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Posted on 05-Mar-2003 21:12 GMT by Andreas Falkenhahn29 comments
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Screenshots and a detailed description including afeature list of Malibu are now available on the Airsoft Softwair webpage. Malibu is a Hollywood plugin that emulates a Scala enviroment on top of Hollywood's multmedia application layer in full 24 bit. Please read the details for more information about this awesome plugin. 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. Many screenshots are now available from the Airsoft Softwair homepage.

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 Malibu out! Watching Scala presentations on Workbench is a complete new feeling which every Amiga user should experience.

Order Hollywood now to make your system ready for Scala!

Features:

Graphics:

* Impressive Scala transitions (e.g. Superimpose, Roll on, Flow, Push, Diagonal)
* Support for Scala text styles outline, shadow & 3D
* 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:

* Kickstart 3.0 or better
* 68020 processor
* Graphics board recommended
* 16 megabyte memory recommended

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