Why just view if you can edit
Still playing around with this LibreOffice stuff, with formula of course 🙂
Still playing around with this LibreOffice stuff, with formula of course 🙂
Long time before some people started to port OpenOffice/LibreOffice to Amiga OS4 (sadly only OS4). I saw some screenshots but that is also already a long time ago, seems that is a bit of a too big fish to fry.
Maybe a smarter way would be to just implement something like LibreOffice which can read files from LibreOffice. I gave it a go, and it was not that complicated as I thought it would be, at least if you are using the right language (FreePascal) and the right GUI set (MUIClass). The biggest problem is no usable table component in MUI (at least I know of, for all systems available). I had to implement one from scratch.
And this being FreePascal, of course it works on all Amiga Systems (not only OS4). I implemented only some styles/options (no font size and font name) but color and font styles are there, also left,center and right alignment. It even calculates cells. Funny tool, one could make a real LibreOffice Calc Viewer out of this.
Currently FreePascal on Amiga systems cannot use SSL currently, at MUIMapparium I went around it by proxy it on my own server. The reason for this is that usually at AROS the coder use a static linked OpenSSL, which we cannot use directly in FreePascal. But there is also a normal Amiga-style Library for it called AmiSSL. I started to write a import unit for FreePascal and it works.
There is one tiny hick up, the Library is not available for AROS and also no other possibility on AROS to use SSL for other languages than C. And it seems the devs are not willing to change that, because …. reasons… or just don’t like it… or don’t like the maintainer of AmiSSL, who knows, maybe just “fuck you, who cares about other languages”, as usual.
I tried to run MUIMapparium on the Draco, but sadly it does not work, mostly it just freezes on start, sometimes it starts but the PNG images are distorted. Seems the PNG Reader has some problems on the Draco, it’s a little bit strange. I while before I created a MUIMapparium using Datatypes instead of the FreePascal PNG reader and do not use CyberGraphics functions anymore, but plain graphics library function. Therefore it also works on a standard AGA Amiga.
And this Version also works on the Draco, it’s really only the PNG image reader which has some problems, maybe I should debug this and really think about to move the Datatype MUIMapparium to the standard option, the only problem with that, you need a good PNG Datatype installed to have it working. WarpPNG for best results, but most do not have that I guess
Long time before I bought a electric plug with WLAN adapter, I wanted to use to turn on the light in the garden (also for the water pump and such stuff). But this WLAN switches are really bad, always want connection to internet only usable via a very shaky app always want so many access rights who knows for what, always must log in. I switched after a while to radio controlled switches at 433 MHz and bought a Raspi 433 MHz sender.
Of course I wrote a own server program in FreePascal running on the raspi. It’s not very complicated in principle the WLAN switch just send a part its of the MAC address and a Token you use to switch on and off. was not very difficult, with the http server example from FreePascal I also added a little Webserver to it, that I can control it via browser or standalone apps. The NodeJS server needed > 10% of the Raspi, even there is no WLAN switch connected to it (because it stops when I start it 😉 ) FreePascal, with connected switch and a browser pulling the status <1% CPU time. Without WLAN Switch it’s not noticeable at all.
And because we are on a blog for FPC for Amiga-System I wrote a little MUI App to control the Outside light from my Amiga as well.
I’m really thinking to buy more of them. really nice and easy. Let’s see the next weeks how reliable it is. 😉 The advantage to the 433 MHz radio controlled switches is that the WLAN switches know their own status, and tell the server on the handshake.
A while before I played around with the SMP AROS version sadly I never really got it to work. Either it was just crashing or do not use all cores and now the development of it seems to be frozen. The AROS devs published a Video how a buhddabrot fractal was calculated with multiple threads.
I took that idea, because the buhddabrot fractals look beautiful and wrote an own buhddabrot program in FreePascal to test that with the SMP. But now SMP AROS basically dead now I found the program again and played a little bit with it, make it single threaded and created a little GUI for it, to play with parameters.
I bought a Draco, if you do not know what it is, its a Amiga compatible Clone used for Video editing. It does not have the traditional Amiga Chipset (ECS/AGA) therefore nearly all games will not work. But Workbench based programs and RTG compatible programs will work. For me only interested in FreePascal and stuff its the perfect RTG Amiga and it’s much cheaper than any other Amiga with RTG, Soundcard and a 060 card + 128 MB RAM.
I replaced the (very noisy) Harddisk with a SCSI2SD V6 and removed one of the fans (which was basically for cooling the HD) and now the Draco is nearly silent and very fast, the SCSI2SD V6 reaches the 10 MB/s easily with the Draco SCSI. The Draco also supplies some standard Zorro II slots, I tried a X-Surf 100 to get network access to it (mainly to bring my FreePascal stuff there) but sadly it does not work, even I found some reports that it should work. Maybe the Zorro in my Draco is somehow broken, I cleaned already all the connectors and checked voltages of the power supply but no luck. To get at least slow network I connected an old Raspi via Serial cable to the Draco and used PPP like in the good old days. It reaches the maximum 115.200 baud but even that feels very very slow, at least it works. Maybe later someone can find out whats wrong with the Zorro.
FreePascal works nicely. But some other programs, which should be working (because only use standard API no hardware access) does not for example Delitracker with AHI-Noteplayer seems not really working nicely. Needs a little bit more investigation.
I noticed my navigation system in my car can also read GPX files from a USB stick. Just put the GPX File to a folder “PersonalPOI” and plug to car. Then you can access them in the car (for example as route destinations) even can select them by voice control.
Thats what I tried just now, took MUIMapparium and created two waypoints just to try.
Now go to car and plug in and see if we can find our two waypoints… I gave them especially arbitrary names because it knows already many POIs by default
Very nice, I’m thinking to create some POIs there which makes it much faster to select them. Maybe I should also add an option to set the type of Waypoint, the “Unclassified” means this Waypoint has no type and therefore only a default icon.
Very nice to see that you can use the program for very recent stuff.
I updated MUIPlot and replaced the syntax parser by a byte code compiler which increases the calculation speed for the curve especially on m68k.
Downloads for all Amiga Systems
I used the function parser for a function plotter before when testing the TAChart for LCL. Now I gave my Plot component I use for MUIMapparium a little bit of reshape and fit it into MUIClass components and created a new function plotter.
I little video to show how it works:
Running on a Amiga 1200 with 68030 50 Mhz and 68882 50 Mhz on a 32 color AGA Screen. For Hex2 the floating point calculation speed is not very important, because it’s just a single function. But for calculating the full curve it needs a little bit more floating point calculations. Therefore a FPU is included. Also you should limit the number of Points to calculate to for example 100. For NG Amiga systems of course you can increase it to higher numbers.