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Volume Number:2
Issue Number:5
Column Tag:Graphics Lab:Asm

BitNapper DA Steals Bit Maps!

By Chris Yerga, MacTutor Contributing Editor

Anguish and Fear

Welcome to the first installment of the Graphics Lab. This is where we really see what the graphics capability of the Macintosh is like. This month's column will discuss desk accessories and the techniques necessary to implement them using MDS, and in particular, the marvelous BitNapper DA, which will become very important to us next month. I have always had problems understanding what desk accessories really are and why mine never worked. Consequently, when I realized that I needed to write a DA to simplify the development of a game, I was wracked with apprehension. So my special thanks go to BMUG's Dave Burnard, who taught me how to write desk accessories without even realizing it. Thanks Dave.

Cutting Up

First, lets discuss what the desk accessory will do. The BitNapper DA's, function is to allow the user to "cut" rectangular reigons from the screen image. The DA will then create a bitMap out of the data, format it as an MDS source file, and write it out to disk. This allows us to cut graphics from MacPaint or any other application that supports desk accessories, and use them in our own MDS programs. More details on this technique will be presented next month when we use our BitNapper DA with another graphics program to create animated effects.

Since we want access to graphics anywhere on the screen, it is undesirable to have our desk accessory based in a window which will cover up some area of the screen. As a result, we will make our DA menu based. When the desk accessory is opened, it will install it's own menu in the menu bar, and it will remove the menu when it's closed.

The essence of desk accessories

Now lets take a look at the desk accessory itself. From a low-level veiwpoint, a desk accessory is a device driver. That is, desk accessories and device drivers are structured similarly. The structure that they share is somewhat different from that of a standard Macintosh application, and consequently, the programming approach is a bit different. To understand why this is, lets look at figure #1.

Figure #1 shows the structure of a DA header. The first word, drvrFlags, specifies what types of calls are supported by the desk accessory, whether it needs to be called periodically, etc. Our DA will set this to indicate that Control calls are supported, and that the accessory should be locked in memory after it's loaded. The following word is drvrDelay, which determines how often, in ticks, the desk accessory needs to be called. Since we don't need to update an on-screen clock or perform any similar task, we don't require periodic calls and will set this field to NUL.

The next word, drvvrEMask, is the event mask for our DA. We will set ours to NUL, because our DA doesn't respond to event manager events. Rather, our DA will respond to desk manager events that are sent when a menu item is selected. The ID of the menu belonging to our DA is stored in the next field, drvrMenu.

The following 5 words are offsets to the Open, Prime, Control, Status, and Close calls relative to the beginning of the desk accessory. The Open routine is called when the DA is first opened, and is responsible for defining and installing the menu, and other initialization tasks. The Prime routine is called when the accessory needs a periodic event, our Prime routine simply returns. The Control routine is the heart of the DA, and is responsible for handling events. Our DA has no Status routine, since it is not appropriate. Finally, the Close routine removes the DA's menu and frees up any storage allocated by the DA.

Following the offsets is an optional name for the desk accessory. This is not where the name that appears in the menu bar is stored; rather, this is available for internal use by the DA. For example, a DA could look here to find the title for it's window, etc. We don't use this name. The remaining data is the actual code for the DA's routines.

But wait, there's more...

There is another data structure that we must concern ourselves with. This is the Device Control Entry. The DCE is a 40 byte relocatable block that is allocated on the system heap when a desk accessory is opened. As illustrated in figure #2, the DCE contains various information about the DA, and copies of some of the data in the DA header. Although it is primarily intended for internal use by the device manager and the desk manager, there are a couple of fields relevant to our discussion.

The DCE contains a field which the DA may use to store a handle to some private storage which it allocates. This field, dCtlStorage, will be where we store the menuHandle for the DA's menu.

Another important field is dCtlWindow, in which the DA may store the windowPtr of it's main window. Its purpose is analogous to our use of dCtlStorage for DA's which are window based. For such DA's it is important to set the windowKind field of the window record to the DA's driver reference number, which is located in dCtlRefNum. This marks the window as belonging to a DA, and insures that Desk Manager and Event Manager routines work properly.

The tables are turned...

We have dealt with register-based calling conventions in the past. This is where arguments are passed in a data structure pointed to by an address register rather than on the stack. But this time we are on the receiving end. Instead of us having to set up the proper fields of a parameter block, we are passed parameter blocks to use or ignore as we wish. When a DA routine is called, A0 contains a pointer to the IOParamBlock and A1 contains a pointer to the DA's DCE. When a DA routine is finished, it must send an error code back in D0. If D0 is cleared, then no error has occurred.

For openers

The first thing the Open routine does is save the registers on the stack. Next, it copies the DCE pointer from A1 into a less volatile register. Then it makes sure this is the first call to the Open routine by testing the dCtlStorage field of the DCE. If there isn't a menuHandle stored here (it's NIL) then a menu is created and the menuHandle is stored, otherwise it just returns.

The Close routine does the opposite. It removes the menu from the menu bar, releases the memory occupied by it, and clears the dCtlStorage field.

The Prime and Status routines don't exist, so the offsets in the DA header point to a routine called Null which simply clears D0 to signify that no error has occurred and returns.

On with the show

The Control routine is the functional element of the DA. When it is called, it checks the csCode field of the IOParamBlock to see if an event of interest has occurred. There are 9 possible messages passed in csCode; they are listed on page 14 of the Desk Manager Programmer's Guide in Inside Macintosh. However, our DA only acknowledges 1 of these messages.

This is accMenu, which has a decimal value of 67. When an accMenu message is passed to a DA, the csParam field of the IOParamBlock contains the MenuID of the menu and csParam+2 contains the item number. SInce we only have one menu, we don't need to check the MenuID. Rather, we check the item number to determine which command was selected.

One of the menu items is Word Constraint, which is toggled on and off by repeated selctions. What this does is force the rectangular regions to have widths which occur on word boundaries; this is a convenient format for certain graphic applications. When this item is selected, the DA calls _GetItmMark to determine if the item is checked. It toggles the appearance of the item with _CheckItem and returns.

The main menu item is Steal Bits. When this is called, the cursor is hidden and is replaced by a small rectangle which inverts whatever it is currently over. The user positions this at the upper left corner of the region he wants to steal. Then the user drags to the lower right of the region. The routine inverts the rectangular region selected until the mouse button is released.

When the button is released, the DA calculates the relevant information needed to create a BitMap data structure containing the selected bits. When this is done, a nonrelocatable block of proper size is allocated on the application heap and the screen data is copied via _CopyBits. The user is then prompted for a filename via SFPutFile and so on. I won't go into detail about this portion of the DA, as it is very similar to my icon converter in Vol. 2 No. 1. of MacTutor. That issue also contains additional information about the structure of BitMaps, if the above seems unclear.

Get it where it counts

Before we can use the DA, we must install it into the System file. A DA is a resource of type DRVR. At the beginning of the source file we use the Resource directive of MDS to assemble the code into a DRVR resource. After linking, the DA can be installed into System via the font/DA mover by holding down the option key and clicking on the open button. This allows us to open the output file which contains our DA resource. Other more tedious options include using the resource editor, resource mover, etc. During development of a DA, I usually just link the .REL file of the DA into the resource fork of a shell application that does nothing else but support DA's. This saves me from the tedious work of installing the DA after every assembly.

I hope that I have shed some light onto desk accessories. If you are interested in this particular DA or graphic techniques in general, more specific information will be coming next month in our special animation issue. Enjoy!

;      BitNapper
;    by Chris Yerga

RESOURCE 'DRVR' 27 'BitNapper'

.TRAP _MakeFile  $A008

MACRO CenterString,MidPt,Y =
 LEA  '{String}',A3;get stringPtr
 MOVE.L #{MidPt},D4
 MOVE #{Y},D5
 BSR  CenterText
MACRO ErrCheck =
 TST.L  D0;error code?
 BNE  IOErr ; a dialog
;  Program constants ----
Chicago EQU 0
Geneva  EQU 3
accMenu EQU 67 ;event code for a Menu event
csCode  EQU 26 ;cntrl code offset in ParamBlock
screenBitsEQU  $FFFFFF86  ;[BitMap]
dCtlStorage EQU  $14  ;driver's private storage [handle]
dCtlRefNumEQU  $18 ;refNum of this driver [word]
dCtlWindowEQU  $1E  ;driver's window (if any) [pointer]
JIODone EQU $8FC  ;IODone entry location [pointer]

 DC.W $4400 ;ctl-enable & lock it
 DC.W 0 ;doesn't need time
 DC.W $0000 ;no events
MenuID: DC.W-12548 ;menu

 DC.W Open-Start ; open routine
 DC.W Null-Start ; prime - unused
 DC.W Control-Start; control
 DC.W Null-Start ; status - unused
 DC.W Close-Start; close
 MOVEM.L A0-A6/D0-D7,-(SP)  ;Save the registers
 MOVE.L A1,A4    ;get a copy of the DCE in A4

 ;Check if we already have a menu.
 ;If one exists, its handle would be stored in dCtlStorage
 ;Otherwise,  dCtlStorage would be NIL
 TST.L  DCtlStorage(A4)   
 BNE  Restore    ;we have one...skip this code

 ;OK. We need to create our menu:

 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;room for menu handle
 LEA  MenuID,A0
 MOVE (A0),-(SP) ;menu ID
 PEA  'BitNapper';menu title
 MOVE.L (SP),dCtlStorage(A4);save handle,  on stack
 PEA  'Steal Bits;Word Constraint;About BitNapper;-;Quit'
 MOVE.L dCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) ;push handle
 CLR  -(SP) ;put at the end of menu bar
 MOVE.L dCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) ;menu handle
 MOVE #4,-(SP)   ;item #3
 _DisableItem    ;disable it
 _DrawMenuBar    ;draw the new menuBar
 MOVEM.L (SP)+,A0-A6/D0-D7; restore regs
 MOVE #0,D0 ;return noErr
 RTS    ;and return...

 MOVEM.L A0-A6/D0-D7,-(SP);save registers
 MOVE.L A1,A4    ;copy DCE to A4
 LEA  MenuID,A0  ;Get the Menu ID
 MOVE (A0),-(SP) ;remove menu from list
 _DeleteMenu;MenuHandle stored in dCtlStorage
 MOVE.L DCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) 
 _DisposMenu;free up its memory
 _DrawMenuBar    ;draw the menubar 
 CLR.L  DCtlStorage(A4) ;remove MenuHandle
 MOVEM.L (SP)+,A0-A6/D0-D7;restore regs
 MOVE #0,D0 ;return noErr
 RTS    ;and return...

 MOVEM.L A0-A6/D0-D7,-(SP);save registers
 MOVE.L A1,A4    ;copy DCE pointer to A4
 MOVE csCode(A0),D0; get the control opCode
 CMP  #accMenu,D0; is it a menu event?
 BEQ  DoCtlEvent ; yes, do it...

 MOVEM.L (SP)+,A0-A6/D0-D7;restore the registers
 MOVE #0,D0 ; return no error
 MOVE.L JIODone,-(SP); jump to IODone

 CMP  #1,30(A0)  ;is it Steal Bits?
 BEQ  GetBits
 CMP  #5,30(A0)  ;is it quit?
 BEQ  ItsQuit
 CMP  #2,30(A0)  ;is it constrain?
 BEQ  Constrain
 CMP  #3,30(A0)  ;is it About?
 BEQ  About
 BRA  CtlDone
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;room for WindowPtr
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;allocate storage in heap
 PEA  WindowRect ;bounds
 PEA  'Title?'   ;title..unused
 MOVE #$0101,-(SP) ;visible
 MOVE #1,-(SP)   ;dialog-style window
 MOVE.L #-1,-(SP);put it in front
 CLR  -(SP) ;noGoAway
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;refcon
 MOVE.L (SP)+,A2 ;save windowPtr
 PEA  thePort    ;VAR thePort
 _GetPort ;save current grafport
 MOVE.L A2,-(SP) ;make help window current port

 MOVE #Chicago,-(SP) ;set font
 MOVE #12,-(SP)  ;12 point
 Center the BitNapper,178,20
 MOVE #Geneva,-(SP)
 MOVE #9,-(SP)
 Center ©1986 by Chris Yerga,178,30
 MOVE #12,-(SP)
 Center The BitNapper is a tool which simplifies,178,50
 Center the use of BitMapped graphics with the MDS system.,178,62
 Center It allows the user to cut bitmaps directly off,178,74
 Center the screen from any application that supports,178,86
 Center desk accessories.,178,98
 Center To learn about graphic techniques and all other,178,115
 Center aspects of Mac programming read MacTutor magazine.,178,127
 MOVE #1,-(SP)
 Center call (714) 630-3730  to subscribe,178,150
@1 CLR  -(SP)
 MOVE (SP)+,D0
 BEQ  @1
 MOVE.L thePort,-(SP);restore the old grafport
 MOVE.L A2,-(SP) ;lose the window and free
 _DisposWindow   ;up it's memory
 CLR  -(SP) ;unHiLight the menu
 BRA  CtlDone
 CLR  -(SP) ;room for INTEGER
 MOVE.L A3,-(SP) ;push stringPtr
 CLR.L  D3
 MOVE (SP)+,D3 ;get string width
 DIVU #2,D3
 SUB  D3,D4 ;subtract width/2 from center
 MOVE D4,-(SP) ;push x
 MOVE D5,-(SP) ;push y
 MOVE.L A3,-(SP)
 MOVE.L dCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) ;menuHandle
 MOVE #2,-(SP)   ;item #2
 PEA  CheckMark  ;VAR CheckMark
 CLR  D0;set marked to FALSE
 LEA  CheckMark,A1
 TST  (A1);is it marked?
 BNE  @1;Yes..lets unmark it
 MOVE #$0101,D0  ;set marked to TRUE
@1 MOVE.L dCtlStorage(A4),-(SP)  ;menuHandle
 MOVE #2,-(SP)   ;item #2
 MOVE D0,-(SP)   ;marked: BOOLEAN
 CLR  -(SP) ;unHiLight the menu
 BRA  CtlDone
 SUBQ   #4,SP  ;Room for result
@1 SUBQ #4,SP  ;Get it again
 MOVE.L (SP)+,D0 ;Get tickCount in D0
 CMP.L  (SP),D0  ;Has it changed?
 BEQ    @1;No, loop
 ADDQ   #4,SP  ;else pop old tickCount
 RTS    ;and return
 PEA  thePort    ;save the GrafPort
 MOVE.L dCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) ;menuHandle
 MOVE #2,-(SP)   ;item #2
 PEA  CheckMark  ;VAR CheckMark
 _GetItmMark;see if it's marked
 MOVE #$FFFF,D4  ;assume no constraint
 LEA  CheckMark,A1
 TST  (A1);is it marked?
 BEQ  @0; constraint
 MOVE #$FFF0,D4  ;yes...word constraint
@0 _HideCursor   ;hide the cursor
@1 PEA  StartPoint ;VAR MousePoint
 _GetMouse;get the mouse location
 PEA  StartPoint
 _LocalToGlobal  ;convert to global coordinates
 LEA  StartPoint,A3
 AND  D4,2(A3) ;constrain the horiz coord
 MOVE.L (A3),4(A3) ;TopLeft of rect
 ADD  #4,4(A3) ;add 4 to bottom
 ADD  #16,6(A3)  ;add 16 to right
 MOVE.L A3,-(SP)
 _InverRect ;invert the rect
 BSR  Sync;wait for a couple VBL's
 BSR  Sync
 MOVE.L A3,-(SP) ;invert it again
 _Button;see if Button is pressed
 MOVE (SP)+,D0 ;get result
 BNE  @2;button was pressed
 BRA  @1;not pressed...continue
@2 PEA  StartPoint ;draw the rect

@3 PEA  NewPoint ;VAR NewPoint
 _GetMouse;get the mouse location
 PEA  NewPoint
 _LocalToGlobal  ;convert to global coordinates
 LEA  NewPoint,A3;get ptr to NewPoint
 AND  D4,2(A3) ;constrain the horiz
 MOVE.L (A3),D0  ;get newpoint
 LEA  EndPoint,A3
 CMP.L  (A3),D0  ;has it changed?
 BEQ  @4;no...check for Button up
 BSR  Sync
 PEA  StartPoint ;yes...erase old rect
 MOVE.L 4(A3),(A3) ;make Point the new EndPoint
 PEA  StartPoint
 _InverRect ;and invert the new rect
@4 CLR  -(SP)
 _Button;Button up?
 MOVE (SP)+,D0
 BNE  @3;no...keep going
 PEA  StartPoint
 _InverRect ;erase the rect
 CLR  -(SP) ;room for BOOLEAN
 PEA  StartPoint
 _EmptyRect ;is the rectangle empty?
 MOVE (SP)+,D0 ;get result
 BNE  StealExit  ;Yes...get lost
 LEA  StartPoint,A1;get pointer
 LEA  NewPoint,A0;get pointer
 MOVE.L (A1),(A0);copy TopLeft
 MOVE.L 4(A1),4(A0);copy BottomRight
 MOVE.L (A0),-(SP) ;SrcPoint
 PEA  4(A0) ;VAR DestPoint
 _SubPt ;subtract SrcPt from DestPt
 ;and store result in DestPt
 LEA  NewPoint,A0;get pointer
 CLR.L  (A0);set topleft = 0,0
 MOVE 6(A0),D0 ;get Right in D0
 ADD  #$F,D0
 LSR  #3,D0 ;divide by 8 to get rowBytes
 MULU 4(A0),D0 ;multiply by the height
 ADD  #20,D0;make room for header
 LEA  BitMapLen,A0
 MOVE.L D0,(A0)  ;save the length
 _NewPtr;get a nonrelocatable block
 LEA  BitMapPtr,A1
 MOVE.L A0,(A1)  ;save pointer
 MOVE.L A0,A4    ;copy to A6
 LEA  NewPoint,A0;get pointer
 MOVE 6(A0),D0 ;get Right in D0
 ADD  #$F,D0
 LSR  #3,D0 ;divide by 8 to get rowBytes
 CLR.L  (A4)+    ;clear space for BasAddr ptr
 MOVE D0,(A4)+ ;store rowBytes
 CLR.L  (A4)+    ;topLeft of Bounds
 MOVE.L 4(A0),(A4)+;bottomRight...
 MOVE.L (A1),A1  ;get pointer to storage again
 MOVE.L A4,(A1)  ;store basAddr
 MOVE.L (A5),A0  ;get globalPtr
 PEA  ScreenBits(A0) ;srcBits
 MOVE.L A1,-(SP) ;destBits
 PEA  StartPoint ;srcRect
 PEA  NewPoint ;destRect
 CLR  -(SP) ;mode = srcCopy
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;no maskRgn
 _CopyBits;copy the data from the screen
 ;to our BitMap
 MOVE #100,-(SP) ;x coordinate of dialog
 MOVE #80,-(SP)  ;y coordinate
 PEA  'Save BitMap as:' ;prompt
 PEA  'Untitled.BMAP';default name
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;standard dialog
 PEA  SFReply    ;reply record
 MOVE #1,-(SP)   ;routine selector
 LEA  SFReply,A0
 TST.B  (A0);were we successful?
 BEQ  PurgeBitMap;no...
 LEA  IOParam,A2 ;ptr to ParamBlock
 CLR.L  12(A2)   ;no completion
 LEA  FileName,A0
 MOVE.L A0,18(A2);filename ptr
 MOVE VRef,22(A2);VrefNum
 CLR.B  26(A2)   ;vers #
 _MakeFile;create the file
 ErrCheck ;are we ok?
 MOVE.B #2,27(A2);write-only access
 LEA  APBuffer,A0
 MOVE.L A0,28(A2);access path buffer
 _Open  ;open the file
 ErrCheck ;ok?
 MOVE.L BitMapLen,D4 ;get length
 LSR.L  #3,D4    ;divide by 8
 MOVE.L BitMapPtr,A3 ;get ptr to data
 LEA  LineBuffer,A1
 MOVE #7,D3 ;8 bytes per line
 MOVE.L #'DC.B',(A1)+;store the line header
 MOVE.B #' ',(A1)+
@1 MOVE.B (A3)+,D0 ;get the next byte of data
 BSR  HexToAscii ;convert it
 MOVE.B #'$',(A1)+ ;store it as $xx
 MOVE D1,(A1)+
 MOVE.B #',',(A1)+
 DBRA D3,@1 ;have we done 7 bytes?
 SUBA #1,A1 ;yes...finish the line
 MOVE.L #$200D2020,(A1)+
 LEA  LineBuffer,A0;and write it to disk
 MOVE.L A0,32(A2);ptr to our line of text
 MOVE.L #38,36(A2) ;write 38 bytes
 CLR  44(A2);standard positioning
 CLR.L  46(A2)
 _Write ;write it
 DBRA D4,DoALine ;are we done?
 ;yes...finish it off
 CLR  28(A2)
 MOVE.L #'TEXT',32(A2)  ;set the filetype
 MOVE.L #'EDIT',36(A2)    ;and the creator
 MOVE.L A2,A0    ;close the file
 MOVE.L A2,A0    ;flush out any buffers
 LEA  BitMapPtr,A0 ;get ptr
 MOVE.L (A0),A0
 _DisposPtr ;release the block
 MOVE.L thePort,-(SP);restore the grafPort
 CLR  -(SP) ;unHiLight the menu
 BRA  CtlDone
 LEA  MenuID,A1
 MOVE (A1),-(SP) ;remove the menu from the list
 move.l DCtlStorage(A4),-(SP) ;push the handle
 _DisposMenu;free up the memory
 clr.l  DCtlStorage(A4) ;no longer have a window.
 MOVEM.L (SP)+,A0-A6/D0-D7;restore regs
 MOVEQ  #0,D0

;  HexToAscii routine -> converts a hex byte to an ASCII word
;on entry:
;D0 = Hex byte to be converted
;on return:
;D1 = ASCII word result
;uses D0,D1,D4,A0

 MOVE.B D0,D2    ;save copy of byte
 LSR  #4,D0 ;Get the high nibble
 ANDI #$0F,D0    ;mask out all extraneous bits
 LEA  ByteTable,A0 ;Get base address of table
 MOVE.B (A0,D0),D1 ;Move 1st ascii byte into D1
 ASL  #8,D1 ;move  byte to the proper position
 ANDI #$0F,D2    ;get the low nibble
 MOVE.B (A0,D2),D0 ;Get 2nd ascii byte
 OR.W D0,D1 ;store 2nd byte in word
 DC.B '0123456789ABCDEF'

 MOVE D0,D6 ;get a copy of the error code
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;room for WindowPtr
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;allocate storage in heap
 PEA  ErrorRect  ;bounds
 PEA  'Title?'   ;title..unused
 MOVE #$0101,-(SP) ;visible
 MOVE #1,-(SP)   ;dialog-style window
 MOVE.L #-1,-(SP);put it in front
 CLR  -(SP) ;noGoAway
 CLR.L  -(SP)    ;refcon
 MOVE.L (SP)+,A2 ;save windowPtr
 PEA  thePort    ;VAR thePort
 _GetPort ;save current grafport
 MOVE.L A2,-(SP) ;make help window current port

 MOVE #Chicago,-(SP) ;set font
 MOVE #12,-(SP)  ;12 point
 Center That operation was interrupted by an,158,30
 Center I/O error.  Make sure that your disk is,158,43
 Center not write-protected.,158,56
 MOVE.L #158,D4  ;midPoint
 MOVE #75,D5;Y coordinate
 LEA  ErrString,A0 ;stringPtr
 MOVE D6,D0 ;get the error code in D0
 EXT.L  D0;extend to 32 bit precision
 MOVE #0,-(SP)   ;routine selector for numtostring
 BSR  CenterText ;display the error code
@1 CLR  -(SP)    ;wait for a button press
 MOVE (SP)+,D0
 BEQ  @1
 MOVE.L thePort,-(SP);restore the old grafport
 MOVE.L A2,-(SP) ;lose the window and free
 _DisposWindow   ;up it's memory
 BRA  PurgeBitMap;clean up and exit

CheckMark DC.W 0 ;determine if item is checked
StartPointDC.L 0 ;topLeft of rectangle
EndPointDC.L0  ;bottomRight
NewPointDC.L0,0  ;temp storage of points & rects
BitMapPtr DC.L 0 ;pointer to bitMap mem block
BitMapLen DC.L 0 ;length of bitMap mem block
thePort DC.L0  ;temp storage for grafPtr

WindowRectDC.W 60,78,220,434
ErrorRect DC.W 100,98,185,414

IOParam DCB.W  40,0;IO ParamBlock

SFReply DC.W0  ;Standard file reply record
 DC.L '????'
VRef  DC.W0
Vers  DC.W0
FileNameDCB.B  64,0

APBufferDCB.B  522,0 ;access path buffer
LineBufferDCB.B  44,0;buffer for TEXT line 
ErrString DCB.B  8,0 ;storage for string  of errorcode


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GDC 2015 – Star Trek Timelines will Probably Make Your Inner Trekkie Squeal With Glee Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015 [ permalink ] Any popular fictional universe has its fair share of fan fiction – where belo | Read more »
Protect Yourself from an Onslaught of Ca...
Surprise Attack Games has announced a Cat-astrophic new physics puzzler called Fort Meow! In the game, a young girl named Nia finds her grandfather’s journal which triggers an all mighty feline attack! Why do the cats want the journal? Who knows,... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Jelly Reef will be Game Oven’...
GDC 2015 – Jelly Reef will be Game Oven’s Last Hurrah, and it Seems like a Good Note to Go Out on Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015 [ permalink ] It’s sad knowing that Game Oven ( | Read more »
daWindci Deluxe Review
daWindci Deluxe Review By Campbell Bird on March 4th, 2015 Our Rating: :: BLUSTERY PUZZLESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad This updated puzzle game offers some creative gameplay and new mechanics, but still suffers from... | Read more »
Dungeon Hunter 5 Coming on March 12
Gameloft has excitedly announced that Dungeon Hunter 5 is on its way! Once again, you will adventure across the land of Valenthia exploring dungeons and fighting monsters. The game will have a new asynchronous multiplayer mode called Strongholds... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – The Sandbox 2 is Coming, and...
GDC 2015 – The Sandbox 2 is Coming, and Now it has Textures! | Read more »
Warner Bros. Interactive Announces Mort...
Mortal Kombat X, by Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios, will be a a free-to-play fighting/card-battle Mortal Kombat game. The game promises card collecting, multiplayer team combat, classic characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden, and the... | Read more »
GDC 2015 – Piloteer is Whitaker Trebella...
GDC 2015 – Piloteer is Whitaker Trebella’s Latest Project, and it’s Definitely Something DIfferent Posted by Rob Rich on March 3rd, 2015 [ permalink ] You know | Read more »
PangoLand Review
PangoLand Review By Amy Solomon on March 3rd, 2015 Our Rating: :: COME VISIT PANGO AND FRIENDSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad PangoLand is an open-ended world full of familiar characters, bright colors and interactive... | Read more »

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It’s good to hear someone saying positive things about the iPad. I’ve been trying to bend my mind around how Apple’s tablet could have gone from zero to bestselling personal computing device on the... Read more
Mac Pros on sale for up to $279 off MSRP
Amazon has Mac Pros in stock and on sale for up to $279 off MSRP. Shipping is free: - 4-Core Mac Pro: $2725.87, $273 off MSRP (9%) - 6-Core Mac Pro: $3719.99, $279 off MSRP (7%) Read more
Sale! 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $205 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1219.99 save $80 - 13″ 2.... Read more
Another Tranche Of IBM MobileFirst For iOS Ap...
IBM has announced the next expansion phase for  its IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio, with a troika of new apps to address key priorities for the Banking and Financial Services, Airline and Retail... Read more
Sale! 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $250 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
WaterField Designs Introduces the Minimalist...
With Apple Pay gaining popularity, Android Pay coming in May 2015, and loyalty cards and receipts that can be accessed from smartphones, San Francisco’s WaterField Designs observes that it may be... Read more
Sale! 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1774.99 $1799.99, or $225 off MSRP. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid for online orders... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $100 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on...
 B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more

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