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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Comments

I'm just letting everyone know that you can post comments here on zodattack. Just click comments under each post, then click other, and reply. you don't have to be a member to comment.


-mitch

Zodiac sharing a home with another Palm

Have two Palms on one machine? Not a problem.
Read and Discuss it

Friday, August 26, 2005

Chat!

I've added chat to the site! Everybody can chat about anything to anyone their, but try to talk about zodiac/palm related things. All you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of the website and type in any nickname. The offical chat day will be sunday at 7pm central time (thats when I will be their). I think that is GMT-6. *when you first come to the site it may say you have to install some java program, Just click yes and then you can use chat.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

LJP 1.0 RC2





Tinnus and YoYo (dev of the awesome LJZ emulator), have updated LJP to the 2nd Release Candidate for version 1.0. There are many Advantages over LJZ, incluing much better SNES support in my opinion. It's much more stable than the previous version but should still have some bugs don't delete LJZ yet. The flashing battery and time icons hae also been fixed. Remember, before you install, delete any previous version of LJP. Roms, saves, ... can be kept.

Direct download for the lazy people: LJP


Changes from RC1 to RC2 :
  • [SMS/GG] Fixed some memory issues : sound buffers & z80 precals buffers weren't released at exit.
  • [ALL] Fixed some feature memory releasing issues (categories & rom).
  • [ALL] Added a "crash handler" : after a crash LJP will clean what it can.
  • [ALL] Changed the way preference are saved, using an .ini file. Should be more robust when crashes occur.
  • [NGP] Fixed a crash bug when accessing GUI/Config/GFX & going back. (memory buffer was to small).
  • [ALL] Scale2xSAI fixed (smoothing mode 3).
  • [ALL] Scalers optimized a bit (reduced source buffer reads).
  • [ALL] ZEM files have now a version number to avoid using old-wrong- version.
  • Friday, August 19, 2005

    LJP 1.0 RC1



    Tinnus and YoYo (dev of the awesome LJZ emulator), have updated LJP to the 1st Release Candidate for version 1.0. There are many Advantages over LJZ, incluing much better SNES support in my opinion. It's still very unstable so don't delete LJZ yet.

    BTW, for best results, go to each module, select config, go to video, and use the following settings:

    1. Check "zodiac smoothing"
    2. Put smoothing to "off".
    3. Make display size "Wide(hi+)".
    4. Set Frameskip to "Auto". (except for NES. For NES, Set frameskip to "1" or Skeezix".)
    5. Set renderer to "Fast".

    Those are your optimized settings.

    PS. The flashing Battery and Time icons on the bottom of the screen are normal.

    Thanks to IZodiac for the settings.


    XPloids

    Looks like I may be the first to report this here, XPloids is the second (let's hope for more!!!) Zodiac game to be released free of charge to the public after Tapwave's shutdown.

    Download it here: http://www.littlegiantgames.com/


    I haven't played it yet but I do believe it was at least somewhat popular.

    -tank.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005

    FontHackV issues, New games...

    Well, I've been using FontHackV and YAHM now for almost 2 months probably. (I'm not so good at keeping track of time/names/faces/events/anything, so do forgive inconsistancies) It's still one of the awesomest things I've used on Palm. I can now read every single one of the 15-or-so reminders I have in my DateBook every day. (well, usually anyhow)

    Before FontHackV, I'd have to scroll just to see more than 3 or 4 reminders. I can read eBooks more naturally, with fonts that are thinner and that don't grate on my eyeballs. Let's just say I love it.

    There are, however, some drawbacks to FontHackV. Basically, you're on your own to discover which apps do and do not like the hack. There's no single signal that they don't like it, they either freeze up or crash with a memorymgr.c error or whatever. Some apps are okay with certain fonts and not with others. I'm sure it has to do with the metrics of a given font and the parameters the app in question is expecting. I guess some prgrams are just more adaptably coded. I've also tried using FontCollector and FontBucket (PC and Palm-based apps, respectively, for importing fonts from the computer to the Palm and adapting to FontHackV and Plucker formats, etc) with some success.

    Anyhow, I've also still not cleared up the occasional crash when scrolling all the way down the list of apps on my SD card, I'm thinking at this point I must have some poisonous prc or something in the Launcher directory that needs a spanking and cleaning out. I've checked, it's not the FontHack.

    I have, however, in the last few days, discovered a few new Palm games that are worth mentioning. First there's Lights Out, modelled of course after the old handheld puzzle game of the same name. I've already prescribed Jewelator, which is a fantastic game in this same vein, but the puzzles in Lights Out seem to be more varied and interesting. I'm currently on level 31. Watch out, it's another game that doesn't play nice with FontHackV! Had a few freezes before I thought to disable fontshacks in this program.

    The other game I've discovered is TimeBomb, an awesome PipeDream-style puzzle game with a classic Hollywood timebomb counter counting down hundredths of a second before the supposed bomb detonates, the graphics are nice and the gameplay is quite varied. I wish you could go back a few levels to calm down a bit and actually feel like you're doing well once you get a bit further on in the game. Haha. I'm currently on level 23.

    Check it out!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005

    Modded apps!


    As you know, I have been into taking old apps and making them look new by adding nicer graphics... Now you can too, check it out!

    App Enhancements on AddictedToZodiac.com

    Sunday, August 14, 2005

    More skinning, mwah ha ha!!!!


    SkinUI is up to version 0.9.9.0, which now supports the Tapwave Zodiac. Now all of you Zodiac owners can marvel at the perfection of my OSX skin :)


    The thread with the link to the new version is here

    Have fun! -brad *update, I have tried this on my zodiac and it causes my zodiac to reset, and reset, and reset, and reset....... I'm talking to dmitry about this now. -mitch

    IR-Pong 2, now with Hi-Res Graphics

    Last time edited the low-res PalmOS AIM to have the computer version's graphics! This time I bring you IR-Pong 2! Read up on the original here! when you're done reading up on IR-Pong 2, then you can download the new version here! the new version features much nicer graphics.

    IR-Pong 2 is a two player pong game for the Palm Pilot. You'll need a palm with infrared or bluetooth capabilities and a second person with a similar machine to play this game.

    Infrared or Bluetooth communication, Single player mode. Rocket launcher, Up to three balls in game, Extended score tracker keeps track of all your opponents you've ever played against.

    Saturday, August 13, 2005

    Zap'em For Free!

    Game Company Vicious Bytes, crreators of the freeware Tetris like game Zodtris, released a free version of their second game, Zap'Em today. This game was released late last year when it was released through the Tapwave store for $9.99. With the closure of Tapwave , Zap'Em could no longer be sold through the Tapwave store. By releasing a free version, the Vicious Bytes showed great support towards the Zodiac community.



    According to the product description, "Zap'Em has two modes of play, Action Zap and Brain Zap. Action Zap mode is filled with fast-action that ends only where your skills do. Pieces approach your space and challenge you to Zap'Em. Brain Zap mode is a puzzle game with stationary pieces that you must clear with a limited number of Zaps."

    This is probably the last game from Vicious Bytes for the Zodiac. The developers are now developing cellphone games. Please show support towards ViciousBytes by visiting their forums.

    Thursday, August 11, 2005

    Secret Files Revealed

    Ok, Here are the "Secret Files" Everybody go ahead and back up all your Tapwave files.

    Get the Files Here

    Thanks, Mitch

    Wednesday, August 10, 2005

    Secret Files

    I will be posting some Secret files that I think everyone can use in the links section to the right later this week. (servers are full)


    So watch zodattack for those usefull files.

    -mitch

    Tuesday, August 09, 2005

    Tapwave Q&A

    Hey everyone,

    Guyfawkes over at Zodiac Gamer has been speaking to Tapwave over the past week since the announcement of their closing down and will soon be posting some further information on Zodiac Gamer regarding whats happening with Tapwave now and in the future once he gets all of the information together.

    If anyone has any questions please post here. Please note he doesn't want to turn this into an interview about why Tapwave closed or what their future plans are. The aim of this is to clear things up on the development and support side of things. He doesn't mind people asking other types of questions but please keep them sensible and on topic.

    Zodiac Attack!

    Ahhhhhhh! Never Ending Zodiacs!

    The Tapwave zodiac may be discontinued , but they will always be alive in our 320*480 LCD's?


    Thanks to I,Zodiac for the photo.....

    Monday, August 08, 2005

    Farewell, Tapwave

    Came across this article by Howard Tomlinson of Astraware about the rise and fall of Tapwave.

    Interesting read.

    Saturday, August 06, 2005

    Zodattack.tk

    We now can be located at http://zodattack.tk or http://zodattack.blogspot.com . hope everybody enjoys the new domain :)

    -mitch

    Friday, August 05, 2005

    Slow, lately

    News has been a little slow lately. Not even any new games to mention. We Will Try to find some more new. Maybe Kam will just have to make more skins:)

    We will update the site as soon as something happens.

    Thanks,
    Mitch

    Tuesday, August 02, 2005

    SKINS 4 ALL!

    Ive made 3 new skins for the launcher.
    You can download them from my new site:
    www.icetiger.tk

     
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    WWW http://zodattack.blogspot.com

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