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Version 1.2 - 31/10/2003
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To get to the settings screen go to Display options in Control Panel and
in the Screen Saver section click on Settings. This brings up the UC3D settings
screen where you can set the countdown and display settings. To get to the
settings for this screen saver select it in the Installed Modules list and
click the button.
The following configuration options are available. (It is recommended that
you play with the options to find what runs best on your PC and what you think
Background Music: This lets you select if you want background music to play one,
repeated forever, or not at all. DirectX8 or higher is required for music.
If you need to get DirectX you can do so from: http://www.microsoft.com/directx
Neo Mode: Here you can choose if you want Neo to always be drawn as flowing code,
always drawn normally, or fading in and out between the two.
Normal Colour: Click on the coloured box to set the colour
of the normal falling code.
Highlight Colour: Click on the coloured box to set the colour
of the highlighted character that leads the falling code.
Reset Default Colours: This resets the colour options to
the default green colours.
Glyph Size: Lets you set whether you want small, medium or large glyphs
in the code. Use this in conjunction with the Code Resolution to get the effect you like best.
Code Resolution: Lets you set the resolution of the dynamically generated code that flows
over everything in the city. Setting it higher means you can see the glyphs better, but it may take more
power to run properly. If you are having speed problems setting this lower may speed things up, but you
won't be able to see the glyphs as clearly. Fiddle with this and the Glyph Size settings to get the best
results for you and your PC.
UPGRADE YOUR VIDEO DRIVERS!
No matter what version of Windows you are using it is recommended that you
make sure you are using the latest drivers for your video card. If you have
any problems (slow, jerky, crashing, freezing) they can almost always be fixed
by simply replacing your outdated drivers.
The latest drivers for your card are available from the manufacturers website.
They are always working on upgrading the drivers, so make sure you upgrade
Some common manufacturers websites are:
Release Notes (v1.2)
I still kind of like this screensaver more than the other Matrix screensaver
I did, but this one is nowhere near as popular. Not sure why because I personally
think this one is a bit more fun.
Anyhoo, I did have some people asking for music to be added, like I did for
the other screensaver. So I've added music.
Release Notes (v1.1)
Just a small update to convert this screen saver to work with the UC3D Screen
Saver System so that you can mix it in with other UC3D screen savers. If you
want more info on UC3D, which I'm going to convert as many of my stuff as
possible to use, go to: http://www.UselessCreations.com/uc3d
I also made some tweaks to the camera modes, and the way Neo moves and a
few other things. I also added an option to select if you want Neo displayed
as code, normally, or fading between the two.
Release Notes (v1.0)
When I saw The Matrix: Reloaded I thought one of the best effects was the
buildings n stuff all formed out of Matrix code and I instantly thought it'd
make a cool screensaver. Then when I saw Neo flying around I thought of this.
This was originally an idea I had for a Superman screensaver, with the dude
flying around Metropolis or whatever. Sorry Superman fans, but when I saw
Neo flying around and I thought instead of a normal city he could fly around
in a city made out of flowing green Matrix code. And the result looks very,
very cool, even if I do say so myself. (And I may still do a Superman version,
Please note! I always get emails saying "it's too slow" or "why
doesn't it go properly" without giving me any information whatsoever
about your system. So listen very carefully, I shall say this only one: like
all 3D programs you need a 3D accelerator video card for it to run properly.
And as I say about 17 times on the website, and in this readme, you should
always use the latest drivers for your video card for best performance. Ok?
Got that? Good.
Now, it applies to this one even more so. It basically has to do the job
of 2 screensavers: one generating the dynamic flowing code, and the second
using it to draw the city and Neo and all that. It runs nicely on my PC and
I only have an old Celeron and a cheap video card, and I'm sure you've got
better than me, so you should be fine. Try it out and see how you go.
As usual, if you spot any bugs let me know. Now go and watch this thing and
enjoy. I've never seen anything like it, but I guess I haven't looked too
hard. Personally I prefer this to the code screensaver because there's more
going on, but that's just me. My Matrix Reloaded 3D Screensaver is ofcourse
still available and has been stupidly popular. I hope you guys enjoy this
one just as much. Now I'll probably get complaints that you can't decide which
one to use, but I can live with that.
Oh, and since I keep getting requests for logo-free versions there's a donor
version of this one available without logos. Check out the website for details.
v1.2 - 31st October, 2003 - Update
Added background music for a bit of fun.
v1.1 - 19th July, 2003 - Minor Update
Converted to work with UC3D.
Added option to choose how you want Neo displayed.
Tweaked some of the camera modes and some other small stuff.
v1.0 - 12th June, 2003 - Original Release
Neo flies thru a city made up of flowing Matrix code, all in puddle formingly nifty 3D!
Configurable countdown timer.
Brought to you thru the endless magic of OpenGL!