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Program Announcements / 2D tiling system DLL

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IanM
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Posted: 19th Jan 2003 15:38
This command DLL allows you to create a map of 2D tiles and display them on the current bitmap.

Points of note:
Size of maps only limited by available memory.
Number of maps only limited by available memory.
Uses images as tiles, so only limited by the number of images you can load into memory.
Automatic clipping within the bitmap - only the images that will show are drawn.
Maps can be drawn either with or without transparency.

Be aware that this is no magic bullet, drawing lots of small tiles will be just as slow as if you pasted the images yourself. Stick to above 32x32 and you should find it will be fast enough.

This was originally just a test for accessing internal DBPro commands from a DLL, but I decided to clean it up a bit and release it - I'm sure that someone will find a use for it.

I'm not yet happy about the way I'm accessing the DBPro commands, so this is an DLL-only release. The source is available via email for anyone who wants it though.

Oh, and any suggestions for improvements are gratefully accepted.
IanM
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Posted: 19th Jan 2003 15:40
Darn it. Forgot the link. Here it is:

http://www.matrix1.demon.co.uk/DBPro/Matrix1Map_exe01.zip
MrTAToad
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Posted: 19th Jan 2003 21:56
Interesting...

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IanM
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Posted: 19th Jan 2003 22:26
In what way?
MrTAToad
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Posted: 19th Jan 2003 23:25
Should make 'animated' 2d tiling easier. Can I add it to the list of availiable plug-ins ?

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http://www.nickk.nildram.co.uk/ for great plug-ins - oh my, yes!
IanM
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Posted: 20th Jan 2003 14:30
Sure thing.

I will be adding more commands to it later though, along with a few enhancements to the existing ones.
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Posted: 20th Jan 2003 14:53
Okay - I'll deal with any updates when you do them...

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MrTAToad
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Posted: 23rd Jan 2003 23:31
Any chance of you being able to e-mail me the string tables for Matrix1Map.dll & Matrix1Utility.dll ? I've finally got my dll's detailed, so I'm onto yours now...

Good news everyone! I really am THAT good...
http://www.nickk.nildram.co.uk/ for great plug-ins - oh my, yes!

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