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Performance is instantaneous.
Dell OPTIPLEX GX270 Pentium 2.80 Ghx 1 meg
Thanks. Did you play with the puppets at all? What did you think?
Very cool! I even like the way the Help panel comes in and out. Performance was instantaneous on my Mac G5/T1/FF.
The rotate worked great as did the 2 arms and the red dot removal. The fade in/out mechanism was a little too sensitive...it was hard to get them back to full opacity...but fun trying. I was not able to make them disappear completely. I think I ran out of "range" of the mask I was grabbing.
Very interesting. Is there more?
I did play with the puppets and was also narrating a story here in the office! Hehe. I didn’t notice any performance issues and I have Intel 2Ghz and 2GB of RAM using Flash Player 9 thru IE 7.0. I like it, but would think it would neat if you can change the depth (scale) of the puppets. I really like the atmosphere!
What was your inspiration?
Yes there will be more puppets and some more information about the tradition of Shadow puppets. I just wanted to get a little feedback from the voices outside my head before I went too much further. :)
Traditionally a dalang (that is the puppeteer) will have hundreds of puppets and line them up (on his side of the screen) stuck in the trunk of a banana tree at the base of the screen. I won't have hundreds, but eventually I would like to get a good select of nobles, comics, and evils. I'm thinking that I might make something like the Mac dock with magnification to store them at the bottom. How does that grab folks?
As for bringing back to full opacity. I was thinking of adding a little target/circle for the "safe zone." It would only show up when space-dragging. Do you think that is a good idea?
I think scaling would be good too. What do you think, maybe a shift-drag? I'm trying to keep it pretty intuative and not cluttered with too many modifier keys. I know kids today can manage circle-square-jump-jump-backspace, but I'm a bit old school.
My original inspiration was that I wanted to learn about doing Inverse Kinematics in Flash and then I needed a purpose to put it to.
Thanks for the help and input.
i played with your puppets. it was well-done but i can't say it held my attention. there just isn't anything interesting to do with the puppets, yet. i mean, if they could smack each other around it might be more fun.
and i noted no performance issues using an amd 2400+ (2ghz).
Yes I did play with puppets. You could drag them and play with arms. No performance issue I could see.