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A zip of clean 480dpi  TIF images for you to OCR, PDF, read or print for the documentation for:
PICASSO UTILITIES (Disk) (Dist: Asgard) (Program: Arto Heino) (Manual: Harry Brashear)

I have not been able to locate any disk image of this program- can anyone assist?


It would be useful to include in the documentation some screen grabs of the program in action, scans of some printout, and the mysterious "illustration provided with this manual" of which I know nothing...
I have looked for the disk and instead found the programmer, Arto Heino, still in Sydney, an artist and musician, with no TI99/4A materials left.


 

What is it???  This disk contained stand alone programs to use with Picasso graphics.
You could use CSGD fonts (/CH) to create big fonts  to add a title into your Picasso graphic - the title could also include one or two CSGD graphics (/GR). You could also export fonts for use in Extended Basic programs, and import fonts from Extended Basic programs.   There is also a high quality page printer which corrects the general lack of blackness when printing with Picasso itself.

To come next- another thick European DLM manual.


 

Mike- here are the prices that I paid - in UK pounds- in June 1981.  Allowing for inflation you could buy a VERY powerful gaming computer today for this sort of money...  Console 300, Disk Controller 200, Disk drive 400, Memory expansion 300,- carriage charge was under four pounds.   I can't recall how many DM to the pound there as in 1981.

Picasso_Utilities.zip

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I just looked up the exchange rate of 1983: 1 GBP ~ 4 DM. I remember that the first console we got was around DM 1100,- in mid 1982.

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On 7/20/2020 at 3:55 PM, mizapf said:

I just looked up the exchange rate of 1983: 1 GBP ~ 4 DM. I remember that the first console we got was around DM 1100,- in mid 1982.

that be about $260 dollars in that time. they were going for $150-$175 in 1983 in the US? they eventually dropped to $100 with a free speech. my parents got me my 1st TI99 about that time for ~ $100 from the TI store in Dallas (it was refurbished). It had a free speech & Joysticks thrown in (they could've keep those damn painsticks :)  ). 

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Continuing my quest to document programs with no or poor documentation, request for HELP please.

 

 

Way back when I received a disk containing a graphics program with file names and text content in French.

 

The disk was labelled just jbm103, and contained a load program, an assembly program called SCR0 and several XB demo programs.

Example:

5 CALL LOAD(-31890,56,0) :: CALL LOAD(-31964,56,0)
10 NO=4 :: RAYON=80 :: INCL=45 :: SI=SIN(INCL/360*6.2832) :: CI=COS(INCL/360*6.2832) :: HAUTEUR=25 :: CALL LINK("CLEAR")
15 CALL LINK("SCR2")
18 XX=128+RAYON :: YY=96+RAYON*SI
20 FOR T=0 TO 6.3 STEP 6/RAYON :: X=128+RAYON*(COS(T)-CI*SIN(T)) :: Y=96-HAUTEUR*SIN(NO*T)+RAYON*SI*COS(T)
25 CALL LINK("LIGNE",16,YY,XX,Y,X) :: YY=Y :: XX=X :: NEXT T
30 CALL KEY(0,K,S) :: IF S=0 THEN 30 ELSE CALL LINK("SCR1")


 

If anyone recognises this form of code, the disk name, the code usage- probably from France! Please tell me!

 

Who wrote this?

Is there any documentation in any language available?  I have the disk and can distribute it but it would be nice to have some authoritative instructions in addition to the sample XB programs.  It would be lovely to know who wrote it... 

Thanks.      s.
 

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Here are clean hi-res (480dpi) scans in TIF format for you to read, print, OCR or pdf for:
 PHM3116 DEMOLITION DIVISION
 in two zip files- quite a large manual at 72 pages.
 (c) 1982 Texas Instruments,  Manual back cover (c) 1983..

 Joysticks optional.

 The second zip includes the green module label.

 

This the EU five language version, Eng, DE, I, NL, and F.  The front cover and every other page has two words of French. The inside front cover has two paragraphs of Swedish- anyone from Sweden looking for "Las detta forst" is out of luck.

 Division with answers from 0 to 9. For US school grades 3 to 11, approx age 8 to 17.  I don't think any 17 years olds are going to struggle with quickly sorting out 28 divided by 4.  At the upper age ranges this is a very  simple speed game.

 

---jbm103 mystery solved, the source code is in a French magazine called 99 Magazine.  jbm=Jean-Bernard Morelle. Source code by Alexandre Mortilla, possibly using code by Jean Marin.

 

---Next up- SUPERBUG II by Edgar Dohlman.  I have manuals for V1 and V2, but I guess V2 is the one folks will want. The disk is fairly easy to find but I can post that if required.


 


 


 

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DemolitionDivisionPt1.zip DemolitionDivisionPt2.zip

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Kool!:cool:

 

BTW, is that a tri-color, Quantum Tunneling Beam?:o
They don't even use those on Star Trek!:ponder:

 

Looks like it can do a lot of damage.8)
I hate it when that happens.:grin:

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Time for updated sorted lists of the documentation that is available for TI99/4a software and hardware - and where to find it.  It if isn't on the list and you have the documentation- consider scanning (or lending the document to a scanner!).

 

The low res or hard to read scans have been omitted to encourage better scans!

As always if you know of documents I have failed to list or even better, good sources, do let me know.

 

First is a text document which lists the documents here on atariage, together with the URL where you can find the document.  These are documents mostly in pdf format or  in  zipped tif format.

The other document is a searchable sorted pdf which lists the documents I have found all over the net, in fully sorted order, with an indication of where to find them- but not usually the full URL. 

Enjoy.  s


 


 

omegalist.txt softwaremanualsamalgJuly20.pdf

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19 hours ago, blackbox said:

Here are clean hi-res (480dpi) scans in TIF format for you to read, print, OCR or pdf for:
 PHM3116 DEMOLITION DIVISION

 

This edutainment cartridge could have well triggered our "Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors" (BPjM) to put it on their index because "the game rewards violence and does not offer alternative actions for resolving the situation". :-D

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A heads-up for a post on another thread which you may have missed-  if you hop along and visit:

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/309792-got-these-games-for-download/?do=findComment&comment=4601483

you will find hloberg has posted a zip file  containing some fine pdf scans of the following:
3D Bowling
Bomb Squad (ASD&D)
Fun House (ASD&D)
Interceptor (Republic)
Khe Sanh (Not Polyoptics)
Kong (Extended SW)
Laser Shield (ASD&D)
Meteor Shower (ASD&D)
Panzer Strike
Par Fore
Quest for the Key
Ring Destroyer
Stone Age (ASD&D)
TI Asteroids (FFF)
TI Avalon Hill Galaxy
Up Periscope (Pewterware)
Volcano Fortress (Asgard)


ALSO tiu99iuc has a super NEW game called FRUITEE to be found at:
http://www.ti99iuc.it/web/index.php?pageid=database_cerca&archivioid=332
The relevance of this post is that the documentation is inside the zip at the bottom of the ti99iuc linked page.  This excellent new game runs nicely in Extended Basic. There is also a 32k bin file- it does not play nicely with my ancient MESS and I haven't tried it yet with fg99 for which it will require the 32k ram. Beautiful game from David J Smith (many thanks!).

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In the sombre days of 1983/4 Texas Instruments released to users and placed in the public domain a program they called Superbug, a debugging tool.  Somewhat buggy (oh dear) and plenty of room for polishing and extending.

Edgar Dohlman produced Superbug II, with errors corrected and extra facilities.  It was well received and work progressed to produce SUPERBUG II VERSION 2 with more corrections and more facilities.

This debugger requires a disk system and 32k ram and could be loaded with Mini Memory, Extended Basic, Editor Assembler, compatible with SuperSpace and a version to load into >6000. Can use the interrupt switch of the widget or otherwise fitted to a console.

It can (the docs say!) load an EA3 file and then SAVE an EA5 file. The disk file is fairly well distributed and findable.

Now here is the MANUAL for version 2, due to the tiny print I have scanned this one at 600 dpi and it is in a zip of TIF files for you to read, pdf, ocr or print.

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SuperBug_II_V2.zip

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got some request here:

anyone got a manual, text doc, whatever to: DM1000 & Line Hunter? these are embedded in funnelweb and I'm using FW to re-learn E/A programming. but there some of the features in these programs I can't seem to figure out like how to exit linehunter or copy ect.. in DM1000.

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On 8/9/2020 at 11:03 AM, hloberg said:

got some request here:

anyone got a manual, text doc, whatever to: DM1000 & Line Hunter? these are embedded in funnelweb and I'm using FW to re-learn E/A programming. but there some of the features in these programs I can't seem to figure out like how to exit linehunter or copy ect.. in DM1000.

I couldn't find where I'd downloaded it from, so I'm attaching it here, I'm also not sure if it is the most recent, but it should be helpful.

 

DISK MANAGER 1000-6.pdf

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32 minutes ago, WhataKowinkydink said:

I couldn't find where I'd downloaded it from, so I'm attaching it here, I'm also not sure if it is the most recent, but it should be helpful.

 

DISK MANAGER 1000-6.pdf 227.03 kB · 1 download

thanks. I sure I have one somewhere. ever since I started uploading stuff to ti99resources.wordpress.com I found my dozens and dozens of gigabytes of TI99 data is a frik'n mess. 😬 which is one of the reasons why I created ti99resources in the 1st place, it's forced me to put this data in some sort of organized order. as for Line Hunter, if I could just figure out how to exit the program it might be useful. rebooting the ti99 to exit isn't a good way to go.

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Here are clean hi-res (480dpi) scans in TIF format for you to read, print, OCR or pdf for:
     PHM3115 ALIEN ADDITION
 in two zip files- quite a large manual at 72 pages.
(c) 1982 Texas Instruments,  Manual back cover (c) 1983.. 
 Joysticks optional.

The second zip includes the green module label.

This is the EU five language version, Eng, DE, I, NL, and F.  The front cover and every other page has two words of French. The inside front cover has two paragraphs of Swedish- anyone from Sweden looking for "Las detta forst" is out of luck.

Addition of numbers from 0 to 9. For US school grades K to 6, approx age 5 to 12.


 

Query- anyone interested in the large A4 workbooks for the Scholastic Spelling modules?

Next to come is Inscebots TI SORT.

(Sorry for a bit of a delay, my motherboard stopped working....).

s

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A selection of manuals for disk based software this time, as usual scanned at 480 dpi and cleaned up- apart from one scanned at 600dpi.  Manuals presented in a zip file of tif images for you to read or ocr or pdf or print.
For manuals with coloured pages apart from the outside covers I have amended the page colour to white to make for easier printing (and in some cases reading.).

What have we here....

ARTIST'S CONNECTION by Robert Petrocone of Enterprise Software, marketed by TEXAMENTS as ARTIST'S COMPANION #2.     I have looked in all the usual places and cannot find this useful little program- does anyone have a copy they can post here??  The program takes a TI Artist Instance ("_I") as input and can output the image in merge format (DV 163) to add to your Basic or Extended Basic program (yes you have to use XB to merge the code but the TI Basic code will run in pure TIB.  For TIB the code redefines up to 159 characters and uses CALL HCHAR using 32 columns.  For XB code the output code uses DISPLAY AT, up to 143 characters and a 28 column screen width.



 

ARTIST'S COMPANION #13, a collection of fonts (_F) including 3 scenes and 25 borders, eleven instances (_I) and 8 pictures (_P) .  The manual was printed in black ink on grey paper and grey card cover.



 

CERTIFICATE '99 COMPANION PLUS by Ken Gilliland, Notung Software. To be used with Great Lakes Software's Certificate 99 program. Includes additional fonts, borders, graphics and signatures and pre-saved certificates. Manual was printed in black ink on gold card with a white sheet insert.  Disk image posted separately below.



 

STAR TREK (The Next Generation) 1991 Calendar by Ray Kazmer, Notung Software. Manual printed in black on pale peach card cover and white contents pages. Includes credit to yours truly. Two dsk images to be found below. Zip includes a scan of the disk label. The picture files may be printed with the program on the disk or with MacFlix or TPA MDOS or the McPix part of Pix Pro.



 

The above program mentions MacFlix hence to follow must be:
MacFlix  by J Peter Hoddie distributed by Genial Computerware. Manual printed in black on grey card cover and white contents pages. The correction in the section on "Using Pictures from IBM PC Disks" was in the new manual as received. A disk image can be found below.



 

And finally but by no means least:
TI SORT  (Version 1.0) by Dennis Faherty, INSCEBOT. Manual printed entirely in blue on grey card covers and grey paper pages. Due to the tiny print I have scanned this at 600 dpi. Disk image to be found below.  TI Sort was designed as a tool to be used with TI Base as a fast sort, but was capable of more generic use. Not to be confused with a similar commercial offering SORT1 by SSI.

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Artist_Companion_2.zip Artist_Companion_13.zip cert99c.dsk Cert99_Companion.zip stcal1.dsk stcal2.dsk ST_TNG_Calendar.zip macflix.dsk MacFlix.zip TI_Sort.zip TISORT.dsk ssisort.dsk

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Thank you sparkdrummer- the Connection program was very handy especially for quickly (!ahem!) rustling up a standalone basic screen image....


 

Amazing what a lovely collection of programs we have between us- but so many seem to be missing still. Did anyone see SYMDEB which one book author said was "available on request from TI"- a symbolic debugger.  And so many Basic games programs have gone adrift.

 

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Three more manuals for disk based software- these all depend upon you having other software!



 

MICRODEX for TI Base by Bill Gaskell, distributed by Texaments. Requires TI Base V2 or higher. Black print on grey (gray) card.  Indexes of TI magazines- 99er/HCM, Compute, Micropendium 1984-1988, Enthusiast 99, Super 99, Smart Programmer  and partial indexes for  Ryte Data and MiniMag and others.



 

TI CASINO SUPPLEMENT- Notung Software.  Requires TI Casino. Black print on yellow card with white pages inserted. Extra jokes, new game of Faro, rejigged slot machine.  The zip includes a scan of the disk label.


BEYOND VIDEO CHESS by Harry Wilhelm, distributed by Asgard. Black print on buff pages. The zip includes an additional white insert with module modification illustrations. Require the Video Chess module and additional hardware or module mod - adds disk save and load to the module, screen print to normal printer, game list to usual printer. Use of joysticks to play the game. Requires Module mod OR widget or load interrupt switch or Corcomp or Myarc disk controller orHorizon ram disk or Geneve.....


 



 

I started scanning TI Artist Plus manual and have hit a brick wall- the old large USB socket on my 20 year old scanner has disintegrated leaving me with a working scanner and no way to talk to it. Replacement equivalent scanners no longer seem on offer- main scan 1200 dpi, sub scan at 2400 dpi and zoom to 9600dpi. The central plastic block snapped off leaving the wires unsupported and one of the wires has disappeared into the innards...

I have found a second hand replacement but it has a SCSI interface which adds additional problems... I'm working on it, and at the same time rebuilding my software for my new 64 bit CPU (in some cases I am having to rebuild from source). So please excuse the lack of scans for a little while. Right now it isn't a permanent absence just a long one.

I do have a 600dpi domestic scanner but it really isn't up to serious manual scanning and the 600dpi is not as clear as on my ancient scanner.  Have fun everyone....     s




 

beyondvcthumb.jpgmicrodexthumb.jpgTICasinosupthumb.jpg

BeyondVideoChess.zip Microdex.zip TICasinoSupplement.zip

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It is interesting and odd that the older equipment has higher quality output--but it isn't really surprising. 20 years ago, scanners were in the feature-war mode, so lots of good ideas were tried out. Now they are more commodity items as part of a multi-function printer (and generally of lower output quality). Hopefully, the issue will be resolved soon and your wonderful scans can continue. Many thanks for all you do!

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3 hours ago, blackbox said:

BEYOND VIDEO CHESS by Harry Wilhelm, distributed by Asgard. Black print on buff pages. The zip includes an additional white insert with module modification illustrations. Require the Video Chess module and additional hardware or module mod - adds disk save and load to the module, screen print to normal printer, game list to usual printer. Use of joysticks to play the game. Requires Module mod OR widget or load interrupt switch or Corcomp or Myarc disk controller orHorizon ram disk or Geneve...

 

As I turned this into a PDF, I took the liberty of "updating" a page with reference to the FinalGROM 99 as that is probably the version most being used now.  I also added an inside front cover and back cover so now it prints up in booklet form quite nicely.  As always, thanks for the great scans to work with! 👍

 

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Beyond Video Chess (updated).pdf

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Some days ago, I saw an auction on ebay.de, for a good price, but with common stuff that i already had. Only one doc I seen with a non familiar aspect, so i contacted the seller that kindly sent to me an hi-res not compressed scan of it, as i prefer.


I do not know which is the origin of this document, there is a line 'ArtikelGruppe' in a side, not seem an official TI doc but anyway i preserved it and published on TI99iuc's DB


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http://www.ti99iuc.it/web/index.php?pageid=database_cerca&archivioid=340

 

If someone knows the origin of this kind of docs and want share some infos I will be happy to add to the description section of the page. thanks ;)

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