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My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:44 am

Here is my Atari ST Plus Picture Viewer for viewing Atari ST (and more) pictures on the PC. Although there is so much more that I want to do, I feel that it is in a state now where it is very usable and ready for release. Supported file types: .CA1/.CA2/.CA3, .FTC, .GOD, .HRM, .IFF/.LBM/.ILBM/.ACBM, .ILC, .IMG, .NEO, .PAC, .PBX, .PCI, .PCS, .PI1/.PI2/.PI3/.PC1/.PC2/.PC3, .SPC/.SPS/.SPU, .SPX, .SSB, .TNY/.TN1/.TN2/.TN3, .TRP, .TRU, .BL1/.BL2/.BL3, and some "raw" formats like .DOO, .MUR...

Please read the file AtariSTPlusPicView.txt that comes with my viewer. You can use either an external application to read that file, or read it from within my viewer by choosing Help.

I would love feedback. I may not always be prompt in replying (I know, bad habit of mine). And especially until the end of this month, I am going to be extremely busy with other things.

Well, I hope you will enjoy using my viewer.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby Anima » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Looks good. Since there aren't much programs which can decode TRP (compressed EggPaint) pictures so this is a true enrichment.

Thanks for your work!

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby Cyprian » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:02 pm

wow, its support multicolor images: XRM, SPC, PCS and XIMG
like it.

nice to see support for true color XIMG and TIMG
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby Marakatti » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:17 pm

Great and very useful tool. Many thanks :cheers:

If you happen to have some free time it would be awesome to be able to read stuff inside MSA and ST disk images.
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby FedePede04 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:21 pm

Great program. i only had a few Atari formats, but they all work fine.

a couple of thing i could wish for.
file registration.
a options for, if you click on a picture file, that it open it, in a existing window, not just open a new window.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby eeun » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:33 pm

Will second file registration, but overall that's darned useful.
Thanks for your work on that!
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby leglod » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:49 pm

Cool, tank you for your JOB , PI1 palette loop work :)
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby mOdmate » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:55 pm

Wow, that's very nice! Thank you, bjw66.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby DarkLord » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:00 pm

Hopefully a Linux version? :)
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby dml » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:32 pm

Great - this is going to be very handy for fishing through the Atari backups I extracted and dumped on NAS!
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby BoNuS » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:58 pm

Delmpaint support ? PI9 format (320x240x256) I believe it is...

Great job, like the viewer. In what language did you write it ?
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby lotek_style » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:00 pm

As it supports all the Falcon formats... you get my thumb up :)
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:36 pm

BoNuS wrote:Delmpaint support ? PI9 format (320x240x256) I believe it is...

Great job, like the viewer. In what language did you write it ?


DelmPaint... I could not find a single DelmPaint file... would love to have some .DEL (320x200x256 and 320x240x256) and .DPH (640x400x256 and 640x480x256) sample files...
PI9... planned for the next release.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby nativ » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:01 pm

BoNuS wrote:Delmpaint support ? PI9 format (320x240x256) I believe it is...

Great job, like the viewer. In what language did you write it ?



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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby exxos » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:31 pm

Fantastic program! I tried to write a NEO loader for VB6 once. tried being the word :lol:

I think there was a similar program about some time ago, cant remember what it was though. In anycase, Keep up the great work, I know it will be a useful program for me!
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby deepblue69uk » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:28 am

Nice to see another programme to do this. The one that you might be thinking of is Xnview. I've used that for years, as well as it being a great pic viewer it always made me smile to know it supported Atari picture formats. :-)
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby Nyh » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:37 pm

bjw66 wrote:DelmPaint... I could not find a single DelmPaint file... would love to have some .DEL (320x200x256 and 320x240x256) and .DPH (640x400x256 and 640x480x256) sample files...

I once asked in this forum for examples of the various Falcon formats for my picture convertor. The response was quite exactly 0. In the end I used Hatari to emulate a Falcon and created the pictures myself. The Delmpaint format is weldocumented and easy to implement:
Code: Select all
   /*
  ** '*.DEL' [DELMPAINT]:
  **     '*.DEL' IS A PACKED FORMAT (USING THE 'CRACK ART' PACKER).
  **     THAT MEANS YOU'LL HAVE 3 BLOCKS (3*32000 BYTES).
  **     IF YOU WANT TO USE DEL-PICS IN YOUR OWN PROJECTS:
  **     THE FIRST 2 LONGS ARE POINTERS THAT SHOW ON THE 2 OTHER
  **     PACKED BLOCKS (STARTPOINTS TO DEPACK).
  **     NOW YOU HAVE TO DEPACK ALL 3 BLOCKS (WITH THE CRACK ART
  **     DECRUNCHER).
  **     AFTER YOU HAVE DECRUNCHED THE BLOCKS THE FIRST 1024 BYTES
  **     ARE THE PICTURE PALETTE(!!!).
  **     THE NEXT (76800/VGA; 64000/TV) BYTES ARE THE GRAPHIC DATA.
  **     Delpaint high is one RGB palettefollowed by the data for 4
  **     seperate 320x240 pictures
   */

Code: Select all
   /*
  ** '*.DEL' [DELMPAINT]:
  **     '*.DEL' IS A PACKED FORMAT (USING THE 'CRACK ART' PACKER).
  **     THAT MEANS YOU'LL HAVE 3 BLOCKS (3*32000 BYTES).
  **     IF YOU WANT TO USE DEL-PICS IN YOUR OWN PROJECTS:
  **     THE FIRST 2 LONGS ARE POINTERS THAT SHOW ON THE 2 OTHER
  **     PACKED BLOCKS (STARTPOINTS TO DEPACK).
  **     NOW YOU HAVE TO DEPACK ALL 3 BLOCKS (WITH THE CRACK ART
  **     DECRUNCHER).
  **     AFTER YOU HAVE DECRUNCHED THE BLOCKS THE FIRST 1024 BYTES
  **     ARE THE PICTURE PALETTE(!!!).
  **     THE NEXT (76800/VGA; 64000/TV) BYTES ARE THE GRAPHIC DATA.
   */


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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:15 pm

Nyh wrote:
bjw66 wrote:DelmPaint... I could not find a single DelmPaint file... would love to have some .DEL (320x200x256 and 320x240x256) and .DPH (640x400x256 and 640x480x256) sample files...

I once asked in this forum for examples of the various Falcon formats for my picture convertor. The response was quite exactly 0. In the end I used Hatari to emulate a Falcon and created the pictures myself. The Delmpaint format is weldocumented and easy to implement:

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Yes, I found the same thing. I used Hatari and Steem because I got exactly 0 replies, like you. As for me, I don't care, but you are and were a well-known Atarian. But to see someone like you not get any help... . It makes me feel like I shouldn't bother anymore releasing newer versions of my viewer.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:40 pm

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby FedePede04 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:45 pm

Please Don't take this in the wrong way.

i know where you come from, not much help.
But maybe the problem is, that there are not many that can't help with your problem, that they don't have the knowledge you need.

but at least, i think you got a lot of response for you program.

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Nyh wrote:
bjw66 wrote:DelmPaint... I could not find a single DelmPaint file... would love to have some .DEL (320x200x256 and 320x240x256) and .DPH (640x400x256 and 640x480x256) sample files...

I once asked in this forum for examples of the various Falcon formats for my picture convertor. The response was quite exactly 0. In the end I used Hatari to emulate a Falcon and created the pictures myself. The Delmpaint format is weldocumented and easy to implement:

Hans Wessels


Yes, I found the same thing. I used Hatari and Steem because I got exactly 0 replies, like you. As for me, I don't care, but you are and were a well-known Atarian. But to see someone like you not get any help... . It makes me feel like I shouldn't bother anymore releasing newer versions of my viewer.

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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby thephantom » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:18 am

Yes, excellent work - don't give up on it! It's so great to see new things being developed for the ST, when most simply collect and catalog what's already available, new stuff is such a breath of fresh air!
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby coy » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:24 pm

very handy ! been using Atari picture Viewer but this one is even better. I tried many formats (pic, pi, pc, neo, pac, img) and all work fine

just one thing, if you could add something like 'always open files in the current window' in the settings that would be great (not to have many windows all over the desktop each time a st pic is opened :)

also, wonder what the top bar is for, tried to move it left/right but nothing happens ?
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:48 am

coy wrote:very handy ! been using Atari picture Viewer but this one is even better. I tried many formats (pic, pi, pc, neo, pac, img) and all work fine

just one thing, if you could add something like 'always open files in the current window' in the settings that would be great (not to have many windows all over the desktop each time a st pic is opened :)

also, wonder what the top bar is for, tried to move it left/right but nothing happens ?


Thank you. I think I will continue for now with public releases. I have already done the following things that will be in the next public release:
// - Added support for 24-bit .IMG files.
// - Added support for Art Director (.ART), including animated ones.
// - Added support for dealing with multiple distinct palette animation ranges in DEGAS Elite files.
// - Added support for DuneGraph (.DC1, .DG1, .DGC, .DGU).
// - Added support for Enhanced Simplex (.ESM).
// - Added support for FuckPaint (.PI4, .PI9).
// - Added support for GemFrac Bitmap (.GFB).
// - Added support for Prism Paint / TruePaint (.PNT, .TPI).
// - Better .IMG detection.
// - Better .NEO detection.
// - Better .PI1/.PI2/.PI3 detection.
// - Better .SSB detection.
// - Fixed: 1-bit IMG-XIMG and 2-bit IMG-HYPERPAINT images were not handled correctly.
// - Fixed: Scrolling on a zoomed image sometimes did not display the last 1 or 2 lines/columns.
// - Fixed: When changing the palette affected the number of unique colours, the status bar was not updated.
// - Fixed: When loading an image from the command line or (after setting the file association) by double-clicking, most of the status bar would be empty.
// - LZ77 (ray/.tSCc.) detection and decompression now works for all image types.

And a few more things. At the top of my list now is the new MPP format. Following that are some things that I have already written some code for, such as support for Level-2 and Level-3 .IMG files, support for .DLT and .SEQ animations, support for a few more packers, and support for overscanned DEGAS (PI1/2/3) images. And so many more things than I have free time for...

As for many windows opening, I guess I could easily write some code to write DDEexec values to the registry to prevent that. I have to admit, though, that that is pretty low on my list of things I am planning to do. Along with having my viewer register extensions -- which is even lower on my list because users can easily choose an executable to open for a given extension.

As for the "top bar" not doing anything... well, you haven't read the help file. :P
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby bjw66 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:50 am

bjw66 wrote:At the top of my list now is the new MPP format.


Oh, and support for "if and when" Douglas decides to extend his PhotoChrome format. ;)
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Re: My PC viewer for Atari ST pictures.

Postby coy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:22 pm

bjw66 wrote: Following that are some things that I have already written some code for, such as support for Level-2 and Level-3 .IMG files, support for .DLT and .SEQ animations, support for a few more packers...
would be great. I have plenty of them, i use a little tool called seq2gif which is nice, but you have to slide the animation over the executable (then it decompressed as gif format) - i guess associate those file with AST+PV would be easier to read them

also 'Save as Gif' format would be a great for animations but i read you planned to add this feature in a next release (somewhere in a doc file :wink:

bjw66 wrote: As for the "top bar" not doing anything... well, you haven't read the help file. :P
yes i did but quite quickly..
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