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Questions and Answers

Some general questions and answers about Fusion.

What files do I need to distribute with my stand-alone application?

Usually none. Clickteam Fusion 2.5 contains an intelligent standalone executable maker that packs everything needed by your application into one file. Specifically, you do not need to save the DLL anymore (if you come from MMF 1.5), as it is included in the standalone file. If you use external files that are not included in the stand-alone application, you have to distribute them with your application.

Can I run directly my application from a CD-ROM?

Yes you can, just build your application as a stand-alone application and copy it onto the CDROM.

Where can I find additional extensions for Clickteam Fusion 2.5?

You will find this information on www.clickteam.com. Please note that if you own The Games Factory 2, you will have to wait for a new major version of TGF2 to get new objects.

What are movement extensions?

Just like objects, you can add new movements to the software if you use Clickteam Fusion 2.5. Please connect to www.clickteam.com for more information about the available movement extensions.

Can I create my own extensions?

Yes you can. You will need a good knowledge of C++, and a lot of ideas. You will need also to download and install the Clickteam Fusion 2.5 Development Kit which contains all the files necessary to develop your own object or movement. You will find this development kit in the download pages of Clickteam Fusion 2.5 on our web site www.clickteam.com. The development kit has been made for Microsoft Visual C++.
This development kit allows you to create several types of extensions (objects, movements, transitions, etc.).

Are there available tutorials for Clickteam Fusion 2.5?

Yes, Clickteam have written a series of articles on Multimedia Fusion called "Getting the most of MMF". You can find a link to these articles in the bottom of the Clickteam Fusion 2.5 page of our site. Remember that you can always post a question in the forum of our web-site : many users are willing to help. Also, other Web sites contain tutorials and example files for Clickteam Fusion 2.5.

The toolbars and/or menus are messed up. How to restore them?

Select the View / Toolbar / Import Settings menu entry, locate the tbdef.tbs file in the Clickteam Fusion 2.5 directory and load it. You can also press CONTROL-SHIFT when starting Clickteam Fusion 2.5 : this will restore the toolbars and menus to their default settings.

What is the use of the sub-application object?

The sub-application object is a very powerful object that allows you to play a Clickteam Fusion 2.5 application within the frame of another application, or in its own window. It can be used for a variety of purposes, like a dialog box (the dialog is another application), control panels in a scrolling game (the control panel will stay static whereas all the game will scroll), TV Sets (a TV that plays the other application in the main application) etc...
The sub-application object can play another frame of your application, this is the simplest method: define the other frame, and in the parent frame insert your sub-application object and tell it to play the other frame. It can also play a CCN file, a file containing an application built by Clickteam Fusion 2.5.

What is a MDI application and how can I create one?

MDI is the acronym for Multiple Document Interface. It is the interface Microsoft designed to allow programs to edit several documents at once. Basically, you have a frame window that contains sub-windows, one per document. You can create a MDI application only with the Developer version of Clickteam Fusion 2.5.
To create a MDI application, you have first to select the MDI property in the Window properties of the application. In a MDI application, the content of the first frame is not displayed, except for its windowed objects, like sub-application objects. To create a new child window, just create a sub-application with the MDI Child Window property. In a MDI application you can also have toolbars docked to the sides of the main window: to create a toolbar, just create a sub-application with the Docked property. Finally, a MDI application has a specific menu used to display the list of all the child windows. To create this menu, click the Edit Menu button in the properties of the application, and then click the Reset Menu button in the Menu editor : if your application has the MDI property, then resetting the menu will add a new Window popup menu. This menu contains standard entries like Cascade, Tile, Next, etc. Close the menu editor, and select the Window tab in the properties of the application: you will notice a "Window Menu index" option in the Menu group. Enter in this property the (1-based) index of the Window popup menu in the main menu (for a default menu, this index is 3). Note: in a MDI application, the menu commands are sent to the active child window (sub-application). For more info, please load the MDI Wordpad example in the examples.

How can I move the hot spot of all the frames of an animation at once in the animation editor?

How down ALT while you modify the position of the hot-spot.

I've modified the icon of an application, can I revert it back to the original Clickteam Fusion 2.5 icon?

Yes, press SHIFT+CTRL while clicking on the Edit button of the Application Icon property.

I've made changes to the installer settings of my application and would like to restore the default settings, is it possible?

Yes, press SHIFT+CTRL while clicking on the Edit button of the Installer Settings property.

I have created a character with a platform movement, and it does not climb or walk on the platforms and obstacles

Make sure you have the following event in the program of events:
+ Collision between Character and background
- Character stop

My image or animation files are displayed when I run the application from within Clickteam Fusion 2.5 but not when the application is run as stand-alone application, why?

Locate the Image Filters property in the properties of the application, and click the Edit button. If the Automatic button is selected, then maybe Clickteam Fusion 2.5 didn't detect that your application needs the filters used by your graphic files. Unselect the Automatic option and manually select the graphic filters you need.

My sample files are played when I run the application from within Clickteam Fusion 2.5 but not when the application is run as stand-alone application, why?

Locate the Sound Filters property in the properties of the application, and click the Edit button. If the Automatic button is selected, then maybe Clickteam Fusion 2.5 didn't detect that your application needs the filters used by your sample files. Unselect the Automatic option and manually select the sound filters you need.

When I run my sub-application from a stand-alone application, I get an "Extension Not Found" message, why?

Clickteam Fusion 2.5 does not include the executable file of the extensions in the sub-applications, it includes them only in EXE/SCR files. When you build an application as stand-alone application and this application contains sub-application objects, Clickteam Fusion 2.5 will automatically include the required extensions ONLY if the sub-application file is specified in the Filename property of the sub-application object. If you load the sub-application via an expression in the event editor, Clickteam Fusion 2.5 won't include its extensions. To solve this problem, create a fake frame in the main application and insert into this frame one instance of all the extensions the sub-application(s) can contain.

Are there any specific command line switches I can use with a stand-alone application?

Yes, the following command line options allow you to force your stand-alone applications to use specific graphic modes, etc.:

 

  • /DIB => forces standard graphic mode
  • /DIB3 => forces standard graphic mode, 256 colors
  • /DIB4 => forces standard graphic mode, 16 millions of colors, 24 bits
  • /DIB6 => forces standard graphic mode, 32768 colors
  • /DIB7 => forces standard graphic mode, 65536 colors
  • /DIB8 => forces standard graphic mode, 16 millions of colors, 32 bits
  • /DEBUG => displays graphic mode in title bar
  • /MIS0 => disables the Machine Independent Speed option
  • /MIS1 => forces the Machine Independent Speed option
  • /NOF => runs in windowed mode
  • /NOC => prevents images from being compressed in memory (for internal test)
  • /NOX => disables Alt+F4
  • /NOK => disables the Keep Screen Ratio option (in full screen mode)
  • /VSYNC => forces V-Sync ON

Any other questions?

Please visit the Clickteam Fusion 2.5 FAQ and forums on clickteam.com.




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