Posts Tagged ‘TOS’

I started work on this project a long time ago, but after a long hiatus, some of the work was lost in a hard drive failure. This project is now restarted and active, so check back here for updates.

The project will be a functional translation of Expresso, the wysiwyg HTML editor released in French by OXO systems. Translation is being carried out in Interface v2.30.

And here’s a screencap of progress, for those interested in such things…. Google, the answer to all of life’s problems?

expresso-work-in-progress

So, having some free time after my exams, I’ve decided to think of what projects I’d like to work on for the TOS platform. My firstt ask is really to get back in coding in general, since it’s been over 10 years since I’ve done anything, and that was with 8-bit Atari Basic, and ST Basic, neither being notable for encouraging a structured approach.

I have been playing around a little with GFA Basic, and that has helped give me some discipline at this area, but there is a long way to go, especially in dealing with Resource Editors, and linking them to GFA code, not something I’ve ever dealt with before.

Nonetheless, here’s a few of my ideas: (more…)

 

So, as it has come to moving house (albeit only accross campus), I was faced with the startling realisation of just how many DVDs I have. To save space, I long ago decided to discard keeping the individual cases in favour of bulk folders – with the benefit that several hundred DVDs now fit on half a shelf. However, it was only when running through them, making sure that everything was present and correct for moving, just how difficult it was to find anything in paticular. There was no system. Time then, to undertake that most loathed of tasks, creating a digital catalogue system for my movie collection, yay! Just like being back on the first year of my Software Engineering course many years ago…

To make the task a little more paletable I decided to create and run it on the TT, using Phoenix. And this made me think just how much I do use my TT as a daily system. Most of my university assignments are written on it, using Papyrus X. Scanning and image editing for same asignemnts is done using GT-Look2 and Photoline. Graphing of data is handled by 3D-Calc, and Phoenix handles my inevitable database requirements. So, how does a standard Single TOS setup on a stock TT meet those requirements in 2012? (more…)

One of the best things about the TT is that it has both internal and external SCSI as standard. Given that ACSI-SCSI host adapters for the ST now cost more than the ST itself, that is no small benefit. Although many modern Atarians take the view that SCSI is no longer that useful, since SCSI hard drives are now relatively rare and more expensive than IDE devices, and SCSI ZIP drives have been replaced by ACSI SD card readers such as the UltraSatan. However, when it comes to scanners (and to some degree, CD burners) on the Atari, SCSI is still king. There is no USB TWAIN support on the Atari platform at all. So, if you need to do image editing on Atari, SCSI is a godsend.

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I’ve been spending time over the last week or so getting my “new” TT sorted out. When it arrived my first job was to give the interior a clean and remove the RF shielding (early revision TT’s featured an aluminium RF shield rather than the spray on “paint” on the inside of the plastic case). I like to remove this as it serves no useful purpose whatsoever, but does cause heat build up (even though the TT has fans, the RF shield inhibits cirulation of air and prevents convective cooling) and also makes access to the system easier.  (more…)

Welcome to the homepage of PuppySoft! Here you can find information and files for all of my current software efforts on the Atari TOS platform, and musing on future projects.  (more…)