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       books - Books Related to Open Inventor / Coin Here is a list of some of
       the better books for people that invested in software development with
       Open Inventor. If you have suggestions for additional books that ought
       to go on this list, please feel free to tell us about it.

The Inventor Mentor

       (subtitle ’Programming Object-Oriented 3D Graphics with Open Inventor’)

       This is an excellently written, detailed, tutorial-style introductory
       book for Open Inventor that takes you through all the fundamental
       design principles applied in the Open Inventor API, richly illustrated
       and with numerous, well documented code examples.

       The Inventor Mentor is getting a bit old, but do not let that put you
       off. It is as valid today as it was the day it was written, and we
       heartily recommend this book for anyone learning to use Open Inventor.

       ISBN 0-201-62495-8. You might also be able to find this book as a pdf
       file online, but we recommend having it in print.

The Inventor Toolmaker

       This book explains how Open Inventor was designed for being extended by
       the users, and walks you through how to develop your own components
       that work with all aspects of Coin.

       ISBN 0-201-62493-1. You might also be able to find this book as a pdf
       file online, but we recommend having it in print.

The Annotated VRML2.0 Reference Manual

       This book covers the VRML97 (aka VRML 2.0) standard, which Coin has
       implemented with its Inventor/VRMLnodes/* classes, which is an
       extension made beyond the Open Inventor V2.1 API.

       The VRML97 format has some significant differences from the Inventor
       and VRML1 formats, so it is a useful book if you want to use that part
       of Coin.

       ISBN 0-201-41974-2. You will find the specification documents for
       VRML97 online at <>.

The Open GL Programming Manual

       This is the bible when it comes to OpenGL programming and is relevant
       for Open Inventor extenders that develop new nodes that implement or
       affect Open Inventor OpenGL rendering. There are many editions of this
       book since it is updated whenever new versions of OpenGL are
       standardized and comes out, so check that you have identified the
       latest edition if you order one.

The Open Inventor C++ Reference Manual

       Although this book is directly relevant for Open Inventor, it does only
       cover the Open Inventor 2.1 API. This information is more or less also
       covered in the online doxygen doc for Coin, where you have it
       hyperlinked, and can also be generated offline from the Coin sources to
       have locally, so we do not think this book is very useful to have in
       print. We mention it anyway since it is an official documentation book
       for Open Inventor.

       ISBN 0-201-62491-5.