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Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Posted by Phil on 13 November 1999, 21:46 GMT

Kirk Meyer released TISShot today. This is the utility that we use to take the animated screenshots for ticalc.org. The application uses emulators such as Virtual TI to take screenshots.

In related news, he also released FACHK today. This utility checks the integrity of TI Calculator files while they're still on the computer. It will also report file type (ASM/BASIC), shell, and needed libraries.

 


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Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Andrew Magness  Account Info
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Wow! These are GREAT programs!! Good job Kirk!!

Andrew

     13 November 1999, 21:55 GMT


Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
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cock.

     22 November 1999, 06:10 GMT

Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Alchist

Wow, great job Kirk.

(Third comment, woohoo)

     13 November 1999, 22:17 GMT

Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
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It does a pretty good job at detecting libraries, but it doesn't always detect all the required ones. For example, if a library requires another library.

     13 November 1999, 22:17 GMT

Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Reno  Account Info

you're good at finding faults of just about anything you come in contact with :)

     13 November 1999, 22:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
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I guess you could say I am a perfectionist sometimes...

     13 November 1999, 23:47 GMT


Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Kirk Meyer  Account Info
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Heh... you will notice that the title of this article is "Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility" not "Kirk Meyer Releases FACHK"... the reason being, that FACHK is pretty much not written very well... the whole thing is a hack of a bunch of files that I gathered.

     13 November 1999, 22:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
David Phillips  Account Info
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I haven't tried it, but I'm assuming you mean the 89/92+ stuff. It would seem the easiest way to detect libraries would be to write a 68k program that does exactly what the Doors/Plusshell loaders do.

     13 November 1999, 22:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
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Right, except DoorsOS doesn't do the best job of it either. It doesn't catch the libraries that are required by other libraries. :)

     13 November 1999, 23:45 GMT


Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
James abba shalaka Rubingh  Account Info
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For goodness sakes. Why would you code a library that needs another library? Libraries suck in general. The memory wasted in negligable considering the hassle that libraries cause to the user, especially users who don't program assembly, and just want to play some games. I mean, is it really that hard to just code your own routines if you program 68k? take for example gray4lib. I've never even written a 68k game and i could write my own grayscale handler. Why would you purposefully inconvenience your user by making them load libraries and the correct version of that library. I'm pretty sure this has been discussed by 68k coders before, but i thought i'd say something anyways. p.s. nice program kirk.

     14 November 1999, 20:34 GMT


Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
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Don't ask me, ask the Doors Team. :)

     14 November 1999, 22:44 GMT

Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
pcflyer1  Account Info
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Would some one please explain to me how to set up this program. I can't seam to get it right.

     13 November 1999, 22:21 GMT


Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Kirk Meyer  Account Info
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I'm assuming you mean the TISShot. Here's what you do. You go to Start > Run > and type "regedit" and do ok. then from the file menu of regedit, import the file called "tisshot.reg". Exit regedit. Now run the program, and you will have an icon in your system tray. The docs should be very clear from that point on...

     13 November 1999, 22:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
pcflyer1  Account Info
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I tried running regedit, but got the following message:

'Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator.'

Is there any other way?

     13 November 1999, 22:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
David Phillips  Account Info
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No, then you're out of luck. Find a copy of Policy Editor (comes burried on the Windows 98 CD and for NT, either the CD or with the Resource Kit), and enable registry editing. Hehe, if it's not your computer (like a school lab), make sure you set it back or they'll get suspicious (assuming the sysadmin isn't a moron as they are 98% of the time).

     13 November 1999, 23:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Nick Chaves  Account Info
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I haven't downloaded it, but why are you required to edit the registry?

Nick Chaves

     14 November 1999, 07:53 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Kirk Meyer  Account Info
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You are not required to actually edit the registry, just import a registry file (it contains the definitions for the different emulators and makes the utility customizeable). I think you might be able to use some utility to import into the registry that bypasses security since it goes into HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

     14 November 1999, 20:08 GMT


stupid policies
Sesquipedalian

A few points:
First, importing a .reg file is equivalent to editing the registry because you can do anything in the file that you can do in the program. The whole point of disabling the registry editing tools is for security, so why should it allow .reg files to be imported?
Second, importing a registry file by right clicking on it runs regedit.exe with some options, so it would be disallowed the same as running it without any options.
Third, the "disable registry editing" policy is laughable. All that happens is that a key is written into the registry:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\ DisableRegistryEditing = 1
(That may not be exactly right, it's from memory.)
When regedit.exe is run, it checks the key and closes itself if it is present.
So you can do one of two things: write a program yourself that removes this key (poledit.exe will work, if you have it) or hack regedit.exe and change the DisableRegistryEditing text (I think it might be in unicode.. try searching by eye in a hex editor) to something else. Even one byte will do.
To go back to the root of this thread, why not just run the program on your home computer or any other computer that you have control over?

     14 November 1999, 23:31 GMT


Re: stupid policies
pcflyer1  Account Info
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The only computer I have is the one in my dorm room supplied by the college (with the exception of the Apple IIe at my parents house). So the option of using a different computer is pretty much out. As for changing the registry disabling, I wouldn't have a clue how to do that.

Just sucks for me I guess. Just another reason to be pissed off at my colleges computer system (the number 1 reason being the damn firewall they have installed).

     16 November 1999, 05:20 GMT

Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Andrew Magness  Account Info
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Kirk, How hard would it be to make this program work with the simulator in the TI-83+ SDK?

     13 November 1999, 22:30 GMT

Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Kirk Meyer  Account Info
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Very easy. All you have to do is add some registry entries, but unfortunately I'm the only one who has the software to get exactly the right numbers. But I don't have a copy of the TI-83+ SDK either...

     13 November 1999, 22:36 GMT


Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
David Phillips  Account Info
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Virtual TI is _much_ better than the emulator in the 83+ SDK :)

     13 November 1999, 23:02 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Kirk Meyer Releases Screen Shot Utility
Andrew Magness  Account Info
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This is true but VTI does not run apps :)

     13 November 1999, 23:15 GMT

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