Jason Grant over at the Adaptive Practice blog wrote an interesting entry about Project Galileo and Showcase that reminded me that many of our users are not realizing a couple of visual tricks in Project Galileo that are pretty easy to employ. Let's take a quick look at how to make presentations and graphics look a little more interesting in Galileo.
Full screen mode
Push F11. Yep. That's it. Full screen. Kind of cool, no? To get out of full screen, push F11 again.
Sometimes you try something in the tech preview and nothing happens. Try opening up the Error log (ALT+9) window and seeing if there are any errors. If it looks like big problems, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambient occlusion, anti-aliasing, and wireframe
I've seen a ton of cool screenshots come in and invariably I notice that there is one thing missing... the user didn't notice that we have some easy techniques to make the scene a little prettier. Check out the view menu. In there, you'll see that you have access to turn on Antialiasing and Ambient Occlusion, as well as to toggle wire frame and full screen modes:
WARNING: Using the highest settings of AA and AO may slow down Galileo frame rate and consume a lot of system processing. Navigation definitely may be impacted, especially for large projects.
NOTE: AO may be a little ugly with some imported imagery textures.
Here's a shot of Tiny Town with no effects turned on:
Here's one with wire frame:
Here's a shot with Antialiasing turned on:
Here's a shot with Antialiasing and Ambient Occlusion on:
Now here's all three:
Antialiasing is not that processor intensive and can make full screen visualization look a whole lot better.