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Updates and planned downtime by Eeems
August 18, 2014, 06:37:44 pm

Omninet has had a large amount of the official channels renamed. Use the IRC page to see what the current standard is for naming channels (ourl.ca/p/irc).

To continue on this, there will be some downtime tonight, possibly up to two hours while Eeems runs some updates to the servers. After the updates are done, there may be some interruption to services as configuration files are updated to work with the new version. Keep an eye on Twitter or IRC to see what the current status on the upgrade is.

PrimeCaster3D, Quest CX & SimCitx by DJ Omnimaga
August 07, 2014, 08:43:20 pm

A few days ago, Critor has released a raycaster engine for the HP Prime called PrimeCaster3D. Unlike raycasting engines for other calculator models, this one even features shading and variable wall height!

Have you ever wished that you could have a raycaster run at 2 FPS in pure TI-83 Plus or Casio BASIC? Well, unfortunately that will never be possible, but if you have an HP Prime and thought it would be the case on that calc too, then get ready: Critor has just released PrimeCaster 3D, a variable wall height raycasting engine for the HP Prime!

Because guess what? You read it and see it right: This raycaster even supports variable wall height, and as if it wasn't enough, it supports shading too! You can jump, climb stairs and from what I can see while moving around, it seems that some floors show reflection of walls.

The frame rate is very slow, though, but given the fact this is written in HP PPL rather than C and ASM, it's ridiculously impressive. You can adjust the frame rate to whatever you like and the raycasting quality will automatically adjust itself to match the frame rate you want, but above 3 FPS on-calc it starts being hard to see anything. This is why the maze game will look nicer on the simulator than the calculator at the same FPS (the screenshot above has been altered to show approximately how fast the quality shown in it runs on a real calculator. You can also change the weather or lightning effect by switching between darkness, fog and light (the latter which turns off all shading)

In order to allow a game to use this engine, level design would have to be made so that wide-open areas are obstructed by walls, cutting the view down, as it runs faster in smaller rooms. Also, some elements such as shading support and variable wall height would probably have to be eliminated or toned down. Regardless, this awesome program shows once again what the HP PPL language of the HP Prime is capable of and gives an idea of what kind of game could be achieved in it!

Download link: http://tiplanet.org/forum/archives_voir.php?id=87246
Source: http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=15033

In addition to that, LinkWebmaster has released an arcade strategy game for the TI-Nspire calculators called Quest CX, featuring amazing graphics, where you defeat hordes of monsters to advance in your quest to save the world from evil:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BIedZ3gAyE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BIedZ3gAyE</a>

The readme states that it was created under OS 3.9, so it is possible that this OS is required to play the game. If that is the case, if you still want to use Ndless, it might be better that you use an emulator or a second calculator hardware to play it since it is impossible to downgrade from OS 3.9 (Ndless only runs on OS 3.1 and 3.6).

Download link: http://tiplanet.org/forum/archives_voir.php?id=87078
Source: http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15024

He also released a nice-looking Sim City clone for that calculator called SimCitx, also featuring amazing graphics and many features. You need to read the readme and be familiar with Sim City in order to play, so it might be challenging or hard to figure out at the beginning.

Download links:
Since for the past 6 weeks, ticalc.org has been incredibly slow to access for most people in Quebec, Atlantic Canada and Northeast USA, they might have to use the following link instead:

AKoO now on iTunes/Spotify! by DJ Omnimaga
August 02, 2014, 12:37:20 am

There have been some requests for the addition of my music album Ancient Kingdom of Omnimaga to iTunes, Spotify and other paid music retailers, since some people either were unable to buy it from Bandcamp or wanted to add it to their Spotify/Pandora streaming library.

Until today, AKoO was a Bandcamp-exclusive album, unlike Tales of the Knight of the Moon and my two dance music compilations, the reason being that TotKotM was the poorest seller outside Bandcamp and that publishing my music on other services costed money. Afterward, I released a new music single called Unfinished, which included a new track, as well as three unused versions of AKoO songs and a medley of scrapped material.

As a compromise, in order to allow Ancient Kingdom of Omnimaga and Unfinished on non-Bandcamp commercial music services, I have finally decided to combine them together and the new result is finally available since earlier this morning on big stores and streaming services: Ancient Kingdom of Omnimaga Special Edition!
Basically, the regular tracklist from my 2nd full-lenght album will start normally, then the Unfinished single tracklist will follow. However, the bonus track has been replaced with Merry Metal Time, which was a Bandcamp-only bonus track for Tales of the Knight of the Moon.



In other news, something seems to have caused my Reverbnation profile to get much more traffic than usual in the last few days. I don't know if it's because of the hip-hop remix of Grooving to the Melody by HarZoiD released last week, but Since July 28th, I have gotten 30 new fans on Revernbation-proper, half of which were in the last 12 hours or so. While I sometimes made it to the top 10 metal artists in Quebec City metropolitan area in the past, I have never reached the 2nd position before, let alone two (EDIT) five days in a row, and I believe it's the first time I make it to the top 100 metal artists in Canada as a whole there. In addition to that, on August 5th, after this news was written, I made it to the 2nd spot in Quebec City overall, behind only Celtic Punk band Irish Moutarde:

I also made a new song, but don't expect a new album anytime soon, because my music motivation only seem to occur during Summer. :P

SourceCoder 3 brings full picture support to fx-CG10 programmers by DJ Omnimaga
August 01, 2014, 01:38:20 am

For a while, North American Casio PRIZM models, known as the fx-CG10, could only display 3-bit images created directly on the user's calculator and official pictures available on Casio's website. The fx-CG20, on the other hand, could display any picture created by community users. As a result, many BASIC games available on French Casio websites such as Plan├Ęte-Casio could not run on North American models.

The picture limitation was to ensure that the calculator complies to exam rules in the United States. The TI community was relunctant about publishing any converter that could circumvent that restriction, in fear that such program falls under the wrong hands. However, last year, two new color calculators with full image support were released in the United States and in addition to that, despite the PRIZM and TI-82/83/Plus lacking any PTT/exam mode to restrict program/apps/images, they are still accepted in most tests. As a result, one fellow TI website, Cemetech, opened a topic asking people's opinion on whether SourceCoder 3 should get such conversion feature or not. In the end, the feature idea was finally welcomed, unlike two years ago, and you can now enhance your Casio FX-cg10 BASIC games like there's no tomorrow!

The animated GIF above demonstrates a program looping through multiple images I experimented with. Games like Shining in the Darkness for the Sega Genesis or Myst for the PC should theoretically be possible, but if you can keep your pictures small enough, perhaps you could do more type of games (the variations of the dungeon picture in the GIF above are for a potential Illusiat 1 remake).

Two image formats are supported: 3-bit and 16-bit colors with no transparency. Images are compressed, so files with less colors and more uniform patterns will generally be smaller. You can also store as many pictures as your calculator Flash can hold. When using RecallPict, images will appear as backgrounds and replace the previously recalled background without erasing anything else that was drawn on top of it (text, lines, circle, axises, etc). Every image is 384x192, so no sprite.

As with mViewer GX, TI-Connect and other SourceCoder 3 image conversion tools already available, we highly recommend community members to restrict their use of such feature for programming games, learning tools and experimental purposes.

Link to SourceCoder 3

Source: http://www.cemetech.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10516

New ClassPad II (fx-CP400) OS released! by DJ Omnimaga
July 30, 2014, 01:35:49 pm

Casio Australia has announced that a new OS for the ClassPad II calculator model, version 2.00, will be released soon. As reported by Casiopeia, it will come with the following improvements and additions:

Quote from: Helder7
Sliders & pinch zoom in graphs
Interact with secants and chords in the new Interactive Differential Calculus application
Plot the values of the tangent's slope and see the idea of a derivative function forming
Explore the connection between a function and its derivative function
Graphs can now be viewed horizontally
3D Graphing, with wire mesh and surface colouring
Physium periodic table

It is unclear if this new OS will improve BASIC language speed (which is particularly problematic on the ClassPad series) and if the Physium application will be built-in or available as separate add-in. However, if Physium comes in the form of an add-in, then could this mean that third-party ASM and C programs could eventually be made possible by the community in the same fashion as on the Casio PRIZM? Back in late 2010, a few Omnimaga members studied the add-in format on the Casio PRIZM then managed to create third-party ones before the calculator even came out, bringing ASM/C to the Casio fx-CG10/20 community.

You can download the OS here.


via http://www.casiopeia.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1669
& http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=168394

UPDATE (July 31st): mViewer GX has been ported to the ClassPad II, as it appears that the calculator has built-in image support. It is still in alpha stages, though, so bugs would have to be reported in the appropriate thread. Also remember to use common sense when using any calculator image converter.

It also appears that Physium is part of the OS, so no add-in support after all, meaning that Casio might have taken the same route as TI when it comes to locking down their calcs.
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