Friday, March 19, 2010

Galactic Core v1.0

Spent the last few days putting together a new Live Wallpaper called Galactic Core!  I spent a fair bit of time trying to port over my OpenGL stuff written for Synergy before coming across Robert Green's GLWallpaperService example, which made life much easier.  All my TextureManager, MeshManager, Timer, etc code more or less dropped right in once I switched over to it.

The end result is a very pretty (in my opinion) rotating spiral galaxy with multiple layers of rotation moving at different speeds and scales.  It seems to work well so I'm tossing it out into the wild.  I've got plans for some other wallpapers along these lines -- very attractive background images with motion added -- for the next week or two.  We'll see how the feedback goes, hopefully people will let me know if there's any issues.


  1. Hey, I love the wallpaper. One thing that I noticed though was the image was just over 2megs- which is amazingly huge for a live wallpaper. If you half the res and compress the png you can bring the image down to ~350kb and it won't have a noticeable effect to the image quality. (mainly due to the image being downsized and overlayed on top of itself anyway)

    Looking forward to your other stuff.

  2. The newer version is noticably smaller, and I'll probably try to knock it down some more next time I'm messing with it. I really, REALLY wish Android supported DDS.