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3D Impressions Help - 3D Player Settings

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Active Screen Saver Slots

This shows you which of your screen saver slot files are in use and allows you to select which ones are active.  When Windows launches the screen saver, 3D Impressions will random choose an active slot for playing.  This can be useful for creating screen savers for specific events as the others can be temporarily marked as inactive when not required.

Global Screen Saver Slots   (Professional Editions only)

Within the Professional editions of the product, you are also allowed 3 Global Screen Saver Slots.  These are different as they are made available to all Windows user accounts on the computer and are provided so that corporate screen savers can be more easily and automatically deployed.

To use a global screen saver slot, simply copy your 3D Impressions document or package file to the Common Application Data folder:

Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
"%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\CyberFlair\3D Impressions"
Windows XP "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\CyberFlair\3D Impressions"

Additionally, ensure that the filename is renamed as one of the following:
ScreenSaver1.cf3di , ScreenSaver2.cf3di or ScreenSaver3.cf3di

Quality

The quality settings allows you to choose how detailed the scene is drawn at the cost of required processing power.  This is offered as 2 settings:

Object Resolution

This defines how detailed each object is made.  The higher the setting, the better the objects will look but more processing power will be required to draw.  If animation is jerky, then a lower setting may help.

Please note that a setting higher than 5 is only available in the Professional Edition of the product.

Object Multiplier

Come scenes contain multiples of the same object to provide atmospheric effects.  This setting allows you to define how many of these objects are created.  A lower multiplier may be more suited to reduce the processing power required to draw each frame.

Please note that a setting higher than 5 is only available in the Professional Edition of the product.

Image Smoothing

By using a capability of your graphics hardware called multi-sampling, the edges of objects can be improved by looking less jagged.

Once a 3D Impressions document has been played in either full-screen or in a window, the multi-sampling capabilities of your graphics hardware is identified.  This is then offered from the range of 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x, 14x and 16x.

Eco Mode

The Eco Mode settings allow you to control aspects of how the scene is drawn in a way that can conserve computer resources and energy use.

Update Rate

As CyberFlair 3D Impressions draws each frame of animation, it does so at a rate that synchronizes with the refresh rate of your monitor.  This can help with animation smoothness and power consumption as it prevents scenes from being redrawn faster than the monitor can display.

However, by forcing each redraw to take a minimum amount of time, you can reduce processing power further at the potential expense of animation smoothness.  This setting may be useful if you have a monitor with a high refresh rate for gaming such as 100 Hz. or higher, but where you do not require such high performance from your screen saver.

To apply an update rate limit, check this option and choose a minimum update time.  The associated target refresh rate will be shown to the right of this value, although actual results are dependent on the monitor and complexity of the scene being redrawn.

Battery Considerations

When the computer is running on battery power, you can choose to further slow down the update rate.  This can conserve power and extend the remaining time left on your battery.

To apply a different update rate limit when running on a battery, check this option and choose a minimum update time.  The associated target refresh rate will be shown to the right of this value, although actual results are dependent on the monitor and complexity of the scene being redrawn.

The 'Slow animation to 1 frame per second if battery level is low' option can further slow down animation based on your Windows power plan for battery levels.  This can help to further conserve the remaining battery power.

Display Power State

Screen saver animation is automatically halted once it detects that Windows has powered off the display.  This prevents wasting computer resources and conserves energy.



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