Iota Software Ltd - IotaFilm helper application
IotaFilm helper application for Web browsers
What it is
With this program installed as a "helper application" in Netscape
or other browser, you can play back all the films on this site which were
produced using The Complete
Animator. It also serves as a stand-alone, freely-distributable
player for any of our (or your!) animations.
Win32 v0.02 BETA
This is a very early copy for Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.50 or
later and lots of stuff in it doesn't work -- but we know
everyone's desperate for this, so we've provided it anyway. Less buggy
and more complete versions will follow shortly. The helper application
works with Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer and should work
with all the rest too.
- Pauses and fades don't work
- The window isn't quite the right size under NT <= 3.51 (it is
under Win95 and NT 4.0)
The application comes as an 83K zip
file. Once you've downloaded it, stick it in a directory of its
own (e.g. C:\WIN32APP\IOTAFILM) and unzip it. You'll get
three files: the player itself (IOTAFILM.EXE),
IOTAFILM.DLL, and a README.TXT file (which you
ought to read just in case). The EXE file is, of course, the
one you should register as a helper application.
IOTAFILM.EXE can also be used from the command line to
play animations. The syntax is simply
or whatever your animation file is called.
This is a full-featured playback application for RiscOS. Pauses,
fades and sounds all work fine.
The application comes as an 51K Spark
!IotaFilm can also be used from the desktop to play
animations. The syntax is simply
or whatever your animation file is called. !IotaFilm will
also load double-clicked animation files if no other application has
A Windows 3.1 (16-bit) version and an Acorn RiscOS version are under
preparation and a Macintosh version may follow soon after.
Configuring your browser
The instructions here are for Netscape 1.1 for Windows, but others should be
- From the Options menu, choose Preferences.
- From the Set Preferences On drop-down, choose Helper
- Click on New type...
- Choose a MIME type of video, and subtype of
x-iota-film (other browsers may have these two choices rolled
into one, as video/x-iota-film).
- If you like, you can give the correct file extension of
.TCA in the Extensions icon (but this isn't recommended if you
actually have The Complete Animator).
- In the Action group, click on Launch application
and then Browse... and find and double-click on the
IOTAFILM.EXE you installed above.
- That's it! Check out our films
page to see if it's worked!