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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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NoSt Apr 1, 2022
Finally! I can achieve my lifelong dream of being able to print out all my frames. Time to stock up on paper.
scaine Apr 1, 2022
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The video made me laugh. Perfect!
rickytrevor Apr 1, 2022
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ninjasftw Apr 1, 2022
Now if it could integrate with my 3d printer so I could print out a scene from my favourite game i'd be interested
jordicoma Apr 1, 2022
Quoting: KoopacabrasBut... can it print Crysis? at 60fps?
Probably with 1000 laser printers on the cups server. But it would be a delay

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kuhpunkt Apr 1, 2022
Quoting: slembckeApril fools usually makes me sad, but this made me chuckle. :) That is all.

What is "April fools"?
logge Apr 1, 2022
The things world will not need, not now nor in april 1st 2222 :-)
StalePopcorn Apr 1, 2022
Freaking got me!
F.Ultra Apr 1, 2022
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Quoting: wit_as_a_riddle"Only the smartest will be able to figure it out."


So not some one with a "very, very large brain" I assume :)
Philadelphus Apr 2, 2022
"Tearing is left to the end user" got a laugh out of me.
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