I did a big mistake on the last AskYourAmiga release, by accident the MorphOS binary was missing and instead the OS4 binary was copied as MorphOS binary. Sorry for the confusion. Therefore I made a new release. But the MorphOS release is somehow strange (or better MorphOS is) after some picture loaded some pictures look wrong, wrong colors and seems also the size is wrong calculated. But not all pictures are affected only some but when it appears all these type pictures will become wrong. restart AskYourAmiga and try the same question try to load the picture and it works. Very strange, seems like something is crashing inside the datatypes system (but the log does not show anything related).
To be honest I did not try AskYourAmiga very much on the other Amiga Platforms, only on Amiga OS3.x m68k because on all the other you could theoretically use the browser for wolffram alpha. So I concentrate to make it run nicely on classic m68k Amiga.
Other changes with this version are pure internal, some little redrawing problems I got report from OS4 and some bugfixing I found myself (not cleared buffer, such stuff).
You can use the Update function of AskYourAmiga 0.2 (in Suggestion/History Window, it will download the archive and save it to where you want, you only have to unpack it) or you download it from this page.
Finally I found some motivation to put a release together of “Ask Your Amiga” the new tool for your beloved Amiga. It’s working nicely, now also can save the image or text, but nothing more… just very basic functionality but even so I like it working rather smooth even on my slower Amiga 68030.
As always it is available for all Amiga systems with an Internet connection and a GIF Datatype installed.
Implemented basic sorting and search function including replace, very basic but working, also the sorting close to the LibreOffice sorting, multi key sorting (up to 3 but in principle could make more, but is more than 3 really useful?) Together with the Format options this should be enough for a new LEU Version release Leu 0.08.
Fixed a little bug in Leu regarding number format. If no number format was selected the output format was one char too long, resulting in very ugly rounding errors. Already long time before I started to implement a solution to set the number format for a cell. But it was very crude and not ready to release, so I deactivated it for Leu 0.07. But this bug got me back to work. 😉 I started to implement a format settings window, a little bit inspired by the LibreOffice one. Finally its working, not perfect but already usable.
Also fixed some small problems with the color blending on selection for RTG systems (for <15bit screens it will just use a fixed color for the selection) and new now the fixed col/row will show where the selected cell is. much easier to find, especially if it is out of scroll area.
Worked a little bit on Leu, a click on row/column title it selects the whole row/column as used in other spreadsheet applications. On RTG Screens with 15bit or more colors the selection now blends the background color instead just replacing it, that means you can still see different background colors when selected.
Multi-line is something people where asking me for, so I implemented that, if you are in a cell typing you can use Ctrl+Enter to go to next line, instead of finishing the editing. I got a question, if I plan to support different Font sizes and type, and I’m not sure about that until now. It would need a complicated replacement table from the Windows/Linux fonts to typical Amiga fonts and back. Especially on classic Amiga the Font sizes of Windows and Linux are WAY to big. We will see.
A while before I was working on the cell format (number format, date, time and so on) but this is rather complicated. It needs a bit more time it’s still not reliable but I want to finish it before release the next version. Some of these features (like the selection blending) are already present in the Leu version I gave Paolo Besser for the Icaros64 alpha WIP.
Paolo Besser works on a 64bit Version of Icaros (see also his website about it). I only try my AROS64 bit FreePascal stuff with my old linux hosted AROS 64 version, and there it worked fine. But the ABI of x64 AROS is not fixed yet, so still changes can happen. And there are some changes, Leu for example crashes on the Icaros64 alpha version, Paolo sent me. It crashes very early in the startup code. I started to debug that stuff but it’s very hard to debug at this point, that early in the startup. But my initial guess was more or less right, because the AROS devs tried to implement SMP they changed a lot of structures for additional locks and so on, so the Offsets of fields are moved. Usually an easy job just compare the the new C includes with my pascal counter parts. but it makes it much harder if defines and alignment comes to play, here also. The define was easy, there is a __AROSSYSTEM_SMP__ define which seems to be always enabled, even AROS is not compiled for SMP use (seems still too unstable) which includes and additional spinlock_t to MsgPort and Sempahore, so far so well. But it seems this spinlock_t is huge, by the definition I would say an Integer and a Pointer, but the size needed in the structure to cover up the missing offset shift is much more… something around 256 bytes. The structure is 128 aligned, this could be a key for that.
Usually that is not hard to find out, just make a small C program and test the sizes and offsets of the related structs, but… who have guessed it … on Icaros64 that is not that easy, because the gcc installed does not work, it just crashes. And btw. collect-aros, which we need fore linking in FreePascal also crashes, so for sure no compiling directly on the system.
But just by try and fail/crash and comparing the results of process and task structure to the output of Scout I got a somehow working version, it’s a very dirty hack, but for now it works, Leu works, FPC works (until collect-aros crashes when try to link, but without linking, everything is fine), FP-IDE is working (with the same problem like FPC of course).
There is some more work to really make that structures correct, but for that I will wait until the gcc is working again. The described way to compile stuff for 64bit in C on the icaros webpage using metamake is hilarious if you just want to compile a hello world it’s way overblown. I tried it, but it does not work, also compiling AROS64 from source does not work, I guess you need some pesky parameter when calling configure which, of course, are not described.
Next thing about Leu was the clipboard, originally I only planed to make a simple solution, where only the texts get copied. But when I thought about, the Amiga clipboard is perfect to use as multiformat clipboard, as windows has. The clipboard on Amiga systems is in principle just a IFF file and there you can put in everything you want. You can put in a Text (e.g. IFF-FTXT) or an Image (e.g. IFF-IILBM) or a sound (e.g. IFF_8SVX). And because IFF is tag based its also possible to put more then one format at the time into.
So I started to write a own clipboard routine for Leu, which takes the selected cells and put them to Clipboard as OpenOffice XML (like the ods file) and as standard text as tab separated list.
And this works rather nicely as you can see:
I also added a little requester to set the number of Cols and Rows
If you want to download the latest version go to the Leu Page
I tried Leu on a real A1200 with 68030/50 Mhz and a 32 color AGA screen. It worked but the idea to redraw everything if you type something in, was not very smart. (To show the changed calculation results)
I changed that to a function which checks which cells are changing because of this cell enter, in principle which formula depend on this cell. And it’s working quiet well. Time for a little video
I noticed the colors are still very buggy on big endian systems, I have to care about that again later, in the saved file the colors are swaped, I must debug that. Should be not too hard, I fixed that already once at the loading of files.
As it was the case with borders, I took the LibreOffice color requester as GUI blueprint for my Leu color chooser, Basically it’s the same as for the borders. The only difference, you need two of them, one for background one for text (in principle a one more for border color, but I left that out for now.)
Leu also got a own Page now where always the newest version can be found and some central information about it. For now I will not keep a history for it, because still changing too much things.