If you are programming real-time 3D applications for simulations, games, marketing, demonstrations or computer-animated videos using " Microsoft's Direct 3D Software Development Kit ", this book is for you. Unlike other books, " The awesome power of direct 3D/DirectX " shows you how to build a complete working 3D application, including 3D sound, joystick input, animation, textures, shadows, and even collision detection ! It shows you how to write a complete project using Retained Mode. It does not bury the code in "wrappers" that hide the nuances of the SDK. Nothing is hidden. What's inside ? : complete step-by-step tutorial for Direct 3D ; retained mode (windowed and full-screen) applications ; basics of DirectDraw ; how to integrate all DirectX components into a working program ; special techniques for shadows and 3D sound ; integration of direct input devices like joystick and mouse ; comprehensive library of high-quality, free, reusable 3D objects and textures cross-referenced DirectX retained mode command library ; all steps necessary to set up an immediate mode framework which you can then use to create a complete program. An independent developer of 3D graphics applications and games, Peter J. Kovach has been a vice president with a national developer of virtual reality and arcade systems and CEO of a corporation developing 3D system for advertising and product development. CD-ROM contains : more than 140 DirectX.x objects, some with animation (70 megs) ; 3ds originals of the .x objects (58 megs) ; 52 high-quality textures (4 megs) ; Microsoft's DirectX 6 SDK and samples (386 megs) ; all the code from the text.