Opened 13 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

Last modified 12 months ago

#7496 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Plugin architecture for scalers

Reported by: SF/mbandsmer Owned by: fingolfin
Priority: low Component: Graphics: Scalers
Keywords: Cc:
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Description

I've noticed that requests for new scalers are
currently being rejected due to reasons like "We
already have too many scalers" and "That would bloat
the code".

I propose that to resolve these issues and still
support good new scalers, ScummVM adopt a plugin
architecture for scalers, i.e. use .dll's for Windows
and .so's for Linux, etc, that implement a given scaler
according to a common interface.

The default version of ScummVM could then be stripped
down to a minimal set of scalers, thereby reducing code
bloat, and users who want additional scalers, e.g.
HQ4x, 2xPM, etc, could download whatever extra scaler
libraries they want. ScummVM would then load these
scaler libraries at run-time. (I envision the user
having to hand-edit a config file to specify which new
scalers to load, and how they are assigned to
Ctrl-Alt-# hot-keys.)

This way we could support a potentially large number of
scalers without code bloat and without the ScummVM
development team having to evaluate each new scaler
request. And anyone could compile their favorite
scaler into a new library and offer it for download to
everyone else.

Ticket imported from: #1503724. Ticket imported from: feature-requests/312.

Change History (6)

comment:1 by fingolfin, 13 years ago

Priority: normallow

comment:2 by fingolfin, 13 years ago

That would bloat the code even more. Bloat is not just about size, it's also about
complicating the code with (mis)features that have little use to most users.

Hence, I'm for rejecting this FR.

comment:3 by SF/mbandsmer, 13 years ago

Would such a feature be rejected if I were to implement and
submit this feature? (If it would be rejected anyway, I
won't bother doing it.)

comment:4 by fingolfin, 13 years ago

Yes, it would most likely be rejected. However, we might review our scaler set in
the not-so-distant future. If you have specific scalers you would like to see
added, file sensible feature requests for them... as long as you state why that
scaler might offer a benefit over existing scalers, I'll leave those requests open
(albeit at a low priority), for future reference.

comment:5 by fingolfin, 13 years ago

Owner: set to fingolfin
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

comment:6 by digitall, 12 months ago

Component: Graphics: Scalers
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