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Last modified: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 

Used in 3-D computer graphics a shader is a small program or set of algorithms that determines how 3-D surface properties of objects are rendered, and how light interacts with the object within a 3-D computer program. Newer GPUs calculate shaders where previously it was an algorithm calculated by the CPU.

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RenderMonkey contains a full featured shader editor, allowing for rapid prototyping of shaders. The integrated shader compiler and preview window provide immediate visual feedback for the effect under development — ensuring that errors in programming are identified early in the development process.

ShaderWorks is a new breed of hardware HLSL shader development tools for DirectX 9.0 which is comparable to ATI's RenderMonkey, but with a Visual C++ 7.0 style visual (graph-based) interface for loading and linking re-usable HLSL shader blocks (inputs, outputs, textures, functions and constants).

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