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Information - Animate

GenreGraphics - AnimationYear1988
Language[unknown]Publisher[no publisher]
ControlsKeyboard, MouseCountryUSA
Box / InstructionsEnglishSoftwareEnglish

Hudson, Tom

LicensePD / Freeware / Shareware
SerialST TypeST, STe / 0.5MB
ResolutionLowNumber of Disks1 / Double-Sided / HD Installable
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Instructions - Animate


(c) 1988 by Tom Hudson
Program & Documentation
by Tom Hudson

This is a Public Domain utility.

ANIMATE4.PRG is the fourth generation
animation display program for the
CYBER family of products:


This program will display delta-file 
AND sequence animations, 
created either by CYBER PAINT in 
.DLT or .SEQ format, or CYBER
STUDIO/CONTROL in .DLT format.  
Delta files (with initial.PI1 files 
and data files with a .DLT extender) 
take up morespace on disk than 
sequence files (composed of only 
file file, which takes up about 
30-40% less disk space than a 
comparable .PI1/.DLT combination). 
Sequence files take up the same amount
of space in memory as delta files, 

This version of ANIMATE will also 
display all color-palette
changes in .SEQ files created with 
CYBER PAINT 2.0, and no longer
uses the double-buffering command of
the previous animation programs.  
(The buffering is now automatic, and 
very fast.)

To display .DLT files, click on the 
.DLT button in the custom
file selector.  Likewise, to display 
.SEQ files, click on the .SEQ button.

Disk drives may be altered with the 
drive-letter buttons.  Paths
may be moved through with the "Back"
and Reread" buttons.

As with my previous animate programs,
there are 2 operating modes:
Batch and manual.  Animations can be 
run in sequence from a hard disk
and/or floppy drives in batch modes, 
with chained animation files
easily accomodated.  NOTE:  You can 
only chain delta files -- 
sequence files are NOT chainable.


The manual mode is invoked by simply 
double-clicking on the
ANIMATE4.PRG icon.  The program will 
display help information
-- take some time to read it for the 
basic commands such as (F)orward, etc.
Click on OK, and you will be presented
with my new file selector.  

Loading Delta Files:

Select the delta file you want to run
(it can be either stereo or
monoscopic).  The program will load 
the delta file and its associated .PI1
file (L_ and R_ versions, if the 
animation is in stereo).  It will ask 
if you have more delta file sections
(this will only happen if you chained
the animation), click on the 
appropriate button.  If there are more
delta files, the file selector will
reappear, and you must select the name
of the chained delta file.

After all delta files are loaded, the 
program will start animation.

Loading Sequence Files:

Click on the .SEQ button, and the 
sequence files on the disk will
be displayed.  Select the sequence file
you want to run (sequence
files can only be monoscopic).  The 
program will load it and begin running 
automatically.  Press the F key to turn 
Ping-pong mode on or off.


The animator program will run in a 
batch mode for continuous
demonstrations of animations.  This is
done through the use of a run
control file, which has the extension 
.RUN.  To work properly, the
ANIMATE4.PRG program must be installed
via the "Install application"
selection on the desktop.  Install 
ANIMATE4.PRG as a GEM application
with document type RUN.

To execute the animator in batch mode, 
just double-click on the
appropriate .RUN file.

The .RUN file format is discussed after
the keyboard command section.


Once you have an animation sequence 
running, the following keys are

F1-F10 -- Control the speed of the 
animation from slow (F1) to fast
(F10).  Default speed is F6.

Help -- Aborts the animation and 
displays the file selector for a new
animation in both batch and manual 
modes.  Changes to manual mode if
running in batch mode.

Undo -- Quits the program, returning 
to the desktop.

F -- Toggles the animation direction 
from forward-only to a forward-reverse
ping-pong effect.  Default is 

Space bar -- Pauses and single-steps 
the animation.  Press any other
key to resume normal operation.

Alt-L -- Locks the keyboard to prevent
tampering during demonstrations,
no keys will have any effect.  
Press Alt-L again to unlock the 


The .RUN file is a simple text file, 
which can be created with any text
editor or 1st Word.  Each line has
the following format:


PATH -- Drive and path of animation 
delta file or sequence file, may
be upper or lower case.  Example: 

FILE -- Filename of animation delta 
file, in upper or lower case.
Example: CARGO.DLT.  If it is a 
sequence file, the example would

MORE -- Indicates whether or not there
are more delta files to be
chained to this one.  Enter Y if there
are more, or N if there are not.
May be upper or lower case.  If the Y 
is entered, the next line contains the
filename of the next delta file 
in the chain, and the extra parameters 
on this line are not used.  Any number
of files may be chained.  For sequence
files, use an N.

FWDBAK -- Indicates whether the 
animation should be run forward only
(F) or forward/reverse (R).  May be 
upper or lower case.  Not used if
the file has more delta files 
chained to it.

BUFFER -- This parameter is no longer
used in ANIMATE4.PRG, but should be 
included for compatibility with older
programs. Simply include a B in 
this slot.

SPEED -- Indicates the speed at which
the animation should be run.
Values range from 0-9, corresponding
to function keys F1-F10.

TIMES -- The number of times the 
animation is to be run before going to
the next animation.  In 
forward/reverse mode, this is the 
number of complete forward/reverse 
cycles; in forward mode, it is the 
number of normal animation cycles.  
ŠA value of 9999 indicates to run the
animation forever, until HELP or UNDO
is pressed.  Use 9999 when you're 
creating a .RUN file that will be 
used to load one animation from a 
floppy disk and display it forever.

Example batch files:


Runs the CARGO animation forward at
speed 8, forever.


Runs the two-part HOLLOW animation
ANIMATE folder on drive c:) forward
at speed 9, forever.


Runs the BOUNCE animation from drive
A: 20 times in forward/reverse
mode at speed 7, then runs the 
two-part ATARI animation
(ATARI.DLT and ATARIB.DLT) from drive 
B: 25 times at speed 9 forward.  When
the ATARI animation is complete, 
operation resumes with BOUNCE again
and continues until HELP or UNDO 
is pressed.


Runs the TESLA animation on the CYBER
PAINT disk forward, at speed 9, 
forever (or as long as the hardware 
holds out, whichever comes first).
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