Application Database FAQ

Application Database FAQ

This FAQ answers questions related to the usage of the Application Database.

    Q: What is the Application Database?

    A: The Application Database is a repository for application compatibility information with DXGL. In particular it provides the following information:

    • Whether a given application works at all with DXGL.
    • If it is partially working, then which areas of the application have problems.
    • How to configure DXGL for best results.

    And if the application or game you want most to use with DXGL does not work, it lets you vote for it to bring it to the attention of DXGL developers.

    Q: What is DXGL?

    A:DXGL is a replacement for the system ddraw.dll file which enables hardware accelerated DirectDraw, and in the future, Direct3D graphics, under recent versions of Windows, using OpenGL.

    Q: What are the benefits of this Application Database?

    A: The Application database benefits both DXGL developers and users. It lets DXGL developers know which applications the community most wants to see working. And it lets DXGL users know beforehand if their application will work in DXGL, and also what are the tricks to get it working best.

    Q: How does a new application get added to the database?

    A: Any registered user can submit an application. Use the Submit App link in the AppDB sidebar to add an entry; it will be processed by an admin before becoming visible to all users. You can make changes to your queued entries by visiting the Your Queued Items page.

    Q: How can I submit screenshots?

    A: We love to hear from our users. Send those helpful screenshots by clicking on any screenshot image you will see in the specific version page of the application you want to add a screenshot for. If you are not a maintainer, your screenshot will be reviewed and will then be added to the database.

    Q: How can I submit how-to's?

    A:If you are not a maintainer, you can't create new official How-to's. So the best way to proceed is to post your How-to as a comment in the specific version page of the application of interest. A maintainer might then choose to add your How-to as an official How-to for this database entry.

    Q: How do I become an Application Database maintainer?

    A: Pretty much anyone supporting DXGL is welcome (begged?) to be an application maintainer. Simply click on the button you will find in the application overview or specific version page to send your request. An administrator will then review your proposal and add you to the maintainer's team for this application or version. Once we have a community of maintainers, we hope that community will further refine the policies and procedures.

    Q: What is the difference between a super maintainer and a maintainer?

    A: A super maintainer maintains an application and all its versions. A maintainer maintains only one specific version of an application.

    Q: What is meant by the term ‘vendor’?

    A: The vendor is the developer of an application.

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