Some questions from a customer

I recently received a private message from a customer who asked a couple about her EZ Animator Deluxe. Her first two questions have both come up before and I thought it might be worthwhile to post my answers here and add some graphics.

She writes:

  1. This is my biggest frustration. I have entered the stands into the config card correctly. I don’t get any script errors BUT I can’t figure out how to bring up the menu to choose stands! What button do I use to access different stands that are in my config? It is kind of a pain to load all animations and try to find the stand I want to use :-}
  2. It seems to be trial and error for me when I hit the open button. sometimes I get the notecards and sometimes I get the configs and I have not figured out what to do to so I know when I go to load things if I’m going to get the notecards menu or the config menu.

Here are my responses:

1. How can I choose my stand?

For sits, ground sits and walks, choosing which animation to use is easy. You click the button at the bottom of the AO buttons and then pick a number 1-5. The assumption is that you will pick one walk, sit or ground sit and not want it to change until you select a different one.

However the assumption for stands is completely different. Instead, an AO assumes that you will want to cycle through your stands, changing each one every 30 seconds or so. A lot of people, myself included, don’t like the cycling. I like to choose my stand depending on my mood.

But there is a way to do what you want. Set your stand time interval to 0 seconds (the button that looks like a watch next to the AO buttons). This will turn the cycling off. Then use the Next Stand button to choose which stand you want to use.

EZAD Guide AO Buttons

2. How come sometimes the load button brings up regular notecards and sometimes AO notecards?

There are actually two buttons to load notecards, I guess the confusing part is that they are in the same place and use the same icon. When you use the flip button, the little circular button, to flip between the regular dance buttons, the AO buttons and the admin buttons, you change which load notecard you are using.

For instance, if you have the Dance buttons showing (and see the All and Me buttons), then you can hit that load button to see the regular notecards, like the dance notecard. If you see the AO and Sit buttons, and hit the load button, you get those AO config buttons to choose from.

3 Responses to “Some questions from a customer”

  1. Tanika Akina Says:

    I do alot of fighting in combat sims.
    It would be nice if the huddle could load
    different runs. So many types of run styles are availiable
    and it would be nice to be able to change between them on the fly just
    like you can on walks.
    Is that something that maybe you will add?

  2. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    That’s a great idea. I would have to look at the guts of the ZHAO script in the HUDDLE. I’m finishing up an update to the EZAD right now which uses the ZHAO-II script which allows many more animations to be loaded, but it may only allow one run. I’m not sure. I’ll take a look and see how much of a job it would be to make further alterations to the ZHAO script.

  3. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    By the way, the ZHAO scripts are open source components which I added to the EZAD (with permission from Ziggy).

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