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VGA Magic

Initial Release Date
January 10, 1990
Color Palette
8/18b
Max Resolution
320x200
License Status
Shareware © BulletProof Software
Codebase
Forth 83, x86 Assembly
Platform(s)
MS-DOS
Author(s)
Mark I Manning III and Mark I Manning IV

Description

VGA Magic is a kaleidoscopic object spewer by the father and son team, Mark I Manning III and Mark I Manning IV of BulletProof Software. The Manning's BulletProof Software is unrelated to that of the Bulletproof FTP, or the video game developer Bullet-proof Software.

VGA Magic has four kaleidoscopic modes: three bouncing line modes, and a random walk mode. Outside of it's kaleidoscopic modes it also provides a "Polydiags" mode, which renders different patterns in a higher resolution 640x480x4b mode. These are really just demonstrations for the registered product, as they display quickly and then dump you back to the menu.

The default kaleidoscopic mode will not use palette cycling, but it can be enabled with the R, D, H, and Q keys. The way VGA Magic handles cycling is a bit odd. It tracks two separate palettes, and in some cycling modes rotates the one into the other.

Different palettes can be loaded by pressing 1-9, these will load into the currently displayed palette leaving the secondary off-screen palette alone.

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