Incorporating window aspect ratio into drawing window
Posted on 2012-04-10
I have a window in my C++ app that I use to draw something. I'll call this "something" a "model". My window is NOT a perfect square. It is wider than it is taller. It's about 4 times wider than it is tall. I am having trouble wrapping my brain around how to set the window dimensions, such that the model I draw within the window will be scaled correctly.
If the model I want to draw is taller than it is wide, this is easy to draw. I just make the window dimensions in the vertical direction equal to the model's height. Then, I make the window's horizontal dimensions be equal to the model's height times 4 (because the window's aspect ratio is 4). This works fine.
But, if the model I want to draw is wider than it is taller, I am having difficulty. I could just make the window's vertical dimension be equal to the model's horizontal dimension, and make the window's horizontal dimension be equal to the model's horizontal dimension times 4. This scales my model wit proper proportion. However, it makes my model draw too small, because the window's dimensions are much bigger than they need to be.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.