TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Autumn 91 - A2 Q&A

APPLE II Q & A

APPLE II DEVELOPER TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Q How can I "dim" text in my Apple II GS application, similar to the way the Toolbox dims menu titles and menu options, and the way that HiliteControl dims a button name?

A Dimming text is a piece of cake. Here's how the Apple II GS Menu Manager does it in both 640 and 320 mode. The same thing works great for both.

  1. Calculate the bounding box of the text.
  2. Fill it with the proper background color for the operation in question.
  3. Draw the text.
  4. Execute code that looks something like this:

    pea dimmed>>16
    pea dimmed
    _SetPenMask         ;Set the pen mask to "dimmed" mask
    pea textRect>>16
    pea textRect        ;Push pointer to text boundary rect
    lda backColor       ;Get text's background color
    and #$00FF          ;Always solid

; Here you need to do something in your code to get the 
; appropriate pattern for the text you're drawing. This will be 
; one of the 16 patterns in the 512-byte table, starting with 16 
; bytes of $00, 16 bytes of $11, and ending with 16 bytes of $FF.
; We leave the routine GetColorPtr for you to code, but our 
; example assumes it returns the pointer we need in A (low word) 
; and X (high word).

    jsr GetColorPtr         ;(see above)
    phx                     ;high word
    pha                     ;low word
    _FillRect               ;Fill will be dithered
    pea nor_mask>>16  ;Reset drawing mask to normal solid
    pea nor_mask
    _SetPenMask
    rts

textRect    DC.B $00,00,00,00   ;Put your rectangle here
backColor   DC.W $0000          ;Background color of text to dim

dimmed      DC.B $55,$AA,$55,$AA,$55,$AA,$55,$AA
nor_mask    DC.B $FF,$FF,$FF,$FF,$FF,$FF,$FF,$FF

Yes, it's really this easy!

Q When I call FixFontMenu from my Apple II GS new desk accessory (NDA), everything works fine, but if the current application has a font menu it stops working. What's wrong?

A FixFontMenu keeps only one correspondence between menu item IDs and font family numbers--if you call FixFontMenu from an NDA, you blow away the already existing correspondence that the application was using, maintained within the Font Manager. ItemID2FamNum then works only on item IDs corresponding to your NDA's font menu, and these usually are unrelated to the values the application passes from its font menu. Worse, FamNum2ItemID will subsequently return menu item IDs for font family numbers that have nothing to do with the application's menus; depending on how the application operates on the resulting item ID, this could be disastrous.

Fortunately, doing this yourself is fairly easy with the Font Manager's help. CountFamilies tells you how many font families there are, and FindFamily returns the name of each of them. You can manipulate this information into a font menu in a fairly straightforward way, using standard Menu Manager calls. While you're at it, you can also use FindFontStats to figure out what point sizes and styles are available for each font family, so you can indicate this in your Size and Style menus. You could even use the information to build your own font-choosing dialog, much as HyperCard IIGS does. Remember that your NDA should run in either 320 or 640 mode, so don't make the dialog box too wide.

Q When using an Apple II GS run queue item, can I use the second reserved field to find out when the item was last executed? I assume this value is the tickCount. Currently, I just get the current tickCount and subtract the last tickCount. Using this field could save me one tool call, and when doing animation via a RunQ, every extra tick counts.

A No, you should not use undocumented fields in the run queue header because they could change with future software releases. However, there is a fast way to get the current tick count. Pass refNum $0005 to the GetAddr function in the Miscellaneous Tools once each time your program runs, and it tells you the location of the tick counter. Since the tick count changes during heartbeat interrupts, be sure to disable interrupts around your direct accesses to the tick counter (PHP, SEI, access tick count, PLP).

If your application makes certain tool calls frequently, it may be worthwhile to short-circuit the tool dispatcher and transfer control to the Toolbox function directly (if the tool takes a long time to execute anyway, it isn't worth it). You can get a function's address and work area pointer by calling GetFuncPtr and GetWAP in the Tool Locator. When the function gets control, the Y and A registers must contain the tool set's work area pointer, the X register must contain the function number, and there must be two RTL addresses on the stack.

Q Does the Apple IIe Card for the Macintosh LC have a technical reference manual?

A There's no separate technical reference manual. Use the Apple IIe Technical Reference (Addison- Wesley), together with Apple IIe Technical Note #10, "The Apple IIe Card for the Macintosh LC."

Q What's the proper method of saving the Apple II GS Super Hi-Res (SHR) screens? If my application both uses shadowing and is fast-port aware, the restored screen colors are garbaged. Can I simply use HandToPtr with ptr representing the screen addresses, or will this mess up the scan-line control byte (SCB) restoration since these are read-modify-write locations?

A The shadowed screen's SCBs may not be correct, so by saving and restoring them you're causing random data to be restored into the standard SCBs. Your best bet, if shadowing is on, is to turn shadowing off, restore the bank $01 screen, including its SCBs and color tables, turn shadowing on, and restore the $E1 screen and contents. If you don't want to double-restore the $E1 screen and $01 screen, you should turn shadowing off, restore the bank $01 color tables/SCBs, turn shadowing on, and restore the $01 screen. But, since these screens are never guaranteed to be the same when you save, you should always restore both screens separately.

QuickDraw never touches the shadowed screen SCBs, so if the fastPort flag is set you can ignore the restoring of the bank $01 SCBs/color tables, since the application promised not to interfere with them. But since this won't save very much time, you probably shouldn't worry about it.

Q I am using an Apple II GS utility to generate resources for my application, and I noticed that some of the resource IDs generated are in the range $07FF0000 to $07FFFFFF, which is reserved for the system software's use. What's happening?

A Your utility is calling UniqueResourceID with an IDRange of $FFFF, to request any unused resource ID. A bug in system software version 5.0.x allows UniqueResourceID to accidentally return a system-range resource ID if any system-range resources of that type are already present. This will be fixed in System 6. In the meantime, utilities can use UniqueResourceID with IDRange values other than $FFFF, and you should watch your resource IDs carefully to avoid using system-range resource IDs.


Kudos to our readers who care enough to ask us terrific and well thought-out questions. The answers are supplied by our teams of technical gurus; our thanks to all. Special thanks to Matt Deatherage, Jim Luther, Dave Lyons, Jim Mensch, and Eric Soldan for the material in this Q & A column. *

Have more questions? Need more answers? Take a look at the Dev Tech Answers library on AppleLink (updated weekly) or at the Q & A stack on the Developer CD Series disc.*

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Airmail 3.3.2 - Powerful, minimal email...
Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com. Airmail was designed... Read more
Numi 3.15.1 - Menu-bar calculator suppor...
Numi is a calculator that magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to freely share your computations. Numi combines text editor and calculator Support plain English. For example, '5... Read more
Airmail 3.3.2 - Powerful, minimal email...
Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com. Airmail was designed... Read more
Numi 3.15.1 - Menu-bar calculator suppor...
Numi is a calculator that magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to freely share your computations. Numi combines text editor and calculator Support plain English. For example, '5... Read more
TextSoap 8.4.1 - Automate tedious text d...
TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive. Stop... Read more
TextSoap 8.4.1 - Automate tedious text d...
TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive. Stop... Read more
Backblaze 4.3.0.44 - Online backup servi...
Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with... Read more
Numi 3.15 - Menu-bar calculator supports...
Numi is a calculator that magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to freely share your computations. Numi combines text editor and calculator Support plain English. For example, '5... Read more
EtreCheck 3.3.3 - For troubleshooting yo...
EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to... Read more
BusyContacts 1.1.8 - Fast, efficient con...
BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The best new games we played this week
We were quite busy this week. A bunch of big mobile games launched over the past few days, alongside a few teeny surprises. There're lots of quality games to load your phone with. We've gone and picked out five of our favorites for the week. [... | Read more »
Magikarp Jump beginner's guide
Magikarp Jump is a mystifying little game. Part Tamagotchi, part idle clicker, there's not a whole lot of video game there, per se, but for some reason we can't help coming back to it again and again. Your goal is to train up a little Magikarp to... | Read more »
Goat Simulator PAYDAY (Games)
Goat Simulator PAYDAY 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** IMPORTANT - SUPPORTED DEVICES **iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 or better Goat Simulator: Payday is the most... | Read more »
GRID Autosport delayed until autumn
Sorry mobile racing fans -- GRID Autosport has been delayed a few months. The game is now expected to launch this fall on iOS. Feral Interactive announced that they wanted more time to work on the game's UI and overall performance before launching... | Read more »
Zombie Gunship Survival Beginner's...
The much anticipated Zombie Gunship Survival is here. In this latest entry in the Zombie Gunship franchise, you're tasked with supporting ground troops and protecting your base from the zombie horde. There's a lot of rich base building fun, and... | Read more »
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish (Games)
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish 1.2.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.2.2 (iTunes) Description: Explore the ruins of the City of Mordheim, clash with other scavenging warbands and collect Wyrdstone -... | Read more »
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish brings tablet...
Legendary Games has just launched Mordheim: Warband Skirmish, a new turn-based action game for iOS and Android. | Read more »
Magikarp Jump splashes onto Android worl...
If you're tired ofPokémon GObut still want something to satisfy your mobilePokémon fix,Magikarp Jumpmay just do the trick. It's out now on Android devices the world over. While it looks like a simple arcade jumper, there's quite a bit more to it... | Read more »
Purrfectly charming open-world RPG Cat Q...
Cat Quest, an expansive open-world RPG from former Koei-Tecmo developers, got a new gameplay trailer today. The video showcases the combat and exploration features of this feline-themed RPG. Cat puns abound as you travel across a large map in a... | Read more »
Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels (Games)
Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** WARNING: iPad 2, iPad Mini 1 & iPhone 4S are NOT compatible. ** *** Special Launch Price for a limited... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Memorial Day savings: 13-inch Touch Bar MacBo...
B&H Photo has the 2016 Apple 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/512GB... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook Air: $... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 11-inch MacBook Ai...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models recently discontinued by Apple), available for up to $170 off original MSRP. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each... Read more
12-inch 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for up...
B&H has 12″ 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1449.99 $150 off... Read more
15-inch 2.7GHz Silver Touch Bar MacBook Pro o...
MacMall has the 15-inch 2.7GHz Silver Touch Bar MacBook Pro (MLW82LL/A) on sale for $2569 as part of their Memorial Day sale. Shipping is free. Their price is $230 off MSRP. Read more
Free Tread Wisely Mobile App Endorsed By Fath...
Just in time for the summer driving season, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced the launch of a new Tread Wisely mobile app. Designed to promote tire and vehicle safety among teens and... Read more
Commercial Notebooks And Detachable Tablets W...
Worldwide shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are forecast to... Read more
Best value this Memorial Day weekend: Touch B...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pros available for $230 to $420 off original MSRP. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2.6GHz... Read more
13-inch MacBook Airs on sale for up to $130 o...
Overstock.com has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $130 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $869.99 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (sku... Read more
2.8GHz Mac mini available for $973 with free...
Adorama has the 2.8GHz Mac mini available for $973, $16 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Media Products - Commerce Engineerin...
Apple Media Products - Commerce Engineering Manager Job Number: 57037480 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Apr. 18, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Read more
*Apple* Media Products - Commerce Engineerin...
Apple Media Products - Commerce Engineering Manager Job Number: 57037480 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Apr. 18, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Read more
Best Buy *Apple* Computing Master - Best Bu...
**509643BR** **Job Title:** Best Buy Apple Computing Master **Location Number:** 001482- Apple Valley-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Buy Apple Read more
*Apple* Media Products - Commerce Engineerin...
Apple Media Products - Commerce Engineering Manager Job Number: 57037480 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Apr. 18, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.