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Software News   Software News : PointRider 0.50 and MeltingPoint 0.20
   posted by corto on 12-Feb-2008 21:59:39 (2976 reads)
At the end of the year, I announced a delay but I hope you will enjoy what I added in this new version of PointRider to display your PowerPoint (PPS) files, mainly :
- Bilinear interpolation to scale images
- Right fonts are used if available on the system
- Font rendering using paragraph attributes (alignment, color, size, bold/italic/underline)
- Display of inherited objects from the master slide
- MeltingPoint, the converter to Hollywood gets all these features (same engine used).
- New graphical launcher in MUI

But wait! There's more!


Find more in the readme file. Download these programs now else they will be available quickly on Aminet and OS4depot.

PointRider is still only available on PowerPC (MorphOS and OS4) but 68k users now have MeltingPoint to see PowerPoint files via Hollywood.

Special thanks to Highlander for the graphics and Andreas Falkenhahn for Hollywood. I have to say that the Hollywood API is very rich and powerful. I was not sure to find all I needed but ... everything was there ! His great text engine made my work so easy !

Again, it was tested with more than 700 files but if you meet any problems and needs enhancements, just tell me and send me PPS files.
    

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Re: PointRider 0.50 and MeltingPoint 0.20
Posted on 12-Feb-2008 22:30:51
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Nice work!

Btw. pthreads is no longer in the location you're linking to on your page. Try http://os4depot.net/index.php?function=showfile&file=development/library/misc/pthreads.lha


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THX corto! It works visibly better now :). BTW. It would better with SYS:Utilities/MultiView as a tooltype for the docs, most MorphOS users don't use OS4: assign ;).

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Great work, much appreciated.

Cheers.


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WOW! Outstanding!
Corto. You're a Master Rider.


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I had to change the .ppt suffix to .pps to make it work.

Is it possible to allow it to do this automatically?


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Thank you Corto!!!



BTW, I'm curious... does it also play wav/mp3/midi embedded files? I don't have access to my OS4/MOS box right now...


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Thanks mate. Nice to see an update. Now just to get some .pps files :)

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Great..It works perfect for me...thx!


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Gonna go to OS4depot and download it!

Nice and helpful work!


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I downloaded some ppt files to ram: then tried to view them.
They wouldnt work until i moved them into the same directory as PointRider.

Otherwise its looking good.


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thanks a lot, Corto, for your effort

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i hate powerpoint files, but being able to view them can only be a good thing, thanx for your continued efforts!


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amipal : Thanks, I fixed URL in the download page

Korni : You're right, as I built both version, I copied the icon from OS4 without changing the tool path. On MorphOS, I remember to click on readme files and executables ... I was certainly sleeping ...

Swoop : Maybe you talk about the requester of the GUI ? It will be easy to fix. I think I will add the GUI in the PointRider executable to call it where started without arguments.

Crumb : Audio stuff was not a priority so at the moment it does not play embedded sounds. But if you think it's important, maybe I could add that.

cap : How did you run PointRider ? I often run it from my development directory with PPS files in RAM:

spotUP : PowerPoint format is bad, slides and effects are crap but you know the situation about the MS files everywhere.

Thank you all for your comments and reports !

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@Corto

I downloaded the ppt file to ram then tried to view it with the Mui
Launcher which is located in the PointRider Drawer on my "apps" partition.

Running Snoopdos tells me that the SDL_VIDEODRIVER fail and Reading ram fails.

Here`s the output of snoopy also.

00229 : Background CLI : o.k. = GetVar("_pchar",0x655ADDF8,32,0x00000200)
00230 : Background CLI : o.k. = GetVar("_mchar",0x655ADDF8,32,0x00000200)
00231 : Background CLI : o.k. = GetVar("_pchar",0x655ADDC8,32,0x00000200)
00232 : Background CLI : o.k. = GetVar("_mchar",0x655ADDC8,32,0x00000200)
00233 : Background CLI : FAIL = FindSegment("PointRider",0x00000000,USER)
00234 : Background CLI : FAIL = FindSegment("PointRider",0x00000000,SYSTEM)
00235 : Background CLI : CurrentDir("")
00236 : Background CLI : o.k. = Lock("PointRider",SHARED)
00237 : Background CLI : o.k. = Examine("PointRider")
00238 : ENV : FAIL = Lock("ENVARC:ELF.LazyBinding",SHARED)
00239 : Background CLI : o.k. = LoadSeg("PointRider") = [0x1A7597AD]
00240 : Background CLI : o.k. = Lock("PointRider",SHARED)
00241 : Background CLI : DIR = ParentDir("PointRider")
00242 : Background CLI : CurrentDir("")
00243 : PointRider [1] : 0 = FindSegmentStackSize("PointRider")
00244 : PointRider [1] : -----> RunCommand("PointRider", ARG:"WINDOW DELAY=2000 RAM Disk:Presentatio")
00245 : PointRider [1] : 0 = FindSegmentStackSize("PointRider")
00246 : PointRider [1] : FAIL = IsInteractive("")
00247 : PointRider [1] : FAIL = IsInteractive("")
00248 : PointRider [1] : FAIL = IsInteractive("")
00249 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = Lock("SYS:Fonts/_TrueType/Vera.ttf",SHARED)
00250 : ENV : FAIL = Lock("ENVARC:SDL_VIDEODRIVER",SHARED)
00251 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = GetVar("SDL_VIDEODRIVER",0x68CFED18,256,0x00000000)
00252 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = DupFileHandle("")
00253 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = DupFileHandle("")
00254 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = DupFileHandle("")
00255 : PointRider [1] : o.k. = CreateNewProc("SDL thread 0x68727360")
00256 : SDL thread 0x68727360 : 0 = FindSegmentStackSize("")
00257 : PointRider [1] : FAIL = Open("RAM",OLD) = [0x00000000]
00258 : Background CLI [1] :


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cap : Ok, I think I know what happens. When you select a file in RAM: the given filename is "ram disk:FileToShow.pps" that contains a space. I have to prevent that. Thanks.

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@Corto

Yes, I was using the GUI, so hopefully it is an easy fix.

This File Doesn't seem to work properly, either in a window or full screen.


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Crumb : Audio stuff was not a priority so at the moment it does not play embedded sounds. But if you think it's important, maybe I could add that.


Well, sometimes I receive powerpoints that are simply a slideshow with music (usually an mp3 but IIRC some of them also include WAV/MIDI files), if you want some example files I could sent it to you. I understand that Gfx and animation are much more important, but having music would be cool.

I think you could use mpega.library to play mp3 (maybe SDL includes some kind of library) and WAV code should be fairly simple (again, SDL will probably include functions to decode and play wav files). The most difficult part would be playing MIDI files.

As a temporal solution maybe you could add some kind of options or mimetype text file to choose external 3rd party programs to play sounds/music. That way the user could use mpega to play mp3.

Anyway, impressive job! I guess some kind of standard datatype/library that made easier processing Microsoft files (PPT/PPS/Word/Excel) would be welcome by coders


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SDL_mixer plays wav, ogg, mp3, midi etc. And since you are already using SDL, using sdl_mixer makes sense, makes it more multiplatform as well.


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Crumb : Of course new files are welcome ! About WAV and MP3, I could manage them and SongPlayer sources would help But it a first time maybe the spotUp idea is better.
You're right, I could release a library but before I have to create a rendering using system functions. I think another major step will be to maintain both SDL and native rendering.
SDL for portability and debugging purpose. Native for efficiency and Amiga feeling !

I will post future tasks and features on my blog. This release really helps to know where I have to go.

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Good news. I´ll have to give it a try when I get home.

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