Re: [stella] Editing Environment

Subject: Re: [stella] Editing Environment
From: Glenn Saunders <mos6507@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 01:54:52 -0700
I like what you are doing with the IDE. What I'd like to see the most in an editor, though, is color coding ala TextPad. I don't use any extra special functions in TextPad other than the color coding and the programmable command line macros (to hook it up to DASM/MAKEWAV).

So if you had a configurable color coding scheme it would probably be all I would need if I were to use this tool.

Looking forward to the next generation graphical conversion/edit tools for playfield and sprites too.

What also might be a good idea is to have an integrated 6502 emulator hooked up in such a way that you could single-step through a DASM sourcecode listing. Even if it weren't visual it would be really useful to debug game logic outside the kernel. The single-stepping in PCAtari is pretty clumsy to use for me right now because you can't back-reference easily to a commented source listing.

I'm sure there must already be a free 6502 emulator core for Java floating around.

At 12:30 AM 6/20/2003, you wrote:
I know nobody is holding their breath for this, but I just thought I'd send out an update. As some of you may remember, I've been working on a Java-based editing environment. I'm hoping to have a fully functioning version of it sometime before August. It was called Classic Atari Gamer... but I changed the name to Classic Gamer Development Kit. It currently includes a text editor - feautres: cut/copy/paste, line count, print with line count, undo/redo, open/save - txt/asm files, user-defined undo/redo limit; Playfield editor; Color chooser; Command/Dos window for running command-line emulators and DASM; the beginnings of a GIF/JPEG/PNG file converter - which will eventually turn into a new playfield and sprite editor; and lastly a lite web-browser for looking at CGDK tutorials - and since it's there anyway - browsing the web.

To see a current screenshot of it and read more about it, visit the following URL:



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