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Welcome to ShiVa Developer, the primary resource and tutorial website dedicated to all your ShiVa needs. We want you to find everything you require within a few mouse clicks. Exploit ShiVa’s full potential by learning new functions from the API Reference, discovering new tutorials on specific topics in the Community WIKI, or by sifting through the Official Tutorials.


Seven Latest Blog Tutorials

We regularly post new tutorials on our blog. Go to the full tutorial list here.

FOV, Aspect Ratio and HUDs

Developing cross platform games confronts you with a large number of operating systems, processor architectures, graphics APIs and input methods. But don't forget about all the different screen sizes, orientations and aspect ratios, which you need to take into account for FOV and HUD design!Read more ...


UV Mapping, Texture Baking and Lightmaps

How can you cut down on drawcalls with texture baking? How can you save disk space with multiple UV sets? How can you use pre-rendered lightmaps and still retain the ability to edit individual surfaces? Let's find out!Read more ...


HTML5 Anywhere: ShiVa WebGL on localhost

One of ShiVa's biggest strengths has always been its cross-platform nature. No matter if desktops, mobiles or game consoles, if it exists, chances are that there is a ShiVa engine port for it. And if you are running an OS or processor off the beaten path, you can always try HTML5/WebGL. Web distribution might not be what you had in mind though... Maybe there are ways to make your web application fit for offline distribution!Read more ...


Tables with tables in tables

ShiVa is a C++ engine with a Lua scripting interface. While this works great for calling API functions, it does have its pitfalls when it comes to organizing and storing data. Since tables are the main (in fact, the only) data structuring mechanism in Lua, these pitfalls become especially apparent when trying to combine ShiVa tables with Lua tables.Read more ...


An Introduction to ShiVa iOS plugins

ShiVa games run natively on a large number of platforms without the need for the developer to adjust anything. Our STK + engine architecture was designed with the "build once, run everywhere" philosophy in mind. There are times however when you want to use a feature that is native to your target platform, in which case you have to write your own plugins.Read more ...


iOS 11 and the end of 32bit at Apple

iOS 11 has been released and 32 bit app support has officially been dropped. Do you need to update your ShiVa-powered games on the AppStore? Are games built for iOS 11 apps backwards compatible? Let's find out.Read more ...


True multithreading in ShiVa pt.3: Object threads

Welcome to the last part of our multithreading tutorial series. In part 3, we are going to have a look at the unique challenges in Object AI threads and think about scaling our system from a single consumer (User AI) to potentially hundreds of objects in a single scene.Read more ...