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    Ravs-

    If each frame only adds another dash and the frame disposal is set to combine rather than replace, this is quite small (308kB). In yours, each frame is a full copy of the whole image, plus another dash:

    October Entry - A Merchantman's tale-animated-map2.gif

    This is easy in Gimp. I'm not sure what you are using to create the gif, however, so no suggestions on how to get there.

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    Hi Rob, I'm using Serif Drawplus...it may have some sort of setting just to add the dashes rather than redrawing the entire map for each frame. At the moment I'm a bit time poor but I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up that it's possible with an animated gif just to do the dashes rather than a whole redraw.

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    Here is the latest update with sound....a long, long way to go. I doubt I'll be able to finish this, but I'll carry on with it if the comp ends.

    flash 091018.swf - 0.83MB

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    Always trying out new things Ravells... this could turn out really great I think.
    How did you create it?
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    Hehe. That's really cool. Great work so far Ravs, I hope you get time to finish it.
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    Here's an update....begining to see a bit more of a story to it:

    Thanks Ramah....it's a fun learning process. Gand: it's all done in Serif Drawplus which along with being a pretty good vector graphic proggie (with raster bolt-ons) also does flash animation. Doing the animation was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

    Anyway here's the next bit with a sea battle. If I have time (ho ho) I'll go back and try and fix the more crappy bits and see if I can script it to the music better. The music, btw is Danzon No. 2 played by the Venuzuelan Youth Orchestra. If you like grand orchestral pieces it's really worth downloading on itunes.


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    Nice...
    What's the colored stars supposed to represent, though?
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    Ah, the two cities are at war and the mercantman is bringing in supplies to one of them. Eventually the stars will get replaced by a something more 'warlike'. I'll have a running dialogue to explain what the merchantman is doing but I have no real idea what the story is or how it will progress.

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    Oh, that means I can add stuff to your story then.
    How about the ship needs repairs after the fight?
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    Yeah...definitely. Maybe a shore party that needs to go inland to get some timber...and they end up in another fight or taken prisoner or something....

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