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PVRTrace iOS.



Hi there,

Is there any way to use PVRTrace with iOS? I’ve downloaded all the SDK’s but it doesn’t appear to be there.

There are setup instructions for Android but no iOS. Surely this is possible?




Hi Steve.

Unfortunately this is not possible on iOS. Well, technically it is not impossible, however because Apple already provide a frame ‘tracer’ in Xcode, we have decided not to support iOS at this present time.

The issue with iOS is that it would require the developer to statically link against the Trace libraries which, although the same is required on un-rooted Android devices, degrades its usefulness. Also because iOS does not use EGL, it would mean a lot of guesswork and translation to/from EAGL to EGL to allow playback on other platforms including desktop PC emulation.

Hope this answers your question.