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Some Productivity-Boosting 68K Utilities
Posted by Travis on 25 July 2010, 06:39 GMT

AMS Extender screenshotStefan Heule has recently uploaded a few handy 89/89t/92+/V200 TSRs and utilities that help make using AMS a little less clumsy. AMS Extender makes a wide range of customizations possible, including re-enabling kbdprgm keys 7–9 (which were replaced with other functions in later versions of AMS); adjustable key repeat speed; automatic parenthesis insertion; for the 92+/V200, a status bar clock and battery icon; and a lot more than can be fully summarized here.

EasyChar provides an attractive graphical replacement for the built-in CHAR menu. It has a convenient tabbed interface that shows all the characters in a category at one time. It allows characters of the user's choice to be added to the menu and keeps track of the last selected characters for quick access.

ticonst is a replacement for the standard AMS UNITS dialog. It features an efficient two-pane menu that can be navigated quickly without the slowdown and flicker of the normal UNITS dialog. The full names of the constants are displayed, and the value of any constant can be shown on demand.

AMS Extender and ticonst also have German-localized versions (English versions are provided for all programs) and come in a choice of compressed and non-compressed executables. All programs are licensed under the GPL, so source code is included.

Update: EasyChar is now available in German and in both compressed and uncompressed executables.

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Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
nyall Account Info
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My real hatred for the default units menu is that it doesn't remember where you were. E.G. if you wanted to convert velocity units you would have to scroll down to the velocity sub-category twice. First time picking the originating unit, then a second time when picking the unit to convert to.

Without installing ticonst, does it remember this?

Reply to this comment    25 July 2010, 20:42 GMT

Re: Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
Stefan Heule  Account Info
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No, this was not the case with version 1.0.0. However, I have taken your comment as a feature request, and already uploaded version 1.1.0, including an options dialog, where you can say whether the cursor position should be saved or not.
Please note that the file might not have yet appeared on ticalc. In this case, you can download the file from the link associated with this post.

I hope, this helps ;)

Reply to this comment    26 July 2010, 19:09 GMT

Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
Dh258 Account Info
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Looks like a nice set of additions for the 68k series. I've had some trouble with some older programs similar to this, however I think I'm going to give these a shot. I might review it later.

Reply to this comment    25 July 2010, 22:11 GMT

Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
Stefan Heule  Account Info
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It should be noted that at this point, only AMS Extender is a TSR. The other two are regular programs, that can be used together with a "launcher", that assigns a hotkey for them, such as AMS Extender (for EasyChar) or "shortcut" (for any program) by Samuel Stearley (both available here at ticalc.org).

Reply to this comment    26 July 2010, 19:52 GMT

Re: Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
Travis Evans  Account Info

My copy of EasyChar installs a hook (according to uninevhk) on its own like AMS Extender, but ticonst does not.

Reply to this comment    26 July 2010, 21:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Some Productivity-Boosting 68K TSRs
Stefan Heule  Account Info
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In this case you are not yet using the newest copy of EasyChar. The problem with a seperate TSR for EasyChar or ticonst is simply memory. It is a complete waste of RAM to keep these programs in memory, and therefore I decided to make them regular programs, where another utility can set the hotkey.

Reply to this comment    27 July 2010, 05:35 GMT

conflicts with TIConnect
hpsolo Account Info

When amsext() is loaded, I was unable to do any file transfers via TIConnect. Only after uninstalling (i.e. running amsext() a second time) was I able to download with TIConnect

Reply to this comment    17 August 2010, 20:33 GMT

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