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2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Posted by Morgan on 27 October 2003, 10:25 GMT

Earlier this summer, an article was posted requesting help with a very large task of screenshotting the archives. Summer has come and gone and with everyone back in school there is very little time to continue with this project. The response I got was overwhelming. It came to the point where I was having trouble organizing it all by myself. I had e-mails from everyone willing to learn, help, and teach me about screenshotting.

I would like to thank everyone that helped, especially Rob van Wijk who contributed 500+ screenshots, and made a severe dent in the TI-83 Assembly directory.

Over 3,500 screenshots were created and added to the site. As of this date the entire 86, 89, 92, and V200 assembly directories are complete. As well, a huge dent has been made in the 82, 83 and 83+ assembly directories. The V200 basic directory and most of the 73, 80, and 81 directories have also been completed.

While this project is far from complete, it won't be worked on for some time, at least not by me. I know how you all will miss the shots :-) Everyone is still welcome to send me pics if they have the time. Instead I am starting something that will benefit y'all even more! I'm in the progress of updating the hardware, basics, and programming pages. I have already fixed many broken links on the hardware pages. Please e-mail me any updates, broken links, and additions that can be added to these pages. Mostly I need help with concepts that would fit on the hardware page. For example, Xpand has recently been added to the expanders page. I know there are many more out there, just need help finding them all.

I know how everyone loves stats, so I kept track of who did what during the screenshot project. If you sent me screenshots, no matter the number, you ended up in this table.

Summer 2003 Screenshotting Statistics
NameE-MailPrograms Completed Screenshots Made
 Timtimzone8_calc@iprimus.com.au10 24  
 Andy Pattersonchatschaturjan86@netscape.net209 293  
 TravisTSX2002@aol.com29 74  
 Christopher Joneshououf9@earthlink.net33 61  
 Mike Elgenangelboy@foxvalley.net124 202  
 Michael Casolarymecdude7@hotmail.com32 66  
 Rob Van Wijkrobvanwijk@gmx.net287 560  
 Alex Simonalex@simontx.net103 217  
 Jimmy Pardeyj_pardey@hotmail.com 
 Jeremy Fleischmanjacob_de_haan@hotmail.com14 34  
 Jeremiah Walgrenxd_y2k@juno.com55 88  
 Josh Mottaztgrmtn@nocharge.com29 44  
 Matt Jenkinsm.jenkins@webkorner.com16 16  
 Travis Cooktl_cook@hotmail.com15 33  
 Will Whitewill_white25@hotmail.com184 194  
 Jeff C.gottahavegoals@hotmail.com11 22  
 Morgan Daviesmorgan@ticalc.org1089 1621  
 Greg Meena*32 43  
 Brett Elam*brettelam@comcast.net201 386  
Totals =2476 3981  
* Screenshotters added after article was posted!

Thanks Again Screenshotters!


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Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Michael McElroy Account Info
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Four words for you:
Too Much Free Time.
I kid. Nice work.

     27 October 2003, 21:39 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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So I was waiting for someone to tell me that.... :-)

The truth, I made 90% of my screenshots over a two day period this summer. The rest were just recently done for the new files that didn't have any for the front page.

     29 October 2003, 04:07 GMT

Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
burntfuse  Account Info

Yeah, they've been doing a great job...most of the time when I upload one of my programs, I'll find that a screenshot has been added.

     28 October 2003, 01:10 GMT

Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
DWedit  Account Info
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Let's hear it for FAKE SCREENSHOTS!

The MTSQuest screenshot is so unbelievably fake, it's obviously a flash movie converted to a .gif. First of all:
no motion blur, yet grayscale?
Fading objects and not the screen at the same time? (changing contrast can fade the screen to white)
The zoom out effect at the end IS the zoom effect from flash, complete with anti-aliasing.
Yeah, forged screenshots are nice...

Although I do understand it's supposed to be a trailer, or preview for the game, and it looks nice, but it's misleading to claim it as an animated screenshot of the actual game.

     28 October 2003, 03:24 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Hey, if you can convert flash movies to .gif and upload them as a screenshot, more power to ya. I have no problem with that as long as it doesn't stray too far from the program.

     28 October 2003, 09:14 GMT

Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
burntfuse  Account Info

.....as long as you don't say it's a screenshot and it accurately represents the game.....

     30 October 2003, 21:42 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yeah, you're right, the very definition of a screenshot means that it should be from the actual program, not a seperate flash movie. I agree.

     28 October 2003, 21:18 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Well, if it's a flash movie based on actual screenshots, and the program itself looks almost as good as the movie, I don't really see the problem.
Regarding your second point, the fading, that could also be because of the use of an emulator, instead of a real calc.
When somebody uploads a screenshot that the program itself doesn't come close to, I see the problem, but (to the best of my knowledge) that is not the case here.

     29 October 2003, 11:38 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
MMfan  Account Info
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I never said that I got it from the actual calc. Hell, I never explicitly stated that it was a screenshot in the first place. If you go to my webpage you can check out the actual TRAILER which is, surprise surprise, the flash movie I converted to a .gif
actually, the TRAILER (not animated screenshot, nor screenshot of any kind) is what I've had in mind for an actual movie trailer if and when I get my game made into a movie ^_^
now, if you REALLY wanna get all pissy about it, then fine, I'll make some actual screenshots just so your panties don't bunch up but then, where's the mystery? if you know what happens in the game, why bother downloading it?

     29 October 2003, 15:28 GMT

Man I'm Dumb
Nick_S  Account Info

When I saw that screenshot I though it was from the
actual game.
I feel like such an idiot-someone shoot me.Maybe fo an april fools joke some one should upload a game WITH A FULL COLOUR GIF at 96*63 res and say its an 83+ screenshot-lol >:0

     29 October 2003, 20:44 GMT

Re: Man I'm Dumb
MMfan  Account Info
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But, hey, at least ya downloaded my game, and that's what counts ^_^

     30 October 2003, 22:00 GMT

Re: Re: Man I'm Dumb
CajunLuke Account Info

I can't figure out how to use normal, hyper, and super effects. I can only use the punches and kicks. Thus, I cannot defeat <<THIS WORD HAS BEEN DELETED BY A STAFF MEMBER SO THAT IT DOESN'T DESTROY THE GAME FOR THE OTHER PATRONS OF TICALC.ORG>>!! This is very frustrating. Please help (MMfan, preferably, or ANYONE!)!!

     4 November 2003, 18:33 GMT

Re: Man I'm Dumb
DWedit  Account Info
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They had that.... it was called 2 Color Pong. By jacking up the contrast, you got blue instead of black.

     3 November 2003, 23:02 GMT

Nick_S  Account Info

no i meant like a 256 color gif not TWO

     4 November 2003, 05:23 GMT

Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Travis Evans Account Info

Whoa, I'd better get busy!! I'm working on some TIGCC projects, and I need to finish them so I can upload my programs to ticalc.org so people can use them. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll get screenshots. :-)

     28 October 2003, 16:36 GMT

Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Make your own! It's really easy, and if you have something particular that you want to be included in the screenshot, then you can be sure that it will be in there, because you're doing your own. TISSHOT works well, and now there's that new one (VTI Capture, I think).

     28 October 2003, 21:26 GMT

Don't Forget RBPII
coinmanz  Account Info
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Let's not forget RBP2. there you can send files that will be put online ASAP with a screenshot. So far noone's sent a file except members. If a screenshot can't be supplied Aaron Sarna or I will create it. I must admit that I've been cruel to many here and at TI-News needlessly, but that was just a misdirected outlet. Workign on the screenshots for Morgan has been fun and I hope to complete the TI-80 and TI-81 directories soon. So far > 60% done.

     28 October 2003, 22:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Travis Evans Account Info

I have seen some files include some image files of screenshots the programmer has already included, and they appear as screenshots on the file information page.

So if I include screenshots, will they appear automatically? I was thinking about that and just wanted to make sure I understood how the system works.

     30 October 2003, 15:48 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
W Hibdon  Account Info

That happened to me when I created this little basic grayscale adjuster with Flib. I included Flib for ease, and they put the Flib screenshots in there! But then they were gone. I guess Morgan realized his mistake :).


     30 October 2003, 20:59 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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If you upload screenshotd on the upload form they will appear on the file info page if they are in .gif format. That is kind of key...if they are not in .gif I never even get to see them, they are just thrown out.

However if you put the screenshots in the .zip file I will use those, no matter what format they are in (.png, .gif, .jpg, .bmp, .tif etc) before I create my own for the file.

     31 October 2003, 02:36 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Travis Evans Account Info

Okay, thanks for the information.

     1 November 2003, 16:41 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 2,200 Files Get Screenshots!
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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How 'bout .dds?

     27 May 2004, 05:28 GMT

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