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2017-08-12

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Language study tool

2010-07-20, download

Create flashcards, lookup Japanese words, reviews decks quickly with nLT

A long time ago, after starting to learn Japanese I figured flashcards might speed up the process. After taking a look around and finding no suitable tool I started to write my own…

Installation

  1. Create a folder for the application e.g.: C:\nLT\
  2. Extract nLT.exe to the folder
  3. Start nLT.exe (downloads missing components)

nLT screenshot

Klingon Watch screensaver

2009-06-14, download

After watching the 11th ‘Star Trek Movie’ I suddenly felt the urge to contribute to the Star Trek scene. I wrote this application in the hope of being able reduce the gap between humanity and the Klingon culture :) The project turned out to be a fun way of spending the weekend.

Installation

  1. Create a folder for the screen saver e.g.: C:\Klingon\
  2. Extract the screensaver to the folder
  3. Right click the Screensaver file in explorer so as the explorer context menu pops
  4. Select the ‘Install’ menu item from the list

WARNING: Windows does not copy files upon the right click install method

klingon options

Switch | ÜD

2008-06-12, download, Pouet, Youtube

A demo made in two days :) I hope you enjoy watching it just as much as we enjoyed making it. My part was mostly around the Julia fractal. Switch was ranked 3rd in combined demo category.

Switch Julia fractal

Discreet World

2007-04-15, download

This small-scale simulation program was inspired by the first few chapters of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. More specifically the cleaner agent of the vacuum world. My university studies did not include to much about agents that act on thier own. So I got curious enough to implement a synthetic world and develop an agent that tries to make it dust-free. I developed a map visualizer sub-system so you can enjoy the result in real time :) If you are interested in the source code you can find that in the downloadable jar file. The .jar file can also be run as a standalone application.

Instructions

  1. First you have to select a map. The agent selector boxes appear. The map defines how many agents can you place on them, so it may vary
  2. Select a number of agents
  3. Hit the start button
  4. You can pause/resume the simulation any time. You can also add or remove agents after stopping the simulation.

Agents types

AuToShutdown, Java based timer

2006-08-12, download v3.4

Requires Windows XP+ 32 bit and Java

Latest news: the latest version of autoshutdown brings you hiberbation. This feature enables you to hibernate your computer (OS support required) at the well known predefined events. There is another improvement worth mentioning here: the ‘Autostart’ feature. With this feature you can automatically start your last settings. If you combine this with the startup functionality of Windows, you can get a nice zombie out of your computer that lets you sleep.

Autoshutdown

Sample Grabber

2005-09-18, GitHub

This library was developed as the part of an emotion recognizer project at the university of Debrecen. To handle a capture device I got myself familiar with the applicable parts of the Windows SDK / DirectShow. Since there was no support to invoke directshow functions from managed code (C#) I also needed a marshall library. I found an almost suitable library at codeproject, however the complexity of the problem required me to revise some of the critical parts of the library. It took a while to circumvent a marshalling problem that was stated to be impossible by many on MSDN…

Two plugins come with the package. The file based (prFile.dll) plugin and the general capture device (prGeneralDev.dll) plugin. The file provider can make use of any file that is renderable with the default graphbuilder. The general device provider can cope with any kind of camera or tuner. Unfortunately it cannot deal with devices that require special codecs like some HD cameras do.

Features

video sample grabber

TrendLines stockchart editor

2005-08-17

Trendlines was called to life by a group stockchart traders who wanted to decorate their stock forecasts at trendlines. It is not in use anymore to my best knowledge. This project was used to develop and understand the basic blocks of plugin based architectures.

Input formats

Persistent data storage

Chart rendering

Chart decoration

Trendlines on windows

Turing machine

2005-03-06, download

I held a demonstration class in algorithm theory at the university of Debrecen in 2004. The course was theoretical but I built a decided to build an Java applet to help the students verify their ideas.

  1. Define the number of the tapes
  2. Specify an input string
  3. Input the code to execute. Enter one instruction per line!
  4. Press the [Run] button

Instruction syntax: {state} {input}+ -> {state} {output}+ {movements}+

Example using one tape: init 1 -> init 1 R

Example using two tapes: q1 1 * -> q3 1 1 R R

Java Software 3D engine

2004-12-10

I always wanted to write a 3D engine in Java. However there was no real need for such an engine, so I decided to make a test out of it. I used the simplest/fastest technologies for the implementation. The whole process took about 6 hours of work. This also included the implementation of an import parser, that could read 3D Studio’s ase export. After the completion of the engine I wrote an interactive parameterization UI for the camera.

Features

Java 3D engine

Quadtree based image compression utility

2004-12-01

The most basic way to store images is to store each individual pixel’s color intensity. This method is used in the Bitmap (.bmp extension) format. Storing images this way can take up a tremendous space especially if you have a sequence of images. As you may already know there are more efficient ways to store images, just think of the other image extensions (eg: jpg, png). This utility uses a quad-tree to decrease the stored size of the image.

Application

You can also implement compression if you choose not to store color data for the pixels of the same color. Using this method you won’t have a full quadtree, and you have to store color data at every node (though you hope to have fewer nodes). This way you can store your image without the loss of any information. You can also choose to have a threshold for matching the colors of neighboring pixels. This way you can achieve even smaller size, however you loose information. The importance of the lost information is related to the threshold. You can achieve even better performance if you use some sort of psycho-visual model to evaluate the threshold.

Theory

The quad-tree is a tree data structure, where each node can have four subsequent nodes. The compression is based on the iterative tesselation of the image. You divide each inhomogeneous area to four smaller areas and assign the new areas to four new nodes in the tree. The data will be stored at the leaf nodes (each representing a rectangular area). To setup a full quadtree (a leaf node for each pixel) you need a square shaped image with the dimensions of the power of two (eg 1024x1024). If you do not want to restrict the input you can divide every image into smaller subimages (eg: 16x16 pixels) and apply the quadtree to these subimages. However not every image has a dimension dividable by a power of two. At the edges you can choose to expand the image dimensions to be a multiply of the chosen power of two. To avoid extra storage needs you could choose the color of the expanded area to match the color of the border.

quad comparison

Global illumination Raytracer

2004-05-01

A few students of the global illumination course could demonstrate their skills with renders instead of the exam. I also built an engine that was able to render both global and local illumination. The engine accepted a scene and produced an image. I also developed a script editor for more sophisticated scene editing.

The global illumination engine is based on the Monte-Carlo integral so it is painfully slow. After some calculations and experiments I developed a stochastic rendering technology, where the image is the result of a convergence procedure. The method uses scan-lines, but in a fashion that gives you a global impression very soon.

Raytracer output

Chat server and client

2004-04-24

This task was to write a TCP/IP server in C/C++ that runs under Unix. I designed a simple communication protocol and started the implementation. As I did not have a working Linux at home I decided to make the application portable. Eventually a few #define-s were sufficient. The demonstration of the program was a successful, however my protocol was hacked :)

C++ Software 3D engine

2003-02-15

I decided to enter the National Scientific Conference for Students with a software 3D engine. Thanks to the demoscene I already got in touch with such technologies. With the extensive help from my friends I started to create my own engine. It helped me a lot to fully understand the way that linear algebra operates and makes up a complete system. Some parts of the engine were based on the 3D engine of the You Die demo.

I decided to make the conference presentation with the engine itself so that nobody could question the existence of the product. To achieve this goal I created a simple script engine to define slides. The slides were basically pre-rendered images, but you could place objects rendered by the engine onto them. The interactivity of the slide player induced new requirements to the 3D engine. I needed some advanced timing control, so that I could step forward and backward between slides.

Software3D

A C/C++ .3ds loader library rewritten from Pascal

2002-10-20

I ported a .3ds import plug-in for Ümlaüt Design from Pascal to C++. The .3ds format is commonly used for exporting from 3D Studio MAX. The C++ loader was a major improvement over the ASCII Export format that was used thus far. The peculiarity of the project was that teh internals of the .3ds format were not officially published so we had to rely on trial-and-error development.

Texture Producer Studio

2002-07-27

As a member of Ümlaüt Design I participated in the development of a few 64k intros. My contribution was the texture editor/generator. The program lets you interactively create and edit procedural textures. It tries to mimic the ATG since the author of that tool published the basics of how to write a procedural texture editor. TXGen was developed using Visual Studio 6 and MFC.

64k compo

64k is quite large if you have efficient algorithms for storing models, textures, music etc… In most cases you want to use a generator so that you won’t have to directly store flat objects. Building TXGen took a couple of weeks and its usability has been demonstrated in several Ümlaüt Design products such as Fläsh, Skrätzh, Kräsh.

TXGen