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OpenGL Data Visualization Cookbook by William C. Y. Lo, Raymond C. H. Lo

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Installing the Open Asset Import Library (Assimp)

Assimp is an open source library that loads and processes 3D geometric scenes from various 3D model data formats. The library provides a unified interface to load many different data formats, such as Wavefront Object (.obj), 3ds Max 3DS (.3ds), and Stereolithography (.stl). Moreover, this library is written in portable, ISO-compliant C++, and thus, it allows further customization and long-term support. Since the library is cross-platform, we can easily install it in Mac OS X, Linux, as well as Windows with the instructions given in the next section.

How to do it...

To obtain the library source files or binary library for Assimp 3.0, download them directly from Assimp's official website at http://sourceforge.net/projects/assimp/files/assimp-3.0/ ...

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