Scripts / New library script to play with : Sprite based text library.

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AmenMoses
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Posted: 27th Jun 2018 22:48
So I've been tinkering with this for a while and think it's ready for people to play with and hopefully to get some feedback from.

Instructions:
1) Unzip the test_fonts into the scriptbank\images folder.
2) Put the textlib.lua and text_test.lua scripts in scriptbank folder.
3) Attach text_test.lua script to an always active entity.
4) Enjoy!

The text_test.lua script shows how to use the commands, the test_fonts folder contains two sprites sets to play with and the textlib.lua has headers on the user callable functions explaining what they do.
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Very good work, works great on my PC, big thank you for your work of great value ,

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Posted: 28th Jun 2018 08:52
Wow, this is fantastic. Thank You
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Posted: 28th Jun 2018 09:33 Edited at: 28th Jun 2018 09:41
Word of warning, make sure the call to display a new text string only happens once *not* per frame, in my script I check to see if the text identifier is nil before the call to ensure it only happens once. Also make sure to call the delete function when the text is done with.

If you start to see a drop in frame rate then the most likely cause is a repetitive call to create text as under the covers that will keep generating new character sprites and will eventually cause a crash when the sprite storage is full.

If you want to practice making your own sprites here are a couple different raw 'fonts' to play with.

You need to work out the best height for the characters then chop up the font image into separate pngs for each character you want to use. You don't need to use all of the characters btw, if you were creating a numerical display for example you would only need the numbers.

Make sure to make all the images the same height and that the characters are correctly positioned within the image, i.e. such that when placed side by side the characters line up properly. Then make the images as narrow as possible whilst still having a small margin around the outside and 'clean up' the images (depending on how you sliced them up you may have parts of adjoining characters along the edges).

I bet someone out there with some high end graphics package like PS and the skills to use it would find this a doddle but it took me hours for the first two 'fonts'.

Edited to add:
The rather ugly looking method of registering the sprites with the ['a']= LoadImage("<path>\\<file name>.png") part is important and shouldn't be changed by for example putting the path in a separate string and doing LoadImage( path .. "a.png" ) or anything similar otherwise you'll find you can't make a standalone!
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Posted: 28th Jun 2018 14:09
like the messy/creepy looking font, i bet that would look nice for a horror game in blood red with some blood drips
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Posted: 28th Jun 2018 14:26
Thank you Amen! Greatly appreciated it
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Posted: 28th Jun 2018 17:19
@smallg: I didn't *make* the font, it is just one that happened to be on a computer that I was using as are the others. All I did was created a text box in an artsy app, probably Gimp, maybe paint, type away and then export as png. Weird thing about Fonts is that every machine I use seems to have a different collection of the darn things and I have no idea where they came from!

So bearing all that in mind I don't think you could legally sell these sprite sets. I'm no lawyer though.

I imagine that particular font would not look good at different sizes, the simpler the shapes the better they work when scaled, I'm thinking that one would look a right mess in some screen formats too.
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Thanks!!
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Posted: 30th Jun 2018 12:12
Just to clarify, by 'feedback' I mean suggested additions or improvements, any problems you have trying to use it, questions about how to use it for more complex things, e.g. if you want to display the ammo count with it instead of the default and can't figure out how to do it yourself.

I intend to push this to GitHub when I'm satisfied that it is 'user-ready' but it's hard to judge that without some more detailed user feedback.
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Posted: 1st Jul 2018 18:58 Edited at: 1st Jul 2018 19:00


Added a 'background' parameter for text boxes and also added a demo of the 'depth' setting.

Oh and have another font to play with, this one is the one I originally used in the LEM demo where I used it for the quest givers. It is supposed to be an LCD style font, hence the background colour.
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Posted: 18th Jul 2018 19:07
Bumping this as I'll be adding a couple of 'fonts' to this thread soon(ish). In the meantime I've attached the images for those who want to chop them up themselves.
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Posted: 18th Jul 2018 21:21
Fantastic AmenMoses,I don’t comevthis way much as code gives me a headache ,but this is great thank you

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Posted: 20th Jul 2018 15:51 Edited at: 20th Jul 2018 15:51
New 'Font' all chopped up and ready for use. The blue one from the previous post. When I've recovered my soul enough to do the other one I'll post that too.
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Posted: 22nd Jul 2018 21:31
Thanks, AM. You are a jewel to GG.
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Posted: 22nd Jul 2018 23:58
Nice stuff. I remember doing similar things in DB and of course GG for a 2D shooter I made. Reminds me of the AGK font system which works nicely A way to add new fonts is a great addition to GG in general. Might be I can convert some AGK fonts I have to GG I'm busy resurrecting an old game (I'm loving the new update) but if I get chance will have a play.
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