Date: November 8, 2001
- To run preston, do i have to
be registered ?
Yes. Any AW SDK bot must run using a citizen number,
which you get when you register. You can find out what
your citizen number is under Help/About
- My password seems not to be
working with the bot. Why ?
Any SDK bot requires your privilege password to work.
Your regular password will not work. You have to set your
privilege password under Options/Citizen.
- When i click <Start Bot>
i get an odd error number, looking like 110xx. The bot
fails to start.
To run your bot in the ActiveWorlds Universe, you must
leave the universe field blank. For other universes (such
as outerworlds) you have to input a proper host name and
port number into the universe field. The proper format is
hostname.domain:portno, e.g. auth.activeworlds.com:5670.
- When I start Preston i see the
error message "Unable to start this build", and
I cannot run the program
Preston talks to the version server on startup to see if
a newer version is available and if the current version
should be allowed to run. It displayes this error message
along with the Version Server reply, which usually reads
something like "Please upgrade". For upgrading
see the next question.
- I want to upgrade Preston, but
i don't want to reenter all the data.
In order to upgrade Preston, you have to download the
newest version from this web page. The recommended
upgrade procedure is as follows:
- Download the new preston.zip from this site
- back up your current preston directory containing your
current preston.exe and preston.ini
- unzip the new preston.zip into your current preston
directory. The zip file does not contain a preston.ini,
your current one is preserved.
- Start the new Preston from that directory. Preston will
detect what version wrote the current preston.ini, and
will adapt if any changes to the data are required.
- My bot won't follow me.
Everytime i use the follow command, it responds with
" is not here".
The proper settings for a follow command are:
When defined like this, assuming your
bot is named [Preston], your bot should follow as soon as
you say "Preston follow me".
The settings for a goto command are the same except for
the action, which should be set to <goto>.
- How do i set the bot up for
midi playing ?
Preston plays midis by putting the appropiate action line
on an object. To set up midi playing, you have to tell
preston what object to modify. Here are the steps
required for midi playing:
a) gather a list of MIDI urls, and enter them into the
midi file list on the midi page.
b) in AW; put up a speaker object, somewhere nearby to
the bot (less than 120m)
c) decorate that object to be unique by
putting in a special description, like "This midi
speaker is maintained by Preston".
d) now copy the content of the object and description
field of the speaker object into the model and
description fields on the midi page. Make sure that the
fields match exactly the objects
e) make sure that the action line edit field on prestons
midi page reads "create sound %s".
f) hit apply. Preston will ask you wether to immediately
start looking for the object. Click "ok" and
see the status line on the midi playing saying
"Looking for midi object"
g) after a while (on modem lines up to 4-5 minutes) the
line should change to "Last midi file played was
<name>. Next change in <seconds>" At
this point the music should start to load and play for
all people near your speaker.
you're done :)
- Can I use the midi playing
feature to change the content of signs or to change
objects in other ways ?
Yes. The default action "create sound %s" can
be replaced by "create picture %s" or
"create sign "%s"" to achive other
effects. the midi file list then holds the possible
values for the %s placeholder, for example picture URLs
or Sign texts. You can even just use %s as the midi
action, and use complete action strings in the file list.
The advanced timing feature of course makes sense only
for midi playing.
- What is the <log> action
good for ?
The <log> action can be used to have your preston
take messages for you from visitors to your world, or to
take orders, requests or anything. Preston logs the
complete chat line, so if you have several log commands,
say a "%b message" and a "%b order",
you can tell from the log which command was invoked (i.e.
if it was an order or just a message). You can find the
log on the "User Log" page of the GUI and in
the preston.log file
- Why is <ps only>
protection not working when I whisper to the bot ?
The <ps only> protection lets you protect commands
to work for PS only. PS speech is decorated with bold
text, whisper, however, can not be bold. Every line of
chat can only be PS chat (bold) OR whisper (blue
italics), but not both at the same time. According to the
bot, your whispered message has no PS bold style attached
to it, and there is no way for the bot to determine if
the command was whispered by a PS.