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by SimonSideburns
Sun May 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?
Replies: 37
Views: 452

Re: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?

BeebMan2018 wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 10:02 pm
Where do i do that ?
The Attachments area below the text entry area, then you can place them inline into the post at the current cursor position.
by SimonSideburns
Sun May 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?
Replies: 37
Views: 452

Re: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?

Hi, Im not sure if this will work but ive uploaded a photo to Photobucket ! On a side note can anyone recommend a good image hosting service thats free and fast. Photobucket used to be quite good but its currently NFFP Not Fit For Purpose and i need something thats fast and simple as i dont have ti...
by SimonSideburns
Sun May 05, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Doom?
Replies: 120
Views: 4954

Re: Doom?

Can't wait to see more videos of the various screen modes, dithering, etc. versions, as I don't have the necessary hardware to give it a play until I save some £££s for the necessary upgrades (namely PiTube and nULA).
by SimonSideburns
Wed May 01, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Customizing SPEECH! by Superior Software
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Customizing SPEECH! by Superior Software

Those words are interesting. I remember back in the day I couldn't even get Speech! to say bed. I tried all sorts of combinations, such as behd, but nothing sounded quite right.

I might have to try again after studying your list further.
by SimonSideburns
Wed May 01, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: BBC Micro and Acorn Electron demo effects
Replies: 58
Views: 1858

Re: Acorn Electron demo effects

I am indeed using Chrome, but I can try from my smart TV which has a Youtube app built in, and will let you know the outcome.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: BBC Micro and Acorn Electron demo effects
Replies: 58
Views: 1858

Re: Acorn Electron demo effects

Strange.

I can see the one mimicking ZX Spectrum loading bars, but the rest come up as:

The video does not exist.

I'm in the UK too.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1841

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

It also doesn't let you do XOR plotting, but that's a bit fiddlier. Yes, that's a very good point. It can easily be forgotten that in order for XOR plotting to work correctly (specified either with GCOL 3 or 4, or by using an 'inverting' PLOT code) every pixel must be plotted just once . Quite rece...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Assembly language text adventure
Replies: 73
Views: 1723

Re: Assembly language text adventure

If nothing else, to make it clearer to read your code, you ought to enclose it in code tags within the forum.

Code: Select all

Here's an example
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1841

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

Provides both filled and unfilled circles in BASIC using only INTEGERS, ADDITION and SUBTRACTION. I'm sure it would be trivial to convert into machine code if speed was vitally important. It could be sped up a bit as it plots each physical horizontal line twice, due to using logical pixels instead ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1841

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

This code: L. 10MODE2 20REPEAT 30r%=RND(512):h%=RND(1280):v%=RND(1024):c%=RND(8)-1 40IFRND(2)=1 PROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) ELSE PROCfilledcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 50UNTIL FALSE 100DEFPROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 110VDU 29,h%;v%;:GCOL 0,c% 120x%=r%:y%=0 130LET z%=x%/2 135REPEAT 140PLOT 69,x%,y% 150PLOT 69,x%,-y% ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

marcusjambler wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:22 pm
This is interesting :D

plasma3.jpg
Those weird blobs at the bottom right occur if the palette wraps around. It then has to get from 15 to 0 in a small number of pixels. The latest version is using all 15 colours so it could work nicely with nULA with a gradient.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

I wasn't quite happy with it so a few tweaks later (not really sure what I'm doing, just trying to make it look a bit better) and here's the latest incarnation: Here's the latest code: 10 REM PLASMA 20 REM SIMON FERRE' 30 MODE2:g=RND(-TIME) 40 VDU 19,1,4,0,0,0,19,2,1,0,0,0,19,3,5,0,0,0,19,4,2,0,0,0,...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

AndyF wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Perhaps this ought to go into the 'short type ins' topic ?
I did contemplate this, but I wasn't sure it was short enough. It would probably take 10 minutes for an average typist to enter into the Beeb.

I've also been modifying it further. I will post an update later.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 730
Views: 49393

Re: Acorn Art Thread

pixelblip wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:24 pm
That's very interesting Simon...........well done =D>
I like the patterns in the second one alot......you could make a nice tablecloth with that :D
Thanks. That means a lot.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Plasma effect in BASIC

Here's a smallish program I've written that fills the MODE 2 screen with a plasma effect. It's slow, it doesn't colour cycle (but I don't see why not) and it will most likely need to be tweaked for many improvements and enhancements, but I present it as-is for your delight. Here's the plasma in acti...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 730
Views: 49393

Re: Acorn Art Thread

I've written a program to create a plasma effect on the screen. The first version didn't look much like plasma at all so I've not shown it. Here's the version where I hadn't sorted the colours from darkest to lightest): Plasma.png And here's the one with colours sorted by brightness: Plasma 01.png B...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D
Replies: 52
Views: 1323

Re: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D

That colour palette is very reminiscent of Repton but it sounds very much like something from Uridium (not that I've ever seen it on the Electron).
by SimonSideburns
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Best 2 player games?
Replies: 28
Views: 1142

Re: Best 2 player games?

There is a quiz game where players take turns. Think it is called Powerplay (the game of the Gods) with a very nice intro that is well worth leaving running for 5 minutes beforehand. I second Dogfight, if only to recall my mate and I playing with a pair of Voltmate joysticks for hours on end, and al...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Studio 8 manual
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: Studio 8 manual

I appear to have a Beebugsoft software demonstration disk somewhere and it mentions Studio 8.

It also plays a version of Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles. All in glorious MODE 7 block graphics.

Anyone else have this? I can hopefully find a copy if anyone wants one.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 730
Views: 49393

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Hi Pixel Do some of your MODE 7 pictures have some slight corruption in them, or are they meant to be that way? For example, Temple of Zeron, Raver and Outpost on this page seem to have breaks in the graphics replaced with lower case letters (reminiscent of colour codes being missed in a teletext st...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - R4 - Snapper
Replies: 61
Views: 1471

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - R4 - Snapper

This time I took a screen shot.
Snapper High Score Challenge #2.PNG
Hopefully improve over the next few days.

My fingers don't do what my brain wants them to do as well as they did in the early 1990s so I'm surprised I'm doing this well.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - R4 - Snapper
Replies: 61
Views: 1471

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - R4 - Snapper

Back in the day this was one of my go to games (so much so I had it as an EPROM installed permanently in my Apex ROM/RAM board. Just issuing *SNAPPER from BASIC was enough to bring it up any time. My high score was around the 180,000 mark. Today on my first go for a long time I scored 46,000. I've g...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Beeb lid never screwed on. Just me?
Replies: 14
Views: 533

Re: Beeb lid never screwed on. Just me?

Hand up in the air here too. No need for screws when the insides are just as useful, erm, readily available.

I've got a Master and two Model B machines, and I think all of them have the screws out (and as someone else mentioned, safely stored somewhere?).
by SimonSideburns
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 730
Views: 49393

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Just found it for you at the top of page 7:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=13294&start=180#p195643

This reminds me, I never did edit the floppy image on that page to change the version of LDPIC.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 730
Views: 49393

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Is there a slideshow program for the beeb which could display a selection of these wonders? Maybe mode 7 and not mode 7 as two disks?? Quite early on when there were barely enough for one floppy full I converted them to a compressed format (using a program called SVPIC) and wrote a small program to...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: Book: Assembly Language Programming for the BBC Micro
Replies: 13
Views: 2733

Re: Book: Assembly Language Programming for the BBC Micro

Paint Shop Pro 5 is my go to image editor of choice too.

Loads much faster than more modern stuff that I'll use only a small portion of.

The only issue with it for me is it is firmly routed in the Windows 95/98 way of doing things, for example it is not possible to resize file dialogs.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello. New forum user. BBC master
Replies: 19
Views: 585

Re: Hello. New forum user. BBC master

Have you replaced the capacitors in the power supply? If not, you will at some point (unless it has already done so) fill the garage with magic smoke.

Various people on ebay and here sell kits of the three capacitors along with instructions.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: FDD head shield
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: FDD head shield

I guess they had some usefulness otherwise why would they have been there, but when I opened a set of twin drives that had these to find them in a similar way to yours I was able to remove them and the drives have been fine ever since.

Hope that helps.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Scanning
Replies: 16
Views: 691

Re: Scanning

That's an interesting approach to the task. In my case, I'm on Windows 10 with a Brother A3 multi-function printer/scanner/fax/copier thingy that I was given for free by someone who was having all sorts of nightmarish issues with it. Turns out after much delicate ink-soaked paper remnant removal fro...