• Karen Klamczynski

E&S Offers Free Post-Conference Workshops

Immediately following the 2016 DUG Conference, Evans & Sutherland offers free workshops in Arlington on Saturday, September 24th. Register for workshops in advance using the conference website registration form. Space is limited in the computer lab, so please sign up for your preferred workshops soon.

UT-Arlington has reserved a computer lab for hands-on workshops. Digistar 5 software will be installed on the workstations to support these workshops:

1A: Introduction to JavaScript (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., hands-on lab)

1B: Designing Demos (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., in the dome)

2: Traveling to Exoplanets, Nebulae, and Star Clusters (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., hands-on lab)

3: Scriptapalooza 3: Texturepalooza! (3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., hands-on lab)

More information on each workshop follows:

Introduction to JavaScript

Instructor: Jacob Galloway

This workshop will provide hands-on experience on getting started with JavaScript in Digistar. Learn how to move to the next level with scripting in Digistar with JavaScript! We will cover JavaScript basics in Digistar, and we’ll cover examples that can be immediately used in your theater. No JavaScript knowledge required, but Digistar scripting experience is necessary.

Designing Demos

Instructor: Karen Klamczynski

This workshop will be held in the UT-Arlington dome with the Digistar User Interface added to the dome. Learn programming tips while you help design demos! We’ll work through the process, from initial idea, through creative and technical decisions, to a working demo. Planned topics include creating a 3D demonstration using water science data from USGS and depiction of a current space mission (JUNO or OSIRIS-Rex) using a model from the Cloud and a path made with NASA Horizons data. If time allows, an additional demo will be chosen with audience input.

Traveling to Exoplanets, Nebulae, and Star Clusters

Instructors: Karen Klamczynski & Jacob Galloway

Learn about commands that are useful for traveling to and from target objects such as planets, exoplanets, individual stars, star systems, nebulae, and star clusters. The desired visual effect generally determines when to use commands like MoveTo, Goto, Navigation, or Transition. We’ll discuss each of these commands controllers, and we’ll demonstrate with examples; then, we’ll script trips to a star cluster, through a volumetric nebula, and onto the surface of an exoplanet.

Scriptapalooza 3: Texturepalooza!

Instructor: Karen Klamczynski

Textures can be used to enhance and modify objects in Digistar. Learn ways to enhance the appearance of models, text, guides, and constellations. We will make demonstrations that transform plain labels and animate simple illustrations. You’ll see how to use video textures to make constellations eye-catching, and we’ll change the shape of models by using textures. Examples include creating a “telescope” with adjustable magnification, pan-and-zoom on an inset picture, and more.

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