Re: Where are they now: Atari's Wizards

From: Magnus Kollberg <>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 17:05:26 +0100


> > I have no info on the current status of Fenix. fVDI is starting to get useable.
> > Johan showed me a demo and it was very impressive. In mono it was not far behind
> :-)

It was nice, I promiss.
> > NVDI and then it wasn't even very optimised yet. In colour modes it wasn't very
> I'm back from the alps now and in a few days I'll hopefully have figured
> out what I was working on before I left...

Well, if not, look at the other mail I sent you. fVDI can wait. :-)
> I have already written monochrome versions (sometimes not for all possible
> drawing modes) of the above (and line drawing routines for 1/2/4/8 planes),
> but my current code might be far from optimum for non-AB040 machines (it's of
> course not perfect on the '040 either, but it's been written for that).

I think it will be great when it's finished.
> > impressive at the moment. Actually it was the slowest I have ever seen. ;-)
> Doing everything pixel by pixel will always be very slow, even if it
> wouldn't be quite so bad with a chunky screen. I think it's very important
> that fVDI can operate on that level, though, since it makes it very easy
> to add support for new hardware. Accelerated functions can be bolted on one
> at a time when they're finished.

Well Mach64 support wouldn't be to bad. I guess a few Hades people wouldn't
cry either for that matter.

> Actually, I'm planning on writing a chunky 8 bit driver (with interrupt
> driven conversion to the standard Atari format) as a test/example.

Hehehe... this sounds scary.

//Magnus kollberg
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