Enhancements in ToonTalk
ToonTalk version 3 includes these improvements
over version 2:
- Arbitrarily large integers and exact rational
arithmetic. The size of numbers in ToonTalk 3 is only limited only by the amount
of memory available. Numbers with millions of digits are possible. Exact fractional
values are also supported. These numbers can be spoken as well. Click here for details.
- Time travel. This is a way to move back and
forward in time while using ToonTalk. It provides a new way of replaying some actions,
undoing mistakes and making enhanced demos. An experimental
implementation of this is in version 2 but there are situations where it
didn't work reliably.
- Full 32-bit color. ToonTalk 2 reduces every
picture to a palette of 256 colors. You can run ToonTalk 3 at any color depth.
Both the built-in artwork and your imported images will look better.
- A new HTML-based interface for all dialogs.
The new dialogs look nicer and are more flexible. Perhaps most importantly,
administrators (e.g. teachers, parents, museum curators) can add or remove available
options using any HTML editor.
- Incorporation of Microsoft Agent into the documentation and
dialog screens. Animated help characters who speak will be optionally available
to help users with dialog screens and on-line documentation.
- XML-based format for saving and loading ToonTalk
objects. For advanced users this provides a way to make global changes to their
creations. It will also support the creation of new ToonTalk tools by third parties.
- Automatic packaging of user images and
sounds when saving and loading ToonTalk objects. Users can bring pictures
and sounds into ToonTalk and easily export games and applications using this
media without worry about file names, packaging, or compression.
- Ability to edit text and labels using arrow
- Ability to edit pictures. Users with two
clicks run their favorite picture editor on something they are holding in
ToonTalk. The edited picture is automatically brought into ToonTalk.
- Full support for tablet PCs and touch screens.
Version 3 supports an interface using a tablet or touch panel without using a mouse or
other pointing device.
- Plus hundreds of other enhancements. Perhaps
as important as the major enhancements listed above are the hundreds of smaller
enhancements that make ToonTalk 3 easier to use and learn.
ToonTalk 3 also includes the learning material
developed by the European WebLabs Project and
games and game components created by the European
ToonTalk can be downloaded for free.
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