23rd May, 2000

  • Well, this page is back, but I'll have to give some thought as to what to do with it now. Only time will tell. Quite a bit of time, probably, considering how busy I am.

18th March, 2000

  • Added smear. Hopefully some of you kind people out there will feel like writing a script or two to use with it. There is a help file installed with the plugin, but here's another copy of stutter.txt in case you've lost it. Feel free to contact us with questions about scripting. You can mail us at smear@xplo.org. When I get my act into gear I'll put up any scripts I receive or create on the smear page.

2nd March, 2000

  • Found a bug that has been annoying a few people in rappa. Fixes a problem with the system exiting while in full screen mode. Fixes are both to the main plugin and the zoom in/out functions. Best to grab the whole plugin.
  • Actually, I also just added a new option to freeze rappa in whatever transitions or effect state it currently is. You need to change a setting in the vis.ini and it allows double click on the vis in vis mode to lock the transition or effect until you double click to unlock it.

10th February, 2000

  • In an effort to make both your life and mine easier, I am now packaging my visuals similarly to how it is done on the Sonique plugin page. Specifically, they are now being shipped as executable files that can be installed rather than as the raw .svp files. This means after you download you simply need to run the file to install the visual.
  • A couple of minor bug fixes to the circin and circout transition effects.

4th February, 2000

  • Just a couple of minor updates to some of the rappa effects. The ripple filter has been sped up considerably (which was sorely needed) and the slide transition can now occasionally slide from other sides than just the right. Just pop this files over the current versions you have while Sonique isn't running.

19th January, 2000

  • At last, more work done. There is an update to rappa. The major changes for this version are numerous configuration values. This version allows you to turn on or off any of the rappa transitions and filters as well as any of the sonique plugins. Also, all the transitions and filters can have their own configuration information (currently most only allow you to change the time each runs for). I've also fixed a number of bugs, the most notable of which caused rappa to crash when interacting with some vises (particularly CoR's Fireworks 1.6 - my fault, not his). There's even an extra (and rather slow) transition for those of you with reasonably fast machines to enjoy.

9th December, 1999

  • Wow. Been busy. Work can be like that. Anyway.. there's a new vis, out just in time for christmas. Not entirely sure why an Australian is doing snow for christmas, but there it is. Have a look at snowvis.
  • There's an update to my version of wetnad which has an interesting effect when you turn on WaterNad in the vis.ini file.
  • An extremelly minor update to burn. Just fixed up the config entries (which there are none of really) and wrote a txt file for it.

24th November, 1999

  • Yet more updates to, you guessed it, rappa. The big advantage to this update is that it will successfully survive one of the vises it is running crashing. There are other changes, but as they wouldn't work in any currently released version of sonique, I'll keep them to myself for a little while.

22nd November, 1999

  • Many thanks to the people at MP3 Australia for giving me a shiny new home. Hopefully when I get a little more time, I'll be able to get around to tidying things up a bit and perhaps adding some more content.

18th November, 1999

  • Improved the random algorithm in rappa to try to spread the choices of transitions, effects and filters more evenly. Also, the rappa plugins are now available individually, including one new one. Hopefully more to come. See the rappa page.

17th November, 1999

  • And another minor update to the base vis. This allocates just a little bit of extra space around the display buffer. One or two of the vises had problems with going outside their alloted screen space which was causing rappa to get shut down. This seems to fix most of these problems.
  • Ah well, I guess I must be suffering from some form of premature release problem. There is already a slightly new version of the rappa API. This includes name information so I can display which plugin is running at the time. Also, all the effects have now been moved off into separate plugins so you can remove the effects that you don't like. Just make sure all the .rep files are in the same directory as the rappa.svp file.

16th November, 1999

  • Ok, the rappa API is now available. Have a look. Have a play. Mail me if you make one. The next step is to remove most of the internal effects and make them plugins so that you can pick and choose your effects. Stay tuned.

15th November, 1999

  • A serious rewrite of rappa has allowed me to support external transition effects and filters. The API for this will be supplied shortly, but until then, here is an update. It's only 90% tested, but I have (misplaced) confidence.

10th November, 1999

  • Yet another update to rappa. It will now include all the plugins that reside in sub-directories of the main vis directory. Improved support for the sub plugins also. You probably won't notice anything there, though.

8th November, 1999

  • I'm updating burn just because I don't remember what state the one that is there is like. This one is a little better. Just a tad faster and less likely to crash your sonique.

5th November, 1999

  • Futher minor updates to rappa, with the addition of a couple more transition effects.
  • A new vis-under-construction (like most of mine), burn which is a simple fire effect. In my attempt to get it more realistic looking I have, of course, made it extremely slow, and probably no better than those fire effects written in about 25 bytes of asm. All that and it doesn't react well enough to the music. But I've got to keep myself amused some how.

28th October, 1999

  • The vis changing vis, rappa, has been updated. I've got rid of most of the bugs in it, and I've added a few other transition effects. Also it now copes with the sonique effects (blur, zoom and smoke) if the vis it is currently playing wants them. There are still no configuration options, though.

22nd October, 1999

  • Too much time spent playing with graphics programs and not enough time spent working ont he work projects that I am supposed to be doing as lead me tot he page you now see before you. Getting things to look just right might have been considerably easier with the use of some handy tool, but as with most things that I do, the easy way and my way have little in common.
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