Friday, August 19, 2016

What's wrong with this picture?

Okay, don't loose too much sleep over this screenshot because it only happened in emulation and my real Atari computer wasn't so easily fooled by this technique of using overscan to grab extra desktop pixels.

I've been playing with various GEM desktop expanders and soon realized there are a number of interesting programs out there. This often involved interlace, virtual resolutions, and even overscan. As for interlace, I would first advice flipping into 60Hz but it's hardly ever an ideal experience. Virtual resolutions work great and are best on the Atari STe due to the hardware scrolling. However, it was the option of using overscan which sparked my curiosity and this involved removing the lower border. I had some issues on my 16MHz Mega STE (minor flicker during disk accessing) but the standard 8Mhz Atari STe performed perfectly and was very stable (sorry, I've not tested on the STfm).

I've bundled together all of the programs I have found into a single download for y'all. I figured this topic may be of interest to some of you ST nutters out there? (BigScreen, DBL2STE, DBL2ST, Remove, MonSTEr, NoBorder, Big-Y).

Give 'em all a try and please let me know how you get on... Feedback, folks! Come on :p