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gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha

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Short:ImageFX mode settings toggle
Author:paabo at bancom.net
Uploader:paabo bancom net
Type:gfx/edit
Architecture:generic
Date:1997-10-11
Download:http://aminet.net/gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.readme
Downloads:1182
PROGRAMS USING THE FILES

  ImageFX 2.+

MAIN APPLICATION

 instantly switch between 'remembered' mode settings configurations. for 
operations that go back and forth between two or three settings configurations

INSTALLATION

 copy 'default.keys' file to  location of 'standard. keys' or your pre-existing 
'default.keys'. (First save your current 'default.keys' if it exists, by
renaming  it, if you do not want it overwritten, or modify your own 'default.
keys'  (read  below).   
DESCRIPTION ImageFX is designed so that when you alter the drawing modes
settings, these  settings affect all the drawing tools. This becomes frustrating
for drawing  operations that go back and forth systematically between two or
three different  drawing settings. For example a very effective way of painting
in ImageFX is to use  the airbrush tool, and cycle between NORMAL at 100% BLEND,
and SMUDGE at 50% BLEND.
 You draw a solid line, and then smear-smudge it. Then you do it again, and
again,  just like when you paint with pastels--paint-smudge, paint-smudge. This
attempts to  make the cycling between three drawing modes as easy as hitting the
keyboard keys  q, w, e. And establishing those settings as easy as hitting Q, W,
or E, after an  initial establishment of settings.
How do we do it? Small scripts are attached to the q, Q, w , W, e, E keys which 
learn the settings (Q, W, E) and instantly fetch the remembered settings (q,w,e)
When ImageFX is booted, it looks for the file 'default'keys' to provide the 
functions attached to keyboard keys. It only goes to 'standard.keys' if no 
'default.keys' file exists. The 'default.keys' is designed to allow users to 
configure their own keyboard. The 'default.keys' provided here with the added 
functionality  is essentially the 'standard.keys' file, but adding functionality
to  the unused keys  q , Q (=shift q), w, W, e, E. You need not use this
configuration.
 You can cut and past the part involving the Q, q, W, w, E, e keys to your own 
default.keys file. You can even change the keys used (as long as your key
choices  are not used elsewhere in the keys file. I chose q, Q, W, w,W, e,E 
because they  are handy. You can even add more keys if you want more settings at
your fingertips.
 Just follow the formula followed in this example. Note after saving any new
 'default.keys' file, you have to reboot ImageFX for the file to have effect.

USAGE:
Usage is straightforward. You establish drawing settings, then hit shift-q,
shift-w,  or shift-e (Q, W, E), which will save the settings to
IMAGEFX:SettingsQ.ifx, or  IMAGEFX:SettingsW.ifx, or IMAGEFX:SettingsE.ifx ,
respectively. If these already  exist from previous work, you will be asked
whether to overwrite them. You may want  to preserve settings from previous work
and not overwrite, in which case just use  them. Once the drawing settings have
been established, you 'fetch' the appropriate  settings via the non-shift keys
q, w, or e. Thus if Q established NORMAL BLEND 100
  etc, and  W established SMUDGE BLEND 50%, then the paint-smudge-paint-smudge 
operation is as easy as hitting  q - w - q - w etc. Note the settings are those 
written by the HEADER in the macro-learn operation. Thus  everything recorded by
 the HEADER command is included in the remembering and fetching. This includes
pen  size, airbrush settings, etc. Have a look at the script SettingsQ.ifx after
 establishing it, to see what parameters are 'remembered'. This means for
example  that you can also establish a small airbrush size for painting, and a
larger one  for smudging. (or blurring, or whatever)

You will note that the script attached to the keys q w e also includes
 'Airbrushsettings Realtime'. This is because I like to see what I do instantly
(the
 'real time' checkbox is 'on'). Without this additional command,
airbrushsettings
 will return to realtime=off in every settings change. 


Contents of gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha
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[generic]                  968    3011  32.1% -lh5- 4c8f Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/default.keys
[generic]                  267     616  43.3% -lh5- 5829 Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/default.keys.info
[generic]                 1796    4015  44.7% -lh5- 574b Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/IFXSettingsKeys.readme
[generic]                  266     616  43.2% -lh5- 3bf5 Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/IFXSettingsKeys.readme.info
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 Total         4 files    3297    8258  39.9%            Oct 11  1997

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