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Bloat v0.92


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Filename bloat.zip (Download)
Title Bloat v0.92
Description Bloat LZSS compression decompression routines
Author Matthew Shepcar (ti@moocow37.plus.com)
Category TI-86 Assembly Misc. Programs
File Size 7,748 bytes
File Date and Time Thu Apr 2 02:37:08 1998
Documentation Included? No
Source Code Included? No



Review by  Kirk Meyer
Reviewed on 2004-11-02
Suitability: 6/10 A few bugs make this area a problem. Dynamic decompression is also a must.
Ease-Of-Use: 7/10 Use of plain old UnBloat is straight-forward. Using UnBloatAbs, however, is more difficult and is not very well documented. The same goes for calling the Bloat module.
Overall: 7/10 A compression package with a bright future. It could be made better with a few minor changes.

Bloat is a paradoxically named compression package for the TI-86. Bloat compresses data, and UnBloat decompressed it. The package uses the LZSS method of compression to shrink data, on average, by about fifty percent. Although the decompression code is provided, the compressor must be run as a library. This can be annoying for those who want to make minor adjustments to the code.

Bloat does have some problems, however. The first is that, as the programmer has admitted, it has a major flaw in it which can cause the compression routine to do some crazy stuff. The decompressor, however, seems to work fine. Secondly, the directions as to how to use it are vague and unclear. And finally, the user must have a C compiler in order to use the computer-based compressor. This may be annoying for those users who do not have or do not wish to download a C compiler. Finally, this program does not give the option of automatic decompression (i.e. allowing programs to be decompressed at runtime).


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Archive Contents
Name Size
unbloat.inc   2117
bloat.86P   891
bloat.txt   7266
test.asm   1551
lzss.c   6769
lzss.h   146
Test.86p   391

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