UDG designer

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UDG designer

Post by Andy Rea » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:44 pm

With some on and off coding time, mostly off :lol: i am releasing this first version of the UDG designer.

I would like your idea's and suggestions on how to make the program more friendly. it is a hybrid basic / machine code program with all loads and saves are done in basic so adapting to various storage solutions shouldn't be too hard.

in the zip is a readme file udgread,txt, you are invited to read it first as it has some important information including what no less than 16 keys do ! ( honestly its easier than you are imagining right now ! )

regards Andy
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Re: UDG designer

Post by Moggy » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:11 pm

How the hell did I miss this!!?

Will try it, then report back.

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Re: UDG designer

Post by Moggy » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:07 pm

Just had a rudimentary play with this and to say it's impressive is an understatement.
It will take some time for someone like myself to get to grips with its finer points but for the more advanced users on this forum I can see this being yet another useful tool for our beloved little computer.

I am going to have a lot of bloody fun with this top marks Andy. :ugeek:


One unusual thing I have noticed is that the UDG board disables the text reader in ZXpand commander which I was going to use to read the instructions before getting stuck in.

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Re: UDG designer

Post by Andy Rea » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:24 pm

Moggy wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:07 pm
One unusual thing I have noticed is that the UDG board disables the text reader in ZXpand commander which I was going to use to read the instructions before getting stuck in.
oh this is unexpected :o so of course i had to try it myself.... And what do you know i also get a blank screen... curious i thought until i realized that the text viewer has its own 40 column display driver running in WRX :lol: so it works just dandy with the link removed....

HTH Andy
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Re: UDG designer

Post by Moggy » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:06 pm

Andy Rea wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:24 pm
Moggy wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:07 pm
One unusual thing I have noticed is that the UDG board disables the text reader in ZXpand commander which I was going to use to read the instructions before getting stuck in.
oh this is unexpected :o so of course i had to try it myself.... And what do you know i also get a blank screen... curious i thought until i realized that the text viewer has its own 40 column display driver running in WRX :lol: so it works just dandy with the link removed....

HTH Andy
I figured as much,Andy just thought I'd point it out.

I am loving this designer by the way. :D

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Re: UDG designer

Post by mrtinb » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:42 pm

Is it possible to change the jumper for none/64/128 while running, or should the ZX81 be turned off?
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Re: UDG designer

Post by Andy Rea » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:47 pm

you can move the jumper whilst powered up, the success or failure of doing so is entirely a result of how physically stable your setup is ( see rampack wobble for further info :lol: :lol: :lol: )

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Re: UDG designer

Post by Moggy » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:06 pm

I was wondering about that too. :lol:

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Re: UDG designer

Post by mrtinb » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:07 pm

If it'll work like RAM pack wobble, the answer is: No you cannot change the jumper while running.
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Re: UDG designer

Post by Andy Rea » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:03 pm

Hmmm if switching modes on the fly is an absolute necessity for some then maybe an "on-off-on" 3 position switch could be plugged in on a flying lead and would eliminate and "wobble" that could cause a "crash"

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