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From: Samuel Benge
Subject: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 01:09:27
Message: <473261c7$1@news.povray.org>
Hello Everyone,

Just in time for the holidays! It's a random snowflake generator. Far 
from being an accurate simulation, it does produce better-looking 
snowflakes than most programs available today(until I find a better 
one). You can save a 700x700 screenshot to file.

The program(with instructions) can be found here:
http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake1.zip

And a screen shot can be found here:
http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake.jpg

C++ source is also included. Enjoy :)

Sam


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From: Steve Shelby
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 03:31:33
Message: <47328315$1@news.povray.org>
"Samuel Benge" <stb### [at] THIShotmailcom> wrote in message 
news:473261c7$1@news.povray.org...
> Hello Everyone,
>
> Just in time for the holidays! It's a random snowflake generator. Far from 
> being an accurate simulation, it does produce better-looking snowflakes 
> than most programs available today(until I find a better one). You can 
> save a 700x700 screenshot to file.
>
> The program(with instructions) can be found here:
> http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake1.zip
>
> And a screen shot can be found here:
> http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake.jpg
>
> C++ source is also included. Enjoy :)
>
> Sam

I like it! It would make a cool screensaver. Any Idea how to make it into a 
screensaver? (Windows XP)
Steve Shelby


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From: Sabrina Kilian
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 15:51:20
Message: <47333078$1@news.povray.org>
Steve Shelby wrote:
> "Samuel Benge" <stb### [at] THIShotmailcom> wrote in message 
> news:473261c7$1@news.povray.org...
>> Hello Everyone,
>>
>> Just in time for the holidays! It's a random snowflake generator. Far from 
>> being an accurate simulation, it does produce better-looking snowflakes 
>> than most programs available today(until I find a better one). You can 
>> save a 700x700 screenshot to file.
>>
>> The program(with instructions) can be found here:
>> http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake1.zip
>>
>> And a screen shot can be found here:
>> http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake.jpg
>>
>> C++ source is also included. Enjoy :)
>>
>> Sam
> 
> I like it! It would make a cool screensaver. Any Idea how to make it into a 
> screensaver? (Windows XP)
> Steve Shelby 
> 
> 

Make it shut down when it receives any mouse movement or keyboard input,
and make it full screen instead of windowed. Screensavers are just .exe,
renamed.

I tried using it as a screensaver, as is. The windowed mode kept it from
starting full screen, which was a bigger down side then having to hit
escape to turn it off.


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From: John
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 18:33:50
Message: <0bl6j3do9efkslqdc645d0lh5rs0hc2n4t@4ax.com>
On Wed, 07 Nov 2007 17:09:24 -0800, Samuel Benge
<stb### [at] THIShotmailcom> wrote:

>Hello Everyone,
>
>Just in time for the holidays! It's a random snowflake generator. Far 
>from being an accurate simulation, it does produce better-looking 
>snowflakes than most programs available today(until I find a better 
>one). You can save a 700x700 screenshot to file.
>
>The program(with instructions) can be found here:
>http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake1.zip
>
>And a screen shot can be found here:
>http://www.caltel.com/~abenge/snowflake.jpg
>
>C++ source is also included. Enjoy :)
>
>Sam

I really like this program and just in time for Christmas.  I do have
one problem though.  On my PC it runs too quickly, ( I never thought
that I would say that about any program) 

I do not have access to any program that I can use to try amd modify
the source code and certainly nothing to compile it with. 

Is it possible for you or someone who knows what they are doing to
make it run much more slowly.  Perhaps a key board shortcut to step
through one iteration at a time ?

John


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From: Steve Shelby
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 18:37:17
Message: <4733575d$1@news.povray.org>
"Sabrina Kilian" <"ykgp at vtSPAM.edu"> wrote in message 
news:47333078$1@news.povray.org...

> Make it shut down when it receives any mouse movement or keyboard input,
> and make it full screen instead of windowed. Screensavers are just .exe,
> renamed.
>
> I tried using it as a screensaver, as is. The windowed mode kept it from
> starting full screen, which was a bigger down side then having to hit
> escape to turn it off.

Thanks, Sabrina, for the info.
I copied the files into windows/system32 and renamed snowflake1.exe to 
snowflake1.scr, then it was on the dropdown list for selecting screensaver 
in the desktop properties setup. I selected it for the screensaver, and it 
works!
Steve Shelby


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From: Samuel Benge
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 20:37:00
Message: <4733736c$1@news.povray.org>
Sabrina Kilian wrote:
> Make it shut down when it receives any mouse movement or keyboard input,
> and make it full screen instead of windowed. Screensavers are just .exe,
> renamed.

Hmm, it shouldn't be much trouble to make such a version.

> I tried using it as a screensaver, as is. The windowed mode kept it from
> starting full screen, which was a bigger down side then having to hit
> escape to turn it off.

Once again, that shouldn't be too hard. I might as well have it display 
colors and refresh the screen once in awhile, too. 1024x768 is pretty 
much standard these days, right?

Sam


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From: Samuel Benge
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 20:38:36
Message: <473373cc$1@news.povray.org>
Steve Shelby wrote:

> Thanks, Sabrina, for the info.
> I copied the files into windows/system32 and renamed snowflake1.exe to 
> snowflake1.scr, then it was on the dropdown list for selecting screensaver 
> in the desktop properties setup. I selected it for the screensaver, and it 
> works!
> Steve Shelby 

Wow, I didn't know it would be so easy! I might wait till I get Windows 
XP to release the next version (should be a day or two).

Sam


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From: Samuel Benge
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 8 Nov 2007 20:43:46
Message: <47337502$1@news.povray.org>
John wrote:
> I really like this program and just in time for Christmas.  I do have
> one problem though.  On my PC it runs too quickly, ( I never thought
> that I would say that about any program) 
> 
> I do not have access to any program that I can use to try amd modify
> the source code and certainly nothing to compile it with. 
> 
> Is it possible for you or someone who knows what they are doing to
> make it run much more slowly.  Perhaps a key board shortcut to step
> through one iteration at a time ?

My brother *was* right! I does run too quickly. He also suggested I make 
a way for it to step through each frame. I figured using the left mouse 
button to pause it would be sufficient, but I guess not. What's your 
processor speed?

I hope to release another version soon. Glad you liked this one!

Sam


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From: John
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 9 Nov 2007 00:22:22
Message: <81a7j3pskqtlfjet3cc623v94erjl8rikm@4ax.com>
On Thu, 08 Nov 2007 12:43:27 -0800, Samuel Benge
<stb### [at] THIShotmailcom> wrote:

>John wrote:
>> I really like this program and just in time for Christmas.  I do have
>> one problem though.  On my PC it runs too quickly, ( I never thought
>> that I would say that about any program) 
>> 
>> I do not have access to any program that I can use to try amd modify
>> the source code and certainly nothing to compile it with. 
>> 
>> Is it possible for you or someone who knows what they are doing to
>> make it run much more slowly.  Perhaps a key board shortcut to step
>> through one iteration at a time ?
>
>My brother *was* right! I does run too quickly. He also suggested I make 
>a way for it to step through each frame. I figured using the left mouse 
>button to pause it would be sufficient, but I guess not. What's your 
>processor speed?
>
>I hope to release another version soon. Glad you liked this one!
>
>Sam

3000Mhz Athlon.


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From: Steve Shelby
Subject: Re: Snowflake Generator for Windows
Date: 9 Nov 2007 13:05:59
Message: <47345b37$1@news.povray.org>
"Samuel Benge" <stb### [at] THIShotmailcom> wrote in message 
news:47337502$1@news.povray.org...
>
> I hope to release another version soon. Glad you liked this one!
>
> Sam

If you're open to suggestions, I have one. After it has been running for a 
while, it fills in so much space that it just becomes a big circle and 
doesn't look like a snowflake any more. How about limiting the number of 
changes it can make, so that when it reaches the point where it is starting 
to look like something other than a snowflake, it goes back to zero and 
starts over with a new one.
Steve Shelby


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