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Not only can the animation system work with graphics and frames, it can also animate text strings.
Think “Ready Set Go” in racing games or animated text in console games (rogue-likes!).
To start this tutorial, let's create a blank project using the init script.
In the config file, remove the default
[Object] section and everything below it.
Paste in the new CountDown object and animation set:
[CountDown] AnimationSet = CountDownAnimationSet [CountDownAnimationSet] Pivot = center Graphic = @ ; Look in the current section for the Graphic properties (like Text) Text = @ ; Look in the current section for Text properties, like String. (But no string defined, so starts blank) StartAnim = Ready Ready = 0 Count = 0 ;Count animation uses 0, meaning as many frames as defined in config by convention: Count1, Count2, etc. Go = 0 Ready-> = Count Count-> = Go Go-> = Go
In the code, change the default
Object creation to our
If you're not familiar with the animation system, be sure to have a look at the Animation Walk-through.
To explain the above, we start with an object called
CountDown. The object is empty and only has an animation set which will perform changes on itself.
In the animation set, there are three animation names defined:
In addition to defining the animation names, we show what happens when one animation ends and where another begins.
Ready is first, second is
Count, and finally
Go which loops forever.
Now to make the animation frames and timings using numbered convention:
[Ready1] String = READY! KeyDuration = 2 [Count] KeyDuration = 0.5 [Count1] String = 3 [Count2] String = 2 [Count3] String = 1 [Go] KeyDuration = 0.25 [Go1] String = GO [Go2] String = >GO< [Go3] String = >>GO<< [Go4] String = >>>GO<<< [Go5] String = >>GO<< [Go6] String = >GO<
To explain the above,
Ready1 is the first frame of
Ready. It is held for 2 seconds, and shows
READY! during that time.
Once expired, it moves to
Count to get common properties like the duration of each frame.
Go animation plays.