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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #25 on: 14:45, 28 May 18 »
Holy shit!
This looks so professional  :o
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #26 on: 16:54, 28 May 18 »
Thanks VincentGR,

The CPC with the right software/hardware was just as capable of the quality printed output usually associated with the 16 Bits or early PC's of the late eighties or early nineties. The main drawback was the lack of memory, using a nine pin printer the above image took at least an hour and a half to print. Later when the ink-jets became available that was reduced to about ten or fifteen minutes per copy. The best option was to print a master copy and then photocopy as many copies as necessary for distribution.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #27 on: 16:59, 28 May 18 »
I had a Star LC200 on my Amiga and didn't took so long.
Never had a chance to test it on my CPC and I really needed that.
I think that I did some printing though running a CPC emulator on my Amiga back then.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #28 on: 08:57, 29 May 18 »
Another design for the WACCI library. 64K landscape format.


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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #29 on: 08:58, 30 May 18 »
64K Portrait format.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #30 on: 11:18, 30 May 18 »
A youtube video with some basic functions would be much appreciated  :P
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #31 on: 11:45, 30 May 18 »
Yes I have thought about that. The DES video will be first but will incorporate a little of MD+ and some other software. Later there will be a second video focussing on MD+ only.
The CPC's here have been repaired, the software checked (amazing what you forget after 20 years) and the outline for the video is complete.
What is slowing down the process is cold hard cash.
I did not anticipate the high cost of the required external hardware to produce a video. :o
The necessary pennies/pounds/gold bars are slowly being collected but this will take months. However, when I have enough and the video is finished the members of CPCWiki will be the first to know.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #32 on: 11:53, 30 May 18 »
Fantastic.
You could use an emulator for a better picture though but I feel you for the love of the real thing.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #33 on: 10:49, 31 May 18 »
This one is for any Trent Reznor fans out there. 64K portrait format. Image from Rombo Vidi, spheres from an Amstrad Action type-in? Can't remember, probably. Printed using the Star LC-10.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #34 on: 15:46, 01 June 18 »
64k Landscape format. Star LC-10 - draft quality.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #35 on: 17:19, 02 June 18 »
Cover page for The Basic Idea, by Sean McManus, reviewed in issue 104 of Amstrad Action. A4 size portrait format, printed using the Canon BJ10 EX.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #36 on: 15:41, 04 June 18 »
Promotional leaflet from Siren Software from 1988 for MD Extra.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #37 on: 19:14, 05 June 18 »
Two Rombo mode 2 images. This is interesting because of its low quality. If you look closely stray pixels/pixel debris is obvious in both the images. Each of the figures is poorly defined and could have been tidied up quite easily. Adding a vertical pixel line to the top right of the image would have helped to outline the wall that should be clearly visible. Less than an hours work and this file could have been much improved. Nul points!
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #38 on: 17:14, 07 June 18 »
Mode 2 clip-art created using Advanced Art Studio then converted to MD format. Landscape, printed using the Star LC-10.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #39 on: 21:39, 09 June 18 »
This is two mode 2 Rombo screens "stitched" together to form one large graphic. A4 portrait format, printed using Star LC-10. 
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #40 on: 13:25, 10 June 18 »
This poster (A4 portrait) pokes fun at the IBM "Solutions for a small planet," marketing campaign from the mid nineties. Printed using Canon BJ10-EX.

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #41 on: 11:13, 11 June 18 »

Now this is a puzzle. This poster hung above my desk for over a decade as an aide-memoire. The top table shows the predefined key commands from Arnors Utopia Rom that were/are very useful.
The middle and bottom tables show other predefined keys from another Rom or Roms and no longer appear to work. I thought at first some of them might operate from command mode in Protext but no joy. Also they are a mix of Amsdos and CPM commands which seems more than a little unusual.
Does anyone recognise these key combinations or have any ideas?
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #42 on: 08:16, 12 June 18 »
Original on disc help file from Siren Software 1988. A4 portrait, draft quality.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #43 on: 14:43, 13 June 18 »
This is MD+ hardcopy from a customer in NZ, it dates from 93. It shows the floorplan he designed for the factory that he was then working in. Apologies for the poor quality but this is from the original 25 year old letter. 
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #44 on: 18:41, 13 June 18 »
I think is awesome to have real designs of that time, excellent work!

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #45 on: 19:16, 13 June 18 »
nailed it
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #46 on: 23:41, 13 June 18 »
Many thanks for the kind comments.
Yes, a little CPC archaeology at work here.
I am trying to avoid using my files exclusively as I would like to show the various ways that MD+ was put to work by its users back then. There are a few other MD files from customers on disc here but at the moment I have no way to print them. Mmm.
BTW - if anyone would like a copy of any of the MD files that have been displayed just send me a SAE and 3" or 3.5" disc.
Cheers,

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #47 on: 23:38, 14 June 18 »
64K Landscape format, printed using Star-LC10. Image from Rombo Vidi. 92/93?
Another mess. The mass of pixels surrounding the main image could have easily been removed giving much better definition and adding a few pixels to the fingers of the each hand would have improved them as well. Tsk! Tsk!
This image again comes from a BBC documentary, this time on the Opium Wars. It is a small part of an illustration from the 19th century French magazine "Le Petit Journal Supplément Illustré". The full illustration and background information is available to view here:

https://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/boxer_uprising/bx_essay02.html

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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #48 on: 19:28, 15 June 18 »
Sample letter to customer, 92. Large clip-art files licensed from Creative Technology Ltd. 64K A4 portrait format. Star LC-10.  Early days, no fax number or email address.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #49 on: 00:41, 17 June 18 »
64K Landscape format. Image from Rombo Vidi. Star LC-10 printer.  The converted mode 2 screen in the centre of the design is from the (very) long running BBC2 news and current affairs programme “Newsnight.” At the end of each programme the front page for some of the next days newspapers were displayed. This headline refers to an event that took place in 1988 but the MD+ design is dated 1991 so it seems likely the original 17K screen was stored on 3.5" Romdos D20 disk until that year.
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