This program has been written and compiled using an early development tool, which does not support some more recent Windows facilities. The following are all the known limitations.
- The maximum amount of memory allocated to any of the program's sub-windows is about 12 Mb, which limits the maximum drawing size to about 3 MegaPixels (about 2.8 MegaPixels when saving to a GIF file). Higher resolution can, however, be achived when sending directly to a Printer.
- Mouse functions are limited to Movement and the Left and Right Buttons - the Scroll Wheel is not recognised.
- Links to e-mail and web addresses are not supported directly, but Copy and Paste into a browser or e-mail program can be used instead.
- Colour selection palettes are limited to 16 colours. If different colours are required, the drawing can be saved to a GIF file and a graphics editing package can be used to modify the colours as necessary.
- Printing has been designed to work on a range of paper sizes, but has only been tested on A4 size at 600 DPI.
Tips when Running
- On installation, the Program will be installed in C:Program Files\Multi Lissajous 2.0 (unless another directory has been requested).
A Program Group will be set up in the Start Menu of the Current User with shortcuts to the following:
- Multi Lissajous - the main program.
- Uninstall Multi Lissajous 2.0 - to remove the program.
- Help File (Rich Text Format) - the raw file underlying the program's Help.
- Read Me (Text file) - this file.
- A Multi Lissajous Icon will also be added to the Current User's Desktop.
- If other users require access, the group can be copied to another user from:
C:\Documents and Settings\(Username)\Start Menu\Programs\Multi Lissajous 2.0 (On Windows XP - the location may differ on other versions of Windows). Alternatively a shortcut can be created by Right Clicking Multi Lissajous.exe in the installation folder above, and dragging it onto the Desktop of the other user.
- On Startup, the program should open a maximized window with three sub-windows open and four sub-windows minimized at the bottom. The ideal layout is with the drawing window (on the right) made as large as possible and roughly square without overlapping the other windows. With small screen sizes, it may not be possible to achieve this without having an unduly small drawing window. In this case, it is suggested that the Drawing window is dragged to partially overlap the Gallery window in such a way that it is still possible to click on the heading of both windows so that either can easily be brought fully into view.
- When first opening a Gallery File, the File Open Box will point to the Galleries folder where the program has been installed. Four files are located there:
The HelpExamples files are read-only, as they are used by the Help facility, so they should not be changed in any way. It is, therefore, advisable to create another folder in My Documents or somewhere similar, and to copy these files there. The easiest way to do this is to load each .lis file and use Save Gallery File As.. from the File Menu to save it in the new folder. The .gif files will automatically be saved as well, and the read-only property will be removed from the HelpExamples files in their new location, thus allowing examples to be altered and saved at will without changing the originals. Reload one of the files from its new location to remember this as the default place for Opening Gallery files.
- Examples.lis (parameter file).
- HelpExamples.lis (parameter file).
- Examples.gif (gallery image file).
- HelpExamples.gif (gallery image file).
- When all or any of these changes have been made, exit from the program and
you will be asked if these preferences should be remembered. If you are
happy with your changes, click Yes. These can always be changed later,
as any time changes are made, either to the layout of the windows or the last
used locations of Open Gallery File, Save Gallery File or Save Drawing to GIF file, the option will be given to save preferences on exit.
- There is an extensive Help facility, which can be viewed by clicking the green
question mark at the top of the Menu. The section on Getting Started has
explanations to help understand the action of various parameters and how to
use them to try out your own variations on the inbuilt examples. There are
a number of examples in other sections of Help to illustrate some of the
other facilities. The Help file can also be viewed as a word processor
document to allow searching and printing, This file is called LissHelp.rtf,
and is located in the Installation folder. It can also be launched from the
If you have any problems or suggestions, I will attempt to address them if
you e-mail details of what you were trying to do to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you produce any particularly interesting figures, please save them into
a Gallery File and e-mail the .lis file to me.