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Using Microsoft Agent

  • By Karl Moore
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In addition to talking, why not get your agent walking?

You can instruct your agent to perform an animation by running the Play method.

Here's how to make your agent read:

Assistant.Play ("Read")

Or perhaps you'd like to make him think?

Assistant.Play ("Think")

How about a quick wave?

Assistant.Play ("Wave")

These are just three generic animations you could use, though each character has it's own individual actions. To find out what your agent can do, try running this sneaky code snippet:

Dim Animation As VariantFor Each Animation In Assistant.AnimationNamesMsgBox AnimationNext

This displays a list of all animations your character supports. When you have the animation name, just pass it as an argument to the Play method.

It's worth noting that after playing the animation, most characters go back to their default rest mode. However some animations, such as 'Reading' are continuous and don't cease until you execute the Stop method.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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