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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
Anonymous
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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 https://youtu.be/z2RFGVoaROE?t=10

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 https://github.com/fadden/fdraw/blob/master/docs/demos.md .) 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 https://archive.org/details/a2woz_Higher_Text_II_1980_Synerg 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
Messages: 155
Registered: November 2012
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Leon.

> 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
it.

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
correctly,

Cheers - Ewen



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