When overlay hardware is available, GLUT provides a set of routines for establishing, using, and removing an overlay for GLUT windows. When an overlay is established, a separate OpenGL context is also established. A window's overlay OpenGL state is kept distinct from the normal planes' OpenGL state.
Overlay creation and destruction
Controls the overlay for the current window. The requested display mode
for the overlay is determined by the initial display mode.
overlayPossible can be used to determine if an overlay is possible for the
current window with the current initial display mode. Do not attempt to
establish an overlay when one is not possible; GLUT will terminate the
hasOverlay is set to
True when an overlay already exists, the
existing overlay is first removed, and then a new overlay is established. The
state of the old overlay's OpenGL context is discarded. Implicitly, the
window's layer in use changes to the overlay immediately after the overlay
The initial display state of an overlay is shown, however the overlay is only actually shown if the overlay's window is shown.
False is safe even if no overlay is currently
established, nothing happens in this case. Implicitly, the window's /layer
in use/ changes to the normal plane immediately once the overlay is removed.
If the program intends to re-establish the overlay later, it is typically
faster and less resource intensive to use
overlayVisible to simply change
the display status of the overlay.
X Implementation Notes: GLUT for X uses the
convention to determine if overlay visuals are available. While the
convention allows for opaque overlays (no transparency) and overlays with the
transparency specified as a bitmask, GLUT overlay management only provides
access to transparent pixel overlays.
Until RGBA overlays are better understood, GLUT only supports color index overlays.
Showing and hiding an overlay
Controls the visibility of the overlay of the current window.
The effect of showing or hiding an overlay takes place immediately. Note that
True will not actually display the overlay
unless the window is also shown (and even a shown window may be obscured by
other windows, thereby obscuring the overlay). It is typically faster and
less resource intensive to use the routines below to control the display
status of an overlay as opposed to removing and re-establishing the overlay.
Changing the layer in use
The layer in use.
Controls the per-window layer in use for the current window, which can
either be the normal plane or the overlay. Selecting the overlay should only
be done if an overlay exists, however windows without an overlay may still
set the layer in use to
Normal. OpenGL commands for the window are
directed to the current layer in use.
Mark the overlay of the given window (or the current window, if none is
supplied) as needing to be redisplayed. The next iteration through
mainLoop, the window's overlay display callback
(or simply the display callback if no overlay display callback is registered)
will be called to redisplay the window's overlay plane. Multiple calls to
postOverlayRedisplay before the next display callback opportunity (or
overlay display callback opportunity if one is registered) generate only a
postOverlayRedisplay may be called within a window's
display or overlay display callback to re-mark that window for redisplay.
Logically, overlay damage notification for a window is treated as a
postOverlayRedisplay on the damaged window. Unlike damage reported by the
postOverlayRedisplay will not set to true the overlay's
damaged status (see