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(Did you know there's the 3.2.5 nightly build?)

But regarding the STAC encoding thing: SCI Companion doesn't re-compress saved resources. Views and such have RLE baked in while others have nothing as a matter of fact, but the resource packs then add a layer of compression on top regardless. Thing is, that's optional and SCI Companion can only decompress most of the options.

You'd think that's not the issue here and yet I managed to reproduce it.

I should also note that almost all resources in LSL6 are STAC-compressed, but for example 900.v56 is fine to edit. This suggests to me there might be an issue with the total size of the resource.

Edit: probably not that, considering I simplified the background part of the view by removing all the patterning and then made them thinner to boot but it still messed up the logo...

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: Is this an acutal release?
« on: May 18, 2024, 05:17:41 AM »
Like I said, it must've been a pretty big operation to have CD jewel cases with the company logo where the spindle grabby things should go. That's a custom molding thing! They have that, what seems like a passable print quality for the inserts, custom sleeves for the floppies, and they apparently distributed Ikari Warriors among probably other games, too.

So like I concluded in my first reply, I can't tell.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: Is this an acutal release?
« on: May 18, 2024, 04:53:32 AM »
A Contra-style insert and the disks are labeled #2 & #3; fake, right?

You missed the third disk labelled #1 in the other pic. Also, that's Ikari Warriors, and having some advertisements for other things from the same company (Soft World, not Sierra) in the packaging is not that strange.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: Is this an acutal release?
« on: May 18, 2024, 04:21:42 AM »
This is not a CD release though. The spindle hole grabby thing in the jewel case is missing because there's floppy disks in there.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: Is this an acutal release?
« on: May 18, 2024, 04:04:11 AM »
I don't see anything about it on MobyGames. Front art and screenshots on the box seem to match the original release. I don't think could just get a CD jewel case where the grabby thing in the middle that goes through the CD's hole is completely missing, with what looks like the Soft-World logo in its place, if you weren't at least half legit.

I do know that the actual game likely isn't in Japanese at all.

As far as I'm concerned, the jury's out.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: MachineSpeed syntax on real hardware
« on: May 03, 2024, 10:23:32 AM »
I second this wholeheartedly.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: MachineSpeed syntax on real hardware
« on: May 01, 2024, 11:45:55 AM »
You would do that, yeah. It'd only make sense.

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If anyone's interested, this is why I tag my posts. So you can easily find everything I wrote about SCI.

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You suspect correctly, considering the manuals for the games spell it out.

From the original system scripts I see this:
1. There are no defines for mouse buttons, only modifier keys.
2. The icon bar checks for a shift-click to cycle through its icons and a ctrl-click to toggle between walk and the last icon.

Like this:
Code: [Select]
(if (& evType evMOUSEBUTTON) ;mouseDown
  (cond
    ((& (event modifiers?) emSHIFT) ;shiftDown, both left or right
       ;cycle icons
    )
    ((& (event modifiers?) emCTRL) ;ctrlDown
       ;toggle
    )
  )
)

Now, emLEFT_BUTTON is 1, which makes it equal emRIGHT_SHIFT. emRIGHT_BUTTON is 3, so emSHIFT. That sounds like a mistake to me.
The keyboard modifiers seem fine (though only alt, shift, and ctrl are in the Sierra header) but perhaps emSHIFT could stand to have a better name.

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Did you mean this post?

I actually have a few posts on SCI32, from that AGI post ending on SCI32 to stuff like comparing string and file subkernels.

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(this is something of a trollish post)

Which SCI32 exactly?

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Considering they're based on two different system scripts, I'd wager they are indeed perhaps too far apart as you say it.

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SCI Syntax Help / Re: QfGIV text wrap
« on: April 23, 2024, 05:29:56 AM »
Yeah, you're not gonna do anything
like that. If you want to limit the
thing's width, you're probably gonna
be stuck with hard-wrapping it all.

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SCI Development Tools / Re: Voice acting in Space Quest V - Part 2
« on: April 06, 2024, 12:12:49 PM »
I agree, but also it's "flair'.

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SCI Development Tools / Re: View size limits
« on: March 27, 2024, 06:15:52 PM »
Resource size limit is some multiple of two I think. I forget the specifics.

I'd say the problem might be the dithering pattern in your cel. Unless 16-color cels are encoded in four bits per pixel (thus two pixels per byte), dithering patterns will not compress well with run-length encoding. But what do I know? I'm more about 256-color SCI.

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