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*Dotson, Sean
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Animator v3.0 Release Canidate

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12-06-2002 12:20 AM
Animator v3.0 release candidate is ready for download.

http://www.sdotson.com/vba/animatorv30.zip

Charles Bliss did a LOT of work on this release and should be commended for
his hard work! Thanks Charles!

Charles added the ability to record an AVI directly from the Animator
dialogue and made the program an add-in so that it remains persistent in the
assembly environment giving you one click access to the program. This
version works on R6 only. (To use on Animator on Inventor R5.3 please
download Animator v2.5 from my site).

Be sure to read the User Manual that comes with the zip file.

This is a pre-release. Test it, thrash it, let us know if it breaks. As
we/you find bugs we'll update the code. So far I've had to try REALLY hard
to crash it so hopefully it's pretty bulletproof. As always, make backups
of your assembly. We don't want you screwing up that machine that has to be
built next week.

This version will read v2.5 sequence files so users of v2.5 should be able
to pick up where they left off.

What's New in v3.0

a.. Ability to capture AVI animations directly from the Animator interface
b.. Program is now an add-in and the icon resides on the assembly toolbar
c.. Program request a save if changes to the sequence file have been made
and Animator is closed
d.. Sequence and AVI filenames are defaulted to that of the assembly
Improved error trapping and crash prevention

We hope you find this to be a useful program and welcome any comments,
suggestions and bug reports.

--
Sean Dotson, PE
http://www.sdotson.com
Check the Inventor FAQ for most common questions
http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html
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MattH
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Message 2 of 30 (73 Views)

Re: Animator v3.0 Release Canidate

12-06-2002 01:15 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
Now this is a GREAT! program. Thanks to Sean, Neil and Charles for something so small and beautiful yet so powerfull (3DS Max takes up 650Mb of disk space, Animator3 - 232Kb, speak softly and carry a big stick!) All we need now is to get Autodesk / Inventor to let us drive constraints in assemblies AND sub assemblies and Animator4 will put most animation software companys out of business (?)
Regards
Matt Hutchinson
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Todd_G
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎01-29-2003
Message 3 of 30 (73 Views)

Re: Animator v3.0 Release Canidate

12-06-2002 02:34 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
Sean, Can't wait to try this one, but having trouble getting it loaded. I downloaded the .zip file which included the .pdf and the installer and followed the directions in the .pdf. No new icon so i went to the add-in manager and the only thing there was one called "Animator" not "Animator.clAnimator" like the manual said. Not sure if this is why it's not loading. The "Animator" add-in won't load it. Any help would be appreciated, looks like a really cool program!
*Bystry, Mark A.
Message 4 of 30 (73 Views)

Re: Animator v3.0 Release Canidate

12-06-2002 02:56 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
GOOD LORD! this is one of the sweeeeeetest programs for inventor that i have
ever used. nice work guys. i animate and drive files all the time. this will
be very, very useful. great work, great work.

...and double thanks for not charging for it. i like the free ones.


--
Mark A. Bystry
Engineer
Ziggity Systems, Inc.
mbystry@ziggity.com
*Dotson, Sean
Message 5 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 02:59 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
Hmm.. Did you have Inventor closed when you
installed it?

 

Close Inventor

 

Try going to the location of the install (if
you used the default it will be c:\program files\autodesk\macros) in a command
window and then type

 

regsvr32 animator.dll

 

then double click on animator.reg  say yes to
the next dialogue.

 

Reopen Inventor.  See if the add-in is
there.  Check it to make sure it's loaded.

 

Hope that works...
--
Sean Dotson,
PE
http://www.sdotson.com
Check the
Inventor FAQ for most common questions

href="http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html">http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html

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Sean,
Can't wait to try this one, but having trouble getting it loaded. I downloaded
the .zip file which included the .pdf and the installer and followed the
directions in the .pdf. No new icon so i went to the add-in manager and the
only thing there was one called "Animator" not "Animator.clAnimator" like the
manual said. Not sure if this is why it's not loading. The "Animator" add-in
won't load it. Any help would be appreciated, looks like a really cool
program!
*Dotson, Sean
Message 6 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 03:00 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
"All we need now is...drive constraints in assemblies AND sub
assemblies...Animator4 "

 

great minds think alike <g>
--

Sean Dotson, PE

href="http://www.sdotson.com">http://www.sdotson.com

Check the Inventor
FAQ for most common questions

href="http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html">http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html

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Now
this is a GREAT! program. Thanks to Sean, Neil and Charles for something so
small and beautiful yet so powerfull (3DS Max takes up 650Mb of disk space,
Animator3 - 232Kb, speak softly and carry a big stick!) All we need now is to
get Autodesk / Inventor to let us drive constraints in assemblies AND sub
assemblies and  will put most animation software companys out of business
(?)
Regards
Matt Hutchinson
*Bystry, Mark A.
Message 7 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 03:14 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
...AND you guys have given us back codec options that Autodesk took away in
SP1. GOD BLESS YOU!



"Mark A. Bystry" wrote in message
news:0F491E83A0F3D2AA98D055E7F89F1606@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> GOOD LORD! this is one of the sweeeeeetest programs for inventor that i
have
> ever used. nice work guys. i animate and drive files all the time. this
will
> be very, very useful. great work, great work.
>
> ...and double thanks for not charging for it. i like the free ones.
>
>
> --
> Mark A. Bystry
> Engineer
> Ziggity Systems, Inc.
> mbystry@ziggity.com
>
>
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Todd_G
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎01-29-2003
Message 8 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 03:20 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
Yep, had IV closed. Just typed regsvr32 animator.dll at the command prompt and I get a message LoadLibrary("animator.dll")failed - The specified module could not be found. Still shows the "Animator" add-in and every time i load it it doesn't show the new icon and when i go back to the add-in manager it shows it as unloaded.
*Dotson, Sean
Message 9 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 03:33 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
you were in the c:\program files\autodesk\macros
directory when you typed this?

 

Do you have admin permissions on this
computer?  Anyone know if it's possible that permissions might keep someone
from registering a dll?

 

I'm at a loss here Todd.  Let me check with a
few people and hopefully we can get you up and running.


--
Sean Dotson, PE

href="http://www.sdotson.com">http://www.sdotson.com

Check the Inventor
FAQ for most common questions

href="http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html">http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html

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Yep,
had IV closed. Just typed regsvr32 animator.dll at the command prompt and I
get a message LoadLibrary("animator.dll")failed - The specified module could
not be found. Still shows the "Animator" add-in and every time i load it it
doesn't show the new icon and when i go back to the add-in manager it shows it
as unloaded.
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Todd_G
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎01-29-2003
Message 10 of 30 (73 Views)

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12-06-2002 03:38 AM in reply to: *Dotson, Sean
That did it...wasn't in the right directory *smacking forehead* Thanks for the help Sean.
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