From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Fri Feb 20 2009 - 14:39:17 CST

On Fri, 20 Feb 2009, James Rustad wrote:

JR> Dear VMD users:
JR> I know the issue of "transparent background" or, I guess, "no background"
JR> has appeared before (Feb, 2007),
JR> and in the last message it sounded as if a transparent background feature
JR> was going to be implemented in 1.8.6.
JR> I have this version, and can't seem to find it. Does anyone know if it was
JR> implemented, and
JR> if so, how to activate it

no, it hasn't been implemented, yet.

you still have to use the greenscreen/bluescreen method.

john mentioned in a private conversation recently, that
he might implement alpha channel support into tachyon,
but i don't expect that to happen very soon.


JR> As Ever,
JR> Jim Rustad

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