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  1. A zipped collection of TIF images in clean hi res (480dpi) for you to read, print, ocr or pdf, of the TI99/4a Manual for ADVENTURE PHM 3041. Manual (c)TI 1981 Program (c)1981 Adventure International Inc. (Scott Adams) This is the manual supplied with the module and initial database (Pirate Adventure). Additional adventure databases (disk or tape) had their own manuals. NB Scott Adams is still active and released Adventureland XL on 2nd December 2019 on the STEAM platform. ( Preview on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlqsuChDJzc ) adventure.zip
  2. Time for updated lists of manuals on line. The text file contains an alphabetic list of the manuals on this forum, with the links directly to the posting. The pdf is a combined list of manuals found on the internet in various places, listed in alphabetic order of the software with an indication of which website to go to for it, but NOt the specific URL. Manuals of low quality or where otherwise a rescan may be useful have been excluded to avoid putting anyone off scanning... s omegalist.txt softwaremanualsamalgDec19.pdf
  3. A thick manual this time, which seems to have taken ages to scan, here for you in splendid clean hi res tifs, zipped together for you to read, print, OCR or PDF... PHM 3022 PERSONAL REAL ESTATE (C) TI 1980 "Adds 24k of active memory" An early module with great expectations- did anyone actually use it? Baking into a module the accounting and taxation rules of one country in one year was never going to be a good idea. Successful investment is mostly not using a simple formula but making judgements and in particular forecasting changes in demand, supply, fashion, population, economics, taxation, risk and much more. Property south of the river may increase in value while property north of the river declines in value. personalrealestate.zip
  4. To change an assembly program from EA3 to EA5, take a look at R A Green's Linker program, which appears to add the required EdAs modules utilities to the EA5 output for you. Worth a look. raglinker.dsk
  5. Clean hi res (480dpi) TIF files scanned from the manual, zipped together for you to read, print, OCR or PDF as you wish for: Music Maker PHM3020 An early module which seemed to take ages to input even the simplest tune- did anyone use this past the first tune? My 2nd issue manual- with the TI99/4a keys inside the front cover- had a blank inside back cover, so no liability restrictions! The zip file contains the actual blank page, faithfully rendered in super hi resolution. Using available materials I have created the page that should have been there, which you can use instead. musicmaker.zip
  6. Hmm. Perhaps very little interest in this topic- 22 zip downloads, 4 likes, no comments, no programs contributed, no requests or suggestions. However here is a second batch - 38 programs on 28 disks. The zip file below has only the new disks. (For the first batch of disks, the zip is only a couple of posts above!) Some of the disk utilities were written only for the TI controller- there are now so many mass storage devices, each with its own requirements! There is no reason why a zipped archive should not have several versions of a program so long as we can identify what is what reliably. I could for example add my favourite Funlweb, version 3.5! Programs scattered over several disks are a pain, especially where user groups have changed disk names and/or scattered the disks and mixed up versioning. Some programs used hard coded disk names. I found one hard coded to DSK4. No use to me. The pdf file in this post lists the contents of BOTH of the program zips in separately sorted lists - I have added extra notes to the programs in the first zip. Now it's up to you to contribute or at least suggest! I still have a pile of manuals to scan for another thread on here. s utilityprogramsDec2019.pdf Utilities2_Dec19.zip
  7. I am quite fond of TEXTLOAD by Curtis Provance textload.dsk
  8. Apart from my own collection of disk images I also have several user group collections. Sadly some of the files on the ancient disks have not survived well. However if you know of a utility that you want or have a better copy of something - please post here. There are so many files called BOOT - and not every one is by J Johnson. Repetition of file names is a problem. There is a notes section in the listing- happy to add anything useful to that column if you have anything vital and short to add for a disk already there. I will update the zip from time to time (by a new post) if anyone suggests something I can find, or if anyone posts a disk image to this thread.. There are an enormous number of little but useful files, quite often with no indication of who wrote them or even what they do. If this feature proves popular I will try to get together a list of utilities in alphabetic order and where to find them but that may be down the line a while.
  9. New topic started at https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298919-utility-programs-on-disk/ with an initial collection of disks that may prove of value. Please post requests for additional programs there, and also post any better/more complete utility disks that you find useful there.
  10. Utility disks for the TI99/4a. These are in .dsk format and should work with MAME/MESS and similar emulators. http://www.ti99-geek.nl/Projects/ti99dir/ti99dir.html - TI99DIR - from Fred Kahl is a great tool to transfer between formats. An older version is included in the zip, Fred's website has the latest with more hardware support. Below is a starter zip file with a number of disks, and an alphabetic spread sheet showing the program and the disk it is on. Some programs may be unhappy with some none TI hardware and with some emulators or emulated hardware. If any disk seems to be missing files, corrupt, or a better one is available- please let me know in this forum thread and if possible post the newer/better version. If anyone is not happy to have their program included please advise. All of the disks included are in common circulation. UtilityDisksV1_NV19.zip utilityprograms.pdf
  11. My archive collections are of older material- and as I don't have a Geneve or F18a, I also don't have the quite recent 9640MS and cannot locate it- perhaps someone could post it or its location. I do have JJs Boot v4, DM2K 2.2 and RemindMe 1.2. I often preferred the older releases- I used TI Artist but despite purchasing TI Artist Plus, never used it! Although I obtained later versions of DM1000, it was v 3.5 that I usually used. Later releases tended to add more facilities I could live without, and become harder/slower to use.
  12. At present we have TI manuals on several web sites, each taking a slightly differing approach, and I am able to list here from time to time a combined alphabetic index pointing to each one. It may also be useful to have a major detailed illustrated list on TI99IUC of utility programs, with separate downloads, and also a smaller list domiciled on this forum (perhaps with a collective zip file), with the ability in due course to have an alphabetic list combining the several locations eg here, TI99IUC, WHT and any others we find. Requests and recommendations for useful utility programs always welcome- there are thousands of really tiny utilities out there. The file name and authors name or the User Group source would be a useful hint to help locate files, there are a lot with the same name.
  13. Hi res docs as zipped tifs (480dpi) for you to print, read, ocr or pdf for: SUPERFLY PHM 3153 (tm) Milton Bradley For: Console only, Console+Joystick, Console+TI Speechsynth, TI+MBX Unit Can use MBX Units speech recognition, speech synthesis, MBX Joystick Not unrelated to The Attack, also Milton Bradley. Speech through the MBX Unit synthesiser is excellent. superfly.zip
  14. OK I'll start putting together an initial zip file of handy dsk images (the 90/180k type) with an alphabetic listing is xlsx format (anyone prefer something else? I've gone for a spreadsheet as it is fairly easy to add another field or add comments etc. Initial columns would be name (and vn), author, disk name, and notes. As I have several collections of disks, happy to receive suggestions for inclusion. Obviously Funlweb is in there from the start. Note that the more advanced utilities may struggle with some emulators and with some modern hardware configurations. Once we get something together, feedback for notes will be useful too.
  15. Great idea there.... perhaps we need to have a separate topic to collect TI99/4a disk programs- and of course an updated alphabetical listing... Need to decide on a format. Original TI or for emulator? Separate files can be confusing as there are a lot of different LOAD programs... As they would be downloaded by a PC perhaps use an emulator format? Maybe have each separate program/utility on a single disk in .dsk format?? I think most emulators can handle that and TIDIR is a useful tool to move formats. If there is an interest there are zillions of disk collections out there, waiting to be selected and sorted and posted - maybe a separate topic for games and others? GameBase has the best collection of games disks anywhere, indexed and sorted. Utilities not so disciplined. A games list could have the topic started with a link to GameBase and then add on files??? Discuss!
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