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Anim8or v0.98 Discussion Forum / CRASH! boom smash plop
« on: July 12, 2008, 02:50:25 pm »
Well, it seems that I have a new bug in the anim8or.  Apparently, for some reason I can't determine, the program went from operating normally yesterday in the morning, to, later in afternoon, crashing when running it. The program is set to run and open the last file it accessed.

The program DOES run when I find the file I want to work on and then run by opening the file, but the program will not run when I simply wish to run anim8or alone.  Also, if I close the file I opened with, I am still able to keep on and create new files or open other existing files.

I have tried to run all the versions of anim8or I still keep - 96, 97, 97b.  All versions have the same result, which does imply it is the PC and not the program.

I use Windows Vista, set with Compatibility for XP and in Admin preference. As far as I know, nothing in the setting of either the program or my PC were altered in the interim.

Is anyone else experiencing this situation?

General Anim8or Forum / To our friends of the Anim8or Communities
« on: July 05, 2008, 02:56:45 pm »
It seems that something very bizarre has occurred.

Someone has redirected the domain name of to

The staff at AnimAnon does not fully understand what has brought about this event, but please know that we do not desire sort of forum wars.

We have always wanted a friendly, positive exerience for any members of the the anim8or communities at large.

Please contact me directly if you wish to discuss this issue and help sort it out - .

~Your friends at

ASL Scripts / Re: script request-copy along a spline
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:11:32 pm »
Well now, the timing of this little tool is awesome!

What with the tank projects I've stirred up at AnimAnon, and a related project going on for a bigger purpose... 

I'll definitely be taking this tool to task!

Thank YOU!!!!!

Halflifedude, if you plan on trying a tank, I'd be very interested in seeing what you come up with... and might have a project you'd be interested in, as well...

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: The X303 Prometheus
« on: May 05, 2008, 12:32:13 pm »
That came out really well! 

I really like just about everything to do with this model.  How long did it take to make?

Been wondering what became of you after you had popped into our old AnimAnon site (no longer active).

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Head experiment gone Awry
« on: April 29, 2008, 12:48:08 pm »
taking care of that now for ya, TT.

Contest wrapped up in March.  It was intended for a february, monthlong run, after which judging pursued.

However, we do have regular contests every 2 weeks or so if you would like to see more.

Feel free to come on by.  Just click on "AnimAnon" in my signature.

We had problems with our host as we used the SMF newsletter feature to send out announcements.  Apparently the host decided we must be spamming and activated some sort of automatic anti-spam/lock-out mechanism to disable AnimAnon's forum.

I'm not very happy about that, and will be conferring with Kreator on what we might need to consider.  Still a bit unsure about our host, and am having troubles justifying giving these guys money to upgrade.... A few things have made me a little nervous about them and this definitely does nothing to improve my sense of security.

Strange Worlds Contestants have posted their entries! Check them out at either of these links!;boardseen#new,627.msg6055.html#msg6055

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: jellyfish
« on: February 14, 2008, 04:17:45 am »
That's a really impressive jelly!  very realistic!

We are still accepting entrants!  Not too late to join the fun!

Judges lined up to date:

R Steve Glanville - Creator of Anim8or software, Administrator of
Arik_the_Red - Founder and Administrator of AnimAnon
chezzestix - Aspiring animator, programmer, member of
flametiger74 - Aspiring modeler of Anim8or software
Monochrome - Project Leader of Dungeoneer
op4 - Administrator of

updated to include 2nd prize:

-35 US Dollars credit toward, courtesy of Arik_the_Red

Anim8or v0.98 Discussion Forum / Re: Windows Vista and Plug-Ins
« on: February 04, 2008, 12:29:45 pm »
Anim8or runs if the plug-in scripts are not activated/accessible. Works the same way with or without the Administrator box checked.

Anim8or v0.98 Discussion Forum / Windows Vista and Plug-Ins
« on: February 04, 2008, 01:03:20 am »
I can't seem to get the plug-ins to work in Vista.  The main program is running in XP compatibility mode, but when I configure to the plug-ins, everything gets stuck with a blank DOS window.

Does anyone have any ideas here?


Judges lined up to date:

R Steve Glanville
- Creator of anim8or, administrator of
Arik_the_Red - Founder and administrator of AnimAnon
chezzestix - animator, programmer, member of
op4 - Administrator of

This contest is intended to give all amateurs the opportunity to show their work. 

It is understood that there may be those that excel in one or another aspect of graphics and animation, and not necessarily in all.  The Judging Panel will, therefore, review four distinct aspects of the entry, rating each from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, implying perfection. These categories are as follows:

ORIGINALITY:  Regardless of other aspects of judging, the entry will be viewed purely for the artist's ability to imagine something based on original design.  The more unique the intended composition the better the rating.

COMPOSITION and ANIMATION:  Regardless of other aspects of judging, the entry will be rated based upon the artist's ability to combine his/her various elements to create a scene with dramatic effect based upon arrangement of the objects, scenery, etc., combined with camera angles and movement, animation elements, and overall "visual storytelling ability."

COLOR, TEXTURE, LIGHTING: Regardless of other aspects of judging, the entry will be rated on the artist's efforts to combine lighting, color and textures to create a visually stimulating imagery.  This is not to be confused with "SHAPE AND FORM", which is an art unto itself.

SHAPE AND FORM:  Regardless of other aspects of judging, the entry will be rated on the artist's efforts to create the objects, figures, landscape, etc., so as to form a plausible, appealing appearance. Note, "realism" is not necessarily applicable in this case.  Should it be apparent that the artist is aiming for "realistic imagery," the artist would be judged for the apparent intent.  Should the artist be attempting to create a surrealistic, comical, or in other way "not realistic" imagery, the artist will be rated on his or her consistency and overall ability to maintain his or her design style throughout the composition.

GRADING/SCORING:  Each of the four ratings will then be combined to create an "average" score," adding the four scores and then dividing by four to come up with the composition's final grade.  Example:

8 = Originality
4 = Composition/Animation
9 = Color, Texture, Lighting
5 = Shape and Form
26 = Total
divided by 4
6.5 = Final Grade

In the case of a tied score, the judges shall deliberate on which composition they feel to be finest over all.

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