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                             - The First Monthly -

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                   Copyright (c) 1994 ACiD Productions(tm)
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                                 Designed By
                       pinion and Fu of ACiD Productions

                                Programming By
                    Chris Carollo (Fu) of  ACiD Productions

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                               Quality Assurance
                          RaD Man of ACiD Productions

                                  Artwork By
                           Cat of ACiD Productions


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Introduction           ³
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      The pHluid music player is a program for playing the S3M files that are
      included with it.  S3M files are those writen using Scream Tracker by
      Sami Tehlito of the Future Crew.  S3M supports up to 16 stereo channels
      and over ?? effects.  With pHluid Play the designers have tried to
      create, within an convienient and organized program, the most interesting
      visual features to go with the music.  We also wanted to have a flexible
      interface that could be easily manipulated every month to create new
      looks by changing graphics and color schemes.  This should allow for an
      ever changing music disk that will stay interesting for months to come.



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   System Requirements ³
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     þ 386 processor or better.
     þ DOS v3.30 or higher.
     þ 2 Megs Free memory. (Approx)
     þ VGA video card and monitor.
     þ 585k Conventional Memory


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Suggested Requirements ³
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     þ More than 2 Meg of free extended and expanded memory
     þ Local Bus video card
     þ 585k Conventional Memory


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Current Features       ³
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     þ Full S3M support with no "ultra-click"
     þ Multi-Screen interface
        - Online Help
        - File selection
        - Playing screen
        - Info screen
        - Oscilliscopes
     þ .LST file support
     þ Stereo panning using both S8x and Xxx commands


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Player Commands        ³
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    Global:

        F1       : Go to help screen
        F2       : Go to play screen
        F3       : Go to info screen
        F4       : Go to oscilliscope screen
        F5       : Go to credits screen
        ESC      : Return to selection screen
        P        : Pause
        +        : Volume up
        -        : Volume down
        LEFT     : If pressed and quickly released, previous song
                   If held, fast reverse
                   If SHIFT is pressed during fast reverse, FAST reverse
        RIGHT    : If pressed and quickly released, next song
                   If held, fast forward
                   If SHIFT is pressed during fast forward, FAST forward
        ALT-X or
        ALT-Q    : Quit

    From the file screen (ESC), you can do these:

        ENTER   : Play selected song
        UP      : Move selector up
        DOWN    : Move selector down

    From the playing screens (F2), you can do these:

        PAGEUP   : Scroll Song Text Up
        PAGEDOWN : Scroll Song Text Down



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List Files             ³
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      You can specify list files by placing an at symbol (@) in front of the
      filename.  List files can be placed inside other list files if you want.

      If nothing is specified on the command line, the player will read ph.lst
      as the list file.

      If ph.lst is not found, the player will create a list of all the songs
      in the current directory.

      You can also specify a list file (using an at symbol), or a song on the
      command line.

      Full pathnames are valid, but notice how you must specify a list file:

            c:\music\@my_songs.lst

     ** Note that the '@' symbol is directly in front of the file name.  Not
         in front of the whole pathname.



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Configuration          ³
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     One important note: If you want pHluid Play to do any autodetection, make
     sure you have your BLASTER or ULTRASND variable set.

     From the command line, 'ph /?' will list the switches.  Here's a better
     explanation of them:

     Sx   -  x=1   Use the Sound Blaster (mono) for output.  The port address,
                   irq number, and dma channel will be autodetected, unless
                   also specified on the command line.
             x=2   Use the Sound Blaster (stereo) for output.  The port address,
                   irq number, and dma channel will be autodetected, unless
                   also specified on the command line.
             x=3   Use the Gravis UltraSound (stereo, with panning) for output.
                   The port address, irq number, and dma channel will be
                   autodetected, unless also specified on the command line.

     Ax            The Port Address will be x, if it's within the allowable
                   range (2-8).  Note that the specified value is the second
                   digit of the hex address - 0x2?0.

     Ixx           The IRQ number will be xx, if it's within the allowable
                   range (2-15).  If it's outside this range, it will be
                   autodetected.

     Dx            The DMA channel will be x, if it's within the allowable
                   range (0-3).  If it's outside this range, it will be
                   autodetected.  Note that only the Gravis UltraSound uses
                   the DMA channel.

     Fxx           The speed at which the plasmafade is done is xx, if it's
                   and allowable number (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, or 32).  Larger
                   numbers cause the plasmafade to be done faster, smaller
                   cause it to be done slower (and more accurately).  If an
                   invalid value is specified, the default speed of 4 will
                   be used.

     Vx            The speed at which the VU-Meters (on the main playing
                   screen) decay.  Higher numbers cause the meters to decay
                   faster, lower numbers cause it to decay slower.  If the
                   specified value is not within the allowable range (1-4),
                   the default value of 2 will be used.

     Tx            The speed at which the Text window will scroll (also on
                   the main playing screen).  Higher numbers cause the window
                   to scroll more quickly, lower numbers cause it to scroll
                   more slowly (and consequently more smoothly).

     Lx      x=1   No looping.  pH Play will play the first song of the list,
                   and then exit.  This only applies to when a song ends, not
                   to when a song is interrupted.
             x=2   pH Play will loop the first song continuously.  This
                   applies both to interrupted and non-interrupted songs.
             x=3   pH Play will play the entire list and then exit.  This
                   applies both to interrupted and non-interrupted songs.
             x=4   pH Play will loop the entire list continuously.  This is
                   the default looping setting.

     W             pH Play will write the current settings to disk.  It will
                   store any autodetected information and any current command
                   line arguments.

     R             pH Play will reset all stored settings to the default, and
                   will autodetect all sound card information.

     O             pH Play will output a listing of the currently stored
                   settings.



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Known Bugs            ³
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     þ Sound Blaster support isn't too perfect.  It'll be replaced with
       16 bit mixing in later versions.



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Conntact Us At:       ³
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     Send comments, suggetions, and bug reports to:

          Via the internet:

         - Chris Carollo (carollo@cis.ohio-state.edu)
           Fu - ACiD / Lucid

         - Ryan Hunt (pinion@acid.extern.ucsd.edu)
           pinion - ACiD / Lucid

         - Chris Worth (radman@acid.extern.ucsd.edu)
           RadMan - ACiD