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Community bulletin board / Re: Happy Birthday Mnemonic!
« on: June 23, 2014, 08:03:30 AM »
Happy Birthday

Technical forum / Re: QuitGame event handler
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:27:00 AM »
look at the program help file  :)

Technical forum / Re: QuitGame event handler
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:54:54 AM »

Quits the current game session.

Technical forum / Re: Disabling keyboard
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:32:51 PM »
Can it be?
Keyboard object
The Keyboard object represents the current state of the keyboard. There is always one and only Keyboard object available. It's accessible via the Game.Keyboard attribute. For the convenience the templates automatically store the keyboard object in a global variable named Keboard.

IsKeyDown Queries whether a specified key is pressed.

Type (read only) Returns always "keyboard"
Key (read only) Returns a string with the name of the pressed key (if the key is a printable character)
Printable (read only) Returns true if the pressed key is a printable character
KeyCode (read only) Returns a numeric code of a pressed key.
IsShift (read only) Returns true if the SHIFT key has been hold down when the key was pressed
IsAlt (read only) Returns true if the ALT key has been hold down when the key was pressed
IsControl (read only) Returns true if the CONTROL key has been hold down when the key was pressed

Technical forum / Re: Scaling game to fullscreen
« on: May 02, 2014, 03:07:06 PM »
What I saw was a drop down menu.
no automatic.

Technical forum / Re: Scaling game to fullscreen
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:20:35 AM »
I have seen it :o

Technical forum / Re: 3D scene import problem
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:02:40 AM »
3D characters support in WME
WME provides support for real-time 3D characters rendered over a 2D background. This approach has been used by several commercial games, such as The Longest Journey or Syberia.

Compared to the classical 2D characters, this new method has both advantages and disadvantages. I will list some here, but you will be certainly able to think of more of them.

Some advantages of 3D characters
Camera angles. You are not limited by a fixed camera angle in all of your scenes, you can use basically any camera, which allows for more interesting look of the game locations
Smooth animations. The animation of 3D characters is using keyframes and all the frames in between two keyframes are interpolated, i.e. It doesn't jump" from frame to frame as in 2D pre-rendered animations
Independent body part animations. 3D characters allow you to animate various body parts independently, for example to combine walking animation of the legs and some gesture animation for the arms.
Attaching other objects to the character. It is a typical situation for adventure games that the character takes an item and does tome action with it. While in 2D you have to render new images for various items, in 3D you can use one generic animation and only attach various items to the character's hand.
Some disadvantages of 3D characters
You must know what you are doing. While the independent adventure development scene already mastered 2D characters creation, the 3D ones are a whole new world for many people. Not everyone is capable of modeling and animating a quality 3D model.
Higher hardware requirements. Although WME always supported 3D accelerated video cards to display fast 2D graphics with advanced effects, it was able to switch back to a simplified mode on old video cards. This is not the case of 3D characters support. Your games will require a decent 3D accelerated video card to run, which can drive away part of your target audience. Luckily most people own 3D accelerated cards nowadays. WME's minimum requirement for 3D characters support is Nvidia TNT2 video card or an equivalent.
Notes about migrating from .MS3D model format to .X format
Older versions of WME were using 3D models in Milkshape (MS3D) format. Starting with WME 1.6, Milkshape support has been deprecated and it is recommended to convert your models to Microsoft X format. Here are some common questions regarding migration from MS3D to X:

Q: Why the X format?
A: X format has several major advantages over the previously used MS3D format:
-X format supports weighted vertices. Your 3D artist will love that.
-X format natively supports multiple animations stored in a single file.
-X format is widely supported by various 3D packages.

Q: What do I need to know when switching from MS3D to X?
A: The 3D actors definition file format and scripting support have changed for X actors.
-3D actor definition file starts with ACTOR3DX, not ACTOR3D, to distinguish between X actors and MS3D actors.
-Animations no longer need to be defined by their frame ranges, because the X format supports named animation sets directly. You only specify additional properties of the animation in the act3d files (see the docs for details).
-The AddMesh(), RemoveMesh(), HideMesh() and ShowMesh() methods are deprecated. The attachments are now treated as autonomous scriptable objects. You add an attachment using the AddAttachment() method and remove it using RemoveAttachment(). The GetAttachment() method returns a reference to an attachment object, which provides it's own set of methods and properties (e.g. using the Active property you can show or hide the attachment).
-Unlike MS3D actors, the PlayAnimChannel() now blocks script execution even if the animation plays in other channel than channel zero. Use PlayAnimChannelAsync() if you want to play the animation without blocking script.

Q: How do I export/convert my model to X format?
A: I have started a Wiki page on X file support in various 3D programs. Feel free to expand the article if you have any additional info or experience with other programs.

Q: The old 3D actors format using MS3D models is now marked as "deprecated". What does it mean?
A: It means this old format is not going to be expanded. All the new features will be added for the new format only (the one using X files). The old format will stay in place for backward compatibility, but the plan is to completely remove it in WME 2.0. Hopefully the advantages of the new format will be worth the trouble with converting your models. WME 1.6 already contains several new features that only apply to 3D actors in the new format, namely smooth animation transitions and support for 2D scene design for 3D actors.

Further reading:
Principles and requirements
Actor definition files, X format
Actor definition files, MS3D format (deprecated)
Scripting support

WME sources discussion / Re: Screen resolution scale down
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:20:30 PM »
can be?

Q: Do I have to pay for WME Lite?
A: It depends. WME Lite itself is free, but it uses BASS library for sound, which requires that you buy a license if you are selling the game. You don't have to pay anything if you are releasing a freeware game.

Game announcements / Re: Free game I made with Wintermute
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:34:11 AM »
Very good.
Note:quickly becomes difficult.

Game announcements / Re: Free game I made with Wintermute
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:05:54 PM »
testing... ::wave

Technical forum / Re: Layer opacity?
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:30:15 PM »

General Discussion / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:22:01 PM »
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and the year that is to come, it's better that we leave behind.
 ::wave :)

Technical forum / Re: Dialogue Problem
« on: September 07, 2013, 06:45:05 PM »

Scripts, plugins, utilities, goodies / Re: Hidden object adventure sources
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:14:53 PM »
happy birthday and thanks for the gift.

Game announcements / Re: returning to an old project Colapso
« on: September 06, 2013, 03:32:09 PM »
thank you very much :)  is a sci-fi game, about a traveler.

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