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  1. I think someone was toying around with the idea of "Defender of the Crown" using Rastaconverter pics? I did a sample pic using one of my PCIN interlace modes too.


    I'd love to see a port of Defender of the Crown on the A8. Used to play it a lot on my ST.

    I'd have a crack at it myself, but my programming skills are really not up to the task.

  2. Sorry there's not been any updates recently. Development has had to take a break for a short while as I have other 'paid' projects on the go. As soon as I can get back to it I will.


    For the record, I have the sprite editor to finish, then the compiler and emulator integration to do. I *think* that is all that is left. Hopefully I should be able to get back to it by the beginning of next month, and then (if the gods smile upon me), a beta should be available by the New Year.

  3. I found 6502 pretty easy to pick up. What I found took me time, was learning to program (in any language). As has been said before, programming something that is functional, easy to use and pleasing to the eye can be the trial. The semantics of the language used are usually fairly simple.

  4. This is looking very promising.


    Can I ask, you've said that it'll handle most assemblers, so I guess that you'll have somewhere where you can state the location of the compiler.


    Wherever that location is in your GUI, could it also have another feature? When I do a build, I might want to a "Pre-compile" set of actions and a "Post-Compile" set of actions (perhaps preparing the graphics and then maybe creating a zip of the XEX file at the end). You may have this already, I'm not sure... but would this functionality be OK? Just for clarity, I'd only want a text box where I can state what to execute for these commands, not that I want you building a zipping routine!


    Interesting idea. I don't think it'll make it into this version though. Unfortunately, I am finding it really hard to find the time to get anything done on this at the moment and a new feature like that will only put things back further. However, (this is just me thinking out load) a simple box for shell scripting might be possible with minimal fuss. This could allow the execution of command line functions both before and after the compilation. On OS X, this would be simple unix type commands and on Windows, DOS like commands. How does that sound?


    Of course it is completely up to you, but I was wondering whether you could release this whenever you have a stable version?


    Or would you prefer to wait until everything is done and then release?


    As soon as it is in a usable state, I will be releasing an alpha for testing.

  5. My brother had "Hungry Horace" and then "Horace goes Skiing" on the Spectrum when I was very young (about 4 years old), so they are some of my earliest impressions of computer games. It's funny to see the former coming over to the Atari after 30 years!


    You have a good looking IDE there. Which assemblers/languages will it link into? (or is that completely configurable?)


    I had all three of the original Horace games on the spectrum. I hope to eventually convert all of them.


    The IDE is only for assembly at the moment, but it will be able to handle most Mac/PC based assemblers, including MADS and ATASM.

  6. Truly fantastic ! A decent sprite editor is just what I/we need ! I'm really hoping you'll be finishing this great project !

    Thanks. The Sprite editor is next. I hope you'll like it.


    Do I see a conversion of Hungry Horace on the way?

    Yes you do. In fact, this is what started this whole project off. Whilst I cannot sing high enough praises for WUDSN, I fancied an editor with a smaller footprint than Eclipse while I was starting off HH. I also needed a character set editor and a sprite editor, so the idea behind ACDS was born. Once I hace ACDS in a beta state, I will be using it to finish off my Hungry Horace conversion.

  7. A quick update, so people don't think I have left this behind.

    I have managed to fins a couple of hours free today, so I have done a little tidy up and some code optimisation on what I have so far.

    I still need to make a few alterations on some of the controls that have been implemented, but I just wanted to show everyone where I stand.

    As you can see from the screen shots, everything is more integrated now. I am no longer using extra windows for the DL editor or the character set editor. The sprite editor will also follow the same pattern. I am currently working on the sprite editor, which will allow frames, animated previews and overlaying. I will also have an option to edit the '5th sprite' as a single colour entity, or as the 4 coloured missiles.

    It is also possible to overlay another sprite on the one you are editing with the colour mix either on or off.

    Once I have that in place, it will be time for the assemblers and emulators to be connected.






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  8. I'm really hoping that this isn't abandoned. It looks really cool... and actually helpful for more than just Atari programming (I like to make my modern game programming look retro, too).


    No, not abandoned. I've had to do a slight rethink about the project though. It was starting to become disjointed, so I have now redesigned it, so that it has a more integrated feel.

    Unfortunately/Fortunately (delete as applicable), I have had to focus a bit more on a paying project, so dev of the IDE has slowed down, but it is definitely NOT abandoned.

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  9. Just to let anyone who is interested know, due to illness, there has been a delay in development. I hope to be back to things soon, but for the immediate future, I am putting this on hold. This does NOT mean that this project is abandoned, far from it. This is my priority for home coding.

    I originally planned a beta release date for the end of this month, but I may have to put this back a couple of months.


    On a brighter note, this break has allowed me to look at what I have been doing and see where the project can be improved. So, hopefully, things will be better when I can get back to it.


    Until then, I will be playing Miner 2049er and Pac-Man :-D

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