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#26 Airshack OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 2, 2016 6:36 PM

The new guy appreciates the MG.hfe. I'm seeing these things for the first time and their pretty damn cool!



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Posted Sat Jul 2, 2016 6:36 PM

Looks like Mr Miller liked to do things in XB?



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Posted Sat Jul 2, 2016 6:58 PM

Craig Miller brought a lot to the TI. Just recently found out he passed away.

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Posted Sat Jul 2, 2016 10:53 PM

That sucks. I'm currently reading his excellent book SMART PROGRAMMING GUIDE FOR SPRITES. I'm a little surprised to see that their commercial games may have been extended basic, not Assembly. That's encouraging. I've rediscovered the limits of XB (speed mainly). It's amazing to see his tips for improving speed with XB. Did anyone interview him before his death?

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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2016 3:05 AM

Attached File  YN_01_05.pdf   202.1KB   49 downloads



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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2016 3:24 AM

:lust:



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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2016 2:19 AM

Thanks for the feedback Schmitzi.

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2016 3:48 AM

yes, very very good. And I like the old style so much.

Remembers me things I did in former times, with my first printer :)

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2016 9:04 AM

Sparkdrummer,

   I'm impressed with this last issue.  BTW, would you like to share your exact method of  "printing them to the PC" for conversion to PDF format?



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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2016 3:18 AM

Yesterday News is composed of 11 PagePro pages.
Cover page and pages 1 thru 4 are all 2 page "sides", the back page is a single PagePro page.
Once the newsletter is to my liking I then save each "side" of each page as a PagePro PIC, the exception being the backpage.
The pages are saved as pics from PagePro, LEFT and RIGHT filenames.
I then boot PagePro Composer with the default file set up to load the above LEFT and RIGHT pics saved earlier.
I then print from the TI-99/4A to "FileCap" on the pc - RS232.BA=9600.DA=8.CR with handshaking radio button RTS clicked on.
Once captured, I then run "prn2pbm" which converts the file to a PBM format.
Once converted, The file is loaded into "Irfanview" on the PC. It is an image file.
I then print the image using Acrobat distiller, which of course creates a single page PDF file.
Once the cover page and pages 1 thru 4 are ran thru this process, I then print the back page directly from PagePro to FileCap to capture the file.
Once I have all 6 pages in PDF format, I then boot Adobe Acrobat and build the newsletter and save it.  

This is where I found FileCap and prn2pbm:
 http://ericphelps.co...n2pbm/index.htm


Edited by sparkdrummer, Wed Aug 3, 2016 3:44 AM.


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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2016 3:27 AM

Wow, it is very a nice result !! :D :D 

Great job ! thanks for the step-by-step explaination :)



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Posted Wed Aug 3, 2016 8:59 AM

Yesterday News is composed of 11 PagePro pages....

 

 I'm impressed.  Obviously a lot of time, effort and care goes into every edition.   Thank you for taking the time to give us all some enjoyment every month.  Ω



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Posted Thu Sep 1, 2016 7:25 AM

Attached File  YN_01_06.pdf   192.16KB   33 downloads

 

Comments are always welcome.



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Posted Thu Sep 1, 2016 7:42 AM

attachicon.gifYN_01_06.pdf

 

Comments are always welcome.

 

Okay... here are my comments.

 

I've started to look forward to this newsletter every month , it's always on time, and I learn something old (new to me) too.  :thumbsup:

I refuse to read it until I print it off, high quality, double sided and staple the corner.  I then get a cup of coffee, get into the recliner and start on page one.  When I'm finished it goes into it's own binder so it can be saved and re-read later, or if I kick the bucket, someone may look at them and say, "Hey this TI stuff looks pretty good, I think I'll keep it".



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Posted Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:58 AM

Thanks Omega. You made this old fart feel pretty good.



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Posted Thu Sep 1, 2016 9:19 AM

Thanks Omega. You made this old fart feel pretty good.

Hey I resemble that remark!



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Posted Thu Sep 1, 2016 12:26 PM

Hey I resemble that remark!

 

A lot of here do.  Welcome to the club!  :)



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Posted Fri Sep 2, 2016 8:38 AM

attachicon.gifYN_01_06.pdf
 
Comments are always welcome.


Just discovered your excellent newsletter. I've downloaded all six so far, and although I've only read issues 1 and 2, I gotta say that I love it! I've learned so much I either didn't know it had forgotten completely. Thank you so much for putting this out!

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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:22 PM

I just noticed that your updates in Message #19  are MUCH SMALLER is size.  :thumbsup:



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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:24 PM

That's because I "reprinted" them using the direct to pc method. Makes them easier to read.

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Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:03 AM

I thought there might be some interest in how I cobble together Yesterdays News every month.

Below you'll find a disk image of the last issue.

You must have Page Pro to look at the files, If you want to print the pages you would need Page Pro Composer except for  the back page.

 

Cover page - PG0C_LEFT, PG0C_RIGHT

Page 1        - PG01_LEFT, PG01_RIGHT

Page 2        - PG02_LEFT, PG02_RIGHT

Page 3        - PG03_LEFT, PG03_RIGHT

Page 4        - PG04_LEFT, PG04_RIGHT

Back page  - PG0B_BACK

 

The disk is DS/DD - it must reside in Drive one after you have loaded Page Pro.

 

Attached File  YN_01_06.DSK   360KB   4 downloads



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Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:44 AM

I'm just thinking out loud here...  I remember BITD that Page Pro and IIRC it's other utilities 'took time' to load.  Can you  imagine having all the programs on the FR99?  That would be so much faster that I believe the program would actually get use.  Of course I'd probably sector edit mine to use HDX1 for all the fonts and stuff.

 

I sometimes also wonder how many others would be interested in using their TI's for this kind of stuff.



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Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:23 AM

Well, I'm lucky enough to have a SCSI controller and a SCSI2SD device. All software that needs to load in additional files go in and out at ramdisk speed, probably faster. Previous to having the SCSI I used one of my HFDC controllers, which were almost as fast. That being said, I agree that it would be nice if software that requires multple files could be one big lump. I bet it's not possible because of memory contraints though.



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Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:23 AM

I don't know how I missed this thread before but I just finished reading the first issue and it was a great read.  I've saved all the rest of them for reading when i get a chance.  Great work!



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Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:45 AM

YN_01_05, page 3, Myarc Extended Basic II ... Where can I find it ?

 

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