Talisman Suite VI – Sartup
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The Program is freeware for single user release, one person one copy for business or personal use. A site licence will be required for multiple installations and a full corporate telephone reading service.
This blog is the main information area for the Talisman Suit, all program updates and graphics information can be found here. The site is a gateway to my personal blog and each of the sub sites Talisman etc. will have their own blog sheets.
This blog will only be updated as a reporting means to let you know the stages of development that the Talisman Suit is under and any revision changes that are current for downloading.
It is also a gateway to the graphics that will be included in the registered version of the program.
The Tarot is the only program that has not got a full deck included as for my own personal copy of the program uses a scanned set of images from my Rider Waite deck all the help files and tutorials use this deck to show the application in action.
The three suits that are complete are shown here:-
The present construction is underway on the final suit, Staffs this has just reached the final stage of the object build level of development and is about to go into composition.
All the objects in this development have been built using a freeware program called True Space 7, The final graphics are being composed in another freeware program called Bryce 7, the image retouching and layering is being done on yet another freeware program ‘Paint.Net’ that outputs into various file formats including Photoshop. This is a rudimentary art package but it does cover all of the basics needed for photo retouching and basic graphics entry.
The ImaGenIsis site is the main gateway to the Talisman Suit application. This site is under construction and will be fully on-line by the end of the year.
The site will have the main home page, a list of all the blogs including this one with links to them so you don’t have to log in to get the latest information. You can access the blogs from the main area and then make a favourites link to the blog for future use.
The Talisman Suite is a VB6 development and is a freeware program, the main information is stored in a MS Access database (Talisman.mdb)and will hold the client specific information as you build it, so back it up regularly. The database is password protected for security for your own personal information, Tarot meanings and graphics images (editable), Rune meanings and graphics information (editable) as well as the IChing meanings and graphics information (not editable), it is also the main store for the client readings as well as their personal information.
The present revision of the program is complete and will only be amended through feedback from you the user. It can be downloaded from the Talisman sub site downloads page. Once you have downloaded the full program after that you need never re-install the full application again, doing this will replace your personal copy of the database and will wipe out your clients and meanings if you have customised the application. All updates will be just made to the main application executable file and can be found in a zip file, please read the readme.rtf file for revision specific information, just open the zip in an un-zipper program (plenty freeware ones out there) and unzip into the install directory e.g. ‘C:\Program Files\Talisman Suite VI’ and replace the existing application file.
The registration process will not be implemented until the site is fully operational and only then when all the new graphics are complete, after all what use is a deck without all the suits.
The current development for the graphics are that all of the objects for the new Runes, IChing and Tarot are complete and ready to begin assembly, the three suits, Cups, Coins and the Swords are complete and being polished for presentation in Jan-Feb next year. The main delay is the rendering time for each image which depending on materials used on the objects can be anything from three minutes (very rare) to over an hour for each image.
My computer is on its last legs and the graphics card and memory are showing distinct problems, but I will persevere until the job is done.
Please keep checking back for the latest information, a new article will be added for each revision, or just to inform you of the progress stages and any delays or improvements to the estimated release date and site completion dates.