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Updated documentation and bumped version number to 1.4.1 for the

impending release ...


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===============================================================================
Release 1.4 for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows
Release 1.4.1 for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows
===============================================================================
The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, was the most
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Linux by Bradford W. Mott, however, it has been ported to a number of other
platforms.
This is the 1.4 release of Stella for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. Distributions
This is the 1.4.1 release of Stella for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. Distributions
for other operating systems will appear as they become available. The
distributions currently available are:
* Binary distribution in RPM format for Linux (stella-1.4-1.i586.rpm)
* Binary distribution in RPM format for Linux (stella-1.4.1-1.i586.rpm)
* Binary distribution for Mac OSX (StellaOSX1.4.dmg.gz)
* Binary distribution for Mac OSX (StellaOSX1.4.1.dmg.gz)
* Binary distribution for Windows (stella-1.4-win32.zip)
* Binary distribution for Windows (stella-1.4.1-win32.zip)
* Source code distribution for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows (stella-1.4-src.tar.gz)
* Source code distribution for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows (stella-1.4.1-src.tar.gz)
* Source code in SRPM format for Linux RPM-based systems (stella-1.4-1.src.rpm)
* Source code in SRPM format for Linux RPM-based systems (stella-1.4.1-1.src.rpm)
PLEASE DO NOT WRITE ASKING FOR ROM IMAGES TO USE WITH STELLA! ALL SUCH
REQUESTS WILL BE IGNORED!
New in this Release
===================
* Codebase ported to SDL. The DOS and X11 ports have been discontinued.
* Sound code ported to SDL. For the Linux versions, ALSA and OSS sound
support has been discontinued.
* The Linux, MacOSX and Windows ports are now based on the same codebase
and are actively maintained. That means simultaneous (and hopefully more
frequent) releases.
* A new Windows port has been created, with the GUI based on StellaX.
This is the first new release for Windows since Stella 1.2.
(software mode is not yet optimized; OpenGL mode works much better)
* A new Mac OSX port has been created by Mark Grebe. This is the first new
release for Mac OSX since Stella 1.2.
* Added OpenGL rendering support.
* Added more refined in-game GUI.
* Added event remapping. Emulation keys can now be remapped to the keyboard
or up to 4 joysticks.
* Added native Stelladaptor support. Joysticks, paddles, and driving
controllers have been tested.
* Digital sound support (used in games like Quadrun and Pitfall2) has been
greatly improved. Sound generation is now more tightly synchronized with
video updates.
* Added support for switchable palettes. Currently you can switch between
the current Stella palette, original Stella palette (pre-1.2 versions),
and the z26 palette.
* Added support for UA Limited style bankswitching (Funky Fish and Pleiades).
* Switched to using high compatibility M6502 mode by default. This means
old state saves from previous Stella versions will no longer work.
* The meaning of the "-sound" command line option has been changed. This
option now accepts either 'true' or 'false (1 or 0) to enable/disable
sound.
* Changed sound mixer functionality. The system volume/mixer settings will
never be changed; volume changes in Stella will only affect the
emulation itself.
* Added "-video" command line option. This option accepts either 'soft' or
'gl', to use software/OpenGL rendering.
* Added "-gl_filter" command line option. This option accepts either
'nearest' or 'linear', to use GL_NEAREST or GL_LINEAR filtering.
* Added "-gl_aspect" command line option. This option accepts a decimal
value specifying how much to scale the width of the emulation image
(useful for giving an authentic 'square-looking' 4:3 mode).
* Added "-gl_fsmax" command line option. This option accepts either
'true' or 'false, and specifies to use the maximum possible resolution
when in fullscreen OpenGL mode (useful for Linux and for Windows on
laptops).
* Added "-fragsize" command line option. This option accepts the size to
use for sound fragments. Linux/MacOSX works well with 512, Windows seems
to need 2048. This value must be a power of two.
* Modified "-volume" command line option. If you specify '-1', Stella will
use the system volume.
* Renamed the "-pro" command line option to "-altpro".
* Renamed the "-fps" command line option to "-framerate".
* Removed the "-center" command line option. Stella now automatically
centers the window when possible.
* Removed the "-paddle real" command line option, since it never really
worked correctly (and Stelladaptor support adds that functionality
anyway).
* Removed all command line options relating to the X11 port
(owncmap, display).
Distribution Site
=================
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Release History
===============================================================================
1.4 to 1.4.1: (August 15, 2004)
* Fixed PAL sound issues. PAL games now should sound correct (no distortion
or missing sounds), but some games may still run too fast. This is still
a work-in-progress, and will be fixed in Stella 1.5.
* Cleaned up the SDL event gathering loop. This should hopefully fix the
problems with "double-pumping events" reported by some Windows users.
Event gathering and dispatching is now much faster as well.
* Fixed a bug where the Control or Alt keys could be assigned to some event,
but they could never be used. Control/Alt can now be used for any event.
* Updated stella.pro file to work with the latest Good2600 ROMset release
(Thanks go to Voch for helping to maintain the stella.pro file).
* For the Windows port; removed requirement for ROM files to be named *.bin
in the StellaX frontend. The ROM's can now have any name, but ZIP-files are
not yet supported.
* For the Windows port; fixed the problems with the included modified SDL
library and Windows 98 users. Stella should now run in Windows 98.
* For the OSX port; added preference to allow user to select the directory
in which ROM images are stored. This sets the default directory to start
the browsing for a ROM in, and doesn't preclude the user from selecting a
file outside that directory.
* For the OSX port; fixed preferences bug where Preferences changed before
a game was opened were not being saved.
1.3 to 1.4: (July 17, 2004)
* Codebase ported to SDL. The DOS and X11 ports have been discontinued.
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License Information and Copyright Notice
===============================================================================
Copyright (C) 1995-2003 Bradford W. Mott <bwmott@acm.org>
Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Bradford W. Mott <bwmott@acm.org>
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
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This is release 1.4 of Stella. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS
This is release 1.4.1 of Stella. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS
emulator which allows you to play all of your favorite Atari 2600 games
on your PC. You'll find the Stella Users Manual in the docs subdirectory.
If you'd like to verify that you have the latest release of Stella visit
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Enjoy,
The Stella Team
July 17, 2004
August 15, 2004
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===============================================================================
To Do List - July 17, 2004
To Do List - August 15, 2004
===============================================================================
If you would like to contribute to Stella's development then find something
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<br><br>
<center><h2><b>A multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator</b></h2></center>
<center><h4><b>Release 1.4</b></h4></center>
<center><h4><b>Release 1.4.1</b></h4></center>
<br><br>
<center><h2><b>User's Guide</b></h2></center>
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<br><br><br>
<center><b>February 1999 - July 2004</b></center>
<center><b>February 1999 - August 2004</b></center>
<center><b>The Stella Team</b></center>
<center><b><a href="http://stella.sourceforge.net">Stella Homepage</a></b></center>
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Sega Dreamcast, Unix, and Windows.
</p>
<h2><b>New in Release 1.4</b></h2>
<h2><b>New in Release 1.4.1</b></h2>
<ul>
<li>Codebase ported to SDL. The DOS and X11 ports have been discontinued.</li>
<li>Sound code ported to SDL. For the Linux versions, ALSA and OSS sound
support has been discontinued.</li>
<li>The Linux, MacOSX and Windows ports are now based on the same codebase and
are actively maintained. That means simultaneous (and hopefully
more frequent) releases.</li>
<li>A new Windows port has been created, with the GUI based on StellaX.
This is the first new release for Windows since Stella 1.2.
(software mode is not yet optimized; OpenGL mode works much better)</li>
<li>A new Mac OSX port has been created by Mark Grebe. This is the first new
release for Mac OSX since Stella 1.2.</li>
<li>Added OpenGL rendering support.</li>
<li>Added more refined in-game GUI.</li>
<li>Added event remapping. Emulation keys can now be remapped to the keyboard
or up to 4 joysticks.</li>
<li>Added native Stelladaptor support. Joysticks, paddles, and driving controllers
have been tested.</li>
<li>Digital sound support (used in games like Quadrun and Pitfall2) has been
greatly improved. Sound generation is now more tightly synchronized with
video updates.</li>
<li>Added support for switchable palettes. Currently you can switch between the
current Stella palette, original Stella palette (pre-1.2 versions), and
the z26 palette.</li>
<li>Added support for UA Limited style bankswitching (Funky Fish and Pleiades).</li>
<li>Switched to using <i>high compatibility M6502 mode</i> by default. This
means old state saves from previous Stella versions will no longer work.</li>
<li>The meaning of the "<i>-sound</i>" command line option has been changed.
This option now accepts either 'true' or 'false (1 or 0) to enable/disable
sound.</li>
<li>Changed sound mixer functionality. The system volume/mixer settings will
never be changed; volume changes in Stella will only affect the emulation
itself.</li>
<li>Added "<i>-video</i>" command line option. This option accepts either 'soft'
or 'gl', to use software/OpenGL rendering.</li>
<li>Added "<i>-gl_filter</i>" command line option. This option accepts either
'nearest' or 'linear', to use GL_NEAREST or GL_LINEAR filtering.</li>
<li>Added "<i>-gl_aspect</i>" command line option. This option accepts a decimal
value specifying how much to scale the width of the emulation image (useful
for giving an authentic 'square-looking' 4:3 mode).</li>
<li>Added "<i>-gl_fsmax</i>" command line option. This option accepts either
'true' or 'false, and specifies to use the maximum possible resolution when
in fullscreen OpenGL mode (useful for Linux and for Windows on laptops).</li>
<li>Added "<i>-fragsize</i>" command line option. This option accepts the
size to use for sound fragments. Linux/MacOSX works well with 512,
Windows seems to need 2048. This value must be a power of two.</li>
<li>Modified "<i>-volume</i>" command line option. If you specify '-1',
Stella will use the system volume.</li>
<li>Renamed the "<i>-pro</i>" command line option to "<i>-altpro</i>".</li>
<li>Renamed the "<i>-fps</i>" command line option to "<i>-framerate</i>".</li>
<li>Removed the "<i>-center</i>" command line option. Stella now automatically
centers the window when possible.</li>
<li>Removed the "<i>-paddle real</i>" command line option, since it never really
worked correctly (and Stelladaptor support adds that functionality
anyway).</li>
<li>Removed all command line options relating to the X11 port
(owncmap, display).</li>
<li>Fixed PAL sound issues. PAL games now should sound correct (no distortion
or missing sounds), but some games may still run too fast. This is still
a work-in-progress, and will be fixed in Stella 1.5.</li>
<li>Cleaned up the SDL event gathering loop. This should hopefully fix the
problems with "double-pumping events" reported by some Windows users.
Event gathering and dispatching is now much faster as well.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug where the Control or Alt keys could be assigned to some event,
but they could never be used. Control/Alt can now be used for any event.</li>
<li>Updated stella.pro file to work with the latest Good2600 ROMset release
(Thanks go to Voch for helping to maintain the stella.pro file).</li>
<li>For the Windows port; removed requirement for ROM files to be named *.bin
in the StellaX frontend. The ROM's can now have any name, but ZIP-files are
not yet supported.</li>
<li>For the Windows port; fixed the problems with the included modified SDL
library and Windows 98 users. Stella should now run in Windows 98.</li>
<li>For the OSX port; added preference to allow user to select the directory
in which ROM images are stored. This sets the default directory to start
the browsing for a ROM in, and doesn't preclude the user from selecting a
file outside that directory.</li>
<li>For the OSX port; fixed preferences bug where Preferences changed before
a game was opened were not being saved.</li>
</ul>
<p>
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<li>Supports cartridges using Parker Brothers' 8K bank-switching scheme</li>
<li>Supports cartridges using Tigervision's bank-switching scheme with up to
512K ROM</li>
<li>Supports cartridges using UA Limited bank-switching scheme</li>
<li>Supports Supercharger single-load and multi-load games</li>
<li>Supports property file for setting the properties associated with games</li>
<li>Supports user specified frame rate</li>
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<li>GNU C++ compiler version 2.95 and the make utility are required for compiling
the Stella source code; GNU C++ compiler version 3.2.x or later is highly
recommended</li>
<li>486/120 MHz required; 586/166 MHz highly recommended (Stella <b>may</b>
compile on other architectures, but it hasn't been tested)</li>
<li>Pentium class machine required (Stella <b>may</b> compile on other
architectures, but it hasn't been tested)</li>
</ul>
<p>
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<li>Visual C++ 7 compiler is required to compile the StellaX GUI frontend</li>
<li>Visual C++ 7 or MinGW compiler is required to compile the Stella
executable</li>
<li>486/120 MHz required; 586/166 MHz highly recommended</li>
<li>Pentium class machine required; OpenGL accelerated video card highly
recommended</li>
</ul>
<br><br>
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// See the file "license" for information on usage and redistribution of
// this file, and for a DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES.
//
// $Id: Console.cxx,v 1.36 2004-07-28 23:54:38 stephena Exp $
// $Id: Console.cxx,v 1.37 2004-08-12 23:36:15 stephena Exp $
//============================================================================
#include <assert.h>
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// - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
void Console::toggleFormat()
{
mySystem->reset();
string format = myProperties.get("Display.Format");
if(format == "NTSC")
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// See the file "license" for information on usage and redistribution of
// this file, and for a DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES.
//
// $Id: Settings.cxx,v 1.27 2004-07-28 23:54:39 stephena Exp $
// $Id: Settings.cxx,v 1.28 2004-08-12 23:36:15 stephena Exp $
//============================================================================
#include <cassert>
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{
#ifndef MAC_OSX
cout << endl
<< "Stella version 1.4.1_cvs\n\nUsage: stella [options ...] romfile" << endl
<< "Stella version 1.4.1\n\nUsage: stella [options ...] romfile" << endl
<< endl
<< "Valid options are:" << endl
<< endl
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