Two annoying bugs!!! Icons and animated gifs question.

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Two annoying bugs!!! Icons and animated gifs question.

Postby Bzyk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:12 am

Two questions.

1. Icons in inventory. Why only in 256 colors? That's a shame! Such icons look terribly bad! What about icons in true color? Is there any problem to support it?

2. Animated gifs. I understand limitation - there is no alpha channel in Windows. OK, great. I don't need it. But WHY there is always a problem with animation gif, when it starts? Always at the beginning animated gif goes black in time of one frame. I tried to use Animation Maker plugin, but this tool is too weak. Forget it.

I try to do everything for good look of my game. But these two bugs make my efforts pointless. :evil:
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Re: Two annoying bugs!!! Icons and animated gifs question.

Postby juhuwoorps » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:42 am

Bzyk wrote: I tried to use Animation Maker plugin, but this tool is too weak. Forget it.


Why is it to weak? I'm using this plugin a lot without any problems
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Postby Bzyk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:48 am

I haven't got any tool to convert avi to gif sequence. Virtual Dub can do it, but supports tga and jpg. First one format is not supported by AM. I tried with jpgs, but animation was terribly slow.
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Postby Bzyk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:58 am

OK, got it. Works good. Not perfectly, but good indeed. That's one problem. And what about icons? :(
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Postby juhuwoorps » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:05 am

As I know there is no way for other icons if you are using the inventory system that comes with AM.
For my new game I have created a custom inventory and also a custom save/load system wich allows me to use normal jpgs, gif or whatever for inventory icons
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Postby Bzyk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:10 am

Interesting! Could you post here some files for example?
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Postby juhuwoorps » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:26 am

I'm working on a plugin for this inventory which allows you to use it in all your games without scripting, just click and select.
If I have finished it, I will post it here with a demofile and a demo project.

The next step I'm planing with this plugin is that the plugin interacts with Keyguard so that you also also can easily use bigger curosors or animated cursors
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Postby Bzyk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:06 pm

I decided to create icons without transparency. OK. I can live with that. :) But there is another problem. I prepared 64x64 icon. But if I want my icon to be all seen, I must create quite big vertical spacing, because something's wrong with margins. Upper margin is much bigger than lower. Is there any possibility to place icons in vertical center? Maybe some VB script???
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