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  1. OK, an update. Sorry that it's been a while, but I ran into some big problems. Now that those are over, it should be much smoother sailing from here. I've revamped part of the program for the better. The sprite 1 editor has 4 sprites you can draw, and then animate them (to animate them in your own program you need to use your own code.) There's no sprite 2 editor, but obviously it will be the same. There's an option to change the sprite height, but it's not functional yet. I wrote an improved rotate function which also kept everything on the screen by removing spaces and/or shrinking the image, then accidentally deleted it. However; since the image gets messed up either by most or all of the image disappearing, or by keeping the image by shrinking I'm thinking of just not implementing rotate. So the buttons don't work. Also the select, cut, copy, and paste still don't work. For me, those are the four hardest functions, so I'm saving them for last. I did add a new button though. The "I" button after the paint bucket inverts the screen. Foreground and background colors are swapped with each other. Oh, I did away with the extra undo buttons. The single undo and redo will handle the sprites as well as the playfield (right now it's just the playfield.) I used to extra space where the other undo/redo buttons were to make a list of what's been undone and redone. Right now it's just for viewing, but I'll change it so that you can pick a specific undo or redo that you want. Also, it seems to be running a little slower. Not sure why. Finally, you'll probably need place a custom library dll I made in the same folder as the editor. Edit:. Forgot to mention that you need to check the check box above each sprite that you want included in the animation. Simplified_Editor.exe JBS_BMP_Lib.dll
  2. Sorry, just saw this. Yeah, for the error I corrected that. Then, while making a lot of improvements to the program I hit a snag. I'm using the dreaded* Visual Basic 2017 with an add-on that allows you to write IL routines (without using the IL Generator class). Anyway, usually things are fine, but sometimes it stops a program from being able to be built. So, long story short I'm working on fixing that so I can get back to work on the editor. As for your second question you can just include the playfield file in the main program, usually after all of the code. * A survey of programmers shows that most hate Visual Basic.
  3. Not ready to post an updated program yet, but I've been redoing large portions of the program by scratch and thought I'd mention some improvements I made and am making. One, I've sped up the drawing and display routines. Freestyle drawing with the pencil and moving your mouse to change the size of filled in shapes will be noticeably faster. Two, extremely minor, but, wherever you enter numbers, such as the text-boxes at the bottom, you can enter them either in decimal, I.E. 192, hex, I.E. $F23F, or binary, I.E %10000. Three, based on MarcoJ's suggestion, when saving an image and colors there will be the option of doing so in decimal, hex, and binary. Four, I'm in the middle of working on rotating the image. I'll spare the boring details, but this detail is important. The 2600 "pixels"* are roughly over 7 times wider than they are tall, rotating an image will make it look very different. That can't be helped. And five, right now the playfield and sprite editor sizes are based on what Stella displays in NTSC mode. I'm going to see what size the playfield and sprites are for PAL and SECAM so that when the button that changes between the display standards is pressed not only will the palette change, but the playfield and sprites will become the appropriate sizes as well. * I know that the 2600 is analog which is why I put pixels in quotes.
  4. The option to save in binary, hex, or dec is no problem. I'll add that right away. Vertically scaled "pixels" is a great idea. I'll probably have to implement them a little bit later, but I will do that.
  5. Thanks, but that's the old program. Have you tried the new one from post #14?
  6. OK, here's an update. The changes are as follows. 1. You can now change the background colors. 2. You can draw and color sprites. 3. You can load playfields, foreground, and background colors. You cannot save them yet. Turns out the color grids I have should be tall instead of wide. When loading colors I have to swap the bytes around (I.E. $A4 is read as $4A). The program is made to ignore most errors regarding numbers. For example, invalid numbers (l0 instead of 10) and missing numbers will be replaced with zeros. The program will tell you this, although it won't tell you where the errors are. Included is a sample project file, playfield file, and foreground and background colors files. Place everything in the same directory. In case you can't tell, the playfield is a sun, tree, and some grass (I just did a quick, basic image. Screw quality 😝.) Edit: I haven't tested loading symmetrical playfields yet. If you want to load one it will load it as a repeat, unless, on the very first line you include the word reflect. Simplified_Editor.exe Test.prj Scenic.asm BGColors.asm PFColors.asm
  7. BladJunker. First, the left mouse button is for drawing the foreground, and the right button for the background. Second, please explain in more detail what you are looking for. Everybody else. I fixed two problems that I only just noticed. First, When you pick a new foreground color the playfield should refresh but it didn't. Also, a tiny spelling error kept the background color from being able to be changed. I completed the sprite editors and I'm almost done with load functions. After testing them out I'll post the updated sample program.
  8. I'm not sure what that means. Sounds like you're looking for a programming IDE and image editor combo.
  9. Well, I have the sprite editors complete, except for problems with undo and redo, which I don't have for the undo and redo for the playfield editor. Edit: Turns out there's a problem with undo and redo regardless of which editor, so I'm re-writing that before moving on to load and save functions.
  10. So long story short, I stepped away from this for a while, and when I came back, I saw how messy everything was, from the form itself to the coding. So I've started over and have a much better editor. It's not complete, but very close. It can't open or save files yet, and the sprite editors don't do anything. Enabling the sprite editors will be easy. For the loading and saving, I'll probably have to code from scratch because when I look at the code from the old program I can hardly make heads or tails of it. Also, I have a button that I don't know what function to assign it, if any. Suggestions would be appreciated, thank you. Edit: I'm also going to try and improve the rotate function. Edit 2: Sorry, the text also doesn't work on this demo. Edit 3: Boy do I feel stupid. Select, select all, cut, copy, and paste also don't work 😪. But that's all, I swear. 🤞 Edit: Post 14 has the newest version. Simplified_Editor.exe
  11. Edit, finally have an update. See post 6. So I've created a playfield editor based on common image editors. There's some unfinished features and I regret how I implemented the text tool. I will complete and improve the program, but I need to re-code a bunch of it first, because what started out as neat and orderly coding got sloppy pretty quick. Anyway, you can draw pixels on it, draw shapes, type text, import an image, flip or rotate, etc... It saves the playfield the same way that the FSB tool in the Andrew Davie tutorial does, but before each strip it ads a SEG and then an ORG <segment>. You can also load a saved playfield back into an image and edit it some more if you want. I'll call this my beta version; What the heck. So if you're interested, give it a try. Feedback is always appreciated. I hope you like it. 2600_Playfield_Editor.exe Quick manual.pdf
  12. OK, instead of BEQ overscan I changed it to BNE DrawLoop. Getting rid of the JMP gained 3 extra cycles for a total of 4 free cycles total. And getting rid of the STA WSYNC will get rid of 3 more for a grand total of 7. I could make the sprite multi-colored, but it's for the best if I make my personalized SkipDraw, actually it's a DoDraw, into a standard DoDraw. Anyway, it's 3:07am so done for a while.
  13. I'll be honest. I haven't touched bB in about 9 years. The QBert.bas code is here, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/124726-qbert-game-completed-formerly-titled-ok-i-lied-one-more-update/?do=findComment&comment=1511150 You can check it out for yourself. I opened it up and had a look, but I'm not sure what I would need to change. Edit: Looks like it might be the code I had before I added pushing the fire button to start the game. Unfortunately I don't think I have the later code on my computer any more.
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