CGA can output 16 digital RGBI colors, and there's a well-known standard palette which translates them to (s)RGB values - but that palette isn't a very good approximation of the colors you actually get on IBM's original CGA monitor. Why is that, and can we do better?
Another old riddle bites the dust: why did some 16-bit ISA PS/2 machines have an extra set of four alternate fonts tucked away in their firmware? What on earth were those fonts good for? And what's one thing you should never do when you're a PC developer 35 years ago?
A little hack of Space Commanders from last year gets an unexpected (and awesome) makeover, courtesy of someone else's talent.
Believe it or not, it's possible to transport ancient CRTs across continents, even with today's shipping services pulling out all the stops on incompetence. Here's how an IBM Color Display was packed, shipped, and lived to tell the tale.
CRTs get all the retro-hype, but oldschool portable PCs had slimmer alternatives: monochrome/grayscale LCDs, orange plasma panels, and yellow electroluminescent ones. Why not add those too, and throw in a little bonus tool to emulate how some of them faked grayscale "shading" on 1-bit monochrome?
As Kermit the Frog and his IBM 5151 display once commiserated with Greta Thunberg, "it's not easy being green". This update here should make it less difficult - and there's also amber, various shades of white, and a few more settings you can tweak.
...or: Who needs shaders - just do it the slow way! A Windows batch file with a bunch of tunable options, so you can apply the effect to a still image or a video, and still be back in time for dinner (or the next geological epoch, whichever comes last).
Yet another load of pixellated character sets, converted from classic PC-related hardware for your enjoyment. And for the sake of balance, a decidedly non-pixellated update of an old mainstay.
Code projects are now hosted on GitHub, so you all get shiny new download links to match. Also: a Fontraption update, and a split in the ranks.
To make up for the 4-year holdup, it's quite a big update: 133 new font families (from 52 different sources), 3 new variants for each font (.ttf w/embedded bitmaps, aspect-corrected .ttf, and .woff for the web), and a revamped website to hold all of these (somewhat) together.
A tool for quick and painless file transfers from host to guest. No need to restart the emulated machine, to create temporary images manually, or to set up any kind of networking: one click, and your files go through.
A new font editor for DOS: dual tab interface, clipboard, block operations, 40/80 columns, 8/9-dot mode. Handles ROM + BMP + XBIN formats, and can create configurable .COM TSRs. All in a 12KB executable (source is included, plus a huge pack of fonts).
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