Janim Lake Applets
The Janim applet is different in that it can use multiple .jpg files as the source. This makes it ideal for producing scenes involving fast flowing water such as rapids or waterfalls, smoke from chimneys, branches moving in the wind and animal movement. The free version can have three source images but the paid for version allows up to six source images. You'll need to use a tripod to take the source images since it's essential that they are taken from exactly the same location. It's also possible to use a video camera and editing software to get the source images.
You can also add up to four overlays which can be static or animated and which can scroll. Scrolling text files can be added. Finally you can add fireworks, snow or rain to the applet, making combination effects easy.
Until I get round to producing more examples and tutorials on the Janim applet I suggest you follow this link to the Janim website
Other Lake Applets - Simple
- Beginners - this tutorial assumes you know nothing about the lake applet and carries you through the entire process of constructing a successful lake effect. This tutorial uses no complicated terms or overlays.
- Your first overlay - this tutorial assumes you know somewhat of the lake applet and it's functions. We carefully walk you through constructing the lake effect, show how to use overlays effectively and advice you when an overlay should be used for your Java lake effect.
Lake Applets - Intermediate
- Using the Java lake applet effectively - this tutorial assumes you are pretty familiar when the lake applet and understand how to construct your own lake applet effect.
- Comparing the lake applets - this tutorial shows how the three Java lake applets can be used effectively and allows you to see the advantages and disadvantages of using the proper lake applet to achieve the effect you want.
Lake Applets - Advanced
- The impossible lake - this tutorial is for all those of you out there who will not settle for second best, for those of us who want the 'perfect' lake applet effect.
- Combination applets - this tutorial shows you how to effectively use two different Java applets to achieve a more realistic lake effect
- Snow lake - this tutorial shows you how to use the Dorian GrayII Java applet and the alcsnow applet to achieve a rippling water effect with falling snow.
- Lake applet waterfall - as far as I can see, the web's first tutorial on animating a waterfall with a lake applet