MySkit - Chapter 9 - Preferences

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Table of Contents:
    1.0 Introduction
    2.0 Install MySkit
    3.0 Performance Files
    4.0 Motion Editing
    5.0 Wave Sound Editing
    6.0 The Reference Library
    7.0 The PLEO Window
    8.0 Upload Actions to PLEO
    9.0 Specify Preferences
         9.1 Appearance
         9.2 Colors
         9.3 File Associations
         9.4 File Directories
         9.5 File Formats
         9.6 Helper Tools
         9.7 SD Flash Drive
         9.8 Wave Recording


9.0 Setting Preferences

To change the various preferences, from Edit Menu, select "Preferences".


9.1 Appearance

  • Playback Display Mode.  Affects how the editors update during simulated playback.  Smooth scrolling looks better if you have enough CPU behind it.   People with an LCD display, or a slow CPU, might find page scrolling looks better.
  • Toolbar Text Labels.   If you don't like descriptive toolbar labels, turn them off here.
  • Toolbar Tool Tips.   If you don't like the pop-up tip messages (giving longer descriptions), turn them off here.
  • PLEO Preview 3D Model.   Affects the OpenGL motion editor preview & PLEO window, and controls rendering detail & shading.  If you are having problems with the preview, try turning off shading & see if it helps.
  • Link Editors.   The motion/sound editors selection bars & zooms will be linked, making editing easier.

9.2 Colors

You can change the colors of most areas of the editors.   The marker colors, highlights, background colors, motion data, wave data, etc...  

Other colors such as toolbar background & frame & window color are specified by Windows (from the Windows Display Properties Dialog).

PLEO preview colors aren't change here.   Right-click on the preview, and select "Colors" from the pop-up menu.

9.3 File Associations

File associations configure Windows.   If you enable a file type, then double-clicking in Windows Explorer opens that file in MySkit.

  • PLEO Workbooks (*.pleo)
  • PLEO Motion Files (*.umf)
  • PLEO Sound Files (*.usf)
  • Wave Sound File (*.wav)
You might need to right-click Wave files from Windows Explorer, and choose "Edit" from the pop-up menu, even after associating MySkit with those file types (the pop-up menu "Play" option is usually default in Windows).

9.4 File Directories

MySkit maintains three directory paths:  Action, Motion, and Sound.   By default, the Motion & Sound directories are relative to the action file.  ie:

If you prefer storing everything in one file instead, use PLEO Workbooks (see next sections).

9.5 File Formats

  • Always Create Backup Copies.   Backup files can be a life-saver, or an extreme annoyance.  Take your pick.
  • Allow Background Saves.   MySkit performs background saves (to temporary filenames) periodically.  If your machine crashes for any reason, reopen the file you were editing,  and MySkit should find the recovery files & restore your edits.

9.6 Helper Tools

Command & arguments for the PBuild skit compiler, and PMap behavior assigner.   You should not need to change these.  

PBuild takes a directory of skits, and creates the various special files required by PLEO.

PMap assigns those skits to various events (play on startup, sensor touch, etc...)

If you prefer another behavior/personality editor (such as AiboPet's YAPT) you can disable PMap if you like.

Helper Tool Preferences

9.7 SD Flash Drive

Specify the drive used for writing to your flash card.

9.8 Wave Recording

Change recording device (sound card) and selection sound source when recording in Wave Editor.

Typically you'll use either the "Microphone", or an output "Mix" options.   However, the other options might be suitable in various situations.

The volume indicates how much the recording signals are amplified.   A little goes a long way here.

Wave Preferences

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