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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: ANNC: SIFE 0.0 IS HERE
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Mon Dec  8 16:46:33 1997

From: (William Kendrick)
Date: 27 Nov 1997 10:06:14 GMT

SIFE, The Super-IRG Font Editor, version 0.0 has been released!

Super-IRG mode is similar to APAC, ColorView and HIP mode in that it
is a software-based, Vertical Blank Interrupt (VBI) driven display.

With Super-IRG mode, you get 14 colors on screen at once, nearly
3 times as many as in a normal IRG mode.  And since the palette doesn't
change and DLI's aren't used, you can dither the "blended" colors
between the two flipped frames to reduce the flickering considerably!

In fact, SIFE does just this!  When I was creating the graphics for
Gem Drop (I did this practically by hand; I only had a simple
monochrome font editor to use!), I learned that the key to making the
Super-IRG mode look good is to take advantage of the ability to dither
the pixels.

SIFE has a simple copy/paste buffer for copying characters around in
your font, and even allows you to edit four characters at a time
(in a 2x2 fashion; great for tile graphics for games)...

The current version comes with:

* The SIFE 0.0 compiled executable (no Action! cartridge is needed).
* The Action! source code to SIFE 0.0.
* A Super-IRG library for Action!  INCLUDE it in your programs and then
  use SIOn() and SIOff() to turn the mode on and off.
* A simple example program using the library mentioned above.
* A Super-IRG version of the good ol' standard Atari ROM font.
* Documentation!

This isn't the last version, though!  Future versions will include:

* Editing of at least two fonts simultaneously (with copy/paste between).
  This would be great for animated fonts!
* Assembly language and BASIC examples of using Super-IRG.
* More editing features (mirror image, invert, slide, etc.)
* The ability to load and save other font formats.
* A Windows BMP to SIFE converted!?!?

You can download SIFE from U.Mich at:

Or search for it at XL Search:

Or just download it directly off the SIFE Website:

Enjoy!  Please send any comments!

And if you make some cool, useful .SIF fonts, please e-mail them to me
or upload them to UMich!

Michael Current,
8-bit Atari FAQ and Vendor Lists,
Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, telnet:// (go atari)
St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts,

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