shader float parameter

I'm having a problem adding float parameter (or I think any parameter for that matter) to my shader that is derived from the tileset example. I'd like to be able to set the alpha value of the highlighted block depending on if it is within a certain range of the player. The range checking is working fine in my code, but trying to use the new parameter in the shader breaks it. I think it must be something very simple I've missed here.

Here is the parameter list, and I've set a default value for the new parameter HighlightAlpha

If in the shader if I use

color.a = 0.35;
it works fine,
color.a = HighlightAlpha;

makes the shader not work at all.

I also see when I try to set the parameter in code, that it doesn't like the float value

Not sure what I've done wrong here.


  • edited April 2020

    Hi @funemaker!

    In the tilemap sample, the shader parameters are actually defined in the CliffMap section, not in the MapShader section itself.

    As you haven't defined HighlightAlpha in the section of the object using the shader (which contains the original Code property), orx will assume by default that this parameter is the current object's texture.

    That's why you can't set it as a float later on and why you get the shader compile error.

  • edited April 2020

    More precision: all the shader parameters are added programmatically at runtime, using what's defined in the shader section for Code and ParamList:

      // Setups the shader on the map itself, with all needed parameters
      orxConfig_SetString("Code", "@MapShader");
      orxConfig_SetString("ParamList", "@MapShader");
      orxConfig_SetVector("CameraSize", &svCameraSize);
      orxConfig_SetVector("MapSize", &vMapSize);
      orxConfig_SetVector("TileSize", &_pstTileSet->vTileSize);
      orxConfig_SetVector("SetSize", &_pstTileSet->vSize);
      orxConfig_SetString("Map", _zMapName);
      orxDisplay_GetScreenSize(&vScreenSize.fX, &vScreenSize.fY);
      orxConfig_SetVector("Resolution", &vScreenSize);
      orxConfig_SetVector("CameraPos", &orxVECTOR_0);
      orxConfig_SetVector("Highlight", &orxVECTOR_0);
  • Ah, I overlooked that...thanks very much. It is working as expected now!

  • Np, glad it's working. :)

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