Juggling Software Wanted
Are you a software developer with an interest in juggling who
is looking to get involved in a new project? The JIS is
encouraging such people to look over this project we'd like
to see developed. If you'd be interested in working on
this, or if you have other good ideas for new software that
could be developed, please contact
This project is very
ambitious, but I think would be a valuable benefit to many jugglers.
It would be good to coordinate several interested people to
begin to develop such a program. It could be built in stages,
with simple features becoming available early, but designed to allow
further development of the more elaborate ideas.
Some of the features such a program might support are:
Free to all.
Binaries and source code freely available, so we can all contribute to
its evolution, under the GNU license.
Portable code, C, C++, or Java. Runs at least on PC's, Macs, and common Unix
platforms. As much as possible should be single sourced, with platform
specific code isolated in libraries. New platforms supported simply by
creating a new library.
Ability to display a series of tricks, as specified in a script that is
read as input. I want routines, with beginnings and ends, not infinite
Ability to automatically determine transitions between tricks, and
Ability to select new tricks and patterns interactively while display
is active, and have the display switch to the new pattern, with an
appropriate transition inserted automatically.
Allow user to define new tricks, and share their definitions with
Support for multi-person passing patterns.
A means of specifying actions of the juggler(s) as well as the objects,
such as Mills Mess, pirouettes, backcrosses, under the leg throws, and moving
around on the stage.
Allow change of perspective, with panning, scrolling, and zooming.
Rings and clubs! Determine the number of spins of the club from the
height of the throw, but allow the default amount of spin to be
Output to screen in real time, or to a file in various formats, such as
MPEG, AVI, or Quicktime.
Audio support, so a piece of music or dialog could be included, with
the juggling timed to coincide with the audio.
At a minimum, I'd like some way of describing a 2 minute 5 club
routine, a la Gatto, in some text language, and feed that to a
displaying program that would come as close as possible to the real
thing. I do not expect sophisticated graphics, but there should be
recognizable human-like jugglers with most major body parts moving
properly, even if only stick figures.
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