Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 6, NO. 9 / JANUARY 1988

Tech Tips



The Mini-Graphics Challenge (Tech Tips, Antic, August 1987) asked readers to come up with a BASIC graphics display program of 10 lines or less. Our winner is Bigfoot by Robert Jones of Dover, Delaware. He will receive a program of his choice from The Catalog. Thanks to everybody who entered the contest.


The techniques in Bigfoot could be used in larger programs to produce some fantastic effects. Antic liked the way this program makes transitions from one effect to another, rather than just repeating itself. And the clever use of sound added to the overall impact of the program.

Listing   BIGFOOT.BAS Download



Honorable Mention goes to Handcar, a clever use of character set animation by Kevin Pachard of Grand Island, New York.
   If you have trouble typing the special characters in line 2, don't type them In. Listing 2 will create them for you. Type In Listing 2, check It with TYPO II and SAVE a copy. When you RUN Listing 2, it creates these hard-to-type lines and stores them in a file called LINES.LST.
   To merge the two programs disk users LOAD "D:HANDCAR.BAS" and then ENTER "D:LINES.IST." (Cassette users: CLOAD Listing 1, then Insert the separate cassette used for Listing 2 and ENTER "C:") Remember to SAVE the completed program before you RUN It.

Listing 1  HANDCAR.BAS Download

Listing 2  Not Needed


Our other Honorable Mention goes to Brett Fattoni of Saline, Michigan for his entry, Sunset. When you RUN this one, be sure to adjust your color so the uppermost part of the screen is sky blue.

Listing  SUNSET.BAS Download

If you have a Tech Tip that you would like to share with other readers, send it along to Antic Tech Tips, 544 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. You might get your name In print. We always welcome very short programs that demonstrate the Atari's powers, simple hardware modifications, or useful macros for popular software.