Sinclair User

The Character Generator

Author: Richard Price
Publisher: Interactive Software People
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Sinclair User #30

The Character Generator

One of the disadvantages of the Spectrum is that its character set, along with the built in UDGs are worthy but not particularly exciting for use in one's programs.

ISP has produced a program which, while it offers six sets of characters, allows you to design a full set from scratch, save it to tape and then put in your own program by using two simple POKEs to call it when required.

The Character Generator is a very user-friendly program, menu-driven, with good screen prompts and simple keyboard drills. It will appeal to even the most unconfident programmer as it produces impressive results quickly and easily.

Characters are defined by cursor movements on an 8 x 8 grid. With a full erase or fill capability, endless doodling and re-shaping is possible. Individual characters can be displayed separately or you can view the full set. UDGs are defined in the same way.

In your programs, a set can be used in conjunction with the standard Sinclair face and can be switched in and out at will by two POKEs. The six sample sets vary in quality but the Gothic script is particularly impressive.

Richard Price

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