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Self-Demo functions?

 >Date: Thu, 5 May 94 13:11:00 gmt
 >From: Dimitri Simos <dim@lissys.demon.co.uk>
 >Subject: Self-Demo functions?
 >To: info-mcl@cambridge.apple.com
 >Hi everybody,
 >I am interested in creating a little self-demonstration routine for my
 >MCL-based application. This would involve the ability to move the cursor
 >around the screen (slowly enough for the viewer to follow it), selecting
 >specific menus, menu-items or clicking buttons under programmatic rather than
 >under user control, maybe sleeping for a few seconds here and there.
 >Ideally I would like to do all this in Lisp, but I am not aware of the
 >existence of any appropriate high-level functions (I am
 >Any ideas?
 >If this is impossible, maybe someone can suggest some 3rd-party software that
 >could do this job.

There's a third-party software package, called Cameraman, which
records and plays back your screen (in software), so you can record
a demo that way.

Rather than trying to grab the real mouse, which is a big pain and
very counter-intuitive for the user, you should create a second
"fake" cursor. Then you can move this anywhere you want. To simulate
clicks and drags is a little tough in many cases, but you can
get a lot of the effects by calling the functions invoked by
those menus and buttons directly, and calling various draw
routines to simulate the look of clicking on them.