Nuance SUPERGOO, Kai's SuperGOO User Manual

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User Guide

for Windows® and Macintosh®

Trademarks

SuperGOO is a trademark of ScanSoft, Inc.

“Macintosh” is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Incorporated. “Windows” and “PowerPoint” are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. “Pentium” is a registered trademark and “i486” is a trademark of Intel Corporation. ImageStream is a trademark and ImageStream Graphics Filters is a registered trademark of INSO Corporation. All other product names mentioned in the manual and other documentation are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Registered and unregistered trademarks used herein are the exclusive property of their respective owners. ScanSoft, Inc. makes no claim to any such marks, nor willingly or knowingly misused or misapplied such marks.

Copyright

This manual, as well as the software described in it is furnished under license and may only be used or copied in accordance with the terms of such license. Program ©1998–1999 ScanSoft, Inc., including the look and feel of the product. SuperGOO User Guide ©1998–1999 ScanSoft, Inc. No part of this guide may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of ScanSoft, Inc.

Notice

Before using this software or reading this user guide, make sure you have read, understood and agreed to the license displayed on screen during the software installation process.

© 1998-1999 ScanSoft, Inc.

9 Centennial Drive

Peabody, MA 01960

SuperGOO User Guide

Table of Contents

Welcome to SuperGOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What’s New? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Windows Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Macintosh Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Installation Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 About This User Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Chapter 1 Getting to Know

Kai’s SuperGOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 What is SuperGOO? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

What can I do with

Kai’s SuperGOO? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Exploring the Kai’s

SuperGOO Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The FUSION Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The GOO Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Option Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

The Basics of Working

with Kai’s SuperGOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Working with Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Working with Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Saving Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Printing Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Chapter 2

Just GOO It!: A Tutorial . . . . . . . . 17

Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Lesson 1: Moving Between Rooms . . 17

Making Faces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Lesson 1: Making a Random Face . . 18

Lesson 2: Adding Features . . . . . . . . . 19

Lesson 3: Editing Features . . . . . . . . . 20

Lesson 4: Cloning Features . . . . . . . . 21

GOO It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Lesson 1: GOOing Using Brushes . . 24

Lesson 2: GOOing Using Effects . . . . 27

Making GOOvies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Moving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Chapter 3

The GOO Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

How the GOO Room Works . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Working in the GOO Room . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Opening or Importing Images . . . . . 32

Viewing an Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Setting Up Brushes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Mirroring a Brush Effect . . . . . . . . . . 34

Using the GOO Brush Palette . . . . . . . . . . 34

Using the GOO Effects Palette . . . . . . . . . 36

Adding Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Making GOOvies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Working with Keyframes . . . . . . . . . 39

Using the Control Slider . . . . . . . . . . 40

Playing Your Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Saving Animations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Chapter 4

The FUSION Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 How the Fusion Room Works . . . . . . . . . 43 Working in the FUSION Room . . . . . . . . 44 Opening and Importing Pictures . . . 44 Using the Face Palette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Changing Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Hiding/Showing Features . . . . . . . . . 46 Using the Edit Palette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Randomizing Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Combining Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Saving Faces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Using your Own Photos

in the Fusion Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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CWelcome to SuperGOO

Kai’s SuperGOO is the evolution of the fabulously successful Kai’s Power GOO, the latest release of Liquid Image™ “Funware” from ScanSoft, Inc.

All the fun you had GOOing faces and pictures has been greatly enhanced, and the FUSION Room now has its own library of facial components you can pick from.

What’s New?

If you’re a user of GOO this section will give you a head start on locating, learning and taking advantage of SuperGOO’s new features.

The GOO Room

The GOO Room still lets you play with images as if they were made out of liquid paint, but several improvements have been made to the basic GOO functions:

Zooming and Panning

Customizable Brush Sizes and Functions

Support for non-square images (images at any aspect ratio)

Support for Alpha Channels

The FUSION Room

Before, you could use the FUSION Room to merge two pictures together to make a new goofy image. Now, the FUSION Room lets you create faces using a host of facial features. You can add a nose, mouth, eyes and hair to a blank face to create your own original face. These features are included in a library that comes with the application.

CInstallation

This section provides instructions for installing the Windows and Macintosh versions of your SuperGOO software. Follow the instructions appropriate for your system

Windows Installation

Minimum System Requirements

SuperGOO runs on any PC compatible computer with the following minimum configuration:

Pentium Processor

Windows 95 (or higher)

Windows NT 4.0 (or higher)

16 MB Free RAM

25 MB HD Space for Install

40 MB Free HD Space (after Install)

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CD-ROM Drive

16-bit video

14" Monitor

Installation

BTo install your SuperGOO software:

1.Insert the SuperGoo CD-ROM disc into your CD-ROM drive.

2.If you are using Windows NT 4.0, select File menu> Run. If you are using Windows 95, select Start menu> Run.

3.Type the letter corresponding to your CD-ROM drive, followed by “:\setup (for example, type “d:\setup” if using the D drive). Click the OK button, then follow the prompts.

4.If in the main install window, click “Install.”

Please be certain that you have at least 25 MB of free space on your hard disk before you install.

Macintosh Installation

Minimum System Requirements

SuperGOO runs on any Macintosh computer with at least the following configuration:

Power Macintosh

MacOS 7.6.1 (or higher)

16 MB RAM allocated to application

25 MB HD Space for Install

40 MB Free HD Space (after Install)

CD-ROM Drive

16-bit video

14" Monitor

Installation

BTo install your SuperGOO software:

1.Insert the SuperGoo CD-ROM disc into your CD-ROM drive.

2.Double-click on the SuperGoo Install icon to begin installation.

Installation Tips

Windows 95/NT 4.0:

Please be sure that:

Your operation system is Win95/NT4.0. SuperGoo will not run on Win 3.x or NT 3.x.x.

Your display is set to a minimum of 16-bit colors (65,000 colors). We recommend 24-bit (true color).

Your are using a Pentium processor or “Pentium class” processor. SuperGoo will NOT run on a 486.

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There are no open applications (other than Win95/NT4.0, of course).

There are NO applications running in the background. This includes anti-virus software, crash monitors or system diagnostic software.

Power Macintosh:

Please be sure that:

Your operating system is 7.6.1 or higher.

Your display is set to a minimum of 16-bit colors (65,000 colors). We recommend 24-bit (true color).

You are not running Virtual Memory or any RAM enhancing program such as RAM Doubler.

Please be certain that you have at least 25 MB of free space on your hard disk before you install.

You might receive an error message while attempting to launch

SuperGoo which states “The application SuperGoo could not be opened because axiom could not be found.” This means that the Macintosh does not have enough memory left after launching SuperGoo to load the necessary “axiom” extension.

CAbout This User Guide

This user guide provides all the information you need to get the most out of Kai’s SuperGOO. It will help you learn the application and serve as a reference as you attempt more sophisticated procedures.

This user guide assumes you are already familiar with basic Windows and Macintosh concepts—menus, dialogs, and mouse operations, such as clicking and dragging. If you need more information on these subjects, or on the Macintosh Finder or the Windows Desktop, please refer to the Macintosh User’s Manual or the Microsoft Windows User’s Guide, respectively.

Conventions

This user guide is for both Windows and Macintosh users. By convention, Macintosh commands precede Windows commands in the text. For example, Command/Ctrl+I is equivalent to the Macintosh Command-I and the Windows Ctrl+I. For simplicity, the term folder refers to directories as well as folders. The Kai’s SuperGOO interface for both platforms is identical, unless otherwise specified.

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CTechnical Support

You will find the answers to most of your questions within the pages of this user guide.

If you need further assistance, contact ScanSoft Customer Support on the World Wide Web at:

www.scansoft.com

Note: ScanSoft, Inc. reserves the right to change its support policies at any time.

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Getting to Know Kai’s SuperGOO

CWhat is SuperGOO?

Kai’s SuperGOO is the latest addition to the ScanSoft line of creative entertainment tools. Like its predecessor, Kai’s Power GOO, SuperGOO is a fun image-distortion tool. Using SuperGOO’s tools and effects, you can stretch, stir, bulge, or twirl pictures to create “funhouse mirror” distortion effects. Using the libraries that come with SuperGOO you can create your own realistic faces.

Once distorted, an image can be printed or saved for use in photo-editing or compositing software or in a desktop publishing application. Multiple distortion effects can be combined to create animated movies (in QuickTime or AVI format) for use in multimedia presentations or output directly to video.

What can I do with Kai’s SuperGOO?

The most obvious use for SuperGOO is to take images of family, friends and co-workers and use the SuperGOO distortion tools to create funny parodies of people for your own amusement. You can then save those images as parts of movies or as a still images. Images can be imported into image-editing applications for additional modifications or inclusion in advertising or fine art pieces.

Animations can be used in multimedia authoring applications for inclusion in both on-screen and video-based presentations. Both images and animations can be incorporated into Web pages.

CExploring the Kai’s SuperGOO Workspace

Unlike most applications that use a myriad of palettes and toolbars to display their features, SuperGOO is divided into rooms.

There are two rooms in SuperGOO:

The FUSION Room

The GOO Room

These rooms contain all the features and functions you’ll need to fully express your creativity.

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The FUSION Room

The FUSION Room works like a police sketch artist’s tool. It lets you combine different facial components to create your own unique faces. Using the huge number of noses, eyes, mouths, heads and hair stored in the Kai’s SuperGOO library, you can create almost any face. You can also incorporate features from your own photographs.

Use the FUSION Room to mix and match facial features to create your own faces.

Once you’ve created a face, you can take it into the GOO Room and distort it just like you would any other image.

The GOO Room

The GOO Room is where you distort images to create your own custom pictures. The images you use in this room can be imported from a variety of sources, or opened from the GOO library.

Use the GOO Room to distort imported images.

Once open, you can use the GOO tools to distort, bulge, smear or twirl portions of the image, or use the GOO effects to twirl, rotate, stretch or squeeze the entire image.

You can also save your picture at various stages and then play the images together as a movie, or GOOvie.

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The Option Buttons

The three buttons that appear at the top of each room let you move between rooms and access import and export functions.

The Option buttons.

CThe Basics of Working with Kai’s SuperGOO

Kai’s SuperGOO is an incredibly easy-to-use program. Most of Kai’s SuperGOO’s features are applied by a simple click and drag. The best way to get the most out of Kai’s SuperGOO is to just click a tool and try it.

Before you start exploring, there are a few basic procedures you should know. These procedures apply to the entire application.

Working with Rooms

You can move between rooms using the Option buttons at the top of the room. When you move from the FUSION Room to the GOO room, the picture on the Image Canvas moves with you. This way you can GOO a face you created in the FUSION Room.

BTo move between rooms:

In the GOO Room click the FUSION button at the top of the screen to move to the FUSION Room.

In the FUSION Room, click the GOO button to move to the GOO Room.

Working with Files

Kai’s SuperGOO lets you import your own pictures of friends and family to distort or combine to create wacky pictures. You can open a file in BMP, PICT, Photoshop, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, or FlashPix.

BTo open a picture:

1.Click the In button at the top of the screen and choose Open from the popup menu. The Open dialog appears.

2.Locate the picture file you want to use and click Open. The picture appears on the Image Canvas.

Importing Files using Plug-ins

Kai’s SuperGOO can import images in a number of standard image formats. You can extend Kai’s SuperGOO’s import capabilities using third-party plug-ins. A plug-in is a component that connects with an application and extends its capabilities.

In order to use a plug-in from an outside developer you have to place it in a folder that SuperGOO can access.

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BTo install plug-ins:

In Finder or the Windows desktop, drag the plug-in application’s icon in to the SuperGOO: plugins folder.

BTo import a picture using plug-ins:

1.Click the In button at the top of the screen and choose Import Via Plug-Ins > Set Destination for Acquires and Imports from the menu. The Set Destination dialog appears.

2.Select a folder on your system where you want imported images stored.

3.Click the In button again and choose Import Via Plug-Ins > Select Plug-ins Folder from the menu. The Select Folder dialog appears.

4.Locate the folder where you’ve stored your import plug-ins.

Scanning Pictures

You can scan images directly into Kai’s SuperGOO using a program interface called TWAIN. This interface lets Kai’s SuperGOO interact directly with your scanner.

BTo scan a picture into Kai’s SuperGOO:

1.Click the In button and choose Import via TWAIN > Set Destination for Acquires and Imports from the menu.

2.Select a folder where you want to store scanned images.

3.Click the In button again and choose Import via TWAIN > Select TWAIN Source. The Select Source dialog appears.

4.Select your scanner from the list and click OK.

5.Click the In button again and choose Import via TWAIN > TWAIN Acquire. The TWAIN dialog appears.

6.Use the dialog controls to setup and start a scan of your picture.

CSaving Pictures

You can save GOOed pictures in a number of popular image formats including, BMP, PICT, Photoshop, TIFF, JPEG, GIF or FlashPix. Once saved, a picture can be used in another image-editing application or page-layout application.

BTo save a picture:

1.Click the Out button and choose Save. The Save dialog appears.

2.Choose a file format, location and filename and click Save.

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CPrinting Pictures

Once you’re done GOOing a picture or finished creating a new face, you can print your work.

BTo print a picture:

1.Click the Out button and choose Print. The Print dialog appears.

2.Set up your print options and click Print.

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