Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 17:48:09 -0700
From: (Gareth Randall)
Subject: Alpha Moonbase screen saver?

Has anyone thought about creating a screen saver based on the Alpha Moonbase
logos that are displayed on the monitors throughout Alpha? A nice dissolve
between the Season 1 and Season 2 designs would be nice. I'm not a
programmer and have absolutely no idea how to go about it anyway, otherwise
I'd have a go!


Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 18:44:59 -0700 From: (David Welle) Subject: Re: Alpha Moonbase screen saver? I've been meaning to program a S19 screen saver for some time; but have been too busy until recently. My current compiler (Borland C++ 4.0) does not support it; but I will be upgrading soon, and should be able to create one after that point. I did a little checking, and it did not seem to be too difficult in general (if you can program, that is :-)--though some screen saver behavior may be more difficult to create than others. Has anyone been actively creating screen savers, S19 or non-S19? Or does someone know of a tool that can create specific screen savers without knowledge of programming? (Delphi or PowerBuilder or another RAD tool perhaps?) Thanks, ----David Welle
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 20:18:31 -0700 From: Subject: Re: Alpha Moonbase screen saver? I would LOVE this if anybody knows how to do it! So how about it all you budding entrepreneurs/programmers out there? The one from the first year always reminded me of something out of The Avengers or The Prisoner -- and still does -- but I like them both equally. Robert
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 21:15:34 -0700 From: Neilster ( Subject: Space:1999 screens.. There was a post about S1999 screen savers.. how about this.. BMP screens to replace the default windows95 default clouds? I think that would be cool. I know there's some Star trek ones out there but 1999 ones would rule, no doubt. Just can't figger out how to set up up. They have to be a certain size and Win95 stretches them, or something. :: Neilster ::
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 00:17:09 -0700 From: (Roberto Baldassari) Subject: Re: Alpha Moonbase screen saver? Hi all, I'm not a programmer at all, but I have beautifully designed S1999 logos (both Alpha's and S1999) and I could make some of them in colour to someone who is a programmer. All I need to know is the dimensions of the slides (640 x 480 pixels, I suppose) and file format (I can save them in any formats).
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 05:10:46 -0400 From: Monte Ferguson ( Organization: Giant Flaming Toadware, Inc. To: David Welle ( Subject: Re: Alpha Moonbase screen saver? There are any number of shareware screensavers that will simply cycle through a series of pictures like a slide show... perhaps this is the best route.
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 05:40:19 -0700 From: (Gareth Randall) Subject: Re: Space:1999 screens.. It seems that (in Season 2 at least) the name of the area one is in is displayed in the centre of the monitor while it's in standby mode. If anyone's feeling fired up about creating a S:1999 screen saver, it would be terrific if they included a facility to enter one's own name or department name or whatever else, along with a standard list of Alpha-based locations (Main Mission, Command Centre, Medical Centre, Eagle 1 etc). And when the saver kicks in, how about playing a sample of the distinctive sound effect that was used in Season 2 whenever a monitor was activated? Just a few ideas thrown out to the programmers among us! =;-) Gareth
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 09:09:23 -0700 From: (Simone Monetti) Subject: Space 1999 screen saver Hi to all! Create a screen saver, it's possible and it's easy if you have the program for Windows called "After Dark" you can make fantastic screens saver also with music. I have created one about Space 1999 like a tracking shot about images about main characters from both seasons (with names and their occupation in Alpha) , images taken from season 1 and season 2's episodes (with titles of the episodes), and music about first season. The only problem is: "After Dark" supports only images in bmp format, so my screen saver take up a lot of space in the Hard Disk, over 20Mb!!!! (images with 16 milions of colours) If you're interested, let me know. Ciao Simone. PS: Regarding Space 1999 awards, please vote!!!)
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 09:44:00 -0700 From: Subject: Re: Space:1999 screens.. Gareth's ideas for a screen saver sound great. If anyone got REALLY ambitious and wanted to expand on these, how about Maya transforming from one thing to the next -- it seems a natural for a screensaver (who wouldn't like to look at Catherine all day). Other ideas might be a group of rabid fans chasing Freddie and pummeling him unmercifully when they caught him every once in awhile. I'm sure there are a lot of old Freddie haters (with long memories) still working at Hannah-Barbera who'd love to do the imagery for this! How about an Eagle falling from the top of the screen and crashing at the bottom and exploding just like in Season 1's opening credits, followed by a sequence of random shots like the "This Episode" sequence? I think these would all be cool, but the ones I REALLY want are the standard (static) Season 1 and 2 monitor screens. I was looking at the Season 1 screen and it really doesn't look that difficult to duplicate -- want to take a crack at it, Roberto? My drafting experience is all of the drafting board/T square/triangle/compass/French curve school of art, and those tools have been put away since art school -- don't know how to do it on a computer. :( Robert (Willing to Beg)
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 11:50:55 -0700 From: Subject: Re: Space:1999 screens.. Roberto Baldassari writes: >I'll happy to do a Season 1 screen. What do you mean for Season 1 screen, >that sort of monoscope on the main screen ? Or maybe that other one we see >on the Communication post monitors ? Roberto! You're going to do it? Cool! I mean the one that's split in the middle horizontally, has two letter A's in the center (one right side up and one upside down), and then it has angled lines shooting off of the center and then other lines that cross these, and the angled grid this forms is sort of shaded like a checkerboard on the lower half only (I think). It's the screen image seen on the commposts in the corridors, on smaller monitors on walls, and I think in the Season 1 Eagle as well, (not the Main Mission/Command Center screen -- though feel free to attempt that too if you want). In one of the Season 1 episodes I recently saw a very good closeup of it so maybe I'll try to find which episode it's in. Thanks, Roberto. So if Roberto can provide the art as a file when it's done, can somebody else make the screen saver? Robert
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 14:14:36 -0700 From: Michael Jerry Decker ( Subject: Re: Space:1999 screens.. > How about an Eagle falling from the top of the screen and crashing at the > bottom and exploding just like in Season 1's opening credits, followed by a > sequence of random shots like the "This Episode" sequence? Heeeeey......I LIKE IT!!! Michael
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 05:01:33 -0700 From: Stephen Pritchard ( Subject: Re: Screen saver Here's one for you. A Eagle (top view) or Eagles with heavy lifting winch moves across the screen and stops at a random location it then picks up a portion of the screen then carries it of the edge of the screen. a.k.a Break away Of couse every now and then one of them is hit by lightning and crash on the screen :) The Renegade. 'Just because I'm not paranoid dosen't mean they aren't all after me' ---------------Not some Mexican Asthma-hound Chihuahua--------------- Stephen Pritchard Wellington New Zealand
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 06:46:26 -0700 From: Subject: Re: Screen saver To be authentically 1999, how about an Alphan astronaut running/bouncing across the lunar surface, and every time he hits his foot to the ground his helmet visor bounces open? Robert
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 07:18:45 -0700 From: Gary Girouard ( Subject: Re: Screen saver -Reply or medical liquid supplies that dont fly out of the box when opened? gary
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 23:53:15 -0700 From: (Roberto Baldassari) Subject: S1999 screen saver Hi all, It could be nice to have a screen saver in which we have some Eagles flying over the Nuclear Waste Area Two with a nuclear waste canister attached to their special pods. There are energy lightning coming from the all over the lunar surface and from time to time one of those energy discharge could hit an Eagle causing it to crash like only an Eagle do. Everything with its own original sound effect. What do you think ?
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 04:59:26 -0700 From: (Chana,Amardeep) Subject: Re: S1999 screen saver Lighting in a vacuum? Ok, whatever... But getting back to the screen saver, there is a real neat lightning module in After Dark. Use a .bmp file of an eagle with the float-a-bitmap module. Add fireworks module for explosions. Overlay the three with the After Dark custom function and you're half way there. Don't know how to handle the sound effects, though. Amardeep
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 1996 13:24:27 -0700 From: Subject: After Dark Module Hi All: Roberto sent me his FABULOUS version of the Season 1 Alpha screen (as a JPG file). Does anybody have any experience with making modules for After Dark? I just looked at the instructions and closed the file in horror! By the way, I believe Roberto will have this up at the Cyber Musuem soon for you all to download. Did I ever tall you all how much I love our Marcy Kulic and Roberto Baldassari? Robert