AKFAvatar is a fancy graphical user interface for applications,
where an avatar appears on the screen, and tells things to the user written in
a balloon. There can also be recorded audio files, so that the user even can
hear, what it is saying.
With AKFAvatar you can easily write cross platform applications.
Applications for AKFAvatar can be written in
Lua scripts even don't need to be compiled for the target platform,
you just need Lua-AKFAvatar as runtime environment there.
It has an interface for C programs, which can also be used for Objective-C or
Furthermore there are bindings for
Those applications have to be compiled for the different target platforms.
AKFAvatar already comes with quite a few ready to use applications and modules.
There is for example a text-viewer, a module to make question-answer exercises
and there are many more things you could do with it…
For POSIX-compatible operating systems there is a manpage viewer, and
there is even a terminal emulator. So you can run many existing terminal
based programs in this fancy environment.
Please check out the Max and Maurice Demo!
AKFavatar is Free Software. Free Software is about freedom, not
price. Free Software means, users have the freedom to run it for any purpose,
to read the source code and to change it to their needs, and to redistribute
copies with or without changes. But the source code has always to be kept
available, or those freedoms wouldn't be given anymore.
Applications written using AKFAvatar must also be Free Software
under the same license, if they are published.
(They don't need to be published.)
- Executable programs and libraries/modules:
These can be used from any directory.
Lua is integrated.
To compile C or Pascal programs for AKFAvatar, you have to install from the source code package, though.
- Additional Software:
- required: Lua 5.2
(Already included in all packages with executables)
- required: SDL-1.2
(Already included in the Windows package)
Hint: press F11 for fullscreen-mode and
Pause for a pause.
- Other websites:
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or any later version
- Notes about the license:
- The GPL is only relevant for you, if you want to give copies to others.
If you use the software in private for your own use or your own pleasure,
there are no obligations at all.
- This software is not in the Public Domain, but it is covered
by Copyright law. Being Free Software means, a lot of things are allowed,
but it does not mean that anything goes. Especially it is not
allowed to make it practically unfree for others.
- You are welcome to share copies of the software. For example you can put
them on your own website. But please keep in mind, that you are not allowed
to distribute only binaries, you also have to make the source code available
then (for details see section 6 of the
license). Without the source code, the freedom to learn from it or to modify it
to ones needs would no longer be given.
- Also commercial use and distribution is explicitly allowed by this
- The license is quite long and complicated. But please read at least the
That is a good summary of the whole license.
- The library is also licensed under the GPL version 3. It is
not licensed under the LGPL and there is no
- This means, if you publish a program that is linked with the
library, you are bound by the terms of the GPL and your software
must be published under the same license.
This is also the case for Lua scripts that require AKFAvatar.
- Programs, which run in the terminal emulation and don't use
AKFAvatar-specific functions, are however separate entities and are not
bound by the GPL. Such programs may be distributed together with
AKFAvatar (look for the keyword “aggregate” in the GPL).
AKFAvatar was inspired by
(Comparison with cowsay)
AKFAvatar has nothing to do with the film “Avatar”. The name was
chosen long before I heard of that film project.
Author: Andreas K. Förster
Comments are sent to the author,
they will not be published.
The author would also be happy to answer your questions about
AKFAvatar, if you give your E-Mail address.
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