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#1 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:27 AM

Deep within the darkest deepest recesses of the hive a lone bee worked tirelessly day and night to bring you...

SayHello.jpg MainMenu.jpg <---- Click to enlarge
Menu#1.jpg Menu#2.jpg <---- Click to enlarge
Menu#3.jpg TheBrainsOfTheOperation.jpg <---- Click to enlarge

Inty cam footage...



Thanks to sh3-rg and Reboot for hosting the video on their YouTube channel.

Tech stuff :-
  • FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 compatible.
  • Long filenames supported (VFAT).
  • Files are displayed in white, folders are in yellow.
  • 8K, 16K and 32K *.rom files supported so far.
  • 8K/16K *.bin files (with built in simple database lookup) supported so far.
  • The "TestRoms" folder contains 150 8.3 filenames.
  • The number in the top right of the video is the "busy indicator".
Still to do :-
  • Fix the need to manually reset the Inty after loading a ROM.
  • Analyse as many ROM files as possible and fill out the *.bin database for all 125 legacy games (and the protos).
  • Files larger than the available RAM will be played from the cart microcontroller's flash memory instead.
  • Add support for *.bin+*.cfg and *.int game ROMs.
  • Improve CC3/Intellicart compatibility.
  • Add ECS RAM compatibility.
  • Save/load configuration options to/from on board I2C memory.
  • Support USB hard drive class (so the whole cart acts like a thumb drive).
  • In field upgradeable BIOS.
  • Beautify the file/folder explorer.
  • Probably a bunch of other stuff ;).


#2 DZ-Jay OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:30 AM

Awesome!

Hey, would you be interested in substituting the classic-but-crappy Mattel GROM fonts with a custom set? I could design it for you. I just hate the built-in set.

dZ.

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:38 AM

Can't wait for the finished product!

#4 Darrin9999 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:40 AM

Nice!! I`m in for one for sure!!

#5 JohnPCAE OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 9:48 AM

Yesssss!

#6 mr_intv OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 10:09 AM

Looking good!

#7 Rev OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 10:38 AM

Sweet!

#8 evg2000 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:25 PM

looks great!. One suggestion, would it be possible to have some kind of config file to change the colors for folders and files? I'm colorblind and looking at the video very little difference between the two for me. Just a thought

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:31 PM

good lord this is awesome. I'm so in. :-D

#10 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:33 PM

Hey, would you be interested in substituting the classic-but-crappy Mattel GROM fonts with a custom set? I could design it for you. I just hate the built-in set.


I quite like the built in font. It screams "INTELLIVISION!" to me :lol:. I'll be using a fair few GRAM cards for beautification purposes so there won't be enough left to get a full set of upper and lower case characters (along with a good set of punctuation) for long filename display purposes.

#11 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:45 PM

looks great!. One suggestion, would it be possible to have some kind of config file to change the colors for folders and files? I'm colorblind and looking at the video very little difference between the two for me. Just a thought


Thanks for the compliment. A built in colour editor to control how text is displayed is on the cards before final release. When you use the Inty's built in font in Colour Stack mode you have a wider selection of background colours than you do foreground text colours so it might be better to have the ability to change both.

#12 intvsteve ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:52 PM

Excellent work! Can't wait for preorder info. :D

#13 Clnilsen OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 12:57 PM

Great work! Looking forward to a preorder as well!

#14 Oscar G. OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:20 PM

This is great Groovy Bee... Congratulations on your NEW creation!

I love the "Groovy Bee Presents"... would it talk if connected to the Intellivoice? ;)

I would also be interested. Great day!

#15 DZ-Jay OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:31 PM

I quite like the built in font. It screams "INTELLIVISION!" to me :lol:. I'll be using a fair few GRAM cards for beautification purposes so there won't be enough left to get a full set of upper and lower case characters (along with a good set of punctuation) for long filename display purposes.


I like the built-in font in a sort of "retro" use in title screens and such. However, I find it hard to read in long strings of text, like a rather larger library of games in your multi-cart would be.

No worries. Sign me up for one or two when they're ready!

-dZ.

#16 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:33 PM

This is great Groovy Bee... Congratulations on your NEW creation!


Thanks for the compliments.

I love the "Groovy Bee Presents"... would it talk if connected to the Intellivoice? ;)


:lol: That title page won't be there on the final version. Its just a place holder that tells me which version of the multi-cart's BIOS I'm using.

#17 1980gamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:43 PM

Look great GroovyBee!

You are keeping the intellivision seen buzzing...;)

IntelliBuzz

Total Romination ...as in, prepare for... Total Romination

Oh, and.. I want 1 or more!

#18 ghsqb OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:46 PM

It's crazy, how many QUALITY projects you have going on at the same time!

You're like our own Intellivision Rain Man! :)

#19 ghsqb OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:47 PM

And before I forget, in for multiple copies.

#20 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:52 PM

It's crazy, how many QUALITY projects you have going on at the same time!


Thanks for the compliment. I've been slacking the last few months (real life just gets in the way at times). Hopefully the summer will see plenty of Inty action.

You're like our own Intellivision Rain Man! :)


:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: Not sure thats a compliment.

#21 killersquirel OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:02 PM

Thanks for the compliment. I've been slacking the last few months (real life just gets in the way at times). Hopefully the summer will see plenty of Inty action.



:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: Not sure thats a compliment.


It definitely, definitely is a compliment. Definitely is a compliment ;)

I'm also interested in getting one (or more) of these when they're done.

-mike

#22 Janzl OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:37 PM

WAAAAH! Stop teasing us! :lol:

This is so awesome and exactly what I want for my INTV.

Amazing!

#23 Janzl OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:40 PM

Oh yeah, put me down for one please... :)

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 4:15 PM

Excellent! Thanks for a do-over on my CC3 buying procrastination.

#25 Rev OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013 4:57 PM

This is the same thing as the bacon power cart right?!!!!




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