take advantage of the newest graphics hardware simply by replacing your video drivers. No recompiling necessary. Under Dos, which doesn't provide shared libraries, the drivers are compiled into the source code.

Current Version:   1.00

License Type:   Commercial

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Unix and Dos, (Windows and BeOS soon)

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