March 9, 2013
Hello there! Since the blog looks a little dead, here’s a quick post!
I haven’t done much coding lately, so not much to blog about. The development versions of some of my programs have had some minor updates, but not enough for a release. I’ve also adapted some of them to be Qt5-compatible.
On a side note, sometimes I get visits from people looking for information on why Auralquiz doesn’t work for them. Well, all I can say for now is: use the Phonon-VLC backend. Phonon-Xine worked great with it, but was (and for the moment, still is) deprecated, and Phonon-Gstreamer has some problems with it, so… Phonon-VLC is the one that works for now. Sorry for the trouble.
July 21, 2012
A week ago I blogged about a new project, Revised, which will eventually be a simple visual editor for a visual novel game engine called Ren’Py.
Revised v0.1 featuring Eileen, from Ren’Py!
The project is going well, so I’ve released a 0.1 version as a preview.
Download the source code from Qt-Apps.org: http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/Revised?content=152369 (sorry, I can’t provide binary packages for any distributions at this time, check the INSTALL file for compiling instructions).
There are still a million things missing, but there are already several things you can do with it:
- Create new projects, load them, and save them.
- Keep track of chapters and their “steps” in the chapter list.
- Manage character definitions to use in the game.
- Manage image definitions.
- Design scenes with 3 basic things: Set a background image, add other images, like characters or props and add dialog lines.
After some basic stuff has been added to the game, you can save it and run it in Ren’Py, straight from Revised’s menus.
This is Lucy, from Ren’Py, and she’s mad!
I hope you like it, and if you ever thought about creating novel-type games with Ren’Py, but found that writing scripts was confusing or tiring, maybe this program can help you. The goal is that you’ll need no programming experience to make your simple game.
You can check out the main Revised page on this blog for more information, and the Revised category to see all the posts about it.
Feedback is welcome!
July 13, 2012
Time for a new project! This time it will be a simple visual editor, or GUI, for Ren’Py, the visual novel game engine.
Main window of Revised, a few days old
Game creation with Ren’Py is based on writing scripts with special Ren’Py syntax, and the possibilities are almost endless. But writing scripts is difficult for some people, so clicking menus and buttons in a graphical editor feels a lot easier. That’s the idea behind Revised: to offer a simple assistant to create simple games, or the skeleton of the game.
Revised generates .rpy files that Ren’Py will use, and those files can still be enhanced with a regular text editor, of course.
Character Manager and Image Manager
For now, there is basic project generation, image manager and character manager. There are no releases yet, but you can get the current code from Gitorious, here:
As usual, it’s based on Qt and targeted mainly at GNU/linux systems.
June 25, 2012
StressItOut v0.1 has been released.
You can download it from Qt-apps.
This overdue release fixes compilation with Qt version 4.8 and later, adds Ukrainian and Russian translations by Drool, an ALT Linux contributor, and has some basic lm_lensors support, along with other minor enhancements.
StressItOut packages are available on Archlinux’s AUR service, and on Alt Linux repositories.
You can get the latest development source from Git, here:
Thanks to all the packagers, translators, testers and bug reporters out there! \o/
May 14, 2012
Just a quick update to say two things:
1.- If you try Dianara, the Diaspora App, in its 0.2 version from nonGNU or Qt-apps, it won’t get any posts in the timeline. Some stuff has been changed in Diaspora, so you’ll need to test the development version of Dianara directly from Git.
2.- If you have problems running Auralquiz, my music guessing game (if it doesn’t play sound), check if you’re using Phonon-backend-gstreamer in your Phonon configuration. If so, try using Phonon-backend-vlc.
Auralquiz does not work right with the Gstreamer backend at this point, I don’t know yet if it’s some regression in the latest Phonon-gstreamer or a problem in the way Auralquiz handles things. Switching to the vlc-backend should help. Or the xine-backend, if you still can.
April 12, 2012
I’ve just uploaded Auralquiz 0.8.1, a bugfix release.
Changes since v0.8:
– Fixed compilation for GCC 4.7 (fixes this Debian bug). Thanks to Dean Evans for letting me know.
– Added French translation, thanks to ntome.
– Added Italian translation, thanks to Giovanni.
As always, you can get it from Qt-apps, here:
If you have the development version, you already have these fixes applied.