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Stargard, Poland

Posted Mon Nov 08, 2021 11:57 am

Now the photo is visible, but earlier that day it was just 'dead' image icon on my Android phone and Linux PC. Great it works now.

I can see that Classic 520 gives some good boost for the first Amiga and the CF feature is really essential for someone who uses A1000 for some serious work like You do.

Really like your A1000 setup. So clean and you even use real Amiga CRT monitor. The use of the external drive as a case for the expansion board is a supprise. I thought it's a functional drive. Really great idea to keep the setup clean. 😊

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Posted Mon Feb 07, 2022 8:23 am

I mentioned this in my "converting old documents" post, but as this is a pinned thread and it's relevant here, I'll repeat myself:

I tried "printing" from Wordworth 6 in order to create PDF files of my old documents. The obvious way to do that would be by printing to a PostScript, which various tools can then turn into PDF. But for some reason my Mac choked on my Amiga's PS files. Also, for me this meant being limited to the small set of standard PostScript fonts. And these are as boring as they come.

I want my CompuGraphic fonts and I want them now!

Turns out there is a PCL to PDF tool. PCL is HP's printer command language. So now I can print using a printer driver for a printer like the LaserJet 4 and with the CMD tool save the output to a file. PCLtoPDF will then convert those files to PDF.

So this way I was able to output all of Wordworth's cool text warping tricks using any Amiga font and turn that into a PDF for safe keeping or printing on any modern printer. Don't bother turning on "font downloads" as the output is a giant bitmap anyway.

Alternatively, you can print using the printer's font(s) and then you get a file that has the text in it along with some printer commands, so you can recover the original text if you don't have any other way to do so. (Not a problem for Wordworth, which will save to plain text or RTF, but helpful with ProCalc.) Not sure to what degree all the printer's fonts are accurately emulated, but it looked fairly good and was much, much, much faster than graphic printing.

Speed is the main downside, with printing one page in graphics mode taking almost a minute on my 1200 with a 50 MHz 68060 and 64 MB RAM... with surprisingly low CPU usage. Not sure what's going on there. But at least you can turn on "background printing" and continue working with Wordworth while it's printing.

Left as an exercise for the reader: finding a printer driver that will support color, and perhaps higher resolutions. The DeskJet drivers I tried didn't work.

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Posted Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:52 am

You might want to look into TurboPrint (v7). It is a suite that eventually can replace the OS driver and generate PS in version 7.

Could be standard-compliant PostScript.

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Seattle, WA, USA

Posted Sun May 05, 2024 9:04 am

Today site member Walldog shared a photo of his A1000 with me and I noticed he had a perfectly sized strip of paper with commands in the little tray of his A1K's keyboard. I asked about it and it is an original "cheat sheet" for WordPerfect Amiga users.
Weird how more companies didn't create little strips like this for their software take advantage of the A1K's keyboard case.

Might be fun to try and recreate these:
Funny thing is that just by looking at the thing I'm not exactly sure how tapping F1 gives you 4 different possible commands. Maybe this thing is mentioned in the manual somewhere and I never noticed it before.

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Seattle, WA, USA

Posted Sun May 05, 2024 9:12 am


Turns out Walldog has one for the Amiga 2000 as well!

And if you look at the far-left, the key combinations are shown for the extra commands.
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Pretty cool that they had multiple keyboard overlay options.

Note how the overlay doesn't fit his A2K's keyboard, however. That's because it was designed for the earliest A2k model, with the keyboard shown here at the very top - the cherry MX version.

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