Fontraption (a VGA Text Mode Font Editor)

Fontraption (a VGA Text Mode Font Editor)

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Shots (click to zoom): There are many VGA text mode font editors out in the wild: the "classic" one is FONTEDIT, published in PC Magazine all the way back in 1988.  They're all functional, but either lack some niceties or have certain annoyances, so here's yet another go at the concept. I've always been used to FONTEDIT (when our household's XT clone got a shiny new EGA upgrade, I actually typed the program in from the magazine article), so Fontraption is based on a similar interface, which I tried to keep as simple and intuitive as possible. ...
De-uglifying 40-Column Text Games for VGA

De-uglifying 40-Column Text Games for VGA

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The Problem (?) Let's have a look at a typical DOS game using 40-column text mode, and compare its appearance on CGA vs. VGA: 40-column mode - left: CGA, right: VGA [click] Granted, VGA text is sharper.  But for 40-column text, I'd rather be staring at those blocky CGA characters: VGA's 40-column mode has a wonky squashed pixel aspect ratio, which distorts ASCII art and decreases legibility. ...
TVCGAFIX Utilities - Adjust CGA Output for TV

TVCGAFIX Utilities - Adjust CGA Output for TV

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Here's a bunch of simple tools I put together mostly for my own use really, but some others may find them helpful. These programs allow you to adjust/optimize the video output of a CGA card (or 100% register-compatible) for a (CRT) television set. You can use them to align the screen position horizontally, fix various issues related to 80-column text display, and make the adjustments "stick" while running programs and games -- even booters. ...
Flexi IBM VGA Font: a Scalable Take on Text Mode

Flexi IBM VGA Font: a Scalable Take on Text Mode

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The VGA ROM font has to be the most recognizable text-mode character set, whether you spent the 1990s as an ANSI artist or as a POS cashier.  Naturally it's all bitmap, but I've seen a few attempts to shape it into a truly scalable font, with a 'smart' contoured outline that would theoretically look good at any size.  For instance, there's Nouveau IBM (previously used for titles on this blog) or Codepage Mono. ...
Happy 35th birthday, IBM PC!

Happy 35th birthday, IBM PC!

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August 12, 1981 introduced us to the IBM PC, and to PC-DOS along with it. The latter included extensions for the machine's ROM BASIC, plus a slew of demonstration programs proudly showing off these indispensable capabilities: 4-color graphics and 1-bit beeper sound. One of them in particular went on to live in certain infamy as Bill Gates' first (and only) direct personal contribution to video game history: the inimitable DONKEY. ...
Yet another 16-color CGA makeover: Keen 5

Yet another 16-color CGA makeover: Keen 5

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After giving Keen 4's CGA version a 16-color composite overhaul, I figured I'd have a go at the next episode, since the code has nearly everything in common with Keen 4, and the composite enhancements detailed in my previous post could be applied without too many essential changes (other than different offsets/addresses, of course).  Let's strap this one to the rack then: As before, the distribution is a runtime in-memory patch (using CK5PATCH) and you'll need the original KEEN5 CGA files (v1. ...
Dopefish goes NTSC: Commander Keen 4 Composite CGA Patch Notes

Dopefish goes NTSC: Commander Keen 4 Composite CGA Patch Notes

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If you're just landing here at random and wondering about the title: this is a 16-color 'remaster' of the original CGA version of Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle, with code patched and graphics redrawn and reworked to take optimal advantage of CGA's composite output capabilities. For more info (plus the download link), see the VOGONS thread - all sorts of cool stuff in there, like videos recorded from real hardware, and a DOSBox build patched with some useful additions for running this. ...
The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack (v1.0)

The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack (v1.0)

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Character(-set) Assassination: a Monospace Odyssey At long last, it's done - the world's biggest collection of classic text mode fonts, system fonts and BIOS fonts from DOS-era IBM PCs and compatibles.  You get: Pixel-perfect reproductions of the original raster fonts! TrueType (TTF) and bitmap (FON) remakes for 81 character sets! Multi-lingual Unicode enhancements of the more popular fonts (and some less-popular ones)! Multi-platform compatibility! Get it HERE The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack started out with the idea of paying tribute to ancient PCs and their bitmapped, pre-GUI typography (if you can call it that). ...