[Coco] Color Quaver/ .PCL file extension/ Green Mountain
bathory at maltedmedia.com
Tue Nov 8 09:15:23 EST 2005
At 11:47 PM 11/7/05 -0800, Tony Cappellini wrote:
>Without knowing what the control characters do, how would I convert these
>files into something useable on the coco?
>Which file(s) is the executable?
The executable is "pencil.lc" for lowercase Model I systems. I don't know
if later versions were ever issued.
There was a special version for typesetting that uses the control
characters, but I doubt it was ever issued. In my chapters of the Custom
TRS-80, which you may also have found online, you'll see commands such as
"@@FT1" and "@@FT3". All these commands are simple toggles. FT1 is font
type 1, FT3 is font type 3. The control codes (not nested) were active
until canceled. The entire Custom TRS-80 book was set on a Model I, run
into a professional typesetting machine which read the control codes and
produced the optical results.
To convert the files, just load them as ASCII and dump the last 3 or 4
characters (which were Electric Pencil's own end-of-file indicator).
>Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:25:33 -0500
>From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz <bathory at maltedmedia.com>
>Subject: Re: [Coco] Color Quaver/ .PCL file extension/ Green Mountain
>To: coco at maltedmedia.com
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>At 06:54 AM 11/7/05 -0800, Tony Cappellini wrote:
> >While looking for a version of Color Quaver to download,
> >I've found many of the files at Green Mountain Micro, many of which have
> >the .PCL extension.
> >Can someone tell me about this file format?
>Electric Pencil format. Plaintext with a few control characters. Most of
>the GMM ones are just plaintext, but "The Custom TRS-80" was done with a
>full set of formatting (each control character begins with "@@")
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