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Scenarist Designer for Photoshop
Release Notes for Windows Edition
January 24, 2009 Version Number: 2.6
Welcome to the Windows edition of Sonic Scenarist Designer PS 2.6!
Please read this document thoroughly. It contains the following important information: • “Installation notes” on page 1 • “Installing Scenarist Designer PS” on page 2 • “New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.6” on page 3 • “New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.5” on page 4 • “New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.2” on page 4 • “New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.1” on page 4 • “New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.0” on page 5 • “Limitations and known issues” on page 6
For assistance with using Scenarist Designer PS, please contact Sonic Technical Support at: http://support.sonic.com
• Windows XP Service Pack 2 (or later)—32 Bit • Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 or CS4 • 1 GB RAM
Installer changes in Scenarist Designer PS 2.6
• The installer now automatically installs the Designer script files for you. They are still installed into the “Extras” directory, but they no longer need to be manually copied to Photoshop’s “Presets\Scripts” directory. • A separate installer is provided for users running the 64-bit edition of Adobe Photoshop CS4 under Windows XP Professional x64. This will install a 64-bit version of the Designer PS Plugin. • The installer now allow you to select your Adobe Photoshop directory. You can change the detected installation directory if, for example, you have multiple copies of Photoshop installed on your PC.
Scenarist Designer PS 2.6—January 24, 2009
When launching Scenarist Designer PS the first time.• Scenarist Designer PS is only officially supported when running under Windows XP SP2 or SP3. 3 Attach the Sonic dongle to your computer’s USB port. you will be prompted for your activation code. If you encounter any problems with installation. and documentation are added as part of the Sonic Scenarist Designer PS suite: • Applications – Scenarist Designer (Photoshop Plug-in) • Documentation – Scenarist Designer User Guide • Extras – – Tutorial files Photoshop scripts Installing Scenarist Designer PS This section documents how to install the Scenarist Designer PS software. Sentinel dongle drivers. Follow the on-screen instructions. Follow the on-screen instructions. Note: Do not attach the Sonic dongle until after the Scenarist Designer PS software and Sentinel dongle drivers have been installed. (To do so press Shift. French. The included dongle must be attached to your computer when running Scenarist Designer PS. Installed applications The following applications. A manual installation can be performed on other Language editions.) • Scenarist Designer PS can be installed into some International Language editions of Photoshop (Chinese. and dongle: 1 Insert the Sonic Installation disc and run the Setup program for the Scenarist Designer PS software. You can install it under Windows Vista. Italian. Users attempting to run Scenarist Designer PS under Vista should note that Dongle Activation will only succeed if Photoshop is run with Administrator credentials. German. though it is only officially supported on English systems. 6 Click OK. 2 Run the Setup program for the Sentinel dongle drivers. 2009 2 . Sentinel dongle drivers. 4 When you try to export from Photoshop for the first time. you are prompted to activate the software by entering an activation code. Scenarist Designer PS 2. enter the activation code for your Scenarist Designer PS system.) The activation code is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as it appears. please contact Sonic Technical Support. utilities. To install the Scenarist Designer PS software. right-click the Photoshop icon. but it is not certified under this configuration. choose Run as. Japanese. and Sonic dongle.6—January 24. and reboot if necessary. 5 When prompted with the Activation dialog box. and then enter the Administrator’s user ID and password. Spanish and Swedish). (This may be the same as your Scenarist Blu-Ray Edition code.
These scripts help you flatten all layers.5. This is a massive timesaver for users just doing 24-bit BD-J exports. The dithering algorithm and dithering percentage can also be set in the startup dialog. The error message was displayed when a BOG has a very small intersection with a BG layer . New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.the new startup dialog. This makes aligning the images during authoring much easier. • "Ignore" Groups and Working Layers .a new feature for Asset Export that lets you place many items into a group. In the startup dialog you can tell Designer to do per-page. 2009 3 . and a flattened composite for Designer export? Well now Designer documents are more flexible about what they contain. or even load in a previously saved palette. • When Designer is running in CS3 or CS4 it now recognizes layer opacity settings. lets you set up your export as the first step in the export process.6 • Choose export format(s) at startup . Got a bunch of layers you don't want to export? Simply drop them into a Group prefixed with "I:" and Designer will simply ignore it and the contents. and it now ships with a 64-bit plugin that works with Photoshop CS4 64-bit Edition (for Windows XP-64 and Vista-64 only).New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.this new feature means you don't have to wait for the preview window to load before making dithering or palette changes. then have them all exported at a size equivalent to the bounding rectangle of the group.5 and 5. • The default percentage for Error Diffusion dithering has been changed from 100% to 80%. or global palette optimization. so you can set things up the way you want from the beginning. you can do so faster than ever before.1 • Removed an error that could occur during HDMV slicing. Layer options let you specify Button and BOG attributes and even author simple navigation commands within Photoshop.6 ships with three all new scripts to help you generate Designer PSDs faster than ever before. • Trim to Layer Set . • Support for Adobe Photoshop CS4 including a 64-bit plugin (Windows only) . • Layer Options . Similarly if you leave a layer in a Button Group ("B:") and don't give it a Designer prefix.6 is fully supported in Photoshop CS4. because it means they don't have to wait for palette optimization and dithering to complete before they can do an export. Please see the User Guide for more information. especially when Global Palettes are used. Testing has shown that this gives a better quality result across a broad range of images. However it is preferrable to allow the export to continue. Scenarist Designer PS 2. • HDi Export has been removed in this release. • The Buffer Checker usage reported for HDMV is now consistent with the encoded sizes produced by Scenarist Blu-ray Edition v4. so if you've got everything setup the way you want and you just need to re-export. CS2 users need to flatten the layer for Designer to recognize the transparent pixels. • Set dithering and palette options at startup . it will also be ignored.a simple name for a very powerful feature. Users doing HDMV exports can also skip the preview window.Designer PS 2.a condition which can lead to unexpected slicing results. Simply select a Button or BOG and run the "Set Layer Options" Script to get started.Designer PS 2. rather than halt it.0. • New Photoshop scripts . and build IG and PG structures automatically. • Buttons with a transparent Normal state are now supported in IG documents.6—January 24.do you maintain two documents: a working design document.
• Renaming of the default dithering option. • Ability to export flattened composites from a Scenarist Designer PS PSD. • Even smaller PNGs . “FS”. • Support for multiple background layers in BD-J export .Check your design in Designer before export to make sure that it will fit within the memory buffer of your target player. You no longer need to choose whether to output for HDMV.pdf in the Extras folder for full details. which allow you to export any PSD layer or layer set as an 8-bit or 24-bit image.6—January 24.pdf” for full details. • Alternate Workflow . Scenarist Designer PS renames buttons. • Support for overlapping buttons. a more meaningful and accurate description. • An updated Export UI with additional export options. Scenarist Designer PS 2. these updated scripts make it even easier to rename your layers to be Designer compliant.Designer now outputs a simplified XML format for BD-J exports.use Photoshop Helper scripts to convert flattened composite images into Designer PSDs via manual slicing.Included in Scenarist Designer PS's Extras folder. See Readme.BD-J and Asset exports can now create an image mosaic. 2009 4 . • All new BD-J export . • Tutorial Materials and Photoshop Helper Scripts. You simply choose whether to output 8-bit or 24bit graphics. the preferred format for Hollywood BD-J authors.New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2. • Remembers export preferences between exports.5 • Buffer Checker . which are included in Scenarist Designer PS’s Extras folder.6. • New right-click menu options. See “C:\Program Files\Sonic\Scenarist Designer PS\Extras\Readme.2 • Support for exporting layers (as opposed to just slices) for HDi and BD-J. New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2. • Ability to export 8-bit graphics for HDi and BD-J. HDi or BD-J.Designer now does additional optimization on export ensuring that your PNGs are as small as possible. It is now possible to use Scenarist Designer PS as part of a color reduction workflow.support for multiple BG layers within a page allows users to include multiple non-button graphics in their designs. • Changes to asset export: In Scenarist Designer PS 2. If necessary. comparable with third-party optimizers like pngcrush. New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.1 • Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Final) • Added “Do not trim” option for Asset Exports. • Enforcing of unique and correct (per the schema) ID attributes for exported HDi Markup. to “Error Dithering (FS)”. • Support for exporting mosaic images . • Resizable Layers Tree pane. the asset export just exports graphics. • Updated Photoshop Helper Scripts .
New features in Scenarist Designer PS 2.• Fixed problem with Eye Dropper tool: – When the Background layer is not displayed.6—January 24. 2009 5 . the Eye Dropper tool shows the correct RGBA value for the composited pixel. When the Background layer is displayed. – During layer processing. This value may not be in the palette.0 • Global palettes can now be generated based on all the pages in an IG or Display sets in PG • HDi Markup export • BD-J export (for import into Scenarist BD-J) Scenarist Designer PS 2. layer names are now checked for illegal characters (* \ / < > : ? " |). the Eye Dropper shows the correct palette entry for all pixels.
If this happens. but something to be aware of. force Designer to quit. you may see color shifts occur between Pages. • Designer will throw an error if it finds that two BOGs overlap. Scenarist Designer PS automatically renames the second layer set on export. They are treated like normal folders and exporter in Asset PSDs.0 or later to update projects created with 1. If this occurs you can try to re-order the layer sets.e. Scenarist Designer PS 2. but the resulting . It is strongly recommended that you give all layers and layer sets unique names.scenarist. • The Image Mosaic algorithm can sometimes create mosaics that are less than optimal i.designer file will not be able to be imported into . or try trimming any fringing/feathering around the edge of the layer.Limitations and known issues • Large Photoshop files: – When working with large Photoshop files. • Because Designer optimizes each Page independently. • If you have an Asset PSD which has two or more Layer Sets (Groups) and no Layers in the top level of the document. • During the optimization phase of a 24-bit color export. • Only one IG or PG can be defined per file. then assign more memory in Photoshop. • Ignore groups only work in IG and PG documents. even if the buttons within those BOGs don’t overlap each other. if any PNG-24 files are found to have 256 colors or less. • Scenarist Designer PS does not support the use of extended Unicode characters in Layer names.1. The solution is to use Global Palettes. This appears to have been fixed in Photoshop CS3 10. Creating a Global Palette for extremely large Designer PSDs (>100MB) can in rare circumstances result in a freeze. • Asset PSDs with only a single layer can sometimes result in an exported file with an incorrect name. two BOGs with the name “BOG”). they will be converted into a PNG-8.x versions. 2009 6 . nudge problematic layers a pixel or two.0. • Designer’s automatic slicing algorithm can sometimes generate unexpected results.6—January 24. Designer will export the files. If your problems still persist feel free to provide the file to Sonic Technical Support. The current workaround is to manually edit the mosaic image in Photoshop. do not use 2. you may have problems with memory limitations while processing.0. dedicate more memory and disc cache to Photoshop in Photoshop’s Preferences. The current workaround is to add a Layer to the top level of the PSD. – • Layer effects and transparency must be rendered (flattened) before exporting. The renaming algorithm changed in Scenarist Designer PS 2. This is intentional. • If you have layer sets with the same name (for example. If this occurs. so if you have used non-unique names. that contain a lot of blank space.
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