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Forum: Apple II
 Topic: Creating color text characters on the II in HGR?
Re: Creating color text characters on the II in HGR? [message #387787 is a reply to message #387782] Tue, 15 October 2019 01:13
Originally posted by: fadden

On Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:46:49 PM UTC-7, Matthew Power wrote:
> So my questions are: Has anyone worked with creating colored text in HGR? Are shape tables the way to go? Is there a recommended book for learning how to create shape tables?

Shape tables aren't especially quick. If you want to work with them, one of the Beagle Bros utilities comes with a very nice shape table editor. The Applesoft reference manual explains how to use them.

For an alternative approach, see

It's using line-drawn fonts, although to keep things simple the data file has entire phrases rather than each individual character. (See the LINEFONT notes in .) This has the advantage that it can be scaled to an arbitrary size, but drawing lines will be much slower than drawing bitmaps.

Synergistic Software's "Higher Text" utility has a mode where it draws double-wide fonts, which can be drawn in color. There's a nice screen shot at istic_Software .. I think this is what you want (either as the solution, or as the approach for your own solution).
 Topic: Hierarchic Seven Hills two versions.
Re: Hierarchic Seven Hills two versions. [message #387788 is a reply to message #387783] Tue, 15 October 2019 02:45
spectrumdaddy is currently offline  spectrumdaddy
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Registered: November 2012
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> Seems I need help figuring this out.
> One seems to be needed with Ewan's internet based software and
> the other is needed with Transprog lll. Both from Seven Hills Software.
> I have a PIF version 1.5
> 1992-1993
> The other is version 1.6.3 and is a CP
> 1991-1997
> Clearly only one can be active.
> Keeping only one active does not seem to function with both Internet
> software and Transprog lll.
> Was there a solution or a fix I am not finding?

I use the v1.6.3 CDEV, and supply that with all my software that needs

I can't now remember the history on tthis, but assume that Hierarchic
started out life as just a PIF file, then got upgraded to be included
within the CDEV. Certainly I do not have the PIF installed anymore.

The CDEV must be present and loaded at Boot time for Hierarchic to work

Cheers - Ewen

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