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Tutorial For Creating Carpets And Decorations In moove online

"Roomancer" moove online provides a terrific tool called DecoMaker (requires DirectX 9, download is available here ). With the help of DecoMaker you can now easily create carpets and decorations yourself. DecoMaker can be found in the moove "Shop" --> "Developer" tab.

To create your own carpets and/or decoration, resources like 3D objects (.SRF) and textures (.JPG) are needed. You create them outside DecoMaker using a 3D software and your favourite paint program (not provided by moove). Of course it's easiest if you use existing moove SRF files. You find them in the corresponding moove/ART/SRF folder. You can freely use moove’s SRF files for your own creations within moove “Roomancer”. If you want to use SRF files provided by 3rd parties however, make sure to ask the respective author(s) for their permission before you start using them. 3rd party developers often start their file names with abbreviations so you can recognize them more easily (like for example em_…..srf , SQ_…..srf , MrZ…srf, MW_…srf, IR_…srf and so on, these files are not by moove).
 

Decoration and carpets

In order to create decoration and carpets you need DecoMaker. This tool can be found in the moove "Shop" --> "Developer". Start DecoMaker by double clicking file "DecoMaker.exe" which should be placed in your moove Roomancer installation folder (usually c:\moove or c:\rose in case of long time users)..

 

At first please pick what you want to create: decoration or carpets. Click on "Mode" and then select"Carpet" or "Decoration".

 

Notes on creating decoration gadgets

English Name
defines the english name of the decoration how it will appear in the english version of moove Roomancer. This field can’t be omitted.

German Name
defines the german name of the decoration how it will appear in the german version of moove Roomancer. This field is optional. Use a translation service such as
Altavista’s if you want to include a german name as well or ask your german buddies.

Download URL
enables the automatic download from a web server. Here you can enter the URL where the MPZ file will be available for automatic download. If for instance a guest of yours doesn't have this particular decoration, it will be downloaded automatically.

Surface
defines the 3D object (SRF/3DS/X - file) you want to use.

Orig. Vertices / Cur. Vertices
The surfaces are composed of three-dimensional room points - called Vertex. A high number of vertices signifies a detailed view, but a slower transmission and view. Hence DecoMaker allows to simplify a surface by reducing the number of vertices. Under "Cur. Vertices" please enter the wished number and click on "Do!". In the preview window you'll see the surface with the new number of vertices. "Orig. Vertices" reverts changes back to original values

Texture
defines the texture (JPG/BMP/TGA/DDS - file) you want to use for the object.

Stackable
defines, if the decoration is stackable and thus can be laid on another gadget. If this option is deactivated, these gadgets will “behave” like carpets, meaning they always stay on the floor.

Cast Shadow
defines if the decoration should cast a shadow.

Climbable
defines if the actor can climb on the decoration

Ground Height
defines the distance to the ground. Utilizing this option you can produce gadgets, which appear to be attached to the walls (e.g. the "torch").

either:

 

 

Software + Hardware Renderer (The texture must be preshaded)
sets the decoration to be used with the software- as well as the hardware-renderer, but in fact it's optimized for the software renderer. This basically means that the shading must be "painted" in the textures. The best results can be achieved using "hand shaded" textures. Alternatively you can use the automatic shading (vide "Automatic Diffuse Shading Calculation").

Automatic Diffuse Shading Calculation
shades the texture automatically.

Tessellate for Shading Calculation
tries to better the quality of the shading.

or (recommended):

 

 

Optimized for Hardware Rendering
optimizes the decoration for usage with the hardware-renderer. No need to manually put shades in the textures. Additionally you can select different "Shader", which affects the property of the material.

Shader
select special effects which will be applied to the textures. Not all shaders are currently supported and with some you might notice incorrect previews. Just test and play a bit with it :P

Width (X)
defines the width of the decoration.

Height (X)
defines the height of the decoration.

Depth (X)
defines the depth of the decoration.

 

Notes on creating carpets

English Name
defines the english name of the carpet how it will appear in the english version of moove Roomancer. This field can’t be omitted.

German Name
defines the german name of the carpet how it will appear in the german version of moove Roomancer. This field is optional. Use a translation service such as
Babelfish if you want to include a german name as well or simply ask your german buddies for help with a german name.

Download URL
enables the automatic download from a web server. Here you can enter the URL where the MPZ file will be available for automatic download. If for instance a guest of yours doesn't have this particular decoration, it will be downloaded automatically.

Surface
pick a surface from a list of predefined ones.

Orig. Vertices / Cur. Vertices
The surfaces are composed of three-dimensional room points - called Vertex. A high number of vertices signifies a detailed view, but a slower transmission and view. Hence DecoMaker allows to simplify a surface by reducing the number of vertices. Under "Cur. Vertices" please enter the wished number and click on "Do!". In the preview window you'll see the surface with the new number of vertices. "Orig. Vertices" reverts changes back to original values

Texture
defines the texture (JPG/BMP/TGA/DDS - file) you want to use.

either:

 

 

Software + Hardware Renderer (The texture must be preshaded)
sets the carpet to be used with the software- as well as the hardware-renderer, but in fact it's optimized for the software renderer. This basically means that the shading must be "painted" in the textures. The best results can be achieved using "hand shaded" textures. Alternatively you can use the automatic shading (vide "Automatic Diffuse Shading Calculation").

or (recommended):

 

 

Optimized for Hardware Rendering
optimizes the carpet for usage with the hardware-renderer. No need to manually put shades in the textures. Additionally you can select different "Shader", which affects the property of the material.

Shader
select special effects which will be applied to the textures. Not all shaders are currently supported and with some you might notice incorrect previews. Just test and play a bit with it :P.

Width (X)
defines the width of the carpet.

Height (X)
defines the height of the carpet.

Depth (X)
defines the depth of the carpet.

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Digital signature & creating MPZ
To distribute your decorations / carpets to other moove online members, you can create MPZ files. MPZ format is self-installing, meaning by one click the file will be downloaded and installed automatically. The necessary files will be composed to packages and can be put on a website. The files are then available to other moove online members.

 

Digital signature
You can sign your MPZ packages with a unique digital signature. The signature confirms that the developer is known to moove and consequently gives you a guarantee that this package is provided by a certain member. To get a digital signature, please contact
support@moove.com via email.

 

 


The digital signature can be entered and saved under "File" --> "Set Authorization". Under "Key File" enter the specific path to your digital signature (*.private file, for example c:\moove\MySig.private). Under "Author" you enter your nickname (Premium members please note: enter without **) and under "Author's Info URL" you finally enter the URL to your nickpage or website.

 

Creating MPZ
Click on "Create MPZ" to create a MPZ file. Choose a file name and click on "Save".

 


Important Notice: If you entered a URL under "Download URL", the file name DecoMaker generates must not be changed! Otherwise the automated download of the MPZ file will fail and the decorations / carpets won't be displayed.

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                               Help getting started

Help - Get Started

Please click here for the manual and here for more information about membership.

Just in case you didn’t install the program moove Roomancer already, this is the description of the way to the moove online 3D world:

  • By clicking the button "Download now" on page www.moove.com/download_adv_01.htm you download moove Roomancer installation file to a location of your choice. Open the file.
    If you don’t find the file after download, just click "Start" on the screen and search the file Roomancer.exe to open it.
  • If there are any difficulties regarding download, please try the "Alternative Download Page".
    Errors can occur when disk free space is very low, such that there is insufficient space to install.
    We suggest cleaning: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "General", "Disk Cleanup..."
    and check of your hard drives: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "Tools", "Error-checking".
    Please check Windows system files: Go to Windows "START", "Run" and enter "sfc /scannow".
    This will refresh these files. More information can be found at Microsoft Knowledge Base.
  • If this doesn’t help, please check if you are using a firewall (e.g. Norton) which is blocking ports used for download. In this case please unblock these ports for the download action.
  • It may be necessary to use "medium" security settings in your Internet Explorer.
  • If still not successful, please retry the download several times - maybe at another time.
  • Related information: support.microsoft.com and Windows Update.
  • After completion of the installation and restart of your PC start the program moove Roomancer. Just double click on the rose symbol on your desktop.
  • When starting for the first time moove Roomancer will need some time to initialize. Please be patient.
  • moove Roomancer connects to the Internet and to our server to open the Login page. Please enter your nickname and your given password. Please make a note of your password and store it carefully.
  • Only now you can enter your rooms and visit other members. Have fun!

 

 

Possible problems and solutions:

  • CAB Cabinet (file format) files can get corrupted while downloading. In this case please retry the download. It may be necessary to remove the corrupted files before downloading again, e.g. by cleaning the Internet cache in Internet Explorer "Tools", "Internet Options...". Then "General", "Temporary Internet Files", "Delete files...".
    Errors can occur when disk free space is very low, such that there is insufficient space to install.
    We suggest cleaning: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "General", "Disk Cleanup..."
    and check of your hard drives: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "Tools", "Error-checking".
    Please check Windows system files: Go to Windows "START", "Run" and enter "sfc /scannow".
    This will refresh these files. More information can be found at Microsoft Knowledge Base.
    If this doesn’t help, please do a Microsoft update for your Data Access Components (MDAC).
  • Roomancer works fine with Windows XP (Professional and Home Edition).
    To install moove Roomancer on XP Professional please login as administrator or user with administrator rights.
    XP has a built-in Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). Please change ICF settings for Roomancer.
    To configure XP please see How to configure your Windows XP - Firewall for Roomancer for more information.
  • After installation of a program like "Virtual PC", "Fusion from VMWare" or "Parallels Desktop" you can run many Windows programs
    and especially moove Roomancer on the Mac.

    More information:
    Virtual PC
    VMWare
    Parallels
    VirtualBox
    CrossOver Mac
    If you have a newer Mac with Intel Chip just use Boot Camp from Apple together with Windows XP.
  • After installation of a program like "Wine" or "VMware" you can run Windows programs like moove Roomancer on Linux.

    More information:
    Wine (software)
    VMWare
    VirtualBox
    CrossOver Linux
  • moove Roomancer has an automated online upgrading feature. The upgrades are published regularly.
    New content, enhancements and bug fixes are brought to you.
    Suggestions and reproducible bug reports will find a fast way into the upgrades and will help all members.

    In case of technical problems please try the following one by one:
    • Re-start your computer.
    • Close Roomancer and delete c:\moove\Rose2.aka before starting Roomancer again.
    • Install Roomancer again - first with the "Overwrite" repair option. This way none of your data go lost. If you don’t find the installation file after Download, just click "Start" on the screen and search the file Roomancer.exe to open it.

     

    Following applies especially, if there are problems related to a specific nickname on a PC - you know everybody has his own rooms even on the same PC:
    Roomancer is by design an open system and there are many extensions (tools, actors etc.) available from third parties. In very rare occasions the use of non-moove extensions can make the system unusable. In such cases, before doing a fresh uninstall - install cycle, you may want to try UserDel. This tool allows you to delete a specific user (including all the rooms of this nickname) on your local PC.
    Note: This will not affect your community account and data.
    Roomancer rooms can be decorated with furniture created by third parties. In rare occasions a problematic piece of furniture can prevent you from entering the initial room (this is usually the last visited room before leaving the system). In such cases the tool RoomDel allows you to reset the initial room to an empty state. Other rooms can be deleted by the moove Roomancer browser menu "House".
    In the moove Shop section Misc you can find the FurnitureCheck-Tool to check all installed furniture.
    Avoid slow 3D rendering by economical usage of furniture. Choose the optimized moove components.
    In the moove Roomancer browser menu "Extras", "Options", "Rendering" you can test another renderer. Please install actual drivers of your graphics card.
    Please run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool: Go to Windows "START", "Run" and enter "DxDiag".
    Please read about Backup of your Roomancer files,
    Windows System restore, if you have a Backup.
    Please check Windows system files: Go to Windows "START", "Run" and enter "sfc /scannow".
    This will refresh these files. More information can be found at Microsoft Knowledge Base.

    moove Roomancer writes special technical incidents into a file.
    We need this file to solve technical problems.
    After your input at our Support you can upload this file easily.
    The file content is protected by our Policy and is only visible for moove representatives analyzing it technically.

    128 MB Ram or more are strongly recommended. If you have enough memory, you should try to protect explorer windows (and Windows itself) against crashes:
    In an explorer for file folders choose option "Launch folder windows in a separate process" after clicking "Tools", "Folder options...", "View".
    We suggest regularly cleaning: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "General", "Disk Cleanup...".

    Frequent checks of your hard drives are very recommended: "My Computer", right click "Local disk", "Properties", "Tools", "Error-checking".

    Particularly unexplainable crashes are often caused by overheating. An inside and an exterior cleaning of the PC with the help of a vacuum cleaner pipe could reduce the problem.

    Another common cause of problems is a wrong system time.

    Please check support.microsoft and Windows Update.

    Last but not least you should check your PC for viruses and trojans. This malware often causes unexplainable disturbances:
    For your general Internet security we suggest using firewall and Antivirus. We recommend BitDefender Total Security. This security suite provides complete protection without turning your system into a "snail".

  • Spyware on your PC can harm Internet Explorer and this way the functionality of Roomancer.
    Therefore please use AntiSpyware. We recommend BitDefender Total Security. This security suite provides complete protection without turning your system into a "snail".
  • If you are using a service called Netsetter or Marketscore, you are using a proxy server.
    Using proxy-servers you will not be able to receive visitors. Please uninstall or deactivate Netsetter / Marketscore when using moove Roomancer.
  • You get the message "not enough memory" when there is not enough free memory on your hard disk.
    But even if you install moove Roomancer on another hard disk, the operating system still needs some free space on drive C: for special files (e.g. DLL files).
    Another case of "not enough memory" can be your so called "Windows registry":
    If you did install many programs and removed only the folders instead of uninstalling, the install information in the registry persists and the registry gets to full.
    If this is the case, please clean up your registry.
  • If you experience problems with web pages,
    we suggest cleaning up your Internet cache in Internet Explorer "Tools", "Internet Options...". Then "General", "Temporary Internet Files", "Delete files...".
    Sometimes it may be necessary to "Delete cookies..." in the same menu.
    Next XP: Reinstall or repair Internet Explorer
    or Vista: Reinstall or repair Internet Explorer
    or Fresh Install of Internet Explorer
    Please check Windows system files: Go to Windows "START", "Run" and enter "sfc /scannow".
    This will refresh these files. More information can be found at Microsoft Knowledge Base.
    If new install of Internet Explorer is necessary: Windows "START", "Run" and "rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 C:\Windows\inf\ie.inf"
    Or try Windows System restore, if you have a Backup.
    Related information: support.microsoft.com and Windows Update.
    A popup blocker or another software plugged into your browser could be the reason for the problems as well.

 

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