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HowTo Expand Shimeji Animation by ChibiEdo HowTo Expand Shimeji Animation by ChibiEdo
Tutorial: How to Expand Shimeji Animations.

Huge File warning.. XD
Ok so just a few days ago I decided to work on my own Shimeji.. and because I'll directly started playing with the xml files right at the beginning I thought I'd share my knowledge in expanding Shimeji animations!

I really appreciate feedback on this. I would like to know if it's understandable and if it worked for you.. I hope you are not scared by the huge amount of text.xD

If I get positive feedback I may consider making another one concerning adding fully custom animations.. but that's a bit more complex and involves editing both the actions.xml and the behaviors.xml...

Hope you like it~~ Comments?

EDIT: [link] <---I got the English Shimeji from here^^ sorry that I hadn't mentioned it before.. I forgot many people have the japanese version..

EDIT2: IMPORTANT!! Just a little additional advise:
If you create multiple Shimeji in the img folder of such an xml edited Shimeji you have to make sure all of the pictures specified in the xml file are present or it won't start up because it can't find the pictures... so you also can't just take a Shimeji image folder from someone else and throw it into your img folder.. because it's highly likely that there will be missing files.. Hope I explained it somewhat understandable.. ^_^;
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xanman12321 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
the syntax looks like it was made for people to play with it
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
I think so too XD
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huppyleon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i edit action xml duration, but when i summon the shimeji, animation duration still same with before, please help :'(
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
ah sorry I don't have time to look into this now and don't have shimeji files anymore since my computer died. Sadly I don't hvae a spontaneous idea what could be wrong. maybe try again with a completely fresh shimeji and do exactly what it says in the tutorial. It should work. Good luck!
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Good stuff. Bookmarked. Is the custom animation tutorial in the works? What about Shimeji interacts with other Shimejis, etc? Jumping directly on top of each other to make a ladder of some sort... bumping into each other, and bouncing off each other in different directions, stuff like that.... can these action be done?


Secondly, how do you restrict the number of total Shimeji ... because I thought change the "total" would keep the critters to a minimum:

<Behavior Name="SplitIntoTwo" Frequency="50" Condition="#{mascot.totalCount < 5}" />


I though changing the mascot.totalcount to 5 would keep things at five. At the time being, my shimegi #{mascot.totalCoun< 5} is showing 6 total shimeji's on screen. 
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2016
Thank you! No haven't really worked on anything concerning shimeji lately. Not sure if I ever will.
Shimeji interacting with other Shimeji is something that has to be done via changing the code of the core files, that's not something that's easily done.
But what you can do is make bigger sprites and draw 2 shimeji in one picture, that way they can interact.

From looking at the line it does seem like this is the correct spot for changing the max number

The line looks like this though:
<Behavior Name="SplitIntoTwo" Frequency="50" Condition="#{mascot.totalCount ANDltSEMICOLON 50}" /> 
At least for me. Had to write it this way because otherwise dA turns it into a <. Since it does that I don't know if you have a < in your code or a ANDltSEMICOLON. If you have a <, try to write the ANDltSEMICOLON instead (of course with the and symbol and the semicolon not the words). because the < might break the code. If not... no idea.

I'm definitely not a shimeji expert I just analysed what i saw to make this tutorial. I wanted to test it but randomly no shimeji is working for me anymore? (maybe a restart would fix that, but not doing that right now because I always have a lot of stuff open and not doing anything shimeji related at the moment anyway.)
I'd be interested to hear if that works!

Also for custom animation you need to fiddle with the behaviors file. If you want to try use an action that seems simple and copy that part and name it differently. then you also need to add your animation to the actions file naming it the same as in your behaviors file. The behavior.xml sets what kind of actions happen and how frequently, the actions.xml mainly says what they look like. Maybe that information helps you enough to experiment. Good luck with your shimeji!
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strawberrysunday12 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Appreciate the response. 

Animation
When you said "core" file, did you mean the javascript within the .jar executable file? Any suggested program to fiddle with the javascript code?



Custom animation

My next step was to fiddle with the behavior and action.xml files, obviously keeping the original files in a separate folder and simply work with the duplicate files of each. 

If I wanted a shimeji to swing across the top of the screen from a dangling rope (sort of like pitfall back in the atari days), or jump up the side walls (instead of climbing), or throw a rope towards the ceiling and climb the rope, or jumping from the bottom left hand corner of the screen to the top right corner of the right side of the screen, are these the types of behavior that could be changed using the behavior.xml and action.xml files?



Line code 

I actually managed to figure it out and actually created a little tutorial for others to use:
strawberrysunday12.deviantart.…
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
If I remember correctly the actual coding is also in a zip file called src.zip (probably short for source code) and I once took a look at that a bit trying to understand how it works, but it's really difficult because there is a lot of code and I have never coded in java though my biggest problem was that I had no idea how to turn those files back into a working exe files to test anything. I think it's called compiling the files. I think back then I might have learned a lot about where in the file which parts are coded but I gave up quickly since I just had no clue how to turn it into the game. I did do some research and I think i also got the files needed to create a working game but I was really confused...
I don't know if core files is the correct word but it's the java code (not javascript). There is no javascript in this (I actually know a bit about javascript... It's a coding language that works pretty differently from Java. I don't want to say too much because I'm not sure if what I say will all be correct hahaha. But the files we already edited are xml files, they are only structure files. the actual java code reads those xml files and interprets what to do with that.
Maybe you can find something when searching for "editing shimeji java code tools" ?? Since the shimeji community is so large I wouldn't be surprised if someone made some kind of tutorial. (By the way in case you find anything interesting I'd be interested to read that too and note down the link for any future attempts.
By the way I like notepad++ for opening any kind of code files. It has a lot of setups for marking different coding languages and you can hide parts that you don't need right now to have a nicer overview (collapsing big loops or if cases etc)

Concerning custom animation. Or rather first concerning behavior and action.xml files.
If I remember correctly, if you create a conf folder inside the name folder of your shimeji... I mean here in this folder:  /img/nameofshimeji you can configue THIS shimeji with its own file while still keeping the main conf folder in the main shimeji folder untouched. Someone in the comments explained it..pretty much one of the beginning comments who had a lot of knowledge about coding shimeji I think. I didn't know this when I wrote the tutorial so I talked about copying the whole shimeji folder but that isn't really necessary.

From the behaviors you described you can do some of them but you have to be creative. XD 
For example your pitfall like swinging... In behaviors.xml there is:
<Behavior Name="ClimbAlongCeiling" Frequency="100" />
(you MIGHT be able to copy this line and put it directly under it and give it a new name, but I can't test anything because no shimeji working right now.XD)
It's enclosed by: 
<Condition Condition="#{mascot.environment.ceiling.isOn(mascot.anchor)}"> <--this looks like there is some kind of variable that says: "Now the shimeji is on the ceiling" and since your swinging is a ceiling action it should probably go there.

Then in actions.xml: 
Just looking at the ClimbAlongCeiling one to learn:

<Action Name="ClimbAlongCeiling" Type="Sequence" Loop="false">
    <ActionReference Name="ClimbCeiling" TargetX="${mascot.environment.workArea.left+64+Math.random()*(mascot.environment.workArea.width-128)}" />
</Action>

Hmmm... Ok so one thing... I really wonder why the loop = "false" since the shimeji repeats the action when crawling on the ceiling but there is probably some reason, probably the loop happens somewhere else.
The math on the right side looks as if it calculates the range of the shimeji on the ceiling (so it doesn't disappear from view.. I wonder if the Math.random here has something to do with how far it crawls till it drops down?
Asides from this guesswork it references another action named "ClimbCeiling" which looks like this:

   <Action Name="ClimbCeiling" Type="Move" BorderType="Ceiling">
<Animation>
<Pose Image="/shime25.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="0,0" Duration="16" />
<Pose Image="/shime25.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-1,0" Duration="4" />
<Pose Image="/shime23.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-1,0" Duration="4" />
<Pose Image="/shime24.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-1,0" Duration="4" />
<Pose Image="/shime24.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="0,0" Duration="16" />
<Pose Image="/shime24.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-2,0" Duration="4" />
<Pose Image="/shime23.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-2,0" Duration="4" />
<Pose Image="/shime25.png" ImageAnchor="64,48" Velocity="-2,0" Duration="4" />
</Animation>
</Action>

Since you read my tutorial you should know what the velocity does. In this case it moves the shimeji to the left on the x axis (horizontally). -1 in a duration of 4 (frames..? I don't know what the measurement is, not seconds that's for sure) is less of a movement than -2 in a duration of 4. 
0,0 is no movement for 16 frames so that's the little pause before it keeps crawling.

So if you enter smart velocity and duration you can make it move in a half circle or a parabola. Figuring this out is pure math. If I'd try this I'd probably try to use half circle calculations but I don't know that from the top of my head...

Found something here:
home.windstream.net/okrebs/pag…
I'm not sure if my first idea would be a bit too complicated but I'd write down a bunch of y values calculated with different x values (the whole amount would be depending on how fluid I wanted the motion to look like) and would have coordinates where the shimeji should be... but since the shimeji's coordinates are relative and not absolute you'd need to check the differences compared to the previous coordinate pair for all of them and write those into the velocity (basically velocity is a vector... I don't know how much math you know (or like) so sorry if I get too confusing).

The other problem is the vine where your shimeji should be swinging. It has to be part of your picture so you need to change the size of your shimeji in that action which also forces you to fiddle with the imageanchor.
Actually... I think you might not need the complicated math you can just draw out the full sequence of your swinging in a big size and make velocity 0,0 for the duration of each frame. You would need to put the image anchor at "0,0" (probably x not fully 0 there would have to be some experimenting what looks best since this is the start of your swing. I also think there should be a final frame which is back at normal size with velocity = x,0 (x= whatever the full range of your swing is) to ACTUALLY move your shimeji to the other side because before that it was just an image animation playing... Ughh this is hard to describe, not sure if you get it. There is also a lot of other things that I don't know ... can the animation be stopped in the middle or will it always fully play... would it cause to make the shimeji disappear into the other side by accident? Or if it stops in the middle of it, it probably drops and the jump from the middle of executing the swing to the falling animation which is normal sized again automatically will probably be a weird jump on the screen. (Unless you actually do the math circle way, since there the actual x and y coordinates of the shimeji move...

Ok now my brain hurts, I'll just leave it there for now maybe it'll spark some ideas? Before you try anything more complex try if you can manage a 'new' ceiling action first without breaking anything then you can try the next step. There might be a lot of other places which you have to edit, I don't know how intwined everything is.

As for your other animation ideas: jumping up the wall is probably something a bit similar to the swinging but a bit easier because there is no change in size... 

Something concerning the rope towards the ceiling could be created by kinda fake methods since there is no behavior that makes the shimeji move up to the ceiling.... or well I'm not going to continue thinking about this now, there might be possibilities if i look at the xml again.

Maybe also for the jumping from side to side but my first guess it's not possible.


About the Line Code we talked about:
Ah so there were two places. I actually DID remember there being two but when I looked for you I only found one and thought I remembered wrong. Now I wonder if I actually did try this in the past... The more I think about it the more I think I did...XD
Thanks for the minitutorial.

I might think more about your other animations, I like to think about things like thatXDDD only if I feel like it though.
I hope I could help you a little bit and if you manage to get something feel free to tell me what you did, I'd love to see your progress.
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Yes, I read everything three times. Very solid stuff. Even though I don't code, I kind of got the gist of what you're saying. I was actually trying to get a new rainmeter taskbar that is why I didn't get to respond sooner. This is going to be a tough road ahead. Hopefully I don't give up. I'll see what I can mustard, not anytime soon though. Research.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
That's good! I start rambling when I'm thinking about figuring something out..XD
What is a rainmeter taskbar?
And good luck with anything you'll try!
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strawberrysunday12 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
Example of a rainmeter taskbar. Or you could simply run a search for rainmeter on deviantart, and you'll get a taste of different taskbars people have created. Rainmeter is basically a customization for your desktop.

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WolfSoul14 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is old so if you don't want to answer thats alright, but is there any way you could point me towards some tutorials about making new code but on the japanese version? since I have an emulator that allows it to work on mac, but only with the japanese version it's hard for me to figure out how to make new code
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
sadly I don't know anything about the japanese version so I can't really help you. The code is probably similarly structured so you could first read mine and then browse through the files till you find one that looks like it... and then search for the used images so you might get an idea what kind of action it is? I don't know, sorry.
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Wiley-Bun Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SORRY FOR COMMENTING ON AN OLD TUTORIAL
IF YOU CANT HELP ME, ITS OKAY.

My character isn't symmetrical so when she walks the other way, her design is flipped. 
Would you, or anyone reading this, happen to know how to add a second walking animation? //v//) it's okay if not, my OCD is just triggered by it lol
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Sorry, the only way to have a second set of animations for the character walking in the other direction would be to change the java code of the shimeji itself and that requires a deep coding knowledge. (I don't know much about Java so don't really know how I would go about it either).
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TheAngelicMuffin Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(also sorry to comment on an old thread, but I figured this would be useful to anyone else trying the same thing) That is actually not true. I've been trudging through the source code trying to figure out how these things work and how to properly program them, and I've found that you can set multiple animations for a single action using Conditions. A Condition is like an if statement. If the condition is true then it will use that animation.

In particular, here you would add the conditions mascot.isLookRight() and !mascot.isLookRight() to set different different animations depending on which direction the character is facing. mascot is a reference to the shimeji itself, and .isLookRight() is a function that returns true if it is looking right and false if it is looking left. "!" is a (NOT) operator and flips the answer.  Think of it like "if NOT mascot.isLook(ing)Right" that will be true if its looking left.

for example:

<Action Name="Walk" Type="Move" BorderType="Floor">
     <Animation Condition="#{!mascot.isLookRight()}" >  //if the character is not looking right, i.e looking left. the original animation
        <Pose ...
    </Animation>    

    <Animation Condition="#{mascot.isLookRight()}" > //if the character is looking right, the alternate animation.
        <Pose ... 
    </Animation>
</Action>


HOWEVER take note that the program flips images when the character looks right. So draw your character facing/walking right, then flip the frames before saving them. The program will flip them back when they are being used.

...does that makes sense?... i'm super bad at explaining things, >//,//< I want to make a tutorial for all this stuff i've learned because there is literally no information out there, but I'm so bad at dumbing down technical talk...
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BobbyqUnderpants9945 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm new to this program, and I have two questions---

1.How do you put in a new animation thing (ex. shime1, but you can't put in the code for shime2)

2.What do you do when your Shimeji turns to the right, but their transparency background is black? Please help ^^
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CrayonGoo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally found this again, I`ve been looking around for this for a while now. o v o
This is really helpfull, I have to thank you for making this. > v < Ive been trying to expand one of the shimeji`s im working on. o 3 o 
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LillyBri Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmn, looks extremely easy. brains intact. that means if you say its actually easy but looks hard and it looks easy to me then i auto link it must be hard.
hehehehe ;3;
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
It is not hard. But a lot of people shy away as soon as they see something resembling code (even so xml isn't a real coding language per se, it's some kind of language to structure things.)
And I completely understand that. That's why I tried to encourage people.
If it looks easy for you that's great ^_^
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LillyBri Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great. it didnt look hard because ive seen that program, even though i dont have it XD my boyfriend coded a mod while i made the textures.
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AaronIsNeato Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Hello ChibiEdo and thank you for the tutorial. I've recently stumbled into Shimeji, and I'm interested in making some. I've noticed other Shimeji have around 2-4 frames per animation, and I was wondering how many images /pngs does it take until one gets the Out of Memory error? Does the resolution of the image matter when concerning memory?
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Glad you like my tutorial : D
Sadly I can't answer your question. I never experimented enough to get Out of Memory errors. Did you get one? If yes, I'm pretty sure the size of the image does play into that since bigger pictures increase the size of the file. So the only thing you can do is experiment what works and what doesn't.
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AaronIsNeato Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
No problem! Thanks anyway, I guess I'll start by reducing frames and canvas sizes!
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CeliaWubberBrush Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm writing in the names of my png pictures where they should be but nothing happens.
It won't even open.. The same happens when i try to remove some of the codes i don't need since my shimeji doesn't have that many animations.
onion sadConfused  halp plz...
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Hmm I really don't have any spontaneous advice for you.
Do you have your png pictures in the correct folder where everything else is?
What do the names of your png pictures look like? Are they long? Do they have certain weird characters that might be problematic? or empty spaces? (I have no idea what shimeji likes and doesn't like concerning that). did you write the name of the png correctly? For example it is CASE SENSITIVE I think. so you have to make sure you write it exactly as it is.

I would be careful with removing stuff because you don't know how interlinked everything is. The file I mentioned is not the only file there is anohter important one (I don't know the name of it from the top of my head...). but the other file CALLS the animations so if an animation is just missing there might be problems. You would have to look at that other file too and remove the calling itself as well. (that other file is a bit more complicated if i recall though so you should be careful what you do in there.

If I were you I'd use a fresh shimeji since I don't know what you broke. And change one thing at a time and test immediately. The shimeji does start up without you changing though? Or does it never start at all? Because then I'm not sure if I can help you in any way.

So ok start new, try to put in one png and if it doesn't work give me your file so i can look at it. I hope it works though.xD
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CeliaWubberBrush Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for answering :D
After ripping out some of my hair in frustration
I decided to use what i have over the old one, removing every animation of the old shimeji.
But still having maybe 5 or 6 from the old one just not using them. (if any of that was understandable:happy: )
Works so far except some glitching when it climbs up the wall to the wall.
other than that i think i actually might be able to make it..
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
ok good luck then! I'm glad you figured something out for you!
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lildogie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for this! I found it well-explained, and I'm going to try it out!
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
thank you! hope it helps : D
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Aashmur Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmm......
How To Draw Blinking Shimeji? (I Am Not Good In Drawing) :|
Is There A Site Where i Can Find The Preferred Blinking Shimeji's Pic :|
Shimeji I Run The Most ---> Ichigo, Aizen, Grimmjow 
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Hmm, not sure if I can explain that in a short way... I'd recommend looking at shimeji drawing tutorials maybe? The shimeji are saved in .png format you need some kind of software that can save that. For example photoshop or the open source software GIMP.
If you want to create blinking pictures for an already existing shimeji you would need to erase part of the eyes and draw skin colour and a few extra lines again.
If you only use mouse it might help to look at vectors (called path) in photoshop for example to create smooth lines.
Or you could just zoom in very far and carefully draw with mouse with a normal brush, then you might be able to create nice lineart too.
Or you are just very good with mouse movement and can draw with mouse normally. I can't XD. Some are good though.

So in general you need to edit the pictures and save them as different file names .png.
I doubt there is a site where you can find blinking shimeji of the ones you want because they weren't intended to blink when the artist drew them.
You could try to search on dA or google for 'blinking characters' or something similar to find pictures of characters blinking which might help you to draw your own? I don't know though.
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Aashmur Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okie 
I Will Try Hiring Some Guys Who Can Make Chibi Drawings And Then Try Making My Own Shimeji :3 
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
ok good luck~~
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Aashmur Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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nesie1525 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
//suddenly cries seeing the amount of things need to be done
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
aww read it more slowly and try it it's really less work than it seems!
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scenikeight Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Just a little additional information, you can change the shimeji size without even touching the .XML. It just requires the image to be moved to be in the right place while in the editor so it's in line with the screen.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Oh thanks for pointing that out~ Doesn't provide you the same freedom as the .xml editing does though. Also seems like a bit of a hassle to me but I might think wrong.XD
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scenikeight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
What would the .xml editing do to enhance it? And nah, it's not really a hassle.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Hm not sure if I can really explain. but your suggestion sounds like it's limited. Since there are fixed points described in the xml.
For example:
normal shimeji size 128x128px. sitting position with dangling legs has the image anchor 64,112. so the position on which the positioning is based on is in the center and 112px downwards. where you have to place the butt of your shimeji then. If you want a shimeji which is for example 400x400px there is no way you can just try to match it up with that specifics without changing the xml. since you can't place your shimeji in a way that the butt is 112px from the top corner because it's too big. XD If your shimeji size only differs in size minorily it works of course.
Changing the image anchor gives you the ability to freely set your shimeji as you like. Which I think is pretty cool~
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scenikeight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Actually, I had to change certain files in the last one I made to be bigger and it worked fine without editing the .xml. I just had to draw on 128 x 128, save that and then make a separate bigger file so I could fit everything in, and then paste the smaller one onto it and line it up.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I'm not sure if we somehow are misunderstanding each other or something like that. I'm not exactly sure what you actually did but I'm still pretty sure that some things are impossible to get right without changing the xml just because of the way the things are actually defined in it.
I'm not sure what exactly you do when you 'line it up'. Line it up compared to what? Having to draw in 128x128 at first does sound limited though.
I also don't know if you know anything about xml and anchor points or not. So I also don't know if you understand what I'm talking about. It's a bit confusing for me.
I don't really want to bug you or anything so if you don't want to reply anymore that's ok.
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scenikeight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
The only thing I change in the .xml is the name of some actions, which is pretty much irrelevant.
I believe the image anchor is based around ratio rather than the actual canvas size which means editing size isn't based strictly on what it says in the file.
By "line it up", I mean, I drew a part of the shimeji I wanted in a certain place (mostly the head in this case) and saved that. I then made a new file with a bigger canvas and copied the old head onto that one (I use SAI so it pasted into the same place it was on the other one) and then drew around it to make the rest of the shimeji. Because the head (and therefore the rest of the shimeji) was in line with the other files, it fitted in just as a 128x128 canvas would have.
I understand the .xml and anchor points and that sort of thing, I know what you mean.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
oh if it would be based on ratio and not actual size that would put a whole different light on this of course. I think I should check this out sometime but not doing anything shimeji related right now so don't know when.
Thanks for explaining ^_^ In case I'll try something I might get back to this comment and tell you my findings but don't be surprised if it's like..months or if I forget completely xD
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Knightryder007 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Do you know how to add behaviors onto Shimejis? I want to make some that can interact with each other.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I haven't looked into shimeji in a long time but concerning addition of behaviors I think I wrote a bit in some of the comments here already.
Concerning the ability to really make them interact with each other you can't do that in the xml files you have to change the code of the java file directly and I am not exactly sure how to go about that since I barely know java.
What you could do is pairing shimeji though by drawing them into one picture together. By changing the sizes and anchor point of them you could also make stuff like.. them standing apart a bit and then walking towards each other and hug then XD or something like that.
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FunnyWay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I got it! I managed to make my own custom animation! Thank you, I owe you one, thanks to your tip I could add more animations to my shimeji! I'm so grateful, thank you very much, you said that I have to change stuff in the actions.xml and the behaviors.xml, and that was my problem, I didn't know I had to change the behaviors.xml too. I already knew a little of the language xml, so your simple tip was what helped me finish! And now it's working! It was kind of hard because it was written in Japanese, and the English ones doesn't work on my computer, but I managed it anyway! It seems stupid, but now I'm really happy!

Wow, thank you so much, I love you man, I wanna fill you with hugs, seriously I am very grateful :XD:

And a thousand apologies for making you waste your time reading this long text, is that I really wanted to warn you and thank you :dance:
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
AWwww I was wondering if I should have said something because I was curious if you got it to work : D
And omg you did it in Japanese? coolXD Does the English one really not work? I might remember wrong but since i got windows 7 the shimeji-ee.exe doesn't start anymore but the shimeji-ee.jar does work. (at least I THINK the exe was working on XP but I forgot.. so I don't really know).
Maybe you can direct people to this tutorial when you post your shimeji to help other people~ That would be nice : D

And I like long texts.XD
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FunnyWay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: yeah, thanks
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