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February 8, 2012

Gunship! Amazing old days

Let's go another round on retro gaming! Here's Gunship! that suppose to be with M1 Tank Platoon 3 - a sequel to M1 Tank Platoon 2 in this post http://digitalspine.blogspot.com/2012/02/running-old-games-on-windows-xp-vista-7.html

I'll upload the screenshots first. I'll rite more about it later.







February 5, 2012

Running old games on Windows XP, Vista, 7

While waiting a big file from DARPA ACTUV (ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) to complete, I  decided to play games. Old games. Then, I decided to write a blog post  - like now?

Some old games are great. Well designed, with amazing realism and gameplay. The graphics a little bit outdated - it is still comparable to flash game nowadays. There's no Flash game that I really like. I will write more on those matter later. For now let's make those good old games runs with accelerated new hardware.

Let's try to minimize backdoors, traps or any 'extra' software that will run automatically without your permission - and very hard to remove.

Games from CD/DVD are easily damaged. Especially when you play it over and over or maybe your mom / girlfriend(s) / wife / children(s) destroyed it because you gives more attention to your games. First step! make backup. Convert it to ISO or any other desired format. Save it to your 4 Gig or more USB thumbdrive.

After getting the ISO ready, you will need a CD/DVD emulator. I'm recommending OpenSource CD/DVD emulator. WinCDEmu. Get it here for free. http://sourceforge.net/projects/wincdemu/ ISO can be created using this software too.

Install it and do some simple configuration configuration.

Emulate!

Open up directory containing the ISO on USB or harddisk. "Right Click" that ISO file, and select "Open with.. WinCDEmu Mounter". By doing this, a new drive will be created as a CD/DVD from that ISO.

Currently showing M1 Tank Platoon 2

Run the "Install" or "Setup" from that "Virtual" CD/DVD. Installation are set to minimal, all those movies or extra thingy will be access from the USB.

Old games sucks with new system. Most old games are using 3Dfx card or Glide API. Let emulate Glide!

I'm recommending a simple and small GliDOS. Download it from here: 
or dig it from here (if the previous link doesn't work anymore)

Install and do some config. Set it to the new installed game done above.

Check it out. Tonnes of compatibility!

Glide is an API for OpenGL 20 years ago. GliDOS is a wrapper to help the current OpenGL API to works with earlier version of OpenGL API. So, start playing sampai muntah!

Game dah nak start!

Project malam minggu. Siap sedia!

Skodeng awek.. pastu tembak! Kolecikkeboomm!

Pagi-pagi kat padang pasir makan kurma.
Member-member sumer tak bangun lagi.

Kat padang pasir pun jem! Identified! Saabooot up! Fire! Kebabowww!!!

M1 Tank Platoon 2 it the best Tank Strategy game ever!. I'm not able to show the strategic planning screenshot because I'm lazy. This game is 75% planning the attacking approach, 24% shooting the enemy calling artillery support, fire mission, air support and 1% keeping the crew spirit high.

And yes.. it's only 640x480 screen.

Is there M1 Tank Platoon 3? Continue here..
http://digitalspine.blogspot.com/2012/02/gunship-amazing-old-days.html

January 10, 2012

Export PDF (Layers) to Images (JPG, PNG, etc.)

Why you need to convert PDF to images? Lets say that you want to distribute presentations, scanned PDF e-books, etc on Facebook or whatever. It's easy with Opensource software with zero cost. Just do these:
  1. Install GIMP if you don't have it, download for free at http://www.gimp.org
  2. ..and its 'export layer' plugin (filename: 'export-layers.scm') at http://registry.gimp.org/node/25394
  3. Put the 'export-layers.scm' file in your GIMP installation directory.. something like.. 'C:\Program Files\Gimp-2.7.4\share\gimp\2.0\scripts'
  4. After copying the file to that directory, run GIMP.
  5. Open your desired .PDF file.
  6. Adjust the resolution.
  7. Then, the file will be opened as layers in GIMP.
  8. Make some adjustment or editing if you want.
  9. To save, (Menu) File > Layer.
  10. Enter the name.
  11. Save it (Make one directory for those file first - every pages will be saved as 1 file)
Here's some example of my personal profile converted from PDF, sized down and saved as JPG.








Please note that you can customize the file naming style by using tilde (~). Naming the Layers starting with 01 for the first layer up to 02, 03...09 will makes files easier to arrange when posting/uploading. If you have hundreds of files, change the first 9 layer with 001 up to 009.

Those profile were made with OpenOffice. You can download and install OpenOffice for free at: http://www.openoffice.org/. Actually, OpenOffice can export those files to images or PDF directly without any plugins. This post is just to show you how to convert PDF to images.

Cheers!

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