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[News] Malibu 1.0 outANN.lu
Posted on 22-Jun-2003 21:12 GMT by Andreas Falkenhahn (Edited on 2003-06-23 18:59:02 GMT by Christophe Decanini)12 comments
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Malibu 1.0 - the Scala plugin for Hollywood - is out now. When Malibu is installed, Hollywood will suddenly be able to display your Scala presentations. The compatibility is very high. You can run almost every Scala script. In 24-bit of course and absolutely RTG friendly! You can even compile your Scala presentations to AmigaOS executables or native MorphOS executables! A truly unique feature! Malibu is available in a version for AmigaOS3 as well as in a native MorphOS PPC version. Malibu requires at least Hollywood 1.5 and can be ordered in a discounted bundle together with the Hollywood 1.5 update or the Hollywood 1.5 full version. -Introduction-

Malibu is a plugin for Hollywood which contains an import filter for Scala presentations. As soon as Malibu is installed, Hollywood will suddenly be able to show Scala presentations or compile them.

With Malibu it is now possible for the first time to display Scala presentations on Workbench screen or on your own public screen. Because the whole emulation runs on top of Hollywood's multimedia application layer everything will be first converted to 24-bit and then displayed. In many cases the quality of the pictures that Malibu displays is much better than the original Scala quality because Scala often had to remap many pictures with very different colors to a 8-bit display which resulted in a massive loss of color information.

Malibu emulates nearly the whole Scala command set and supports all Scala versions up to Scala InfoChannel 500 which was the last Amiga version of Scala. Emulation is done by the elCapitan microkernel which tries to achieve the best performance possible on the used system. For example, the next page is already calculated while the current page is on the display. Complex transition effects can also be pre-calculated and then displayed smoothly.

Scala is a program which helped the Amiga to become a real Multimedia wonder. There were no products for a long long time that could beat an Amiga with Scala. Therefore Scala was widely used in all different production fields, from movies and television to big shows. Everyone who has worked with Scala knows what powers it has. But this power is only possible because Scala is very hard coded to the Amiga's custom chips which leads to the problem that it does not run on graphics boards and also has some other major problems with today's Amiga systems. For many years all sorts of users complained that there is no Scala that runs RTG compatible. This time is over now. Scala revives with the Malibu plugin: On the Workbench? Of course. In 24-bit? You can bet your life on that. Always RTG conform? Absolutely.

Don't miss out! Watching Scala presentations on Workbench is a complete new feeling which every Amiga user should experience.

-Features-

Graphics: 
  
- Impressive Scala transitions (e.g. Superimpose, Roll on, Flow, Push, Diagonal) 
- Support for Scala text styles outline, shadow, charspacing, underline 
- Scala forms: Ellipses, rectangles, lines & polygons 
- Emulation of backgrounds with raster type 
- Complete brush support (incl. crop & resize) 
- Animations are supported 
- Transition effects for all Scala objects 
- Support for styles like bevel & background 
- Runs completely in 24-bit mode 
- Color fonts are supported 
- Smooth scrolling for Scala fly-ons 
- Emulation of all graphics attributes 
- Brush transparency is fully supported 
- Objects can be removed from screen with transition effects 
- All palette settings are respected and correctly converted 

Sound: 

- Support for sound modules and samples 
- Audio output through AHI incl. full mixing 
- Sound fades are supported 
- Sound implementation is retargetable for use on Pegasos, Amithlon... 

Enviroment: 

- All Scala versions up to InfoChannel 500 are supported 
- Margin settings and tabulators are respected 
- Scala variables can be used 
- Buttons and events are emulated 
- Almost complete emulation of Scala command set 
- Scala presentations can be compiled 
- Emulation can be configured in detail 
- Complete independent from enviroment; does not matter if Cgfx, P96, AGA, ECS or OCS is active 
- Absolutely system friendly 

-Requirements- 
- Hollywood 1.5 or better 
- Kickstart 3.0 or better 
- 68020 processor 
- Graphics board recommended 
- 16 megabyte memory recommended 

Visit the Airsoft Softwair Homepage for screenshots, detailed info and ordering of Malibu.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 1 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by catohagen on 22-Jun-2003 21:04 GMT
Any amiga compiled executables available anywhere ?
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 2 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by takemehomegrandma on 22-Jun-2003 22:09 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (catohagen):
... or MorphOS?

Some (freely distributable) compiled demos could really be a good way to show the application off! Why not make a presentation of Hollywood in it's own format, using lots of media? Compile it and put it on the webpage so everyone can download it and see for themselves!
:-)
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 3 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by hooligan/dcs on 23-Jun-2003 01:20 GMT
Or putting online a short video showing some of the keyfeatures. I am tired of pron already :)
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 4 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 23-Jun-2003 05:36 GMT
I have only had time to do some quick tests, but I can say that Malibu does work. All the Scala scripts I tried ran as normal.

It isn't easy to test Scala scripts as they have the paths of images etc built in, so you can't just move them around from an old backup without updating all the references. (Scala itself has a utility to do this automatically).

I tested on Amithlon with an NVidia TNT2 card. I would presume that newer graphics cards are somewhat faster. The moves and transitions were not as smooth as with Scala running on an A4000 - it looks more like a Windows program. Probably a faster card will help, and there may be room for some code optimisation. The result is perfectly acceptable, but not as professional as on an Amiga.

Overall, this is a very impressive accomplishment.

Hollywood is shaping up to be a "killer" program in a year or two, IMO. It is worth buying already.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 5 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by hooligan/dcs on 23-Jun-2003 08:04 GMT
The feature to save executables provide lots of possibilities. One that comes to my mind are tutorials for some software. Can't think of easier and nicer way, beats AmigaGuide docs hands down.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 6 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by MetalHeart on 23-Jun-2003 08:59 GMT
So basicly I can make a presentation with scala (with its familiar interface...) and then run it on malibu/hollywood ? In 24 bit...
Cool :)

Martin
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 7 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 23-Jun-2003 13:03 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (MetalHeart):
"So basicly I can make a presentation with scala (with its familiar interface...) and then run it on malibu/hollywood ? In 24 bit..."

Precisely. But if you run Scala on an A4000 and Hollywood/Malibu on Amithlon or Morphos, you will need to make sure the paths match. If you have partitions with the same names on both systems, it isn't a big problem. Exactly the same thing happens if you move a script to a copy of Scala on another machine.

Otherwise, some find-and-replace in a text editor is needed. Thankfully, Scala scripts are in ASCII.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 8 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by ToPe on 23-Jun-2003 16:17 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Don Cox):
DO you know when an intuitive and powerfull GUI "a la scala" will be available ?

Several people don't want to spend time to create script with a text editor.
I will be very happy to see Hollywood getting a powerfull GUI interface to,create easily multimedia slides and apps.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 9 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Stephane Desrosiers on 24-Jun-2003 01:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (ToPe):
I'm still waiting for my order to make its way to my door. :P

At which time, I'll be trying it on my Pegasos. :)

Maybe a test of it's might would be to code a user interface in Hollywood itself. ;)
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 10 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 24-Jun-2003 06:11 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (Stephane Desrosiers):
"Maybe a test of it's might would be to code a user interface in Hollywood itself. ;)"

My suggestion would be to not try to imitate Scala but to take a look at Elan Performer. That interface worked really well for slide shows and presentations - it doesn't do the more complex interactive stuff that Scala can do.
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 11 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by MK on 25-Jun-2003 00:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (ToPe):
I'll buy it when they come out with a gui....

I hate scripts :)
Malibu 1.0 out : Comment 12 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 25-Jun-2003 10:16 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (MK):
"I'll buy it when they come out with a gui....

I hate scripts :)"

Even in Scala, if you want to do anything at all complicated, you need to write a script. The GUI is great for simple programs, but it can only go so far.
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