>our lab has bought a snappy video camera/framgrabber. problem is that
>the software it comes with requires MS Windows. we want to run it
>has anyone used this with linux, or knows how to? For that matter,
>info on how to use it with plain DOS might also be useful.
We have the same problem. As far as I know the answer is no, it will not work
under linux. THere is a developers package with visual basic and c++ source
code but both of those only show how to exploit hooks into their (Play Inc's)
snappy dll. They provide no information on what you need to know about what
to send to snappy to make it do things and what to expect back from snappy
when its done or in distress. I called their support line and asked about how
it can be controlled but all they do is point you to their developer's kit and
their long-distance bulleting board. They seem not to understand or care that
not everyone is married to MS-DOS.
I'd send a CC of this message to Play Inc but the cowards don't have an
e-mail address that I can discover. Perhaps somebody in the 916 area code
could forward this message to their BBS (916-983-3288).
I tried snappy with Wine, the windows emulator, but it was unable to connect
to the parallel port.
Our present work-around is to use an old clunker computer to do the image
capture, and, using samba to share disk space with unix boxes, go ahead and do
the image analysis elsewhere. This solution is not optimal. If anyone knows
of a better way to do it, please let me know.
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