Copyright (C) 2010 Juan Jose Luna Espinosa firstname.lastname@example.org
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- ABOUT -
Colorator is a graphical editor for editing Sinclair ZX Spectrum images
(normal and also hi-color resolution for the assembler routine by McLeod)
- SUPPORTED PLATFORMS -
GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac. Java required (1.5 at least)
- DEVELOPMENT -
Included project files for Eclipse Java development.
- HOW TO RUN -
Unzip the .zip file and then:
Windows - Just run the Colorator.bat file by clicking twice on it.
Linux, Mac - Execute the Colorator.sh shell script.
if run manually by command line (the Colorator java class) it accepts some parameters:
-gui The gui is split in the main window and two toolbars.
-f file File to load (.colorator)
- USAGE -
The editor can run in two modes (select the mode through Edit > Screen mode menu):
- Hi color mode (default): The central part of the screen (112x192)
has 8x1 attributes, that is, a row of eight pixels instead of a block
of 8x8 pixels will have the same attributes (ink, paper, bright and flash)
Th rest of the screen has the 8x8 attributes as always.
- Normal mode: Just the well known Spectrum "SCR" mode, with attributes per 8x8 pixel block.
To the left there is the tool panel, you can select a tool, and a tooltip, and help text
in the bottom of the screen will appear.
The tools are Pen, Rectangle, Flood fill, line, attribute pen, and copy. The selection tools
are select pen, free select, rectangle select and block select. Other icons are load/save,
undo/redo, and show/hide attributes grid.
To the right there is the momentary tools and attribute selection icons. You can choose the
ink, paper, bright and flash you want, or transparent mode for each of those. There are the
shift tools (bitmap/attribute), the flip tools (horizontal/vertical), and rotation tools.
Also there is a toggle button to select if you want flash actually shown in the editor.
You can undo/redo with Ctrl-X and Ctrl-Y
You can zoom in or out with the mouse wheel, and you can pan by pressing and dragging the center
Remember that all tools and operations affect only the selected area, or all the screen if
there is nothing selected. You can clear the selection with Ctrl-N (Select None)
Other options you can find in the menu are Clear Bitmap, Clear Colours, Select None, or
- FILE INPUT / OUTPUT -
You can save/load in the native format for the asm routine that shows the hi-color resolution
images in the Spectrum. These files have .colorator extension and stores first the bitmap
(6144 bytes), then the attributes for the left side of the screen (216 bytes), then the attributes
for the right side of the screen (216 bytes), then the hi color resolution info (2688 bytes)
Also there are options for loading/saving only the high color attribute block (2688 bytes)
Then there are options for loading/saving a normal SCR image (first bitmap of 6144 bytes, then
attribute block of 768 bytes)
There are two options also for loading and convert a PC image (.png, .jpg and the like): only the
hi-color attributes, or fullscreen (the results depends on the editor mode: normal SCR or hi-color)
And finally there are options for exporting graphics information as code (text). The graphics
are a 1x1 or 2x2 blocks of 8x8 pixels read from left to right and downwards. The end of graphics is
specified with a block with black ink and black paper.
And the last one there is an option to export the image to .png format.
- Added TAP export with BASIC loader (SCR) or BASIC loader plus assembler routine for displaying Hi colour images.
- Now the attribute pen inverts ink and paper by clicking with right mouse button.
- Added application icon.
1.0 First release