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Adding XNACC to Your Project

To use XNACC in your own project, you must add the CommandConsoleBase.cs file to your project, and reference the CommandConsoleSharedTypes assembly (source is included for this assembly, you need to build it yourself).

CommandConsoleBase.cs contains the complete implementation of XNACC, sans the definitions for the CVar (Console Variable) type and the IConsoleKeyboard interface, which abstracts (keyboard) input into the console.

You then derive a class from CommandConsoleBase.cs and can implement whatever additional functionality you need.

Your code needs to instantiate an instance of the resulting XNACC class, and hook it into your game update/input/drawing pipeline.

In order to have XNACC actually accept input, you need to implement the IConsoleKeyboard interface in your input manager (for example) and provide the necessary functionality. Use the tilde (~) key to show/hide the console.

Customizing the Console Background

For a better console background effect, be sure to set the FadeImage property to a background image, and set the FadeColor (play around with the alpha value) to get the opacity/fade you need, A simple way to demonstrate how this works is to have a texture with a single black pixel assigned to FadeImage (it will be scaled over the console area) and a FadeColor of Color.Black * 0.80f.

You can even create a dynamic image, such as a Matrix-ish green falling characters image and use it for a more fancy background.

Last edited Feb 5, 2011 at 2:08 AM by jtwine, version 4

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