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Messages - André Heldoorn

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General Discussion / Re: Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: Today at 12:17:38 am »
Yes, what's a requirement to join the list? Do EDM/2, Hobbes or os2site.com qualify?

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: Today at 12:14:01 am »
again it confirms having deregistered the MMMIDI class, but then (also after rebooting) nothing has changed.

There is a possibility that the DLL registers all of its functions (and associations), if those keep popping up.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 21, 2019, 06:25:33 pm »
A forgotten category: a few system-related utilities.

Just to be complete, all are text-mode apps:

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CPUInfo   (CPUINFO.EXE, may be Dave Yeo's, shows flags and properties of the CPU(s))
Dhrystone (DHRY.EXE, CPU benchmark with YMMV-results, I saw an unclear grey blob as an unofficial icon)
DISKIO    (DISKIO.EXE, disk benchmark)
SysInfo   (SYSINFO.EXE, i.e. not SysInfo/2, a text-mode dump of several basic systeem settings and proporties)

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Applications / Re: Strange PDF file problem using Lucide...
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:36:25 pm »
Earlier the same here, w.r.t. qpdfview. No plugins found, no useless Unix directory structures installed, and no clue that it's possibly only a solution for the happy few.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 21, 2019, 05:59:08 am »
And a classic icon file for the S.M.A.R.T. monitor, based on an eCS drive icon.

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Applications / Re: Lucide, poor printing quality
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:20:29 am »
Printing as Image will almost always be lower quality than printing as Postscript.
FWIW, a PostScript printer (printer driver) has to be selected then. Albeit mine doesn't support PostScript, if 600 dpi is good enough then I'd select a "HP LaserJet 6P/6MP" and a "HP LaserJet 6P/MP - PostScript" from my default list of included printer. Select the PostScript one. Here changing the Lucide printer setting toggles the setting ((image or better image) XOR PostScript).

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Applications / Re: Strange PDF file problem using Lucide...
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:05:43 am »
I'm also assuming that you are using the lupplr PDF plugin based on teh poppler library 0.59.0?
BTW, does Lucide 1.3.5 have any special requirements? My copy (eCS 1.2, i.e. no CUPS) is appending text to POPUPLOG.OS2 when the number of it's being executed isn't an even number. So I have to open files twice.

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LUCIDE.EXE
c0010003
1e92f0c1
P1=00000003  P2=XXXXXXXX  P3=XXXXXXXX  P4=XXXXXXXX 
EAX=02e3beba  EBX=0001154c  ECX=025f1830  EDX=02e341b8
ESI=00000618  EDI=00002ef3 
DS=0053  DSACC=f0f3  DSLIM=ffffffff 
ES=0053  ESACC=f0f3  ESLIM=ffffffff 
FS=150b  FSACC=00f3  FSLIM=00000030
GS=0000  GSACC=****  GSLIM=********
CS:EIP=005b:11bf77a4  CSACC=f0df  CSLIM=ffffffff
SS:ESP=0053:0012f854  SSACC=f0f3  SSLIM=ffffffff
EBP=02e10000  FLG=00012202

PMMERGE.DLL 0004:000ff0c1

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 20, 2019, 05:48:43 pm »
A forgotten category: a few system-related utilities. Here's a quick one for S.M.A.R.T. monitor, size 128x128 only.

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Applications / Re: Lucide, poor printing quality
« on: October 19, 2019, 12:51:58 pm »
Is a HP 2100-series driver the right driver for a HP 2000-series printer?

Presumably the HP LaserJet 6-series is backwards compatible, and supports 600x600 dpi. FTTOMH I'm using those drivers (no download required) for a HP P2035, and download HP LaserJet 4-drivers for Win-OS/2.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 18, 2019, 05:03:55 pm »
Folder icons, based on David's modified question mark-theme, for a WhoIs folder.

And two icons for Microsoft Office (MSOFFICE.EXE, a Win-OS/2 toolbar) and Microsoft Organization Chart (ORGCHART.EXE). Only the size 40x40 is new.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:16:10 pm »
another one with the question mark modified.  I tried the interrobang.  I could not get it to look good at the same sizes.

Excellent. I was fearing a new globe. I guess I like this one because the colors of the globe aren't trying to be realistic, so it's more clear that you are not looking for something related to geography, and the modified question mark improves the quality at 40x40. I already noticed the original one was too bright/white at 40x40, at least with some monitors.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 18, 2019, 01:54:07 pm »
Regarding 80 and/or 128: I'm not using ArcaOS nor eCS 2.x, but at https://www.arcanoae.com/shop/arcaos-5-commercial-edtion I noticed that it has "Scalable desktop icons, up to 128×128(, based on popular Linux desktop themes).". If possible, available and relevant I'll try to use 128x128 and the AOS naming convention ("lowercase_128px.png"). I don't know if 128x128 will be scaled down to 80x80, but 128x128 is the advertized supported size indeed.

Rebound (REBOUND.EXE)

Wow! Solved, by David's (who may now be busy creating a backup :-\).

I'll change my inferior, lesser, pathetic file's number to 2. Which is just the game's small 16x16 brown ball artwork, enlarged by using the consistency and quality of the simple rings. Those rings were more productive and useful than expected by me. Counting or recording numbers of pixels, versus guessing rendered pixels and matching inconsistencies. I'll keep the rings (/ dark ball). It helps.

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Applications / Re: Lucide, poor printing quality
« on: October 18, 2019, 03:04:43 am »
I've never used Lucide to print a PDF file, for one because I have to execute it twice to view a PDF file, but by default at least one of the quality-related settings is unset with v1.3.5 GA.

<Ctrl-P>, checkbox under text "Image" (here disabled by default).

Same page, top button, tab Options (seems fine, like a disabled Draft Mode).

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:32:45 pm »
BTW, some of the Toolkit v4.52's icons look bad at 40x40 (OS/2 Sample Programs-folder). FWIW.

PM$tock's icon was a surprise too. 128x128, but possibly the worst resolution to view it. Rendered at 40x40 it's actually not that bad, but otherwise a weird and ugly mix of a detailed bar chart (volume), the text "DJI" drawn by hand, and too much green and transparent paint used to draw a line. As if it was designed to be rendered. I'll attach an ICONEDIT.EXE screenshot, for entertainment purposes only.

@David, you stated that circles were easy with your tools. Can you post 4, please? Width of the circle 40, 32, 20 and 16. Outlined or filled. If the color matters, then it's very dark brown. Almost black. I've got a 18x18 image source (BALL.PCX of the game Rebound), which is a 16x16 ball with a border. I want to use the shape of "perfect" circles, to compensate for the low-res look of the game. I can enlarge the ball myself, e.g. from 16x16 to 40x40, and next use the circles as a "paste target". I'll attach the 16x16 ball (with its border), but I'm willing to copy & paste myself.

@David/2, regarding circles and WhoIs: would it be possible to combine a plain-jain globe (simpler than the attached sample image, and without details like network connections) with a slightly larger interrobang character(s) to replace the question mark, mainly for size 40x40!? The question mark of the attached sample image doesn't work at 40x40. When we get rid of the global network connection, then the interrobang character(s) may express the "wtf ru!?". I like the concept, an unusual 3D globe with network connections and a 3D'ish ?-button, but there are too... many... details for 40x40. For one we may need a larger ?, and we may not be able to keep using the connections. Instead of the interrobang character(s) a black silhouette of a human spy may work too, as the background of a question mark.

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:21:23 pm »
And a fixed, alternative NConvert icon file. If you have installed the NConvert WarpIN package, then copy any of the NConvert.ICO files to the directory of NCONVERT.EXE. Optionally assign the earlier folder icons to the folder of NConvert.

Icons can be mixed. Then the folder icon represents their brand or whole family of products, and the EXE's icon represents whatever you prefer: the family of products (wrong), or the different product XnConvert (wrong too). At 40x40 and smaller David's may work better. Mainly due to less original details, and it's not trying to look like a styled eye that hard.

In the end I first changed the transparent pixels to a color which somehow matched the preferred color of the border better, before resizing, which was easier to undo and fix than software interpreting transparency as white pixels.

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