ticalc.org
Basics Archives Community Services Programming
Hardware Help About Search Your Account
   Home :: Archives :: News :: Animated Screenshots

Animated Screenshots
Posted by Kirk on 2 July 1999, 04:06 GMT

ticalc.org is proud to announce that it now has the capability to quickly and easily take animated screenshots of programs. Currently, two animated screenshots exist in our archives: Street Fighter II for the TI-89 and Tetris Attack for the TI-86. We will be able to add many more of these screenshots in the very near future, although they will most likely be restricted to the more "popular" programs. (NOTE: Clicking the above links will take you to the corresponding file info pages instead of downloading the file.)

Additionally, winners of the Program of the Month awards will have the addition reward of being able to display an animated screenshot of their program on their web page next to the standard POTM button. Previous winners should contact Kirk Meyer in order to obtain this benefit. Please attach the most recent version of your program when emailing.

 


The comments below are written by ticalc.org visitors. Their views are not necessarily those of ticalc.org, and ticalc.org takes no responsibility for their content.


Re: Animated Screenshots
Kyro

Sounds good, guys. Just another little addition to make TI-Calc a cool place to visit. :)

-Kyro

"Keep up the good work, blah blah blah"

     2 July 1999, 04:25 GMT

Re: Animated Screenshots
Mr. Bojangles

that's pretty darn cool. I will have to go look at them right now!

     2 July 1999, 04:40 GMT

Re: Animated Screenshots
Kyro

Hmmm... I wonder why the creater of the ANOVA shell would send four versions of his/her program to TI-Calc when s/he could have just sent the final one...

I could see updating periodically to keep people interested, but why send four versions from two days' work?

BTW - all you TI-83 users, is it pretty good?

     2 July 1999, 04:54 GMT

Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
,

nah

     2 July 1999, 05:33 GMT


Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Matt

Well, I've heard, not seen, that ANOVA is a code rip off of SOS.
- Matt

     2 July 1999, 05:34 GMT

4//0/4
KAKE
(Web Page)

i haven't seen the code, but it's compatible.

-KAKE
IP (o)

     2 July 1999, 06:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

After further investigation, it would turn out that part of it is a ripoff. And the other part is amazing similar.. so it was removed.

     3 July 1999, 18:36 GMT

Re: Animated Screenshots
Dan Sandstrom

They really give a good idea of what the programs are like.

     2 July 1999, 06:09 GMT

Whats next
Dan the Tuba Man

So, ticalc.org, you are now masters of the ticalculating business. What is next on you agenda? I customizable ticalc.org possibly? What other kewl features are you going to add? How about selling calulators really cheap :)

     2 July 1999, 08:08 GMT


Re: Whats next
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

Yeah, there's some pretty cool other stuffs in the works. However, refer to our FAQ, we will not be selling calculators ever. None of us have the time, and plus its a legal responsibility that we don't feel like taking on. In a world of crass commercialism, it's nice to know that we provide something for free.

     2 July 1999, 19:02 GMT


Re: Re: Whats next
Fil

Well y'know, Dimension TI sells calculators, and their website is customizable. In a lot of ways too, I might add. Here's a quote from your comment: "In a world of crass commercialism, it's nice to know that we provide something for free." Aren't all TI websites (and just about every single other website out there) free? What are you offering for free that others aren't?

-Fil

     9 July 1999, 19:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Whats next
.

you're smelly

     16 July 1999, 18:59 GMT

Re: Animated Screenshots
Jeffrey Malone
(Web Page)

Wow! they are now willing to spend 5 minutes (or less) to make a animated screen shot! If anyone cares, here is how they do it:

1) They go over to a share ware archive and download a screen capturing program that converts what happens in a certain part of the screen into an avi

2) they run a pogram in an emu and activate the capturing program.

3) they convert the avi to a animated gif also using a free shareware program

4) they put it up.

Not very hard....

Jeffrey Malone

     2 July 1999, 08:57 GMT

Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Nathan Haines
(Web Page)

No, we actually have an in-house, proprietary method for creating animated screenshots.

     2 July 1999, 09:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Evan

Here's what they do:
they have a Connectix Quickcam set up so that it shoots the LCD of a calc. Then they hit "record" and play the game a bit. Then they paste it frame by frame into Gif Animator.

I've got to stop posting 20 minutes after I wake up (really).

     2 July 1999, 18:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
NickD
(Web Page)

Actually, what we do is we have a camera take pictures of my computer screen at 100 millisecond intervals. I have the job of pressing the button really, really fast. After I spend obscene amounts of money at the 1-hour photo, I scan them all in using my invisible scanner right here and make seemingly flawless screenshots.

Consider yourselves enriched.

--blue

     2 July 1999, 22:55 GMT

Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
David Phillips
(Web Page)

Actually, they don't. Kirk Meyer modified VTI to produce animated GIFs. The method you described takes much longer to produce good animations. And, they are usually larger and require palette tweaking (though they look MUCH better than the two they currently have). Then again, grayscale games always look better in the emu than on the calc...

     2 July 1999, 16:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
adam b
(Web Page)

correct!

     2 July 1999, 21:16 GMT


Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

Actually, no. We have a program that automatically latches onto any emulator, automatically locating the screen and rescaling as necessary. It eliminates contrast effects that might not look good and converts to greyscale, and even installs as a taskbar icon to look nice. Sure, you can do it the way you described, but as David said, it takes longer, they're bigger, and require palette optimization.

     2 July 1999, 19:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
NickD
(Web Page)

Dang Kirk, giving sensible, logical, *TRUE* responses is no FUN! :)

--blue

     3 July 1999, 02:04 GMT

Re: Animated Screenshots
adam b
(Web Page)

well, all i can say is, it's about time! btw, can we send in our own animated screenshots if we know that you wont take them because the program isn't that popular?

     2 July 1999, 21:17 GMT


Re: Re: Animated Screenshots
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

No, we want them all to look the same, which means they have to be taken with the utility. But we aren't giving the utility out. Nick said he'd try quite hard to take some of the less popular games (BASIC even) too, so don't worry too much.

     2 July 1999, 22:22 GMT

1  2  

You can change the number of comments per page in Account Preferences.

  Copyright © 1996-2011, the ticalc.org project. All rights reserved. | Contact Us | Disclaimer