Less than a month ago I released Version 1.2.0 of my TheDraw (.TDF) ANSI/ASCII Art Fonts Tool. The previous release version was about adding new and fixing existing features of the tool, such as additional font types import support or the build in TheDraw ANSI Text Editor launched in the DOSBOX MS DOS Emulator Tool. This release is about the interface and general usability of the tool. The biggest change is that there is now only one “ADD” Button. Previously there was a “Load” button to load .TDFX or .TDF fonts collections and a “+” button right next to the fonts list to add additional .TDF Fonts to the listing. Each of them only supported the selection of a single individual file. With Version 1.2.0 and the added support for .ATEF and .FIGLET Font Files, you also had to select the font type first before you could add it. Now with the new prominent “ADD” button you can select one or many supported font file types in one step. It does not matter, if you select one or more .TDFX or .TDF collection files and/or one or more .ATEF (ANSI Text Editor Font File) or Figlet font files. File Download: ROY-TDFTOOL130.ZIP The font listing previously only allowed selecting a single font, which made it cumbersome to remove or manually re-sort many fonts in a collection. Now it is possible to select multiple fonts in the list and remove or move them all at once. It’s using the standard Windows controls; Hold the “SHIFT” key[…]
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Hello Folks, I released in April this year the first version of my TDF – TheDraw Fonts File Tool for Windows. I released version 184.108.40.206 shortly after without making a special announcement. It introduced some improvements to the interface and new feature (which did not work :(, but it does now hehe). What’s New in Version 1.2.0? Summary Custom Preview Text Option Fixed (it was always reverting to “My Text” before) Build-In TheDraw and DOSBOX Emulator to launch current font directly in the EDITOR Figlet Font Types Import Support (.FIG, .FLF, .FIGLET and .ZIP (zipped Figlet Fonts) Ansi Text Editor (ATE) Font Types (.ATEF) Import & Export Support Some other bug fixes, such as sudden crashes after sorting fonts by title etc. Collection of over 550 Fonts included now! Custom Preview Text (fixed) The not working feature to specify a custom preview text that I introduced to Version 220.127.116.11 is now working. I did not even noticed the bug myself until I wrapped up the current version, that’s why I did not release a bug fix earlier already. Anyhow. I think its a nice feature, especially, if you are looking for an ANSI logo for your group, site or whatever and want to see right away, how it looks in a particular font. This makes even more sense now, since the number of fonts already included as extra in the ZIP package is way beyond 550! by now (actually close to 580). Build-In TheDraw and DOSBOX MS DOS[…]
I have two small tool updates available for download. VBScript to Win32 Executable Tool My VBS2EXEcutable tool used to be GUI only. Using the tool myself to generate quick “Uninstall” links for most of my tools that the user does not have to search for it in the Windows Control Panel, I realized that a command line version is really what I need, to generate a new Uninstaller EXE via a pre-configured batch file in the programs project directory. VBS2EXE Command Line by Roy/SAC —————————— Usage: —————————— VBS2EXECommandLine.exe <SCRIPT> <EXE> [/mode:w|c|s] [/batch] [/icon:<ICON>] [/h|/?] —————————— Basic: —————————— VBS2EXECommandLine.exe <SCRIPT> <SCRIPT> = the script file to process for example c:\temp\myscript.vbs —————————— Parameters: —————————— <EXE> = The Output EXE File Name* * If suppressed, read settings from script file is assumed. See ‘Settings from Script’ below. /mode: c|w|s = Script Execution Mode (Default: c) ‘c’ (or ‘cscript’ or ‘cscript.exe’) = Use CScript ‘w’ (or ‘wscript’ or ‘wscript.exe’) = Use WScript ‘s’ (or ‘start’ or ‘direct’) = Call Directly /icon:<ICON> = Optional, Path to .ICO Icon File to Include —————————— Switches: —————————— /batch = Use Batch mode. Only valid for CScript to enabled /b Option /? or /h = This help screen —————————— Settings from Script: —————————— Conversion options are automatically added to <SCRIPT> Source. This allows the simple execution of this tool the next time You only need to pass on the <SCRIPT> file as the only parameter. You can also add the settings yourself before hand, if you wish. The Settings[…]
I saw this format first in the source code of an earlier version of PabloDraw by Curtis Wensley aka Eto and found it very useful. I saw it again used for a EGA/VGA DOS Font collection from 1992 by Joseph (Yossi) Gil (fntcol16.zip), which also comes with a set of tools, such as BREAKCPI.COM, which breaks the current EGA.CPI into fonts or DUMPFONT.COM, which is another tool to extract system fonts. The fonts are naturally all bitmap fonts, mono-spaced and monochrome (black/white). The size per character is usually one of the following (Width X Height in pixels): 8×8, 8×14 or 8×16 pixels. The font files in the collection by Joseph lack the “HEADER” though, meaning the width and height information are not part of the file. He simply used the file extensions “Fxx“, where “xx” specified the height (width wasn’t needed, because all his fonts had the same width (8 pixels)). Since I added a header to all the fonts in his collection and made it part of mine, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. However, if you happen to use one of his tools to extract new fonts, you can add a header very easily by using the DOS command: “copy /b Fxx.BIN + FONTFILE.FNT NEWFONTFILE.FNT“ “Fxx.BIN” should be one of the files from this archive , depending on the font HEIGHT, e.g. F08.BIN or F16.BIN. But enough of this and lets get to the actual stuff here. The .FNT file format that I am introducing[…]
It’s time for new releases and updates obviously so here comes another one, an update of my ANSI/ASCII converter tool, which allows you to convert via GUI or command line, single file or batch, the conversion of ASCII Text Files, like oldskool NFO files and ANSI and ANSI like files (such as Avatar, PCBoard, WildCat BBS 2.X/3.X or Text .BIN) to various other formats, including Image types (.GIF, .PNG, .JPG, .BMP, .ICO and more) and also to HTML Web or Video Formats (which is meant for the conversion of ANSI Animations), such as the popular for the WEB Flash format (.FLV), but also .WMV, .AVI, .MPG or even Animated Gif. Furthermore, Oldskool ASCII Text files from DOS can also be converted to modern Unicode format text files in UTF-8 or UTF-16 format. Okay, so much for the summary. The core functionality of the tool did not change much, more the handling and additional features were affected. http://www.roysac.com/roy-tools/ansi-ascii-converter.html List of changes: Fixed problem if source ASCII used only LF instead of CRLF for line breaks. Shows Loading Screen, if started and files from previous session existed. If specific setting is clicked, only that setting will be enabled in settings screen (less confusing and easier to find). Settings irrelevant for current option don’t open settings dialog anymore. Ability to Pause or Abort running conversion batch. This option was also added to the Library, including events to handle, including: StatusChanged ProcessFinished ListItemRemoved Additional Properties Added: Status Cancelled (boolean) Additonal Methods: CancelProcessing[…]