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2 Demo, Support, and Help
PanCanvas 2 Free Demo and PanCanvas 2 Docs...
This demo version
of PanCanvas 2 is fully functional except it will not create a final animation.
Download PanCanvas 2 demo by
clicking here (.LHA, 80 KB)
2) Download PanCanvas 2 documentation: text-only
format (.TXT, 21 KB) or rich text
format (.RTF, 1.4 MB)
3) PanCanvas requires ImageFX 2.6, 3.3, or 4.1a. If you need
to apply a patch to upgrade your copy of ImageFX, read the ImageFX
Patches section below.
Step 4) Install the PanCanvas 2 demo
according to the instructions in the documentation. It's easy, we promise.
PanCanvas 2 requires
ImageFX version 2.6, 3.3, or 4.1a. If you have a different version of
ImageFX, you need to install an upgrade patch.
2.X and 3.X users: Download the patch and its instructions
for ImageFX 2.6 or 3.3 from Nova Design, at ftp://ftp.novadesign.com/imagefx/Official_Upgrades/.
Contact Nova Design at www.novadesign.com
if you have problems.
4.X users: Download
this upgrade to version 4.1a (LHA, 362 KB). Simply dearchive the file
to RAM: or another convenient location. The uncompressed file is simply
called "ImageFX". Copy this file into your ImageFX directory over the
old version. If you do not have a way to dearchive files, you can get
the LHA archiving utility from Aminet at http://ftp.wustl.edu/~aminet/,
or contact your Amiga dealer. Contact Nova Design at www.novadesign.com
if you have problems.
PanCanvas 2 Help...
(Also see the PanCanvas
FAQ on the PanCanvas page.)
I understand that I need to upgrade ImageFX to version 2.6, 3.3, or 4.1a
in order to use PanCanvas 2 (or its demo). How do I get the appropriate
See the ImageFX Patches section above. If you
use multiple versions of ImageFX on the same computer, see the installation
"note" on page 2 of the PanCanvas instructions.
The PanCanvas 2 installer tells me that "Install could not locate
You have most likely changed one of the standard ImageFX assignments:
IMAGEFX:, IMAGEFX3:, or IMAGEFX4:. You must restore the standard ImageFX
assignments before you run the PanCanvas installer.
During installation, I get a requester asking me to insert volume IMAGEFX:
You most likely have a system patch installed on your Amiga that traps
unknown assigns. Just click on the CANCEL gadget in those requesters and
the installer should work its way to the version of ImageFX that you are
I have a PanCanvas 2 demo from my Catalyzer Vol. 3 floppy, but it does
not install correctly.
A few of these demos were shipped with a faulty installer. Just download
the good version of the demo from the top of this page. Remember, you
have to use ImageFX version 2.6, 3.3, or 4.1a with PanCanvas (see ImageFX
Can you give me a quick summary of how to use PanCanvas 2?
Here are the steps in a nutshell:
- Load a picture.
- Run PanCanvas 2 and set your output format options.
- Drag the "start" and "end" windows
to where you'd like the camera to "shoot".
- Enter how many frames you'd like the sequence to be.
- Choose a save format and save location.
There are many more
options to control the look of your sequence - read the easy to understand
docs. You can save the results in a number of animation formats, single
frames, or FlyerClips or Jstreams.
I don't know if my Amiga meets the minimum requirements of PanCanvas 2.
You need to be using ImageFX 2.6, 3.3, or 4.1a. See the ImageFX
Patches section above. While using an ImageFX compatible graphics
card will give you responsive previews and quick screen refreshes, you're
not left in the cold if you are using an AGA or ECS Amiga - PanCanvas
can run on screen resolutions of at least 640 X 400 down to 16 colors.
PanCanvas 2 works
best with 2 MB of Chip RAM (or at least a 2 MB video card), and at least
16 MB of fast RAM. As for Amiga clones, if the machine can run ImageFX
on a graphics card, it will run PanCanvas 2.
I want to create an animation by panning around a video freeze frame.
PanCanvas tells me my output size is to small. OR: When I try it, the
animation turns out all grainy.
The problem with trying to create an animation from a video freeze frame
is this: when you try to zoom in on the image in order to "pan around"
it, you will get too close to the pixels - making the animation look pixellated
and grainy. (That's just the nature of video!) You are better off using
a larger scanned picture for your source image. However...
It is possible to
use a video freeze frame by using the following trick: With ImageFX, first
enlarge and then blur the freeze frame. Then experiment with "sharpen"
tools to get the computer to add detail back into the picture. Now that
you have a larger version of your freeze frame which has been "smoothed
out," use PanCanvas on it. You won't get the bad pixellation that
you would if you did not use this trick. Remember, though, that you will
enjoy better results from starting with a large clear picture.
I cannot move the marquees on the PanCanvas interface.
Once you have selected Spline mode, you cannot move the marquees - switch
back to Linear mode to make position changes, then return to Spline mode
before you render the animation.
I would like an easy tutorial for learning to use PanCanvas 2.
Legacy Maker's Catalyzer Vol. 3 Tutorial
Video features a whole section on using PanCanvas 2. You'll learn the
ins and outs of the program from Bohus Blahut - an expert user
of Pan Canvas.
Still having trouble with PanCanvas?
If you've read the
PanCanvas documentation and can't find the solution to your problem above,
email us! info@LegacyMakerinc.com
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