In this article by John P. Doran, the author of the book, Mastering UDK Game Development, we will guide us in creating a HUD that can be used within a Medieval RPG and will fit nicely into the provided Epic Citadel map making use of Scaleform and ActionScript 3.0 using Adobe Flash CS6.
We can have the most fun game in the world, but if the player has no idea what's going on it is next to impossible for that fun to be experienced by anyone other than the creator. One of the main tools that we use within the game industry to pass on information to the user is a heads—up display, more commonly referred to as a HUD.
The tool that most modern—day games use for doing user—interface (UI) work, such as HUDs, is Scaleform. Scaleform has been used with great success in Unreal games such as Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Bioshock Infinite.
Scaleform allows users to bring in Flash animation files to UDK to be rendered directly on the screen or rendered onto textures that can be used within the game world. We can interact with these movies using both Kismet and UnrealScript to create whatever kind of interface you can dream of.
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This article by Zeeshan Chawdhary, author of Instant Apple iBooks How-to, helps us create a full working book with iBooks Author titled London CityGuide. This will incorporate all the widgets and functions available within iBooks Author as well as a case study for layout/design.
The content will be travel-specific for London, sourced from www.WikiTravel.org, Wikipedia, and other open sources. Images will be from Creative Commons wherever possible, or free to use, depending on licenses from original owners.
The finished book is available for download via the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/london/id593298852?ls=1.Read Building a London Travel Guide with iBooks Author in full
This article explains how to inventory the hardware and software configurations of Windows 8 Servers and create a detailed inventory and configuration report. Additionally, this article will cover methods to track configuration changes over time, export the configuration report via Word. This article should cover everything necessary to create a centralized hardware and software inventory of all servers in the enterprise.
This article by Ed Goad, author of Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook, covers the following topics:
Inventorying hardware with PowerShell
Inventorying the installed software
Inventorying system configuration
Reporting on system security
Creating a change report
Exporting a configuration report to Word
In this article by Michael Fleischauer, author of PlayStation®Mobile Development Cookbook, we will cover:
Accessing the PlayStation Mobile portal
Installing the PlayStation Mobile SDK
Creating a simple game loop
Loading, displaying, and translating a textured image
"Hello World" drawing text on an image
Deploying to PlayStation Mobile certified Android devices
Deploying to a PlayStation Vita
Manipulating an image dynamically
Working with the filesystem
Handling system events
In this article by Alex Libby, the author of the book, Instant HTML5 Local Storage How-to, we will discuss about HTML5 Local Storage.
When using HTML5 Local Storage, there are two types that you can use—local storage and session storage. We'll begin by looking at the former first, using a simple form as the basis for our article.Read Basic use of Local Storage in full
Google Drive is a place where you can safely store your files online and access them from anywhere. When you use Google Drive, your files are stored remotely on the Web instead of your computer's hard drive. This is the main idea behind "cloud computing".
Once your files are online and "in the cloud", you can access and edit them from wherever you are using any standard web browser. You can even use your smartphone or tablet computer to access your files on the go. You can also share your files with people that you choose, making it easier than ever to collaborate with others and get stuff done.
Google Drive also includes an optional free sync program that runs on your computer and keeps files synchronized between a folder on your hard drive and Google Drive on the Web. That way, whenever you create or make changes to a file, either on the Web or on your hard drive, it will automatically be kept in sync between your computer and the cloud.
In this article by Mike Procopio, author of Instant Google Drive Starter, you will learn the basics of Google Drive and how to use Google Drive on your phone or tablet computer.Read So, what is Google Drive? in full
In this article by Carmel Jacob, author of Citrix Security How-to, we will cover the implementation of content switching.
CS is the ability to redirect traffic based on content file extensions and, going a step further, in redirecting based on geographical locations. Multiple hostnames can be mapped to the same CS VIP using the server name indication feature from NetScaler 9.2 onwards. Starting with the NetScaler version 10 software, the version of MySQL software can be set for content switching virtual servers (this is to avoid compatibility problems between the client and server).Read Content Switching using Citrix Security in full
This article by Porus Homi Havewala (OCM), author of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Center Chaos , demonstrates how Cloud Control 12c allows automated patching of Oracle databases in the data center, thus making it possible to easily apply critical patch updates or patch set updates on a quarterly basis. The Patching Designer selects from a list of recommended patches, creates a patch plan template, and publishes it to the Patching Operator, who then creates a patch plan to apply the patch to target databases. After the initial selection, the download, validation and deployment of the patch (single or multiple) is fully automated, thus enabling mass deployment of patches to multiple database homes at prescheduled times. The new feature of out-of-place patching is explained in this article, as is the patch plan templates.Read Ease the Chaos with Automated Patching in full
In this article by Joan Coy, author of Instant Moodle Quiz Module How-to [Instant], we will cover how we can add feedback to the questions of the Moodle Quiz.
Feedback is a valuable way to communicate with learners at a distance. Quiz allows us to provide feedback for the learner at multiple levels in the questions.Read Adding Feedback to the Moodle Quiz Questions in full
This article by Kyle Larson, author of Website Optimization for Retina Display How-to, will help you create a high-density image and implement it using the HTML <img> tag. You will also learn the importance of consistent file names. It also explains techniques for optimizing images, what tools are available, and why it matters for speed. and using Photoshop and GIMP to edit imagesRead Creating and optimizing your first Retina image in full
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is an Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) system targeted at small and medium-sized companies. In this article by Laura Nicolàs Lorente and Cristina Nicolàs Lorente from the book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, we will see which tools can be used in Dynamics NAV to migrate data into the system and how to convert data to meet NAV requirements. We will look at tools such as:
User defined tools
We will also see what kind of data is commonly migrated to Dynamics NAV and which strategies can be used to migrate it. The kind of data and strategies are listed as follows:
This article prepared by Stephen D. Kelly, author of Oracle Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition v14 , In this we will look into the details of managing the money side of your project. These are the nuts and bolts of the core of PCM.
The money is at the core of PCM. All documents in PCM related to money are also related to a specific contractual relationship defined in PCM (trends being a possible exception). And since the contractual relationship is the center of the universe as far as PCM is concerned, it follows that managing the money is at the core of the system. If you understand the information in this article you will be far ahead of most users of PCM, and all the other articles will make more sense.Read Follow the Money in full
In this article by Mark P.J. van der Loo and Edwin de Jonge, the authors of the book Learning RStudio for R Statistical Computing, prerequisites for producing a report are discussed and how to produce reports via Notebook that automatically include the results of an analysis is explained.Read Generating Reports in Notebooks in RStudio in full
In this article written by Mauro Rocco, authors of Instant Django 1.5 Application Development Starter , you will find out what Django actually is, what you can do with it, and why it's so great.Read So, what is Django? in full
In this article, by Tom Schenk Jr., the author of Circos Data Visualization How-to, we will create a very basic Circos diagram containing links (ribbons) showing the relationship between hair and eye color. Throughout this task, we will become acquainted with Circos' genome-based terminology. As Circos' roots are in biology, the program does not read the typical tables most users are accustomed to.Read Creating the first Circos diagram in full