To install Render Bender 2 unzip the contents of the zip file into a folder and then double click on 'renderbender2-x.exe'
Once the program has loaded the title screen appears.
Click start to continue.
The main screen arrives.
Click on 'Add Render' to start adding scenes to the render queue.
A file selector comes up. This selector allows you to add one scene at a time.
To select multiple files at once, go to the settings screen...
...which looks like this...
...and change the file selector option from single to multiple.
Click 'save' if you want render bender to remember these settings the next time it loads.
Click 'OK' to return to the the main screen.
Click on 'Add Render' again to bring up the new file selector.
It's pretty ugly and a little unstable, but when it works it is much more convenient.
Double click on folders to open them.
Click 'Add all' to select all the files in a folder.
You may select files from different folders.
Click 'open' to select the files.
The scenes appear in Render Bender's render queue with their default flags.
The default flags can be changed on the settings screen.
For a list of the available flags and their function, click 'help'.
The help file will open directly below Render Bender.
Select 'Flag Parameters' to get a run down of the flag's functions
In the main window, right click on a render and select 'edit flags'.
The flags currently associated with that render appear in the area on the right.
To add more flags, click 'new flag' to add some empty slots.
The new flags are typed into the slots.
Once you are happy with the flags, do right mouse> 'finish editing'.
This can also be achieved by pressing the right mouse button over a render in the render queue.
The new flags are associated with the render.
Select 'save flags' to save them as a text file.
If desired, these text files can be edited in notepad.
To copy the flags associated with one render to all the renders, do right mouse > 'copy flags to all'.
This done, all the flags are the same.
The settings for each render can be individualised by going through them and selecting 'edit flags'.
Optionally, sounds may be added to the render queue.
In this case, the sound will play when all the renders are finished.
On the settings screen, it is possible to change the applications which fulfil the various roles.
In this case 'mplay32.exe' which is the default player for NT has been substituted for the default player for windows98. As it happens, the 'play' and 'close' flags will work for either of them.
In this way, Render Bender could be used to run any package which can be run from the command line. However, the command queue will only execute the next command when the previous package has closed.
At this stage, the render queue is ready to run.
When selected, 'run' creates a small batch file on your c: drive called 'renderqueue.bat' and runs it.
This is convenient because it means that Render Bender can be closed while the rendering takes place which saves processor time, and means that the user can save and modify these .bat files for later use.