Contents of the README file
Fli.lib is a library of routines for creating and playing Autodesk Animator
compatible .fli files. It is a large model library. A detailed
description of fli.lib is in flidoc.txt. flidoc.txt also includes byte-by-byte
descriptions of most of the file formats used in the Autodesk Animator.
Fli.lib and the associated source and documentation files are
Copyright 1990 Dancing Flame, San Francisco. Permission is granted
to distribute fli.lib and to use fli.lib in any non-commercial program.
If you would like to use fli.lib in a commercial program please contact
Dancing Flame. The usual licensing fee is $500.00 or the retail price of
5 copies of the program, whichever is less.
For a printed copy of the documentation and copies of the library
on floppy disk (please specify 3 1/2 inch or 5 1/4 inch format)
please send a check or money order for $40.00 to:
125 West Blithedale Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Dancing Flame is a small company dedicated to animation software and
graphic simulations. We keep odd hours and often go on unannounced
vacations. There is no phone answering machine. You are likely to
get answers to your questions as quickly by mail as by phone. However
if you must call you are more likely to get an answer from 1:00 to 6:00
in the afternoon, or on Fridays. If you have a BIX account, mail to
jim_kent usually is answered in a day or two.
The source to fli.lib is broken up into many small modules (58 in all)
so that programs that do not use much of the fli.lib will not be burdened
with excess code. Normally the linker will handle which modules to
include for you, and you need not even look at the source. However if your
programming environment is not compatible with Turbo C large model libraries
or in other ways is unusual you may have to explore the sources. (You
may be just curious for that matter.) To assist this there is a tags
file included in the source archive which lists all C global symbols
alphabetically, and what file they are in.
Fli.lib was developed with Turbo C 2.0. A nearly identical library -
flitcpp.lib - is provided for use with Turbo C++. Most of the 'read' side
routines work with Microsoft C, but if you wish to create fli's or
use the 'memory screen' functions under Microsoft, you'll have to
delve into the source code. We don't have time currently to make
a Microsoft version of the library, but hereby announce our willingness
to waive the license fee for the first company to send us a complete
Microsoft C version of the FLI.LIB.
Thank you very much. I hope the fli.lib is useful to you.