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Hollywood 4.7

Lightweight multimedia oriented programming language

Hollywood is a multimedia-oriented programming language that can be used to create graphical applications very easily. It was designed with the paradigm to make software creation as easy as possible in mind. Thus, Hollywood is suited for beginners and advanced users alike. Hollywood comes with an extensive function library (encompassing about 500 different commands) that simplifies the creation of 2D games, presentations, and applications, to a great extent. It has been in development since 2002 and hence is today a very mature and stable software package.

One of the highlights of Hollywood is its inbuilt cross-compiler which can be used to deploy software on many different platforms without having to change a single line of the code. The cross-compiler can compile for all platforms from any platform Hollywood is running on. For instance, you can compile Mac OS X application bundles using the Windows version of Hollywood.

Hollywood is a light-weight, but still powerful programming language that is just about two megabytes in size and does not require any external components. Hence, it is ideal for creating programs which run right out of the box. In fact, Hollywood programs will run perfectly from an USB flash drive without any prior installation whatsoever. The following platform architectures are currently supported by Hollywood:

- AmigaOS 3 (m68k)
- AmigaOS 4 (ppc)
- AROS (i386)
- Mac OS X (i386)*
- Mac OS X (ppc)*
- MorphOS (ppc)
- WarpOS (m68k/ppc)
- Windows (i386)

Get Hollywood and take it for a spin to see what it can actually do for you!

Hollywood features :

Graphics:
- Very flexible layer-based graphics engine
- Support for alpha channel graphics
- Sprites of any size can be used
- Extensive text support incl. on-the-fly formatting, wordwrapping, and rotation
- Platform independent TrueType text rendering
- Many graphics primitives supported (ellipses, arcs, lines, rectangles, polygons...)
- Optional antialiasing for text and graphics primitives
- Over 150 transition effects for graphics and text
- Image processing functionality
- Powerful off-screen rendering functions incl. rendering to masks and alpha channels
- Extensive clipping support (rectangular and custom shaped clipping regions)
- Support for double-buffered displays
- Animation support
- Graphics can be exported as PNG, or even as AVI video streams
- Windows can use alpha channel transparency

Sound:
- Multichannel sound interface
- Support for samples and sound streams
- Protracker modules can be played
- Volume and pitch of samples can be changed during playback

System:
- Powerful yet extremely easy to use programming language
- Cross-platform compiler that supports Amiga compatibles, Windows, and Mac OS X
- Executables compiled by Hollywood do not require any additional libraries/DLLs (they run also from USB sticks!)
- All data files (including fonts) can be embedded in a single executable
- Windowed and full screen mode supported
- Sandbox container: programs can never crash
- Multiple windows can be opened
- Event based programming model guarantees moderate CPU usage
- Low latency interval and timer functions
- Extensive DOS library to work with the file system
- Convenient access to clipboard
- Access to system dialogs (file chooser, string prompt, etc.)
- Drag'n'drop support
- Comprehensive string and math library
- Mouse cursor can be easily replaced with a custom cursor
- Date and time functions
- Joystick support

Limitations:

- 30 day evaluation period
- 800 lines code limit
- cross compiler is disabled

Hollywood Review

  • License:
    Shareware ($109.1)
  • Latest Version:
    4.7
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Updated:
    Mar 19, 2010
  • Publisher:
  • File size:
    10.55 Mb
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  • User Rating:
    0 / 5 (0 votes)
  • Editors' Review:
    Not yet reviewed
  • Downloads:
    774

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