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Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Thu May 26, 2016 5:28 pm

Hi All,

I thought this might be interesting for you people :D

It's retro nostalgia meets Adobe Reader. It's got BBC stuff and Spectrum stuff :lol:

Quick demo here:
https://youtu.be/93iYk3_CNdM

I've uploaded a file autoHotKey script that uses a standard PC joystick in Windows to control Adobe Reader and bring you a nice retro experience while giving you some handy control features to make the Adobe Reader experience a lot smoother.

Just extract The files anywhere in your hard disk, e.g create a little directory called ReaderJoy or something and they can be run straight of there.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/21b2e5rghpg80 ... y.zip?dl=0

There is the ahk script and a couple of exes for 32/64 bit platforms of Windows. ReaderJoy64.exe is for 64 bit platforms, readerJoy.exe is for 32-bit.

Apart from that there's an .ico file the program uses and a lot of gif graphics the program uses to get you familiar with the program. It's not very complicated.

Please let me have any feeback. =D>

All the best,
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Post by Pablos544 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:37 pm

Hi,

Just in case anybody's interested, I've added some cracking animations to my Adobe Reader Retro script.

It now features the like of Killa Gorilla, Monsters, and some ZX Spectrum classics such as awesome Scuba Dive! :lol:

It also has the same ones of before, Arcadians, Snapper, Manic Miner, and Hopper as well as Wanted: Monty Mole on the Spectrum.

I've made it so it's not too distracting and yet adds a bit of retro style warmth to the Adobe Reader but hopefully still keeping with good taste.

Here's the link, you don't need to install it. Just extract all the files to a dir. and you're good to go. There are two versions of the script, readerJoy.exe for old style machines and readerJoy64.exe for 64-bit machines.

Enjoy! -pab

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r4v7gyyb3pirk ... y.zip?dl=0

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Post by Pablos544 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:50 pm

Hi,

Did a quick fix of some of the animations for my Retro Adobe Reader with Joystick script.

https://youtu.be/Dj1jmHT6DCk

Check the youtube link above if you want to find out what it does. It's a simple script you that just uses a handful of GIFs and a joystick with Reader loaded to give you a sort of fun retro experience while you read something.

To try just expand the .zip to any directory and run either readerJoy.exe or readerJoy64.exe depending on your system's architecture. Note I've only tested this on Windows XP/7 don't know about 8 or later.

Pls let me have any feedback! Honesty is alway better :D -Pablo
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Post by Pablos544 » Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:06 pm

Hi,

Well I spotted a couple of colour glitches with my script fortunately nobody tried it just as well. Weren't anything devastating anyway colours were getting messed up with some of the animations where I hadn't been quite consistent in editing and forgot to handle the wrap around begins at zero not 1 case which sort of messed it up. All fixed now. Should be ok :D
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Post by Pablos544 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:15 pm

Hi,

Just made a few mods to the Blagger anim which showed transparent in some walking

I recommend at least give it a go, it's virus-free, compiled AutoHotKey script and all it needs is a little directory to go. If you didn't liked just delete the directory! :D requires Adobe Reader, PC Joystick. Haven't tried Adobe Reader DC this is for older Adobe Reader, 9, X, XI. Haven't tried it on Windows 8/10!

youtube demo: https://youtu.be/Dj1jmHT6DCk

Enjoy! -Pablo
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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:19 pm

Hi,

I re-wrote the ending of the Killer Gorilla anim a bit to not-die so now it appears the hero has a happy ending! :D

Always sacked at this game oops freudian slip argh... brings back memories

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Post by Pablos544 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:38 am

Ok so far...

These are the nice anims I got working with the Adobe Retro script.

It's a bit Work In Progress atm, when I get a decent load I will put more on. :lol:

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:03 pm

Hi All,

Proudly introducing Retro Reader V2

https://youtu.be/PLlzAWlP_XE

this update features rock stable Adobe Reader -> Joystick handling, and streamlined flow with all the Retro Reader tools, cross hair and scan line. Plus features an additional 18 animations from classic BBC Micro Games such as Exile, Citadel all together around 23 animations.

Upload is coming, don't think I'll have time today but it's gonna be there. I'll probably do a download page where you can get a quick intro on it as well.

Hope you enjoy the video! :D -Pablo

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:14 pm

Dear All,

Some tweaks and minor errors here and there!

Finally available TO YOU!! :D :D

http://www.ezrider.co.uk/retroReader

Full instructions provided.

see youtube video for quick intro

hope you enjoy!! :D -Pablo

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:45 pm

Hi All,

Revolutionary prettified version available to download now!! :lol:

http://www.ezrider.co.uk/retroReader/
'prettified' hype: https://youtu.be/NmcfQP5OdBI
original v2 hype: https://youtu.be/PLlzAWlP_XE

tested with Reader DC, 11, 10 seems fine. Haven't tried Windows 8/10 yet

Improved: got rid of needing two separate .zip files
Fixed: quirks recognising the Reader window

Been using this since 9AM today trying to understand how to program 6502

I Hope you enjoy! -Pablo

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Post by Pablos544 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:15 pm

Hi All :D

In case anybody's following it's amazing for taking the tedium out of complex 6502-assembly language PDFs!! :lol:

What it does it lets you run Adobe Reader which is more powerful than most people realise with a joystick while looking at old Retro animations taken from such games as Stryker's Run (? excuse spelling ?), Frak on the BBC Micro.

The splash screen provides you with a brief of how you control it.

The script itself is just a small AutoHotKey script which is great for reading joysticks and customising parts of Windows.

AutoHotKey is Open Source and so is VIM the editor that's preferred for coding in AutoHotKey. Both are great projects for learning how to Program.

New!! 18 C64 animations! Why C64? I think it's very interesting the parallels between these two computers the BBC Micro and the C64. Unlike say the spectrum and c64, or spectrum and bbc micro both incredible hardware on both, Sprites, modes, hardware scrolling etc. and I think it's very interesting how different people have approached them.

You'll be rolling over some of the classics created on both platforms and believe me your taste buds will get going!!

Here's the link to the download:
http://www.ezrider.co.uk/retroReader

Thanks! -Pablo

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:56 pm

Hi,

I'm very proud to present Tech as I'm a little poor on this subject usually :lol:

This is an update to my Adobe Reader retroReader script. The beauty of this version is it no longer requires a joystick or anything daft like that :lol:

It just works with mouse
https://youtu.be/XGkTY93Bifg

Enjoy!! Should make a link it when I finish it properly :D

-Pablo

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Mon May 07, 2018 2:26 pm

New May 2018 Version!! Get a load of this demo
https://youtu.be/NlaK8C82obQ

the little bug you see in the video should be ironed out with any luck by the time you read this.
Unlike previous versions of retroReader this script is aggressively targeted at using Adobe Reader in Full Screen mode. Watch the demo :P -Pablo

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue May 08, 2018 6:43 am

Pablos544 wrote:New May 2018 Version!! Get a load of this demo
https://youtu.be/NlaK8C82obQ
=D> =D> =D> =D>

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Re: Adobe Reader gets a Touch of Retro

Post by Pablos544 » Tue May 08, 2018 11:57 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:
Pablos544 wrote:New May 2018 Version!! Get a load of this demo
https://youtu.be/NlaK8C82obQ
=D> =D> =D> =D>

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Oooh glad you liked it Dave H :lol: I've always been an avid fan of Reader this truly is one of the greatest readers of all time and even by today's standards remains the way it should be in my opinion -I think I've spent more time learning obscure programming topics and BBC Micro on Reader than everything else combined!! :lol: I was thinking of adding some new anims from BBC Micro classics; there's Citadel, Stryker's Run, Repton, Monsters I think they're the best some of the C64 ones are a bit dull but it's not really my scene the C64. The Spectrum ones I did originally look so monochrome compared to the BBC Micro it's abit off putting :lol: I guess I wanted them to look better so I tried harder to imagine they were good back in the day :wink: -P

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