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  • 50 Pages Of Eh?

    Posted on February 20th, 2014 Phil

    Here’s something that’s been kicking around my hard drive for ages:  It’s one of those simple linear web-puzzle / brain-teaser things which used to crop up on the net in ye oldern days.  It does contain some 80s influences and what not so (tenuously) relevant enough for a mention here.. How far can you get (before Googling the walk-through that will inevitably/inexplicably appear at some point) ?

  • Tilemedo – A Tile Map Editor for Windows aimed at C64 development

    Posted on January 26th, 2014 Phil

    tile_editor_smallI got a bit carried away with my recent Commodore 64 oriented utility tinkerings and have ended up making an entire tile map editor! (In the absence of a better name, I called it Tilemedo – cus, well it’s a tile-me-do:)

    At this point some people may be shouting “Charpad” – which is indeed a nice program, however I wanted something that worked from the character set upwards which used a “per character” colour system.

    Tilemedo also allows an image drawn on any PC paint program to be loaded and converted to a map, with optimized character and tile sets.. So if you have need of such a program, you can read more about it and grab it here.

    PS: Purebasic FTW!

     

  • A C64 Character Set Converter

    Posted on January 12th, 2014 Phil

    Random retro util time! Following on from my recent .bmp file to C64 sprite converter, I’ve made a tool to convert graphics made on standard PC paint program to raw Commodore 64 character set data (it interprets hi-res and multicolour mode characters) . On the vanishingly unlikely chance you’ll find it useful, you can get it here.

  • Shameless Amazon Affiliate Plug: I bought a 120GB SSD

    Posted on December 27th, 2013 Phil

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    As Microsoft are about to cease releasing further security patches for Windows XP (April 2014) I though it was about time I installed a more modern OS – I wasnt keen on Windows 8 so went for Windows 7 64bit. With my existing PC set-up I found it needed a fair bit of optimizing to make it as responsive as XP, but it still was quite slow booting and starting apps. Therefore this seemed like the perfect time to look into getting a Solid State Drive, and as luck would have it the Kingston V300 120GB SSD has just been reduced to £55 on Amazon.. Bought! Installed! And now Win7 loads in about 15 seconds and apps start almost immediately. A lot of modern tech seems like incremental advances but these things are pretty revolutionary – heartily recommended :)

  • A .BMP Image to C64 Sprite Converter

    Posted on November 6th, 2013 Phil

    I needed a util to convert PC-drawn graphics to Commodore 64 sprites. This meant either trawling the net to find something that exactly fitted my requirements or b) Firing up Purebasic and making my own.  Guess which option I went for :)

     

    sprite_conv_window

    Click for info / download