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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #200 on: 20:58, 26 January 19 »
1993/94?
Raw material 3.
64K Landscape and Portrait formats.
These shapes were created by Amstrad Action type-ins or possibly a PD software program. The Ellipse file reminds me of Eye.Bas (?) which drew an eye (very slowly) that filled the whole of the standard screen and then moved the pupil from left to right - when used with the Videomaster and a large screen TV the effect was quite disconcerting.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #201 on: 13:48, 29 January 19 »
1990/91 (?)

And in the beginning (2)......

The original MicroDesign released in 1988 had no text import function. This was a major program defect.
Text could be added to the MD page by using the "Write" option but this was not a practical solution for anyone wishing to create a large body of text.
The program outlined in the scan below was written by WACCI member J. Harpur and provided the solution to this irritating problem - it was now possible to create large documents, using any of the CPC word-processors, and transfer the text to MicroDesign. A version of the program was later incorporated as one of the options in the MicroDesign Plus file conversion menu.

Info on WACCI is here:
http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/WACCI
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #202 on: 19:42, 04 February 19 »
1992

This is the MicroDesign Plus text conversion menu - the much improved version of the file outlined in the previous post.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #203 on: 21:33, 07 February 19 »
1992 - 1996
MicroDesign Label printing.
Labels could either be printed using the Portrait or Strip formats - Strip format allowed for two high resolution labels to be printed but for convenience/speed (six labels per page) the Portrait format was my preferred choice.  Note that the two last photographs show tractor fed label sheets - these were for dot matrix printers only.  The other photographs show sheets of labels that could be used in dot matrix or ink jet printers. When printing using ink jet printers care had to be taken as the labels were less absorbent than paper and this could lead to smudging. The labels were a standard size and fitted both 3" discs and 3.5" disks.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #204 on: 14:37, 15 February 19 »
1992 - 1995 (?)
Raw Material (4)
Rombo Vidi Mode 2 screens loaded into MicroDesign Plus ready for conversion to MD format (.DR) files. Mode 1 screens could be converted/used but for best resolution Mode 2 was essential.

Gibard2 is by NZ cartoonist Les Gibbard - see earlier in the thread.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Gibbard

Girl 1 - Don't remember the source video for this one.

Jason 1 and 2 are the same image grabbed from the 1963 film "Jason and the Argonauts"  and was compulsory Saturday afternoon viewing on BBC2 for what felt like decades. If I remember correctly the screen file from Vidi grabs saved the inks (black or white) in a format which was the reverse of the default MD file so a file inversion option was included prior to saving as a MicroDesign file.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_and_the_Argonauts_(1963_film)

I think that  Laibach 1 and 2  are from a music video by the Slovenian pranksters Laibach , who are known for their use of totalitarian imagery - music videos were a good source of striking/unusual images due to the need of these videos to make a strong impact on the viewer in three or four minutes.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laibach

Oldtown - I really like this but I don't think its one of mine.

These files are just a sample of the 400 plus CPC 17K screen files (mostly mode 2 but some mode 1) that I have on Romdos D20 disks that I hope to transfer to the PC world in the near future.  When they become available on IMGUR (thanks Gryzor) I will post a link in the Forum so that they will be available to anyone in the CPC community.
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #205 on: 13:02, 06 March 19 »
1994
Mode 2 Rombo Vidi screen converted using MicroDesign Plus then loaded into the main MicroDesign program ready for manipulation. This photo shows the Design page - the bottom window which normally displays the current icon set or large font options has been removed (using Ctrl/Shift/Esc) to increase the work area.


Update 9/4/19
A short video showing some simple MicroDesign functions can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5GKEzNZvjQ&t=17s
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #206 on: 09:11, 10 June 19 »
This 27 minute video displays 23 files from MicroDesign Plus users. Some interesting pre 1995 designs here.
Not emulated - original hardware and software.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9vDrmpZKi0



 
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #207 on: 08:13, 24 June 19 »
This 11 minute video shows various scans (in strip format) from MD Plus users and the Aspects Bulletin Board.
Usually a large hi-res graphic would consist of between 2-4 "strips" which could make up to a full A4 page in size.
Interestingly some of these files do not appear to be hi-res but as I know nothing about the original source
material I can't really comment on them.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEA8TeMYSSE
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Re: MicroDesign Plus
« Reply #208 on: 17:58, 01 July 19 »
Pre 1995 Mode 2 screens captured using the ROMBO Vidi digitiser - the screens are displayed using MicroDesign Plus with one screen near the end of the video converted to MD format and then loaded into the program.
A Mode 1 screen is accidentally loaded at 5:00 which produces a strobe like effect.
Not emulated - original hardware and software.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb2H1kt12HY&t=16s


Links:
http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/VIDI_digitizer#Pictures


http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/ParaDOS


http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/ROMDOS
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