Virtual Bonsai Manual
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  • How to Plant Bonsai
  • How to Grow Bonsai
  • How to Watch the Growth
  • How to Save Bonsai Once Grown
  • How to Prune Bonsai
  • How to Shape the Branches of Bonsai
  • How to Water Bonsai
  • How to Fertilize Bonsai
  • How to Re-pot
  • What to do when Harmful Insects Appear
  • How to Change the View Point
  • How to Take Snapshots
  • How to Adjust Light
  • About User Registration


  • How to Plant Bonsai

    When the software is first started, there is no plant in Virtual Bonsai.
    Choose a young plant for Virtual Bonsai by clicking the button.

    After choosing a young plant click "open" to bring it into the Virtual Bonsai window.

    -From the second time you run the software, the bonsai automatically appears as it was left.

    When you want to start growing another bonsai, click the button and choose another young plant.

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    How to Grow Bonsai

    The bonsai grows automatically.

    In order to change the growth speed, select [Display]-[Environment]-[Other], then change the growth speed.


    A time span of one minute is equivalent to bonsai growth of one year.


    This time span is approximate, as it depends on the type of
    tree, the age of the tree and the environment.


    Some kinds of tree will go through the following stages: germinating, growing leaves, turning red, shedding leaves.


    If you wish to enjoy a particular stage of your bonsai's development for a while, click the button and stop the growth of the bonsai.

    While the growth is stopped, the button changes.

    Click the button again to restart the growth.

    The realistic representation of the veins of a leaf, red leaves, the bark, the shade, etc. is possible only with snapshots.

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    How to Watch the Growth

    The bonsai grows automatically, but if you leave it alone, it will wither.

    When you want to watch the current growth of your bonsai, click the button and open the growth window.

    The age of the tree, the status of its current growth, water levels, infestation by harmful insects and the size of pot are displayed in this window.

    Check the situation carefully and, if there is a problem, take measures to cope with the situation.

    Even if you do not open the growth window, you can see the branches and leaves changing color due to lack of water or fertilizer, or an outbreak of harmful insects.

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    How to Save Bonsai Once Grown

    When you close Virtual Bonsai, you are asked if you want to save or
    not. If you want to save the growth at this time, click the [Yes] button. If you want to go back to the previous situation because you made a mistake in pruning or shaping the branches, then click the [No] button.

    When you restart the software, the last saved situation will appear.

    If you want to start growing another young plant, you will also be asked about saving the current situation of the bonsai.

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    How to Prune Bonsai

    When you want to prune any unnecessary branches of the bonsai, click the button and the mouse pointer changes to a pair of scissors.


    When you move the scissors onto the branch, the part of the branch which will be pruned changes color.

    If you left-click on the branch which you want to prune, the branch
    will disappear.


    If you do not like the result, or have made a mistake, you can go back to the former situation by clicking [Undo].

    If you want to finish pruning, click the button again.


    Too much pruning can cause the bonsai to wither.


    When it is difficult to see the branches because there are a lot of leaves, open the pop-up window by right-clicking and cancel the [Rendering Display of Leaves].


    Due to the growth process of the bonsai, sometimes you are unable to click the button.


    Branches which are too thick can not be pruned.

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    How to Shape the Branches of Bonsai


    When you want to bend the branches of the bonsai for shaping, click the button and the mouse pointer changes to a wire.


    The part which will be bent will change color. Select the branch from within the colored area.


    While holding down the left button of the mouse, drag the mouse in the direction you want to bend.


    When the branch is bent, the parent branch also bends.

    When you release the left button of the mouse, the shaping of the branch is completed. If you do not like the result, or have made a mistake, you can go back to the former situation by clicking [Undo].


    If you want to bend as if you are holding the branch between your fingers, open the pop-up window by right-clicking and select [Shaping Branch -Pinching].


    The mouse pointer will change to the hands icon.


    When you want to finish shaping, click the button again.


    Too much bending of the branch can break it.


    Due to the growth process of the bonsai, sometimes you are unable to click the button.


    Branches which are too thick can not be shaped.

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    How to Water Bonsai

    When you want to water the bonsai, click the button and the mouse pointer changes to a watering pot.

    By holding down the left button of the mouse on the place you want to water, you can keep the water running.

    When you release the left button, the water will stop. If you have watered too much, or want to try again, you can go back to the former situation by clicking [Undo].

    When you want to finish watering, click the button again.

    Too much watering can cause the roots to rot.

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    How to Fertilize Bonsai

    When you want to fertilize the bonsai, click the button and the mouse pointer changes to a shovel.

    Choose one of the fertilizers you have from the fertilizing window.

    The result is different depending on the type of fertilizer.

    With one left-click a single measure of fertilizer is added to the soil.

    If you have fertilized too much, you can go back to the former situation by clicking [Undo].

    When you want to finish fertilizing, click the button again.

    The amount of fertilizer is limited, so it will run out eventually.

    Watch the amount indicator on the fertilizing window.

    Too much fertilizing can also be the cause of rotten roots.

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    How to Re-pot

    If you do not re-pot the bonsai to a bigger pot when it becomes bigger, its growth may be disturbed and it may wither.

    When you want to re-pot the bonsai, click the button.

    For the first step of re-potting, choose the appropriate combination of soils.

    After choosing the ratio of the kinds of soil using the slider, click
    [Select Pot].

    Choose the pot you would like from the list of pots.

    Choose the size of the pot (big, medium or small) using the radio button.

    Click [Open], then finish re-potting.

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    When Harmful Insects Appear

    Due to the conditions of the bonsai, harmful insects will sometimes appear.

    Occasionally you can notice the existence of such pests from the color of the leaves or branches, but sometimes you can not see them.

    When the growth of the bonsai is not good, check the [Growth Window].

    If the bonsai has been attacked by harmful insects, click the button and the mouse pointer changes to a spray.

    Choose a suitable pesticide against the insects from those you have available in the pests window.

    While holding down the left button of the mouse, spray the chemicals.

    If you spray too much, you can go back to the former situation by clicking [Undo].

    If you want to finish taking measures against the pests, click the button again.

    The amount of the pesticide is limited, and it will run out eventually.

    Watch the amount indicator in the pests window.

    If the chemical you have sprayed is not suitable, there will be no positive result.

    If you spray too much, you will disturb the growth.

    If you take measures against the harmful insects earlier, you will consume less of the pesticide.

    Check the growth situation regularly.

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    How to Change the View Point

    EWhen you want to change the view point of the bonsai, click the appropriate buttons in the view window.

    Looking up
    Looking left Looking right
    Zoom in

    Looking down
    Zoom out

    When you want to go back to the former position, click the button.

    EWhen you want to look around the bonsai, use the scroll bar.

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    How to Take Snapshots

    You can take a snapshot of the grown bonsai and save the image.

    When you click the button, the snapshot window will appear.

    Choose the size of image, quality and, if you wish, the date for the snapshot.

    When you click the shutter button, it will start to take a picture of the current frame.

    While taking the picture, the process will be shown in the snapshot window.

    If you want to cancel the process, click the button.

    When the snapshot is completed, the telephone will ring from DPE and the image will be shown in the snapshot window.

    When you want to enlarge the snapshot, click the button and open the enlarge window.

    You can print the snapshot from the enlarge window.

    When you want to save the image, click the button and type the file name.

    The file is saved as a BMP file in 24 bit color, so you can use it with other applications.

    Because it takes time to make the snapshot, try first with a small size and standard quality image and check the frame before making a bigger and better quality image.

    Due to the growth process of the bonsai, sometimes you are unable to click the button.

    It is possible to output realistic images by ray-tracing the veins of a
    leaf, the red leaves, the bark, the shadow etc.

    You can keep only one snapshot image.

    In other words, if you do not save a snapshot and take another one, the former snapshot will disappear.

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    How to Adjust Light

    You can change the light and background of the screen.

    Choose [Display]-[Environment] and open the environment window.


    You can select the three-dimensional direction of the light by making one left-click on the coordinates.

    You can change the strength of the light source and ambience of the
    light with the spin button.

    When you want to change the color of the light, click the right-hand box to show the color dialog, then use it to change the color to your preference.

    The shape of some kinds of bonsai is influenced by the direction and the strength of the light.

    You can change the background color and its depth.

    If you choose [Background Image], you can use an image file for the
    background.

    If you want to use other images (not included in [Virtual Bonsai]), copy an appropriate image file into the DATA folder in the [Virtual Bonsai] folder installed on your hard drive
    .
    Supported Image type: 24 bit full color BMP file.

    Background Images can be distorted by the size of the [Virtual Bonsai] window.

    Changing the situation here will cause a real-time change to the display.

    After deciding, click [OK].

    After you have set the image, the display will show the background.

    If you want to go back to the former situation, click [Cancel].

    If you click [Default setting], it will go back to the setting when
    [Virtual Bonsai] was first installed.

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