InterAx is an easy to use, yet powerful, game editing system that allows you to create first-person perspective adventure games (such as the original Myst) without
writing any code or even a “script”! It consists of four programs, the InterAx Editor, the InterAx Player, InterAx Easy Crop, and InterAx Project Scanner. The Editor is
what you use to design and create your games, the Player runs the games you create, Easy Crop allows you to quickly and easily crop images to be used in InterAx,
and the Project Scanner provides useful tools and information about your InterAx projects.
* Easy to use, straight-forward GUI (Graphical User Interface).
* No complicated scripts to write. Objects (and their properties) are used to control every aspect of your game. See Featured Object Types below for details on the
different object types.
* "Help" buttons adorn every window, allowing you to quickly jump to the part of the Help File specific to what you are currently doing.
* New in version 3.0 are “Quick Tips”. These pop up at various times to tell you a little more about what you are doing at the time.
* Point & Click interface
* Support for optional custom backdrops, interactive buttons (similar to webpage "rollovers"), and sound effects.
* Supports custom cursors.
* Includes a "Debug Mode" (enabled through the Editor), which allows you to view/change flag values, as well as jump to any scene, give yourself inventory items, and
more. There is also a "Notify Window" which lists everything that happens in the background as the game is played.
Featured Object Types: (Be sure to check out the Screenshots page, where you can find a screen shot of each Object Property Window!)
As stated above, InterAx uses objects in order to control your game. This means that depending on how you want each scene to look or act, you insert different objects
into it. For example, if you would like to have an animation in the background of a scene that is to be used only for "decoration", you would insert an AMBIENT object
into the scene, and assign the appropriate animated GIF file to its properties. Using a RESPONDER object, you could have the soundtrack change dynamically in
response to something the person playing your game might do.
There are currently 10 insertable object types, and as demands increase or more ideas flow, new ones will be coming out in the future. The combination of object types
available allow for an almost completely customized game. You also have complete control over how and when any object is visible or enabled. Here is a basic run-down
of the object types:
SCENE OBJECT: Each scene in your game is considered an object. Scenes come "standard" with 4 Link Objects (see next), and additionally, you can insert up to 20
"insertable" objects, in any combination, per scene.
LINK OBJECTS- (4): These allow you to set "links" to other scenes. By default, these links are located at the top, bottom, left, and right of each scene. You can also
move and resize them to suit your needs. If you don't need all four, or don't need any in a scene, leave them blank and the person playing your game won't even know
they are there. You can also "link" to other scenes by using certain other object types.
Insertable Object Types:
AMBIENT OBJECT: A non-interactive object that can be animated and have sound.
HOTSPOT OBJECT: Can link to other scenes, or even the interactive graphical travel map. Similar to the basic "LINK OBJECTS", but much more customizable.
GOODIE OBJECT: An "item" that the player can pick up and put into his inventory. This can be picked up easily, or you may require the player to use another item in
order to get the new one.
SWITCH OBJECT: Allows you to control other areas of your game by setting flags, depending on the position of the "switch" (think of it as a toggle switch).
REACTOR OBJECT: An object with many different options. Can be used to play simple animations when clicked, or even play an AVI movie.
CONVERSATION OBJECT: This object allows you to use a Conversation Box in your game. You can choose up to 5 lines of text, and each line can be clicked on by
the person playing the game. In response to this click, you can set a flag, and even play a WAV or AVI movie.
RESPONDER OBJECT: <Hidden*> When triggered by a flag change, it can be used to set another flag, force the player back to the main menu, change the
soundtrack, play a WAV or AVI, or switch to a different scene.
DELAY OBJECT: <Hidden*> Once activated, this object counts down a delay that you specify, after which a flag is set. This flag change can trigger many different
things, such as visiblity of certain objects, or even RESPONDER and MULTI-TRIGGER OBJECTS.
MULTI-TRIGGER OBJECT: <Hidden*> When triggered by any of 3 flag changes, it switches to a different scene.
FLAG CONJUNCTION OBJECT: <Hidden*> Allows you to check the values of up to 6 flags and if all selected equations are true, then another flag will be set.
As you can see, the object types offer much to be accomplished! With enough creativity, the possiblities are almost endless with InterAx!
* Hidden object types are objects that cannot be seen when the game is being played, but they interact depending on how you set their properties, and what the person
playing the game does.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO WINDOWS VISTA / WINDOWS 7 USERS (4/11/2012):
A new version of InterAx and the Support Installer have been posted on the Downloads page. The previous versions had some issues on Vista and Win 7 and some of
those compatibility issues were missing files in the installer. The new installer should now correctly install InterAx on computers running Vista, 7 and hopefully beyond
for quite some time. If distributing your game to others, they only need to install the Support Installer as before (the latest version available for download).