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Belle

   0.4.2 alpha  

KDE Graphic Editor

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Homepage:  Link
Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  365
Submitted:  Nov 21 2012
Updated:  Sep 12 2014

Description:

Belle is a cross-platform Visual Novel maker focused on being user friendly. It uses C++ with Qt4 for the editor and HTML5 for the engine.

Requirements (Editor):
- Qt 4.4 or newer.
- Belle Engine (to test/run the game).

Requirements (Engine):
-A browser that supports the HTML5, which should be any browser in its latest version.
-A game file that contains the description of the game. (generated by the editor)

Compiling (Editor):
-Open a terminal in this directory and type the following commands:
qmake belle.pro
make
./belle

Running (Engine):
-You should use the Belle Editor to run your game.

Archlinux package (thanks to mrbit):
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/belle/

Gentoo ebuild (thanks to mrbit):
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6vs0mKF7AyLTmR1czhRb1lwWHc/edit?pli=1

Have fun!




Changelog:

## Belle 0.4.2a | 12/09/2014

#### [General]
- Added ChangeState action.
- Fixed a couple of issues with the Character object.

#### [Editor]
- Improved add character dialog window.
- Added a button to edit character states after being created.
- Added white border to invisible objects.
- Added objects view widget.
- TextBox, DialogueBox and Button objects now stay over other objects, by default.
- Fixed crash when changing states in character.
- Fixed background color in objects when not using any color.
- Choose file buttons now remember last used directory.
- Fixed crash when trying to change a deleted object/action.
- Fixed some issues when changing TextBox objects in Dialogue's action editor.
- Set image transforms smoother.

## Belle 0.4.1a | 19/08/2014

- Added dialog to save changes when closing the editor.
- Fixed EndNovel action not being created in the editor.
- Fixed temporary background disappearing after save.
- Fixed minor issue that was preventing Menu from working properly.
- Fixed action not loading object when inside another action.
- Fixed bug in Show/Hide actions that prevented selecting an object.
- Added align options to objects.
- Improved editing of menus and dialogue boxes.
- Added some other minor improvements.
- Fix save/load slots not appearing when in DOM mode.

## Belle 0.4a | 15/06/2014

#### [Editor]
- Added integrated browser window (not active by default).
- Added support for animated images as background.
- Added (new) opacity property to objects.
- Improved rounded corners editing options.
- Fixed rounded corners when using an image as background.
- Added option to maintain images' aspect ratio.
- Added Save Project option.
- Added pause screen scenes' manager.
- Improved presentation of some actions in the actions' window.
- Improved StopSound properties editor.
- Added (new) RunScript action.
- Fixed resources not being updated when being edited some times.
- Added possibility to edit actions already assigned to an object's event.
- Set initial name for Images equal to their file name.
- Fixed some issues with placeholder text in TextBoxes.
- Fixed shortcuts not working in scene view.
- Fixed some crashes and other bugs.

#### [Engine]
- Added pause screen.
- Fixed offline distribution.
- Added RunScript action.
- Added save/load mechanism using browser's local storage.
- Improved DOM and canvas rendering.
- Improved sound management.
- Fixed issue when skipping Slide action.
- Improved overall code structure.
- Improved display in smaller screens.
- Renamed EndNovel action to End.
- Fixed many bugs.




LicenseGPL
MS Windows(Belle_0.4.2a)
Mac OS X(Belle_0.4.2a)
Source(Belle_0.4.2a)
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 awesome!

 
 by blurymind on: Dec 18 2012
 
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Would be great if you add support for animated sequences through gif files, sequence of pngs or a single image


...and May the source be with you.. @655
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 Re: awesome!

 
 by fr33mind on: Dec 19 2012
 
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Thanks. About your question, you mean animated images?


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 Re: Re: awesome!

 
 by blurymind on: Dec 20 2012
 
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yeah, any sort of way to incorporate animation. :)


If I have to suggest a key feature that I am mostly missing on ANY visual novel engine- that would be the ability to use animated images (gifs) or import animation sequences.

Combine that with buttons and motion paths and you can create a sort of an interesting adventure game type effect.

Thebest part of belle is the ability to export to html5 though. What I miss is the ability to easily test my game- there is no "compline and run" button anywhere. There is no preference option to select my browser and the engine is not using the default browser. I could play with it for a while, but it was impossible to get a game to run in the browser


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 Re: Re: Re: awesome!

 
 by blurymind on: Dec 20 2012
 
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Actualy novelty engine on windows has the animations feature, but novelty cannot export to anything that runs in a web browser :(


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 Re: Re: Re: awesome!

 
 by fr33mind on: Dec 20 2012
 
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Hi,
Thanks for your feedback.
About the animated images, i'm working on that now. ;)
Buttons are already available and what exactly are motion paths?

Actually there is a run button (http://picpaste.com/run-button-qnKA1GEA.png), how exactly did you test your game? and why was it impossible to run the game in the browser?
And about you not being able to change the browser that's somewhat true, i'll add an option for that in the next version, however, in the meantime, you can always set your favorite browser as the default application that opens HTML pages. If you have any question let me know. By the way, which OS are you using?

Just as a final note, i understand your fustration and i hope you keep interested in this project, however, i just wanted to say that it is very hard for Belle to reach the maturity level of the engines out there within a couple of months, while all the other engines have years of development behind them.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: awesome!

 
 by blurymind on: Dec 21 2012
 
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Hi thanks for the ongoing efforts put into the engine. My interest will stay with it and will surely follow its development!
I believe that this engine can be big due to its html5 export nature. Very few engines, especially open source ones support that.

On running games, I tried that button and instead of running my game, what the button does is it prompts me to open a directory on my file system.I give it the directory where the engine is. That then opens my browser (chromium), but instead of the game's start screen, i get a black screen with a "star (OK)" pop up dialog window. Nothing happens.

On motion paths:
A motion path is a predefined vector path(made out of nodes) that an object can travel on from point A to point B. Such a path can be useful if you want to move a sprite on the screen, but its definitely a bit of an extra to have.

Ideally, to keep the exported games smaller, it would be quite nice if belle supported svg animation, but that technology is currently too young and not very useable in open source software- not as useable as flash anyway :(


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: awesome!

 
 by fr33mind on: Dec 21 2012
 
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Hi again,
Thanks for your support. I think HTML5 is really the way to go for visual novels, since it can quite easily handle this type of game, plus it gives an unbeatable portability. Btw, which visual novel engines do you know that work with HTML5?

About running the game, the problem is probably with the game file generated by the editor. Can you tell me what you tried to do or can you provide me that game file so i can check?
There's also another alternative, in chrome you can also right click anywhere on a page and select "Inspect element" or something similar. This option opens a mini-window at the bottom where you can check the properties of the page you're currently viewing. So open that tool before running your game and switch to the Console section. Error messages (they should be red) and other messages should appear on that tool. If you could then just copy those messages and paste them somewhere where i can see them it would be great.

About motion paths, they don't seem very difficult to implement, although i think there are more important features to implement for now. Anyway there is already a Slide action that lets you move from point A to point B. I know it's not the same thing, but at least already gives some moving animation. :)

Svg animation seems like a good feature for the future, but now, like with the motion path, i think there are more important stuff to implement.

Btw, i already implemented support for gif files in the editor, now i need to implement in the engine. Do you think animated backgrounds is worth doing?


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 by blurymind on: Jan 6 2013
 
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Hi, I will try to find out what the problem is.

Btw, check this out
http://motionartist.smithmicro.com/index.html
it lets you add motion to sprites in order to create a more involving story. A feature like that combined with interactivity really doesnt exist out there.

The only other engine that does animation that I know of is Novelty. Its free, but not open source and runs on linux with wine.
It cant export to html5 in my knowledge


...and May the source be with you.. @655

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 0.3 alpha

 
 by blurymind on: Apr 18 2013
 
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Hi, I got the new build. Here are my impressions so far. Its overal much better than 0.2- now I can run the game!

1. firefox runs the game flawlessly from local hd, while chrome gets stuck on the loading bar.

2. One can select a browser in the settings window, but there is no command in the menus to run test in browser

3. It's hard to save progress, wheres ctrl+s? :(
Instead one has to reexport on every save.

4. After installing it from deb, I still need to point out where the engine path is in the settings window before being able to save. Some new users might find this intimidating.Would be nice to have a default path that points to where it's installed by default.

You might already know about these things. Let me know if you like me to submit to a bug tracker- I wanna help in any way I can as this is a really promissing project!!


...and May the source be with you.. @655
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 Re: 0.3 alpha

 
 by blurymind on: Apr 18 2013
 
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animated gifs work!!! wooooooohoo :DD


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 Re: 0.3 alpha

 
 by fr33mind on: Apr 18 2013
 
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Quote:
Hi, I got the new build. Here are my impressions so far. Its overal much better than 0.2- now I can run the game!

Great. Yes i fixed many bugs/crashes and improved many things. :)

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1. firefox runs the game flawlessly from local hd, while chrome gets stuck on the loading bar.

Are you double-clicking the HTML file? If so, that will never work with Chrome, unfortunately. Chrome limits its functionality for security reasons when opening local HTML pages, so the game won't even run.
Please read the part of offline distribution here: http://www.nongnu.org/belle/docs/distribution.html

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2. One can select a browser in the settings window, but there is no command in the menus to run test in browser

There's a run button on the toolbar. But yes, i should add an option to a menu.

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3. It's hard to save progress, wheres ctrl+s? :(
Instead one has to reexport on every save.

You're absolutely right. I'm going to add it in 0.4.

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4. After installing it from deb, I still need to point out where the engine path is in the settings window before being able to save. Some new users might find this intimidating.Would be nice to have a default path that points to where it's installed by default.

Yes, i'm aware of that. The engine files are actually already in your system, the problem is, in the code, i need to point to a particular directory when using a gnu/linux system. Since i made the debs after releasing 0.3, i didn't bother to change the code. I thought of postponing that change to 0.4.

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You might already know about these things. Let me know if you like me to submit to a bug tracker- I wanna help in any way I can as this is a really promissing project!!

You can submit bugs/features, if you want, here: https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/?group=belle&func=additem (no registration required)


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