Writing an initApplication Function in a Typical PowerVR Framework Application

initApplication contains non-API specific initialisation code

The initApplication function will always be called just once before initView, and before any kind of window/surface/API initialisation.

Do any non-API specific application initialisation code, such as:

  • Loading objects that will be persistent throughout the application, but do not create API objects for them. For example, models may be loaded from file here, or PVRAssets may be used freely here.
  • Do not use PVRVk/PVRUtilsVk/PVRUtilsES at all yet. The underlying window has not yet been initialised/created so most functions would fail or crash, and the shell variables used for context creation (like OSDisplay and OSWindow) are not yet initialised.
  • Most importantly, if any application settings need to be changed from their defaults, they must be defined here. These are settings such as window size, window surface format, specific API versions, vsync, or other application customisations. The setXXXXX() shell functions give access to exactly this kind of customisation. Many of those settings may potentially be read from the command line as well. Keep in mind that setting them manually will override the corresponding command line arguments.

Any changes here will override changes passed to pvr::Shell from the command line.

The initApplication function in the SDK Vulkan example, IntroducingPVRUtils, is shown below:

pvr::Result VulkanIntroducingPVRUtils::initApplication()
	// Load the _scene
	_scene = pvr::assets::Model::createWithReader(pvr::assets::PODReader(getAssetStream(SceneFileName)));

	// The cameras are stored in the file. We check it contains at least one.
	if (_scene->getNumCameras() == 0)
		throw pvr::InvalidDataError("ERROR: The scene does not contain a camera");

	// We check the scene contains at least one light
	if (_scene->getNumLights() == 0)
		throw pvr::InvalidDataError("The scene does not contain a light\n");

	// Ensure that all meshes use an indexed triangle list
	for (uint32_t i = 0; i < _scene->getNumMeshes(); ++i)
		if (_scene->getMesh(i).getPrimitiveType() != pvr::PrimitiveTopology::TriangleList || _scene->getMesh(i).getFaces().getDataSize() == 0)
			throw pvr::InvalidDataError("ERROR: The meshes in the scene should use an indexed triangle list\n");

	// Initialize variables used for the animation
	_frame = 0;
	_frameId = 0;

	return pvr::Result::Success;

Here are a few examples of the most common functions that can be called in initApplication:

  • setDimensions (or setWidth and setHeight)
  • setPreferredSwapchainLength
  • setFullScreen
  • setVsyncMode
  • forceFrameTime
  • setColorBitsPerPixel, setDepthBitsPerPixel and setStencilBitsPerPixel
  • setBackbufferColorspace.