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What is the Tarquin Engine?

The Tarquin Engine is a tool for the creation and delivery of zooming infinite canvas webcomics. In it's current form it exists as a series of Action Script routines within a Macromedia Flash FLA file. Users can customise this template file through a simple drag-and-drop process in order to create their own original infinite canvas narrative.

What do I need to use the Tarquin Engine?

You need a copy of Macromedia Flash MX or MX 2004. A 30 Day trial of the latter can be downloaded for free from Macromedia's website. To view the finished comic on the web, your browser will need Flash Player version 6 or later installed.

How can I get hold of a copy of the Tarquin Engine?

The Tarquin Engine can be purchased via PayPal from this very site for just $19.95. Alongside the engine's template FLA file, your $19.95 buys you access to a detailed series of instructions on how to use the engine and a year's subscription to this website. During that year, any further tutorials or updates made to the engine will be downloadable from this site for no extra charge. After the first year, existing subscribers can continue to receive the benefits of site membership for a reduced rate of $5.95 a year.

How well must I know Flash to use the Tarquin Engine?

Some level of familiarity with the basics of Flash is necessary in order to work with the Tarquin Engine. Users should be comfortable in working with elements such as the timeline, layers, scenes and the symbols library. However, no knowledge of Action Script is necessary in order to use the engine in its basic form.

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