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Introduction
   Program Overview
   List of Features
   What's New

Creating software without scripting
   Getting Started Tutorials
   Some Techniques and Tips
   Creating puzzles without scripting

   Creating third person games
   Creating interactive 360-degree panoramas
   Creating software for
PSP
   Creating software for iPhone and iPod touch

Creating software with VBScript
(Full Edition only)

   Introduction to VBScript
   Language Reference
   Objects Reference
   VBScript Techniques and Tips

   Sample Source Code

Pictures, sounds and music
   => Creating Pictures
   Music Maker help
   Creative Painter quick help
   Sounds and Music
   Videos, Icons, Cursors

Plugins (Full Edition only)
   Overview of the Plugins System
   Downloading/Uploading Plugins
   The Plugin Properties window
   About the Flash Plugin

Tips
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   Reducing the project size
   End-User System Requirements

Advanced tutorials
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   Creating a custom startup menu
   Using ActiveX components (ocx)

Troubleshooting
   Common issues and solutions
   Known bugs and limitations

About us
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VIDEOS, ICONS, CURSORS FAQ

1. How can I convert my AVI files into the animated-GIF format?
2. How can I crop/cut a video?
3. How to know if a given CODEC is installed?
4. What types of icons and cursors are supported?

5. Is AVI a particular format or is it the product of a particular program?

 

1. How can I convert my AVI files into the animated-GIF format?

You can use a free program such as the MS GIF Animator, downloadable from the following location:
http://www.adventuremaker.com/more_downloads.htm

To convert your AVI files to the animated-GIF format, follow these steps:
1. Run the freeware MS GIF Animator (read above for download links);
2. Choose "Optimal Palette" under "Import Color Palette";
3. Choose "Error diffusion" under "Import Dither Method";
4. Click "Open" and open the AVI file you want to convert;
5. Click the button "Select All" (on the toolbar), then click the "Image" tab, and then remove the "Transparency" option (that is very important since transparency is not supported).
6. Click "Save As" and save the animation as an animated-GIF.

 

2. How can I crop/cut a video? I render my images and animations in Cinema4D but I can't say for example: "render from pixel x1, y1 to pixel x2, y2". Is there a piece of software that cuts a small rectangle out of a video so that I can use just a small part of the video as a hotspot?

You must use a video editing program, such as the freeware Virtual Dub, or the commercial program Adobe Premiere.

To crop a video with Virtual Dub, follow there steps:
1. Click File > Open video file... and open your video
2. Click File > Filters
3. Click the "Add..." button
4. Choose the filter called "Null Transform"
5. Still under the Filters window, click the "Cropping..." button
6. A window will pop up. Adjust the settings to fit your needs, and then click ok.
7. When you resave the video in VirtualDub, the newly saved video will be cropped. Make sure to recompress it again when you save it, otherwise it may not work.


T
o crop a video with Adobe Premiere, follow these steps:

1. Click File->Open
2. Select the video file and click OK
3. Click File->Export->Movie...
4. On the window that pops up, click the Options/Settings button that is at the bottom
5. A new window should pop up with lots of options. Click the drop-down menu at the top-left corner and choose the latest section
6. Click the "Modify" button to change the Crop settings
7. Now click OK three times until the operation begins.

 

3. How to know if a given CODEC is installed?

To know if a codec is installed, follow these steps (under Windows XP):

1. Click "Sounds and Audio Devices" from the Control Panel
2. Go to the last tab
3. Select "Video Codecs" from the list
4. Click "Properties..."
5. Click the second tab.

 

4. What types of icons and cursors are supported?

- Icons in general: Adventure Maker supports any color depth (even 16 millions), and any standard size. There are many Icon Editors available on the Internet that allow you to create icons that are bigger than 32x32 (for example, the 48x48 icons created with the shareware Microangelo work perfectly with the Adventure Maker inventory).

- Files used for the mouse cursor: their size must be 32x32 (if the size is bigger, it will be automatically resized to fit 32x32), and their color depth depends on whether you use files that have the CUR extension (in that case you are limited to black and white) or the ICO extension (in that case there are no color limitations).

- Icons used for the inventory items: you can use any color depth and any standard size, but if the size is bigger than 32x32 (like 48x48), the icon may look slightly differently during the drag-and-drop operation. If you use icons that are bigger than 32x32, it is recommended that you change the settings under the "Inventory" tab of the "Project Properties" to prevent the items from overlapping.

 

5. Is AVI a particular format or is it the product of a particular program?
 

"AVI" is the extension of a popular video format. You can create AVI files with most software that produce video files. For example, a famous free video editor and converted is named "VirtualDub".

Note: an AVI file can be compressed in different codecs. You must make sure that the end-user has the right codec installed on his/her computer in order to play the video. A bunch of codecs come by default with the Windows installation, but others (like DivX or XVid) require a separate installation. If the license of the codec allows you to redistribute the codec, you can include the codec in the installation package of the software created with Adventure Maker.