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MarkMLl

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Dialog(ue) editor
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:30:22 pm »
With reference to the extended discussion at https://forum.lazarus.freepascal.org/index.php/topic,18998.0.html I've just uploaded the final version of Jim Clark's dialogue editor to GitHub since I suspected that I had the last extant copy of dialedit3b.zip

https://github.com/MarkMLl/Dialedit3b

I am not undertaking to maintain this, but would note that with minor changes it's usable with FPC.

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2021, 09:26:46 pm »
This is an interesting project.

I can run its DialEdit.exe, but cannot build the project....especially this part:

Code: Pascal  [Select][+][-]
  1. { The methodology here is not supported by Virtual Pascal. }
  2. procedure TTrialDialog.SnapPicture(AShow, APattern: word);
  3. type
  4.     TScreen = array [0..49, 0..79, 0..1] of char;
  5. var
  6. {$IFNDEF VPASCAL}
  7.     Screen: TScreen absolute $B800:0;
  8. {$ENDIF}
  9.  

As I remember FPC does not allow absolute memory address (0xB800:0 for screen buffer direct access), as it complains "Syntax error: ";" expected but ":" found....

I have many old TP sources use the same direct video memory access but all could not be compiled by FPC. I'd be glad if this can be solved.


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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2021, 10:04:14 pm »
The stuff I put on Github was very much "as received" since I think I might have the last surviving copy, I'd rather not mnagle it in situ for precisely that reason.

I have successfully used it on Linux in the past and found that only a handful of changes were needed. I'll take a look and post more in the morning.

I've long felt that something that both Linux and FPC lacked was the sort of dialogue/form editor that Visual Basic for DOS had in the early 1990s.

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2021, 10:17:36 pm »
As I remember FPC does not allow absolute memory address (0xB800:0 for screen buffer direct access), as it complains "Syntax error: ";" expected but ":" found....

Afaik it does work fine on targets that are dos in strict TP mode (-Mtp)

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2021, 10:57:26 pm »
You guys really are slave drivers :-)

I'm seeing what I can turn up, but my notes indicate that I ran the editor on Windows (even though the generated file was used on Linux) and for the moment I can't say what compiler I used... judging by the dates I think I simply ran the .exe that came with it on a sacrificial system without trying to recompile it.

Slightly later: the .exe file embeds "Virtual Pascal - Copyright (C) 1996-2000 vpascal.com".

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2021, 12:24:14 pm »
I've long felt that something that both Linux and FPC lacked was the sort of dialogue/form editor that Visual Basic for DOS had in the early 1990s.

MarkMLl

Indeed. Thank you for the kind effort for uploading this. I will try to make it usable in modern Pascal.
Sorry for this late reply as I thought would only reply if I have solid progress.

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2021, 12:40:28 pm »
I've long felt that something that both Linux and FPC lacked was the sort of dialogue/form editor that Visual Basic for DOS had in the early 1990s.

Indeed. Thank you for the kind effort for uploading this. I will try to make it usable in modern Pascal.
Sorry for this late reply as I thought would only reply if I have solid progress.

I'm sorry I can't be more help but my TV/FV experience is extremely limited.

MarkMLl
Turbo Pascal v1 on CCP/M-86, multitasking with LAN and graphics in 128Kb.
Pet hate: people who boast about the size and sophistication of their computer.
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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2021, 12:42:35 pm »
I'm seeing what I can turn up, but my notes indicate that I ran the editor on Windows (even though the generated file was used on Linux)..........
Slightly later: the .exe file embeds "Virtual Pascal - Copyright (C) 1996-2000 vpascal.com".

MarkMLl

Yes, the EXEs that comes with DialEdit3b.zip is 16-bit programs which can still be run on 32-bit Windows with additional NTVDM (Virtual DOS machine) feature enabled.

FlierMate

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Re: Dialog(ue) editor
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2021, 12:43:04 pm »

No worries.... I will try my best.

 

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