Computer programs targeting the TI-68k series
Posted by Xavier on 30 November 2018, 21:53 GMT
Today's news item is going to be a bit unusual, in that we highlight computer programs, for the TI-68k series at that. But these programs had interesting functional capabilities, and they were and are still useful in their own right :)
Daisuke-Edit 68k TI-Basic Editor is more than a function/program editor, in fact. Of course, it has features expected from good source code editors running on desktop platforms, starting with syntax indentation and coloring augmented by highlighting of syntactic element pairs (such as parentheses), editing in the target platforms' charset, code folding, or undo/redo. However, it goes much beyond that, with e.g. a functions list, helper tools for making dialogs / popups / toolbars / custom structures, or more tools for editing lists / matrices / several other variable types... and the icing on the cake is the integration with both TIEmu, for emulated calculators, and TI-Connect, for real calculators. Daisuke-Edit can therefore be considered a full-blown IDE.
More anecdotal is the support for converting between Daisuke-Edit format and Nspire format: it was certainly useful to some people in the very beginning of the Nspire series, before TI switched from simple file formats to horrendously complex, compressed + encrypted proprietary file formats. Also noteworthy is the fact that because it relies on the Tokens89 OCX (built from Visual Basic source code), Daisuke-Edit only works on Windows.
If you're still producing sizable amounts of formatted text + picture content for the TI-68k series, you probably know about WordRider, which works on Windows, MacOS X and Linux. But it previously received a news item.