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Article #7 (29 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.16-32bit.reviews From: Carlos Borges
Subject: Double Height Monitor Emulator/Utility/Public Domain Posted-By: xx004 (aa400 - Marc A. Lombardo) Edited-By: xx004 (aa400 - Marc A. Lombardo) Date: Thu Jul 4 14:09:32 1991 Double-Height Monitor Emulator Review Written by Miguel Borges (an630) 16/32-bit Support Team Member Lars-Erik 0sterud has been a very consistant ST programmer. It seems he writes another neat program every week. Some of his earlier projects, such as minibbs, miniterm, and a virus protector, are quality shareware programs. His new release, a "double-height" monitor emulator for the STe, is another useful program. The emulator doubles the resolution height of the normal screen. On a monochrome monitor, the resolution becomes 640X800 instead of 640X400. The same program will work with a colour monitor, giving you the resolution of 640X400 as opposed to 640X200 in medium resolution. It works in low resolution as well. Although the idea of a "large-screen" emulator isn't exactly new, Lars-Erik's program is a fresh aproach to software monitor emulation. This auto folder program works on both colour and monochrome systems, sensing the monitor type and resolution on boot-up. To install a conventional smooth scrolling virtual screen, you hold the right shift key while booting. When the desktop appears, you are looking at half of the screen. When the mouse pointer approaches the top or bottom of the screen, the display will scroll in the appropriate direction. I assume Lars-Erik used hardware scrolling on the STe, since the scrolling is very smooth. In this respect, this program is much like monSTEr. Where Lars-Erik's program differs from the traditional emulators I've seen, however, is when you hold the left shift key while booting. Instead of the scrolling screen, a condensed software interlace is used to accomplish "double-height". The one draw-back with this feature, however, is the resulting screen flicker. I found this to be quite unbearable on a colour monitor (like an Amiga!). On a monochrome monitor, though, adjusting the brightness and contrast practically eliminates the entire flicker. If you're like me, and use your computer late at night, you would have your brightness turned down anyway. The software overscan in monochrome is this program's real strength. I works with most intelligent GEM applications, although it only uses half of the screen with TOS programs. It works great with Timeworks Desktop Publisher. The program is meant for the STe, MEGA STe, and the TT. I've only tested it on a 1040STe. A small text file explaining the program's features and a few precautions (such as auto folder program order), is also included in the distribution archive. In closing, I would recommend Lar's-Erik 0sterud's Double Screen-Height emulator for anyone who sometimes wants to see more information on the screen. It is great for Desktop Publishing, and is certainly cheaper than larger monitor. If you've been using monSTEr, I'd recommend switching. You can get the program via anonymous ftp at atari.archive.umich.edu (filename: double.lzh). If you don't have ftp access, you can e-mail me (email@example.com), and I'll be happy to send you a uuencoded copy.