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orxANIMSET structure


Animation Set

AnimationList = AnimationTemplate1#AnimationTemplate2#...
LinkList      = LinkTemplate1#LinkTemplate2#...
Frequency     = <float>


DefaultKeyDuration = <float>
KeyData<N>         = GraphicTemplate
KeyDuration<N>     = <float>
KeyEventName<N>    = <string>
KeyEventValue<N>   = <float>

Source      = SourceAnimationTemplate
Destination = DestinationAnimationTemplate
Priority    = <int>
Property    = immediate | cleartarget


Animation set

Here's a list of the available properties for an animation set:

  • AnimationList: List of all the animations (config names) that are part of this set. Up to 256 animations can be defined. This property needs to be defined.
  • LinkList: List of all links 1) that are part of this set. Up to 256 links can be defined. This property needs to be defined.
  • Frequency: Relative frequency that will be applied to all animations of this set when they're played. Its default value is 1.0, which means the animation will be played with the timing defined in the config.


Here's a list of the available properties for an animation:

  • DefaultKeyDuration: Default duration for all defined keys, in seconds. This duration can be overridden locally for any defined key. By default its value is 0.0 and needs to be defines unless every key has a local value.
  • KeyData<N>: All the keys needs to be defined sequencially, starting with the KeyData1. No gap is allowed in the numbers. For every key, the value is the orxGRAPHIC that will be rendered when the animation cursor points on this key, when played. At least one key (KeyData1) needs to be defined.
  • KeyDuration<N>: For any key defined (with KeyData<N>), a duration, in seconds, can be specified. If none is defined, the DefaultKeyDuration will be used instead.
  • KeyEventName<N>: Custom events can be associated to keys in animations. They allow to synchronize with specific part of animations.
  • KeyEventValue<N>: Optional value for an event. By default its value is 0.0.


DefaultKeyDuration = 0.1
KeyData1           = MyGraphic1
KeyData2           = MyGraphic2
KeyDuration2       = 0.2; <= this key will be displayed twice the time of the other keys
KeyData3           = MyGraphic1; <= Reusing the same content as for the first key
KeyEventName1      = SetSoundVolume
KeyEventValue1     = 1.0
KeyEventName2      = SetSoundVolume
KeyEventValue2     = 0.0
KeyEventName3      = Explode

Animation link

Here's a list of the available properties for an animation link:

  • Source/Destination: Defines the source and destination animations for the link, ie. the start and end of a possible transition. These properties need to be defined.
  • Priority: Defines the priority of this link, rangin from 0 (lowest) to 15 (highest). Priorities are mostly used to define default transitions when no target animation is specified for the current object. By default its value is 8 which means a medium priority.
  • Property: Defines the property of the link, it can either be immediate, cleartarget. If a link is immediate it means the transition will occur immediately instead of waiting for the end of the source animation before taking place. If a link is cleartarget it means that it will reset object's current target animation when the link is used. By default none of these properties are defined, which means the transition will occur after the source animation has been completely played and won't reset object's current target.


Source      = SitAnim
Destination = SitAnim
Priority    = 15; <= this is our transition of choice if no target anim is requested, we just cycle here for ever =)
Source      = SitAnim
Destination = StandUpAnim
Property    = immediate; <= that means we won't wait for the end of the SitAnim cycle before going to StandUpAnim
Source      = StandUpAnim
Destination = RunAnim

Now in the code, if we're currently playing the SitAnim and we issue

orxObject_SetTargetAnim(MyHero, "RunAnim");

MyHero will first play immediately the StandUpAnim and then go to the RunAnim without you having to wait for any animation message or anything. You can listen to the orxEVENT_TYPE_ANIM events if you still want to be notified when transitions occur.

Between two animations, the calculated path will take the highest priority links at each step and if two links with the same priority are found, it will then take the one that leads to the shortest path (ie. the least amount of links needed to reach destination).

NB: If you don't feel at ease with this graph system, you can still define all your animations separately and then do all the transitions manually every time the current animation has been completely played (listening to the orxANIM_EVENT_STOP event, for example).

Latest config settings for the Development Version

The settings on this page reflect the stable / downloadable version of Orx. For up to the minute config information for the Development version of Orx, check the latest published on bitbucket at:

CreationTemplate.ini and


Additionally these files can be found under your orx source tree in the bin folder.

a link is an available transition from an animation to another one
en/orx/config/settings_structure/orxanim.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/30 04:50 (6 months ago) (external edit)