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Alexander Grupe


An invitation demo for MountainBytes 2024, released at the Comparade 2023 demoparty, where it won 1st place in the combined oldschool competition.

My first dive into the world of high-end Amiga coding, where RAM is abundant, colors are plenty, and processing power is substantial. Also, you can play back streaming stereo music for a change! And team mate bod delivered a kick-ass tune for that!

Building on Haujobb’s Amiga framework, this was a fun learning experience. There’s still a lot of ground to cover for me (some effects definitely run slower than they should, and I’m not very firm in programming C), but overall I enjoyed all the built-in features the framework provides, like the Rocket integration, the screen modes, palette handling and setup assistance. In the end, I didn’t get the “run the prototype from the same source base” approach to work and coded my own prototype client in Java, but I’ll get there… Being a C-novice, installing Visual Studio code and Qt Creator in very specific versions, setting up and configuring the respective runtimes, compilers and build tools was too much of a pain. At least I found the right spots to integrate some custom assembly code! :)

Also, I could put my new graphics tablet to good use! I was surprised to learn that you can buy a draw-on-the-screen tablet (Wacome One 13) for 200 € nowadays, that’s bonkers! Actually, I thought I had just bought a nice large “normal” tablet for a reasonable price until I unpacked it at home and wondered what that HDMI cable was for…

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