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Work in Progress / Visible Worlds (Db/Dbpro portal compiler) - Info

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Kevin Picone
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Posted: 15th Jan 2003 03:33 Edited at: 26th Mar 2011 23:49
Visible Worlds V1.26
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Well, it's been a long night here i but work continues weeding out all the abnormal behavior in the app. If you are having problems compiling your own worlds/VWmap with V1.20, and you think there's a bug or you get crashes, please make sure you send any possible bug information to me. it's vitally important so I squash them ASAP...

Through the addition of Parent Regions, I've been able to discover a few rather subtle but deadly bugs in v1.20 also, so this hunting has occupied me for the bulk of the night/morning. As a result i'm yet to update the DB re-player libraries and document them. Understanding parent regions and their usefulness is quite a conceptual hurdle to overcome for the user..

Pictured bellow is a compiled map using a Parent Region definition. The region bound are shown as the RED alphaed box. The mini map shows what objects are clearly visible to the vis camera (top right hand corner)

Shot 1, You can see the camera is beyond the parent regions clipping distance to the camera, so thus the VIS returns a Parent Region event to the user (me in this case). In this case I've just displayed the regions box object... You could display whatever you like

Shot 2. The Camera is within a transitional range of the Parent Region in question, so thus it's contents (child objects) have vis calc'd upon them (the little table object) and the region is also returned as an event..

Shot 3. The Camera is now completely within the parent regions clipping distance. So the parent region is not needed to be returned.. It's just normal vis scene.


Here's what the Map actually looks like, the parent region can have any other region contained with it. Although you can't nest them...


[World_Definition]
{

Static_Box: 1000,1,0,0,0,3000,1500,100
Static_Box: 1001,1,3000,0,0,6000,1500,100
Static_Box: 1002,1,0,0,6000,3000,1500,6100
Static_Box: 1003,1,3000,0,6000,6000,1500,6100
Static_Box: 1004,1,0,0,0,100,1500,3000
Static_Box: 1005,1,0,0,3000,100,1500,6000
Static_Box: 1006,1,6000,0,0,6100,1500,3000
Static_Box: 1007,1,6000,0,3000,6100,1500,6000
Static_Box: 1008,1,3000,0,3000,4500,1500,4500
Static_Box: 1009,1,1200,0,1000,2700,1500,2500
Static_Box: 1010,1,950,500,150,1050,1000,250
Static_Box: 1011,1,950,500,350,1050,1000,450
Static_Box: 1012,1,950,500,550,1050,1000,650
Static_Box: 1013,1,950,500,750,1050,1000,850
Static_Box: 1014,1,950,500,950,1050,1000,1050

Parent_Region: 5000,50,63,8000,0,5000,-750,-350,-750,750,350,750,0,0,0
{
Static_Box: 1030,1,7850,225,4850,8150,250,5150
Static_Box: 1031,1,7850,0,4850,7872.5,225,4872.5
Static_Box: 1032,1,8127.5,0,4850,8150,225,4872.5
Static_Box: 1033,1,7850,0,5127.5,7872.5,225,5150
Static_Box: 1034,1,8127.5,0,5127.5,8150,225,5150
}
}


Now, while is really not a very practical test, as the room housing the parent region has no front wall to obstruct most of the visibility. You be able to see how the previous house example would work. You would place all the objects you wish in the house. then place a Parent Region around this collection. If you set the regions clipping range really close, it's lower the object count dramatically. So when the vis returns the a list of Parent regions that are too far from the camera but are visible. You can place a black plains in the windows/door ways to help create the illusion of even higher details in your scenes..



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Shadow Robert
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Posted: 15th Jan 2003 04:40
Ahh ... stop updating this i can't keep up

these are some cool updates thou - and i'm using an edited version for Zelda, so i'll be sure to throw in your logo and credits

Anata aru kowagaru no watashi!
Kevin Picone
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Posted: 16th Jan 2003 04:39
If i'd stop making stupid mistakes, then I could stop releasing patches

Will prolly slap together the newest version tonight.. Then might as well get Lights / Sounds support in.. So i can Sit back and do Tech support/promotion.. yarda yarda..

l8r,
Kevin Picone
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Shadow Robert
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Posted: 16th Jan 2003 10:29
lmao... don't bet on it - ya'll probably miss something and et voila, another week tagged on to the development

i'm having alot of fun with this thou - given me alot of ideas for things. And if i ever get around to editing the export properly on QooleWorld (Underware Edition) you'll finally have something pretty pro to front it all (for free of course, althought i'd be happy to foot a bill to make a profit hehee )

i wonder how many are actually going to use this thou, not alot of interest it seems apart from me and Van - atleast here.

Anata aru kowagaru no watashi!
Kevin Picone
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Posted: 17th Jan 2003 05:04
There's a handful of people behind the scenes. Some in Db, B3D and a few others interested parties.. But it's true, this is one misunderstood / overlooked app that's for sure..

Although, I'm not too sure I mind...

l8r,
Kevin Picone
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Kevin Picone
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Posted: 18th Jan 2003 00:47 Edited at: 26th Mar 2011 23:50
Visible Worlds V1.28 RELEASED
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Today see's the release v1.28 of our portal compiling software visible worlds. This new version features many bug more fixes and a new powerful parent/child event region type.

For all regular users we highly recommend upgrading to this new version.


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