glyph_brush 0.7.5

Fast cached text render library using ab_glyph

glyph_brush Documentation

Fast caching text render library using ab_glyph. Provides render API agnostic rasterization & draw caching logic.

Makes extensive use of caching to optimise frame performance.

  • GPU texture cache logic to dynamically maintain a GPU texture of rendered glyphs.
  • Caching of glyph layout output to avoid repeated cost of identical text rendering on sequential frames.
  • Layouts are re-used to optimise similar layout calculation after a change.
  • Vertex generation is cached per section and re-assembled into the total vertex array on change.
  • Avoids any layout or vertex calculations when identical text is rendered on sequential frames.

The crate is designed to be easily wrapped to create a convenient render API specific version, for example gfx-glyph.

use glyph_brush::{ab_glyph::FontArc, BrushAction, BrushError, GlyphBrushBuilder, Section, Text};

let dejavu = FontArc::try_from_slice(include_bytes!("../../fonts/DejaVuSans.ttf"))?;
let mut glyph_brush = GlyphBrushBuilder::using_font(dejavu).build();

glyph_brush.queue(Section::default().add_text(Text::new("Hello glyph_brush")));

match glyph_brush.process_queued(
    |rect, tex_data| update_texture(rect, tex_data),
    |vertex_data| into_vertex(vertex_data),
) {
    Ok(BrushAction::Draw(vertices)) => {
        // Draw new vertices.
    Ok(BrushAction::ReDraw) => {
        // Re-draw last frame's vertices unmodified.
    Err(BrushError::TextureTooSmall { suggested }) => {
        // Enlarge texture + glyph_brush texture cache and retry.


Have a look at

  • cargo run --example opengl --release