Re: [nbos] [AS] Scripting: What would you like to see?
"Dalton Calford"
Sat Dec 1st, 2007
Gimp has a very extensive scripting engine - plus you can use scripts
written in python etc.

I wrote one script that took a directory of 1800 images, loaded each
file separately, converted the images base colour mode (to RGB vs
Indexed) ran a series of guasian filters to clean up the images, saved
the image in various sizes/colour alpha channels, then unloaded it to
start on the next.

If I had the AS2 images at a specific size that is worthwhile, I would
create a script that does the appropriate things for anyone who wants to
do this sort of thing.

But, like I said, the images should be at least 5 inches wide in 300 dpi
otherwise their is no point in even spending the time working on the
script.

I used to use photoshop, but I soon found that the gimp was a far better
program. It is VERY different from photoshop, so the learning curve is
higher for someone who knows photoshop, than for someone who starting
out from scratch.

I have shown professional graphic artists just how weak PS is in
comparison to the gimp, and they have all switched over. Their biggest
problem was understanding that such a good program was free and being
continuously developed. They also switched over to linux or OSX since
they found that the software such as the gimp runs better on those
platforms.

best regards

Dalton


On Sat, 2007-12-01 at 16:26 -0500, David Loman wrote:
> Dalton... I use photoshop and am unfamiliar with GIMP, although I hear
> its very equivalent. Is there a way to do this Spinning Globe in bulk?
>
> On Dec 1, 2007 2:46 PM, Dalton Calford <dcalford-at-distributel.ca>
> wrote:
> Load Gimp (you should be using gimp 2.4.1 or better)
>
> In the main gimp window (the tool window)
> choose file-->open and select a graphic you already have
> exported from
> AS2
>
> This will open a new window that has the graphic in it.
> In that new window choose
>
> Filters-->Animation-->Spinning Globe
> This will bring up a dialog asking you the number of animation
> frames
> you want, the direction of spin, the number of colours to
> index the
> final image to (gif images use a optised, limited colour
> palete)
>
> This will turn your flat, rectangular image into a rotating
> animated
> sphere.
>
> You can then save it as a .gif or even view the final output.
>
> Once you learn how that works, you can take it further and put
> the image
> onto a star background or take a image of clouds and overlay
> the one
> upon the other.
>
> Best regards
>
> Dalton
>
> On Sat, 2007-12-01 at 15:44 +0000, Mike Oliver wrote:
> > I have downloaded the Gimp to see what you're talking about.
> I installed
> > and ran the software but have to say I am none the wiser
> about what it
> > does or how to use it. It doesn't seem user-instinctive. I
> guess I'll
> > have to read the manual before embarking on any kind of
> adventures and I
> > just don't have time right now.
> >
> > If you're able to give any pointers to a non-tecchie, I'm
> all ears.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Mike
> > www.cartography-services.co.uk
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com
> > [mailto:nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com] On Behalf Of Dalton
> Calford
> > Sent: 01 December 2007 14:34
> > To: nbossoftware-at-nbos.com
> > Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Scripting: What would you like to
> see?
> >
> > I can do this with a script within the GIMP.
> > The trick is to make two spinning spheres - one for the
> surface and
> > another for the atmosphere.
> > The Atmosphere layer needs to be transparent and you have
> the two
> > spinning in opposite directions.
> > I use more frames for the atmosphere then for the surface,
> making it
> > appear to travel slower.
> >
> > I then merge the two before outputing it to an animated gif
> with an
> > optimized palete.
> >
> > I have not played with mpg yet, but it is doable.
> >
> > Since the gimp is free and crossplatform - anyone can do
> this.
> > On Sat, 2007-12-01 at 14:18 +0000, Mike Oliver wrote:
> > > Is there any possibility of being able to create a sphere
> (spinning?)
> > > for a gas giant, that shows atmospheric bands like Jupiter
> & Saturn?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Mike
> > >
> > > www.warmodelling.co.uk
> > >
> > > www.cartography-services.co.uk
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com
> > > [mailto:nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com] On Behalf Of Shade
> Tree
> > > Sent: 30 November 2007 22:18
> > > To: nbossoftware-at-nbos.com
> > > Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Scripting: What would you like to
> see?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > i'll use the script to create an x3d file. (x3d is
> eXtensible 3d, the
> > > successor to VRML)
> > > Probably use a default x3d and replace elements
> > >
> > > it would basically be a 3d scene of a rotating sphere with
> a light
> > > showing on it
> > > then i could get the stars color for the light
> > > and the stars intensity for the light
> > > change the size of the sphere depending on the planet size
> > > change the rotation based on the planet rotation
> > > apply the .png as it's texture
> > > do whatever other nifty things i can think of(rings?)
> > > write it out to the new x3d file
> > >
> > > Then with an appropriate plugin(flux player, is free and
> works well)
> > > downloaded. you create a webpage with that x3d <embed>ed
> and you have
> > > twirly planet.
> > >
> > > I'd probable make it write a simple html file at the same
> time that
> > > you could link to or whatever. Maybe get even crazier
> with Version
> > > 2.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> ______________________________________________________________________
> > > Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:55:17 -0500
> > > From: dloman77-at-gmail.com
> > > To: nbossoftware-at-nbos.com
> > > Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Scripting: What would you like to
> see?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Nov 30, 2007 3:42 PM, Shade Tree
> <shadetreeii-at-hotmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > I've looked into this before and it doesn't seem possible
> > >
> > > How about a script that exports the surface maps and
> creates an
> > > x3d file of a lighted 3d rotating globe using that
> texture. You could
> > > embed them in a webpage pretty easy.
> > >
> > > I've allready got the export testure half done....just
> recently... ;)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I know :) I took a seriously hard look at this also. I
> wrote the
> > > bulk surface map exporter and went round & round trying to
> get
> > > the .planetview.pngs out.... to no avail.
> > >
> > > That x3d idea.... has merit. Care to elaborate?
> > >
> > > -Dave L
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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