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������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Just for your information, this stuff was developed using: A 486-DX 33MHz computer, Turbo C++ v3.0, TASM v3.1, XLIB v6.1, Deluxe Paint Animation, Pov Ray v2.2, and Dot Edit (our own utility).

Alright, here is how to get this thing compiled and running: 1. Go into the Turbo C++ IDE (I am assuming you are using a Borland C++ compiler) and load in the vectbal2.prj project. 2. When you get this far you should make sure that you are using the large memory model (try doing an ALT [O]ptions, [C]ompiler, [C]ode generation, and then select the large memory model). 3. Next you have to make sure that you have the correct directories setup. On my system here is what I have done: My copy of Turbo C++ is in the c:\tc directory, so what I did was create a directory called c:\tc\xlib61 and put all the XLIB 6.1 files in there. Then you must make sure that your directories in your IDE take this into account. Use the Alt [O]ptions, [D]irectory keys. On my system I have them set to these: Include directories: c:\TC\INCLUDE; C:\TC\XLIB61 Library directories: c:\TC\LIB; C:\TC\XLIB61 If you are using the Borland C++ 3.1 compiler, for example, then you might have to change the TC above to BC, and the rest should be the same (hopefully :-). This makes it very convenient for me to compile and maintain the stuff I make with XLIB. For example I can just simply use #include <xlib_all.h> at the beginning of my C++ program and don't have to worry about it. Oh, by the way, I highly recommend the XLIB graphics library to people who are starting out. It is this library that I have been doing most of my coding with and find it very useful. 4. The files that should be in your project file are: vectbal2.cpp - the main program fixedl.asm - the 32-bit fixed point multiply and divide functions xlib61l.lib - XLIB v6.1 large memory model library file. 5. The files you should have in your current directory (which ever one you want to compile Vector Balls II in) are: vectbal2.cpp - the main program fixedl.asm - the 32-bit fixed point multiply and divide functions vectbal2.h - include file that contains the bitmap and palette data 6. Then hit F9 (Make) and watch the program compile and link. 7. You should be able to run it from your compiler with ALT [R]un, and [R]un. Usually I just drop to DOS and test it there because I usually spit out text for debugging purposes, but you don't have to if you don't want to. That should get you started. But if not, just email me at: m9cl@jupiter.sun.csd.unb.ca and I will get back to you as soon as possible. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Greetings from Tumblin go to: Rush, Lord Feff, and Gyro of Bodies In Motion. Raptor and Nut Cracker of Imortal Syndicate (hope to meet you 2 some day) Accidental, The Emulator Institute, Night Vision,

Starry Knight Productions, Dare Devil, C.C.Catch, and Ryan Cramer of Renaissance (love your music!) Gore, Purple Motion, Skaven, and Pixel of the Future Crew, Mr. H, and Vogue of Triton (nice tracker!) Necros - Your music has been very inspiring, hope to meet you in person!) Fear of Mental Design - hope to meet you at Asm '95! Sent me those disks yet? The IRC croud, And finally, to all those people who left me email (and that guy from Iillinois who called me long distance) to tell me how much they liked the original Vector Balls release. Although it wasn't much of a program, I got a very good response from it. Well guys, let me know how much you like this one!!! Lets see if we can all make it to the NAID Party, it should be a blast!!! ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ What does Bodies In Motion have planned for the future? Well, let me try to answer that question. We have the following projects on the go (we are not sure when they will be released, but it would be safe to say that we will get most of them out during our Christmas break from university) : - VED v0.4 beta with the source code. The object files are still in ASCII text format, so it still will only display them. The main purpose of this release will be to give everybody some source code for doing light-source shaded polygon objects. I guess the source code right now prints out on 25+ pages! (this one is late getting released) - A texture mapping tutorial by Tumblin, using his own algorithms. - Joseph Mega-mix which is an MTM tune composed by Rush for a play he did a few months back. (this one is late too) - VED v1.0, (probably a shareware release, will have to see). The new version of our light source shaded polygon vector editor. This one WILL let you create objects on the screen without any need for graph paper. (this one is almost ready) - A music disk with songs from Rush, and the rest of Bodies In Motion (so far we have two songs ready, more to come) - Astron BBS intro. This will be our first little intro for a BBS in our home town. (About half done) - Free Fall, our first Mega Demo. (Will try for a release at NAID) So as you can see, we've been pretty busy. it seams :-) (With everything else but demos

������������������������������������������������������������������������������ I hope that you all have a very merry Christmas and happy new year! Tumblin / Bodies In Motion (aka Terry Sznober)