Animation question

@Tomas PowerPoint? I didn’t see that coming, never would have thought to use that program. In fact, I don’t even know how I would.

@PharaohG I totally know how you feel about the perfectionist nature. That’s why it takes me a month to release a new face. I try to get as close to perfect as physically possible but hey, that’s part of the fun. (For me anyways) Good luck though, I’m excited to see what you create!

I’ve been know to use Microsoft Paint.

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@Tomas is there a way to change the digital time like instead of 12:00 it shows a image for each digit like instead of a 1… say i want an apple (just for the sake of this conversation) is there a way to do that?

or to replace the numbers with my own set of numbers that i created like… bubble ones or etc can i? :thinking: :spy:

…something like this? :wink:

also like this:

@Tomas @eradicator09 yes… now if i could get a “smartwatch coding for dummies” version of how to implement them, id be eternally grateful

Hi @PharaohG :wink: Let’s start…

Are you familiar with all, what’s described in this basic tutorial?

im somewhat familiar with it… such as i just read it now :laughing:

Excellent :wink:

Please draw a simple object and change the X-Position to

(160+((50 * (sin(((((#ZHR#/60) * #DWE#)-(floor((#ZHR#/60) * #DWE#))) * 2 * pi))))))

Now, your first animation is done! This moving object, could be a small glowing dot flying at your motherboard forward and back. If you multiply this effect you could make a pretty nice “electronic effect”

Here’s a helpful tool I use for making short animations:

Also there’s tricks you can use like making multiple layers and stacking them, setting the transparency to change as the seconds go by…

@Tomas ok

but how do i change the digital time numbers to lets say a “photoshopped” set of numbers i have so that they go with my background like how @eradicator09 did with his fire watch

teach me oh great jedi

Hi @PharaohG, for a set of pictures just have a look at this again :wink: Super Easy!

maybe im not getting it… but how would i make it change from lets say 1:00pm to 2:00pm on time as well as for the minutes etc etc lol


you just have to make an image of each numeral and then place them according to the time in the ones and tens position for minutes and the same for hours.

For this one, each nixie tube numeral is a separate image"

For this one, each hour number is a large image with the center number cut out so you can see through to the minutes underneath them.

This one has one image for all the numbers but they turn based on the time.

ok i think i got it lol thanks @jmorga106

You have to load each possible number combination (individual digits) and use the transparency field to hide/unhide depending on time. The full expression should be listed in each example.

I understand most of what you all are talking about but I still can’t help but sit here in awe of all these amazing example faces. All of you are truly inspiring. Just saying…

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John, I would like to work on something similar to your rusty watch, can you help me with the coding? I understand about when to show each character but don’t know too much about the formula… Tia!

Hey @Nerioalberto,
Sure no problem. Keep in mind that inspection mode is open on my rusty watch, but here’s the general idea…

First, on the rusty watch there are four groups of numbers tens-hours, ones-hours, tens-minutes, and ones-minutes. Some of my other watches are not like this. For example the Runner’s Edge is just hours:01-12, then tens-minutes and ones-minutes - only three groups of numbers.

Since all numbers are separate on the rusty watch, you only have to make 10 images: the numbers 0 thru 9. But of course you’ll have to load these 10 images multiple times.

Group 1 layers: tens-hours
For tens-hours you only need to load your 0 and 1 image in the Creator - that’s 2 layers.

Group 2 layers: ones-hours
For ones-hours you’ll have to cover all hours so load all 10 number images 0 thru 9 - that’s another 10 layers.

Group 3 layers: tens-minutes
For tens-minutes you only need to cover an hour’s time so load number images 0 thru 5 - that’s another 6 layers.

Group 4 layers: ones-minutes
Again, for ones-minutes you’ll have to cover all so load all 10 number images again 0 thru 9 - that’s another 10 layers.

In all, 28 layers make up all of the number images needed to display all time possibilities. I renamed the layers as well in Creator to keep track of this craziness. Tens-Hours-0, Tens-Hours-1, etc.

Next: WHEN to display stuff…

Group 1 layers: tens-hours
Group 1 is easy, there’s a tag for the tens-hours digit. Just set the transparency when the value comes up.
For the 0 layer - $#DhZA#=0?100:0$
For the 1 layer - $#DhZA#=1?100:0$

Group 2 layers: ones-hours
Also easy, there’s also a tag for the ones-hours digit. Same deal:
For 0 - $#DhZB#=0?100:0$
For 1 - $#DhZB#=1?100:0$ and so on for 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 layers as well.

Group 3 layers: tens-minutes
A little harder as there is no tag. But we can peel the 10’s value from the #Dm# minutes:
For 0 - $(floor(#Dm#/10))=0?100:0$
For 1 - $(floor(#Dm#/10))=1?100:0$ and the same for 2,3,4,5 layers.

Group 4 layers: ones-minutes
And a little harder as there is also no tag. But we can split the 1’s value from the #Dm# minutes as well:
For 0 - $(#Dm#-((floor(#Dm#/10))*10))=0?100:0$
For 1 - $(#Dm#-((floor(#Dm#/10))*10))=1?100:0$ and the same for 2 thru 9 layers.

From an image standpoint, 8 is wider than 1, but it is tremendously helpful if all the images for 0 thru 9 are exactly the same size. Then when you are stacking your tens and ones images on top of each other, you just have to pass the X and Y positions to the other layers for each pile of images in Creator.

Take a look at rusty in inspection mode and hope this is what you were looking for. :+1:

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Thank you so much! Working on it ASAP! This is an amazing tutorial and it should be posted as it… btw didn’t noticed that it was open for inspection

Thank you so much!