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How to use AGIPAL

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  1. How to use AGIPAL


AGI PAL is a patch for AGI created by dark minister to change the palette in your game.

How To Create an AGIPAL Palette with AGIPAL

Firstly, you must create a palette. This can be done using PCX2PAL, a DOS command line program that I created. It can be obtained from the AGI Utilities Page.

Open a image editing program, (I highly suggest Paint Shop Pro) to create the image which PCX2PAL will extract the palette from. It doesn't matter what the image looks like, all that matters is that it is a 256 colour pcx image and that the first 16 colours of it's palette are the ones that you want to use. Paint Shop Pro has a great palette editing feature which is very simple to use.

When you have created that palette, go to DOS and then to the directory which PCX2PAL is located. Once in the directory, type 'PCX2PAL [PCXFILE] [PALETTEFILE]' and press 'enter'. As an example, if I had a pcx file called image.pcx and wanted to create a palette file called pal.101, I would do the following:

C:\>cd pcx2pal [enter]
C:\>pcx2pal image.pcx pal.101 [enter]

To create the palette more easily, you can also use PCX2PAL for Win95 also available on the AGI Utilities page.

And now the palette is done!

How To Use The Picture In Your Game

Once the palette is created, using AGI PAL is very easy. The different palette is loaded into the your game with the command "shake.screen( )" and up to ten different palettes can be used. Each palette should be named "pal.100" to "pal.109".

For example, to load PAL.101 you would type the following:


Just as a note, don't worry, "shake.screen( )" remains operational for any value other than 100 to 109!

To see a full example of the useage of AGI PAL in the logic:

// ****************************************************************************
// AGI PAL Example
// ****************************************************************************

#include "defines.txt"

if (new_room) {
  display(23,1,"         Intro/Opening screen");

if (have.key()) {
  clear.lines(22, 24, 0);


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