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  1. Here is a large zip file with the documentation for SCHOLASTIC SPELLING LEVEL SIX PHM3062. REQUIRES SPEECH SYNTHESISER. Aimed at US Grades 5 to 8, UK grades 6-9, rest of world ages 10 to 14. Read, print, OCR (difficult!) or PDF as you wish. The zip contains hi res (400dpi) clean scans of the 48 page A4 manual, the folder insert, and the new style green cartridge label. The manual is on high acid newsprint and mine is quite yellowed needing much cleanup. The print is to the exact edge of the paper which may cause difficulty if you wish to print on a printer that doesn't allow that. An odd piece of software not at all useful in the UK, with unexplained phonetic characters, an ancient "joined up writing" script my parents may have been taught (not me or my son)- the q and g are written identically. Some odd words. The vocabulary is described as "high usage". US spellings include catalog, neighborhood, realize, recognize, liter, no space in applesauce. When did I last use the word raincoat? flashlight? beverage? Gasoline is a US word. Nonetheless- more of these oddly archaic and regional manuals to follow... SpellingLevel6.zip
  2. A zip containing clean high res TIF images of the manual for Millers Graphics DISkASSEMBLER which is NOT an assembler, it is a two-pass DISassembler.... You can OCR, PDF, read or print as you wish. The zip includes the important Addendum amending the instructions re RORG and a correction to the initial MiniMemory load location. Also included is the required function strip. Next up will be some educational modules from Scholastic. Does anyone have manuals that are not yet on atariage but they lack the time or inclination to scan them? I'm running out here so if anyone would like to send some on loan please message me. Note that I am in England when considering postage costs- sending a 500 page A4 binder from the USA wouldn't be great- unless I can keep it and not send it back!! Otherwise I will pay the cost of returning manuals to you. I am not the fastest scanner so do message me first so we can agree what is to be sent and when! Would you like to see scans of TI programs or articles from UK commercial magazines? Disakassembler_MillersV1.zip
  3. TIF images to read, print, ocr or pdf.... A zip file containing hi res images scanned from the manual for: INVOICE MANAGEMENT PHD5027. 1980. NOTE: The 1982 program package for Britain and Germany contained differing programs requiring a different manual. THIS manual is for the 1980 USA disk. (1980 version = Y or N for Sales Tax; 1982 version = 5 rates of VAT) .The instructions are not compatible. The GB 1982 issue has turquoise disk labels and the 1982 GB disk omits the program WRITE. Requires either Personal Record Keeping OR Statistics modules. The disk programs are written in TI Enhanced Basic (eg with one of those modules plugged in) by Janet Srimushnam. Data can be converted to and from PRK/Stats format "The Invoice package is designed to work with the Inventory Management package".. Thermal printer or RS232 printer optional. All the programs use CALL A and CALL D, and the CONVERT programs of course use the CALL G, CALL H, CALL S subprograms. Listing these programs is a great way to learn what to do to marry TI Basic programs and the Stats/PRK modules for data management. The user is encouraged to personalise the Basic program called "PRINT". Inoice Management allows the user to select the proportion of stock and customer records- for example 10 stock items + 558 customer records. Or 800 stock items with 400 customer files - you enter the number of stock items and the computer tells you how many customers records you may have. There was a European manual for DE/GB in 1982 (PHD5027/GE) and a separate DE disk (Rechnungsstellung) in German. The G/E 1982 disk used different disk files to the 1980 disk, requiring differing instructions. THIS manual is for the USA disk of 1980 (Basic programs dated March 1982). If your disk has the Basic program "WRITE" it is the one this manual refers to. Programs on the disk: CONVERT1; CONVERT2; INIT; PRINT; WRITE; DELETE; UPDATE and data file CUSTOMER used by CONVERT1 ; Files created on disk for the program to use: COND is methods and terms of payment; CUST is cutomer data; STOCK is stock items. Programs CONVERT1 and CONVERT2 require the use of CALL P(8000). There is a separate document available on the extra PRK/Stats BASIC calls (see "http://ftp.whtech.com/datasheets and manuals/Official TI addenda and data sheets/BASIC CALLs in PRK & Statistics modules.pdf"). The number of sales of this diskette may be indicated by Dutch and UK user groups "discovering" the extra calls four years later and spending a lot of time investigating them when a look at the programs on this disk would have revealed if not all, then at least a great deal. Here is also a DSK file to download. Coming next- Millers Graphics DisKAssembler Version 1- yes it is already on Atariage as part of a PDF package containing also V2, but the V1 part is a PDF scanned at two pages per PDF page which is not to my preference- and I also de-skew the worst skewed pages as well as using a high dpi and some cleanup.... after that I have some quite obscure Scholastic educational manuals. Diskassembler is a DISASSEMBLER not a disk based assembler... InvoiceMgt.dsk InvoiceMgt.zip
  4. A zip file containing hi res images scanned from the manual for: INVENTORY MANAGEMENT PHD5024. 1980. NOTE this is the manual for the early USA version which had disks with the usual brown labels. [There was a European manual for DE/GB in 1983 and separate EN and DE disks (DE="Lagerverwaltung"). The programs on the Euro disk differed from the USA version and a different manual was required. Note the German text was NOT a translation of the English text but a different presentation with different information. The Euro disks had turquoise labels. The early USA disk (BELOW) had files UPDATE and DELETE the later Euro disk instead omitted these (now in INIT).] Requires either Personal Record Keeping OR Statistics modules. The disk programs are written in TI Enhanced Basic (eg with one of those modules plugged in) by Janet Srimushnam and dated March 1982. Requires use of CALL FILES(1) except the CONVERT programs which require CALL P(8000). All the programs use CALL A and CALL D, and the CONVERT programs of course use the CALL G, CALL H, CALL S and CALL L subprograms. Listing these programs is a great way to learn what to do to marry TI Basic programs and the Stats/PRK modules for data management. Inventory Management allows maximum 900 items, up to 20 categories, fields are predefined (modify the programs if you need to), description field is maximum 15 characters. Intended for use with the Invoice Management package (next weeks offering). There is a separate document available on the extra PRK/Stats BASIC calls (see "http://ftp.whtech.com/datasheets and manuals/Official TI addenda and data sheets/BASIC CALLs in PRK & Statistics modules.pdf"). The number of sales of this diskette may be indicated by Dutch and UK user groups "discovering" the extra calls four years later and spending a lot of time investigating them when a look at the programs on this disk would have revealed if not all, then at least a great deal. The UK introduced a sales tax called VAT. TI rewrote their Inventory/Invoice packages for GB to include 5 rates of VAT- and totally ignored the category "Exempt" (not the same as 0%). Here is also a DSK file to download- this is the early USA version for which this is the manual. inventmg.dsk InventMgt.zip
  5. A zip file of clean high resolution TIF images scanned from the manual for CHECKBOOK MANAGER PHD5021 Software supplied on disk, written in TI Basic. Four separate programs, no auto load and no chaining of programs. Printer optional (Thermal printer or RS232 printer). -CHECKBOOK -DISK SORT (checking account data entries) -RAM SORT (Entries by ledger account number) -ACCOUNT SUMMARY (Totals checks and deposits for each ledger account) Important order of use: ENTRIES, DISK SORT, RAM SORT then SUMMARY. Maximum 450 entries- Cleared checks and deposits can be removed. The opening screens state (c)1980 but the code is dated May 1981. No programmer name is given. [A patch to make SORT1 faster appeared in 99'er October 1985 (Letters to the Editor from Robert Snell) The SORT1 routine contains both a bubble sort and a shell sort but only uses the shell sort- to speed things up a bit (eg 15 mins to 2 mins) change these lines in SORT1 - keep a copy of the unamended code safe somewhere.: 880 RESTORE 200 890 READ T1$,T2$ 900 PRINT :::T1$::: 910 INPUT T2$:SM 920 IF (SM<1)+(SM>2) THEN 910 Line 1130 must be changed to read: 1130 ON SM GOSUB 1190,1700 endquote ] DSK file below. checkbk.dsk checkbook_manager.zip
  6. The manual for TI cassette and diskette software: MYSTERY MELODY 1980. Diskette- brown cover- PHD5010 document 1041557-551 Cassette- orange cover PHT6010, document 1041557-510 ("In Case of Difficulty"- CLEAR on the TI99/4A is FCTN 4). This zip file contains scanned pages in high res TIF format, including the cover for the diskette version. Only the cover varied between diskette/cassette versions. Written in TI Basic, requiring disk or cassette storage system. Quickly identify the melody! A game for one or two. Music is hard coded into the program as single lines of data - edit the program to change the music. Some of the included music I have never heard and could never identify- it is very American based. Typical music line is: 961 DATA MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB, EDCDEEE2D4DD2E4GG2E4DCDEEEEDDEDC1 You can shift between two octaves C to C (for the second C, instead of changing the octave use B#). If that looks oddly familiar, it is very like the QBASIC PLAY format- TI uses + and - to shift octave, QBASIC uses < and > TI use # for sharp notes, QBASIC can use both # and + TI use % for flat notes, QBASIC uses - (minus). Durations differ somewhat as TI use 2 for a half note but QBASIC uses 3 for a half note. The program includes music that uses the ! but that is not covered in the manual and the program ignores it. Possibly a dropped feature. For such a tiny TI Basic program that requires you to edit it to amend the music, oddly the manual says you cannot use "BACKUP DISK" in disk manager to make a copy. It also tells you to save an amended program using the same file name (use a different name!). No autoload of course. Close inspection suggests that the manual I have is a recreation rather than an original as there are significant font variations- eg short ascenders, curtailed right bottom of lower case Ns etc etc. The cover - which I have redone- was also extremely variant, with design and content errors- now corrected. Most odd. DSK file below for your exploration. MysteryMelody.zip MystMelody.dsk
  7. My preference is for something totally compatible with original hardware and software that allows me to more easily use it. No mods to the original hardware. My greatest need would be a plug in peripheral with an SDHC slot that would allow me to use memory cards as a "standard" TI floppy drive (or several), using the usual TI software disk access. Floppy drives and disks are pretty near end of life by now. This would probably need a power supply as some cards can be greedy - so let's be super positive and also put in there a 32k ram expansion and a speech synth.... that's would do me VERY nicely. Beware of not supporting the bigger SDHC cards though as the smaller ones are getting hard to buy- and some don't work with the FG99 at all. Printer and video output is going to be a future problem as modern hardware does not like the low specs of our computer- but many of the TI dot matrix printers still work fine although you do need an RS232 peripheral of some sort. The low video resolution and refresh rate is a difficulty. s
  8. A little zip of hi res clean TIF images, from a 600dpi scan of the manual for: TI Math Routine Library, PHD5006 1980 Also released on cassette as PHT6006 with the same manual contents, just an amended cover. Routines written in TI Basic for: Fourier Series- compute coefficients Differential Equations- solve using fourth order numerical method. Function Analysis- generate graphs, tables, find zeros. Bases, Primes, Hyperbolics and inverse hyperbolics. Simultaneous equations and matrix inversion. So - not a set of routines for casual use. And the dsk file can be found below. There was a multi language European manual produced which did NOT have English. Also none-English disk variants. mathlib.dsk MathRoutines.zip
  9. My next manual will be the Maths Routine disk but first- I found inside it an addendum intended to be issued with all diskette/cassette TI Software (PHD and PHT series) - the manuals for these were never reprinted for the new 4A function keys. Although the cassette software manuals had sections on loading from cassette, also covered in the Users Reference Guide, this seems to have been an area of user difficulty as this addendum used three pages on loading cassettes. This is document 1051520-1 (Use with all diskette and cassette software manuals). A choice of two zips for you- the 1 sheet zip has 2 pages per tif image, just print this at 600dpi double sided, fold and you have the original document. The 4 sheet zip has the usual one tif per page scan to do with as you wish. Although the page rules are parallel to the page edges, the function key table is slightly skewed- this is as per original. 4to4A_addendum_1sheet.zip 4to4A_addendum_4sheet.zip
  10. A handy zip file containing hi res clean TIF images from the manual for TI Cassette Software: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING LIBRARY. PHT6008. Also released on disk as PHD5008 The manual with the disk version had a different front cover, nothing else. Replacement pages for disk use are included as d01.tif and for convenience an updated d36.tif. The disk manual still had two pages on using cassettes. For convenience d36.tif has added the disk file names to use- the actual manual omitted these. There is also an update on using CLEAR on a TI99/4A. I will leave you the joy of recolouring the back cover for the disk version! (Cassette=orange cover; disk=brown cover). Written in TI Basic. Also below is the dsk image for you- recall this is in TI Basic so we don't have autoload yet. The files on the disk are as follows: PHASELL = Phase Lock Loop Design ROOTLOCUS = Root Locus Calculations SMITHCRT = Smith Chart Calculations FILTERS = Filter Design (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, Butterworth and Tchebycheff) Does anyone know of anybody who actually used this software? Read, print or PDF. The numerous math symbols will be a challenge for any OCR work. s ElectEng.dsk ElectEngLib.zip
  11. A zip containing clean 480dpi scans in TIF format for TI software written in Extended Basic and sold on diskette: BASKETBALL STATISTICIAN PHD5023 (C)1981 Requires: EXTENDED BASIC MODULE Requires: DISK MEMORY SYSTEM (Controller + disk drive) Optional: Thermal Printer or printer attached to RS232 expansion unit. Favorite quote: "The arrow keys move the cursor in the indicated direction. Pressing the up-arrow causes the cursor to move down." basketballstats.zip bballstat.dsk
  12. By my count- one, one. Excluding 9640 Chess and simple board displays. Quite a choice. But you could collect the range of manuals for the module.... Now for someone to correct me! The disk program?? Sargon - a translation to 9900 assembly- disk attached. s sargon.dsk
  13. A ZIP of clean hi res 480 dpi TIF images of the pages from the manual for: VIDEO CHESS module This is the 88 page English/German version from 1979 for the TI99/4, printed in Holland ref MNA1937C479HC / 1104988. The manual was for issue only in GB and Germany, and complied with the UK law on warranties at the time. As a sign of the times the manual also apologised for the program spelling colour as color. The manual was for the 99/4 and the inside front cover and text are only for the 99/4- however I have included in zip part 1 a supplement giving the 99/4a keys to use. The zip is split in two with part one the GB part and the front cover, part 2 is the German part and the back cover. The TI Video Chess module ONLY supported cassette storage of unfinished games - if you wish for disk storage you must obtain "Beyond Video Chess". The module and manual were designed to allow the starting out chess player to make their first hesitant steps- but do read all the manual! Next up will be manuals for some TI utility programs issued on disk or cassette- these usually relied upon data storage on tape or disk. First on the pile is PHD5023, Basketball Statistician, written in Extended Basic. Data storage on disk only, supports Thermal Printer and external printer via PIO or RS232 expansion. VidChess79_EngDe_pt1_en.zip VidChess79_EngDe_pt2_de.zip
  14. Many thanks TMOP, I have been playing the compiled version this morning and it plays just like the XB version but a little faster! Players should note- when the computer has very rapidly made his move you can see the card he used with the "last card played" field. Caps lock should be ON when answering Y/N regarding discards. At one point you are told "Press any key to continue"- if you press the ENTER key for ANY, no problem--- the flashing cursor indicates ENTER is required. A great Canadian game and a delight to be able to play it on "the real iron". Now if only I could work out how to get that other Canadian game Toc/Tock into a computer program- it is LUDO played with playing cards instead of dice- a little like "Sorry!" but older. Thanks! s
  15. One modern-ish XB games program to consider for compilation - I don't think we have an FG99 version yet- by hloberg. MILLE BORNES is a card game I play with cards and with dos and windows. This is a nice TI99/4a version in XB. Speed isn't a problem but it would be nice to have it available on FG99!! I like the game anyway.... The game is at https://atariage.com/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=671080 cheers s
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