SmartMatrix-playpen VS plutovg

Compare SmartMatrix-playpen vs plutovg and see what are their differences.


A testing ground for SmartMatrix effects (by sutaburosu)


Tiny 2D vector graphics library in C (by sammycage)
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SmartMatrix-playpen plutovg
3 7
2 295
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4.5 0.0
almost 3 years ago 2 months ago
C++ C
- MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of SmartMatrix-playpen. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-14.
  • Need a trippy color spiral for your matrix? I gotcha covered.
    3 projects | /r/FastLED | 14 Dec 2021
    I'm not aware of any general significance of DrawOneFrame functions. They don't invoke any particular FastLED behaviour. For projects where a variety of different effects can be presented, the author may choose to use C++ classes to provide a standard interface to initialise and display those effects. In my WavyDots sketch, that function name is a vestige of such a choice. The Aurora project does something similar. So does the Striptease project, but there the DrawOneFrame function is simply called loop.
  • Any repository of perpetual 2D effects? (E.g. game of life, fractals, mathematical functions, etc.)
    1 project | /r/FastLED | 6 Sep 2021
    I have a repo with a few such effects. They are not intended for FastLED, but wouldn't require much effort to get working with FastLED. Video.
  • Supersample CRGB array
    3 projects | /r/FastLED | 12 Aug 2021
    On the T4 I found I can completely fill the screen with them: ~8,000 Wu pixels per frame at ~80 FPS. Is the current speed hampering you on ESP32?


Posts with mentions or reviews of plutovg. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-20.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing SmartMatrix-playpen and plutovg you can also consider the following projects:

ESP32StockTicker - Basic stock ticker using ESP32 and MAX7219 LED Matrix. Produces a webpage so user can input a ticker.

plutosvg - Tiny SVG rendering library in C

Striptease - Sexy, audio-responsive effects on LED strips.

vkvg - Vulkan 2D graphics library

aurora - Aurora runs on SmartMatrix, a beautiful music visualizer, dynamic art display, video game art display.

cglm - 📽 Highly Optimized 2D / 3D Graphics Math (glm) for C

stb - stb single-file public domain libraries for C/C++

evec - Easy to use header only vector data type for C programs.

GCanvas - A lightweight cross-platform graphics rendering engine. (超轻量的跨平台图形引擎)

nanovg - Antialiased 2D vector drawing library on top of OpenGL for UI and visualizations.

olive.c - Simple 2D Graphics Library for C

nanovg-zig - A small anti-aliased hardware-accelerated vector graphics library