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The latest and greatest Vulkan extension has arrived

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You thought they were done with the Vulkan API? Think again. To mark Vulkan 1.0 being 2236 days old (give or take), a brand new extension has been revealed. This is an absolute game changer, there's no other way to frame this.

Presenting: VK_FOOL_printed_surface

Developed by Joshua Ashton and Liam Middlebrook, who are both involved in many Linux related things, Liam handled the majority of the specification work, while Josh handled the CUPS layer implementation.

Okay, so what does it do? They say it's the "newest innovation in the cross section of the Printed Media and Vulkan ecosystems" and their hype around it is definitely warranted. This extension allows you to print frames, in Vulkan. That's right, printing for everyone and high ink rates too!

You can print frames in Vulkan now! No longer are the days of yore when a frame would only last until the next vkQueuePresent() landed. Now you can cherish your favorite frames and have them last forever. Hang up your new family heirloom on the wall, or put them in a time-capsule for generations to come.

"Bringing Vulkan to the workplace"

Of course the full Vulkan specification sheet has been upgraded for this new extension too, and it answers a lot of burning questions like:

4) Printers are inherently complex devices which are not yet fully understood by humanity, does the current set of error codes available in Vulkan allow for implementations to adequately express the various states of disarray encountered when a print is not successful?

RESOLVED: To the best of our ability we have introduced new Vulkan error codes which should help implementations express the complex state of printers. This list is likely not exhaustive and may be expanded in a future extension.

7) Why would someone want to see a printed frame?

RESOLVED: This is a stupid question. For thousands of years humanity has pursued artistic passion and looked to immortalize their creations. This pursuit obviously extends to the printed frame.

21) Will the extension support tearing?

RESOLVED: No. The printed surface will only support perfect prints. Tearing is left to the end-user.

Is this a joke? What's going on? You decide. Only the smartest will be able to figure it out.

This can't possibly be real though right? See for yourself:

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"Please consider the environment before printing this extension."

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slembcke Mar 31, 2022
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April fools usually makes me sad, but this made me chuckle. :) That is all.
CatKiller Mar 31, 2022
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forkbomb9 Mar 31, 2022
Ah right it's already 1st of April somewhere. I was wondering wtf was going on lol!
STiAT Mar 31, 2022
Oh damn, I need that extension! How else am I got plaster my toilet walls with nice gaming screenshots! Taking screenshots and printing them one by one is a lot of effort!

And this is not an april fools joke! It's real work!

Last edited by STiAT on 31 March 2022 at 11:54 pm UTC
wit_as_a_riddle Apr 1, 2022
"Only the smartest will be able to figure it out."

iWeaker4You Apr 1, 2022
I thought it was true, in my country it is still March 31 xd
elmapul Apr 1, 2022
Koopacabras Apr 1, 2022
But... can it print Crysis? at 60fps?
ShabbyX Apr 1, 2022
Best part of the extension:

Quote=== Final Thoughts

Please consider the environment before printing this extension.

Also the choice of vendor name makes the error codes hilariously insulting: "Out of paper, fool!"
ShabbyX Apr 1, 2022
Quoting: KoopacabrasBut... can it print Crysis? at 60fps?

If you have an array of 1200 printers, with a swapchain with the same number of images, I don't see why not!
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