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2020-11-18 16:34

Registered: Sep 2011
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Release id #183585 : PETSCII November 2019 Edition

There's been a rather big rewrite when migrating the editor from Processing 2 to Processing 3, so I'd be happy to get some beta testing reports before the actual release:


Better file selectors on Lin/Mac, experimental tablet mode, some old bugs removed, should work on recent Java versions, Mac prefs issues hopefully sorted out, and more :)
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2020-11-21 21:47

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9647
Only a masked char matrix with available chars for DirArt.

exactly, just another optional char matrix with the invalid characters removed.

converting the picture into actual directory in a d64 can be done externally, eg using petconv =D
2020-11-21 22:42

Registered: Jan 2019
Posts: 21
Works like a charm! I'm happy to see that ESC now works for escaping the copy area mode as well as for the text mode - I always was confused in the past when one of the modes required space, the other ESC.
2020-11-21 23:01

Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 43
As to loading another font and ECM, there are other tools that let you do those. The fonts are plain pngs in the data folder, so it's not tricky at all to change them – the character order remap tables are there too as plain text if someone isn't happy with the default order. All in all I've been trying to support the plain old textmode as well as possible, and even just that is quite laborious with four platforms plus asm/prg/c/bas/png exporters and all other stuff to implement.
2020-11-25 23:05

Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 43
I'm starting to give in and in the source release there is a preliminary "Dir Art" mode already, but it'll need plenty of fixing yet. It's also likely that I'll leave the actual d64 exporting to some external tools.
2020-11-26 16:55

Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 43
So is this how the disabled chars should be?


Shown here in their screen code order and not remapped.
2020-11-26 19:52

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9647
That looks correct, yes
2020-11-26 20:07

Registered: Apr 2002
Posts: 1638
I think the double-quote " ($22) is semi-legal, as you can have chars after the closing " ($a0) of a filename. Not sure what happens when using $22 after the closing $a0, though. :)
2020-11-26 20:11

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9647
that will have weird side effects though, and as you said you need different rules once a quote is there. better to avoid it :)
2020-11-26 20:41

Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 43
Thanks for the tips! In the source version there is already a "Dir Art" mode now. I decided that the user can draw with illegal chars too, they'll just be shown in red. Would have been pretty complicated and probably worse UX wise trying to avoid the illegal chars all the time.

I don't really have many ideas what to do about the mode next. Files can be saved and loaded, and starting to poke d64 images directly doesn't sound like the stuff I'd want to do any time soon. With DirMaster around I think this mode will see rather little use anyway. Some intermediate export format that could be used with a d64 tool would probably be within reach -- right now I don't even know how I would get the pic to a floppy image :)
2020-11-26 21:38

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9647
leaving the conversion to external tools is perfectly fine - most ppl would probably even prefer this (i certainly do), since during development you want to build the d64 first, and then write the dirart into it (automatically).
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