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Post-Halloween Updates
Posted by Michael on 3 November 2003, 23:55 GMT

PolySnd v2.0While there hasn't been much news recently, there are several things worth mentioning today. First, Anneheim Geoffrey has been working on a MIDI-playing utility called PolySnd v2.0, for the 89/92+/Voyage 200. It has a player and a converter.

The EE*Pro (89 & 92+/Voyage 200) and ME*Pro (89 & 92+/Voyage 200) flash applications are now free for download in the TI Online Store. Previously these apps were only available for a fee. They are primarily useful for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering students.

Finally, Seth Berger was kind enough to send in pictures of his Halloween costume (from 1996). I mention this because he wore the most awesome costume one could possibly wear: He dressed up as everyone's favorite calculator, the TI-85!.

Update (Joey): The player has been updated, so go grab the new version. Also, major props to Seth on the costume... I wish I were that brave.

 


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Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Aaron Fineman  Account Info
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thats an insane screeny! looks like winamp! is it going to be skinable?

     4 November 2003, 00:30 GMT

Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
angelboy Account Info
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Don't know, but it looks awesome already

     4 November 2003, 01:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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It does look sweet, I'll be trying it out in the next few days. Does anyone know how he/they got such a poorly colored screen shot?

     4 November 2003, 01:27 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
angelboy Account Info
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Could just be the program he was using was messed up. Check out the screenshots in my link, for some reason I could not turn the contrast down

     4 November 2003, 12:42 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Tim Buckingham  Account Info
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Ooo, a fellow Monopoly fan. Check out my version of Monopoly I made in javascript. It's pretty cool =o

Click my "Web Page" link.

     4 November 2003, 14:23 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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I think they look fine. Use CalcCapture, it is a pretty good program.

     4 November 2003, 18:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
angelboy Account Info
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They do, but the contrast is not normally like that. I think it's just windows

     4 November 2003, 22:29 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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Well, there are four 'colors' right? White, light gray, dark gray, black. The contrast on the HW1 calcs is only 16:1, HW2 32:1, a computer 500 or more:1 so they will not look exactly alike on the calc and the computer. But the 'colors' on the calc cover its full gamut and/or contrast ratio, so the same should be true on the computer screen.

     4 November 2003, 22:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
angelboy Account Info
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My point is that the rest of my screenshots have a white background, but this one does not.

     4 November 2003, 22:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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Use the VTI skin editor and make the brightest color white and the darkest black. Then when you use a capture program, nullify the image editing options and you'll always be fine.

     4 November 2003, 22:58 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
angelboy Account Info
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Thanks!!

     4 November 2003, 23:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
JcN  Account Info

Your other option (for still images) is to take a screenshot with VTI and convert the image into a .gif from a .bmp

     9 November 2003, 06:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
justin case  Account Info

What?!?!?!?!?
:-o

     7 November 2004, 22:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Right- some that were done for mine, too, were greenish- background-colored. I prefer the white, but a screenshot is a screenshot. :)

     6 November 2003, 20:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
W Hibdon  Account Info

He used MSpaint to convert it to a gif. Try it.

-W-

     5 November 2003, 01:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
W Hibdon  Account Info

Sorry, if that is a little cryptic. He used VTI to caputer it as a bitmap. Then he used MSpaint to convert. If you goto File>Save As... and replace .bmp with .gif, you will have a gif. However decrepid that gif looks, that is not to say.

-W-

     5 November 2003, 02:03 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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I use Photoshop Elements and I have a 4 and 8 level color table designed just for converting graphics into high quality gifs/bmps. Then I use iStudio and viola!

     5 November 2003, 17:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Ivan Papusha  Account Info
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"Then I use iStudio and viola"

"Viola" is a musical instrument. I didn't know that you could do such complex picture data manipulation on a viola.

     8 November 2003, 18:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
justin case  Account Info

i play the viola, and its not a computer. the word he was trying to say is pronounced woilia

     7 November 2004, 22:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Oh yeah, just a note: old MSPaint versions will not convert BMPs to jpgs or gifs. The new ones will. The new ones also support transperency (gifs) and a couple of other things. Anyway, if you have a Win98 or above, you should be fine.

     5 November 2003, 20:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Chivo  Account Info
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Try The GIMP (for Windows, too! See URL). It can save to GIF, as well as a million other formats. Best of all, it's free! (As in beer and speech).

I use the Gimp all the time, and I've even used xwd in a simple script to get animated screenshots under X from VTI using Wine. (for some reason X takes more than a tenth of a second to get the target window information, so I get only about 6.3 frames/sec :-( ... maybe I'll look at xwd's source and make a similar C program just to get animated screenshots of any window, not just of TI emulators)

OK, I'm done rambling inside parentheses now.

     6 November 2003, 21:36 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Matthew Marshall  Account Info

Actually, the windows version of GIMP is so buggy it is hardly useable. Or, at least it was the last time I tried it (about a year ago.) It is great under Linux, however.

MWM

     6 November 2003, 22:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Chivo  Account Info

I've found WinGIMP is pretty buggy too, but it's still usable. It's still better than any other imaging program we have installed in Windows (i.e., PageImage, Corel PhotoHouse 3.0, and, of course, MS Paint).

I also use GIMP under Linux, since it is much better under a *nix system than under that other system.

     8 November 2003, 18:07 GMT


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Geek_Productions Account Info

That's interesting, my experience with GIMP has been bug free. (Yes, the windows version.)

     12 November 2003, 17:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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dont use that... as he said, its buggy... use irfanview... its free too, designed for windows, finished (no bugs) and converts any pic format to any other, along with movie and audio file formats too

     7 November 2003, 00:35 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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to find it search on google. the software is free, and not shareware or anything that expires or is not a full version.

     8 November 2003, 16:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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goto my url for the convertor.

     8 November 2003, 16:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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irfanview is the best!

     8 November 2003, 16:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
benryves  Account Info
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XN View is the best!
It can even read/write to TI Bitmap, Acorm/ZX Spectrum sprites, and a whole host of totally random formats.

     11 November 2003, 16:23 GMT

Re: Re: Post-Halloween Updates
Tim Buckingham  Account Info
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As cool as that would be, take a step back and ask yourself "What would be the point?"

The program itself was created as an example of the library's power. It's not for practical use. No one is going to use their calculator as an mp3 player. Go buy an iPod.

     4 November 2003, 14:16 GMT


Be cool if it worked...
Ti-89_Coder Account Info

Has anyone actually gotten this program to work properly? The previous PolySound versions I've tried worked fine in VTI (with stereo sound and everything) but this new one doesn't. The program starts up fine, but even when the song is supposedly playing and the volume meters are non-zero, nothing comes out of my speakers except the annoying 'click click click' sound that an idle calc makes. I've tested both Ti-89 and Ti-92+ versions on VTI, with several different ROMS, but no luck. Any feedback on this?

     4 November 2003, 23:49 GMT


Re: Be cool if it worked...
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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It doesn't work on VTI. It should work on a real calculator, assuming you have the required hardware.

     5 November 2003, 01:40 GMT


Re: Re: Be cool if it worked...
Ti-89_Coder Account Info

Why is it that earlier versions of PolySound (1.3, etc) worked in VTI, but the new one doesn't? What changed?

     5 November 2003, 11:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Be cool if it worked...
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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I don't know. You could look at the source codes to each, but in the readme for v2, it says it won't work in VTI.

     5 November 2003, 17:17 GMT

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