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Bug fixing & stabilization

Since the previous update, focus has been mostly on improving the compatibility and stability of existing test applications through debugging, bug fixes and finishing some partially implemented features. This has so far had mostly effect on Excel, THINK Pascal and Fokker Triplane Flight Simulator:

Microsoft Excel 3.0 progress

Seems that Excel was complaining the out of memory error only because it could not locate the ‘PACK’ 6 resource (IntlUtils package). Adding a ‘PACK’ wrapper resource to System file, in similar fashion to the one which was added earlier for ResEdit as ‘PACK’ ID = 0, allowed this check to pass. After that a couple of new IntlUtils selectors were needed, with a couple file manager tweaks, and now Excel is able to start up successfully (albeit with a alert about not finding Excel, which can be passed).

It seems that a lot of tools and features are already functional, including basic worksheet creation, cell selection/modification, shape drawing, basic formatting etc. However, the most important feature, text input to allow entering data to worksheet cells, still requires TEDispatch to be implemented.

THINK Pascal 4.0 progress

One application which surfaced a lot of bugs and issues was THINK Pascal 4.0, here’s a rough summary of the issues found & ‘fixed’:

  • Reallocation of resources was not working properly in ChangedResource. Resource Manager did not save & restore active resource entry when measuring space available between current and next resource, which caused the new resource allocation in growth case to end up in wrong resource entry in the map (the next one was reallocated instead of current).
  • Removing name was attempted even if no name existed, causing resource names to get corrupted
  • RmveResource was not offsetting the types properly when removing the last instance of a given type.
  • The internal routine RGetResourceCount was trashing the resource entry pointer in resource manager’s stack state, causing some resources to be skipped altogether in iteration.
  • SetHandleSize was allowing locked blocks to move during the operation, which was explicitly told in Inside Mac documentation would not happen. This bug caused sometimes locked memory to move, with dereferenced pointers becoming invalid, causing crash during pascal code compilation.
  • A very rough approximation of MoveHHi was added. It works well enough to allow THINK Pascal to move resources out of the way to not prevent heap fragmentation from growing size of locked handles – but still causes sometimes fragmentation enough to surface this issue. However, this is for now enough to get the projects compile roughtly 2 to 3 times in one session before memory fragmentation kicks in and crashes the compiler.
  • The resource copy phase of THINK Pascal surfaced a bug in CountResources/GetIndResource, where CurMap was used instead of TopMap (CurMap should only be used when operating on 1-deep versions of the calls, Count1Resources/Get1IndResource). With this fix, the resource file copy phase succeeds.
  • Using “Transfer” command in THINK Pascal can be used to launch another app – in most cases, the application that was just compiled. However, the application zone teardown was – and still is – largely unfinished, having a number of issues. One that was fixed, was that resource manager attempts to release and purge all font caches with allocations in the application zone, which would be invalid upon launching the new program.
  • GetScrap trap had a minor issue, in which the case of hDest being nil it would crash, instead of just returning the scrap size as it was supposed to. This fixes the clipboard to (almost) work in THINK Pascal.

Now even a bit more complex programs can be compiled using THINK Pascal, for example one of Toni’s old games from as early as 1998. However, there are still minor glitches in various places:

  • Sometimes clipboard operation does not work on the first attempt.
  • Replacing existing application with “Build application” & replace dialog does not yet work because _Delete trap is still unfinished.
  • Sometimes text editing has very tiny minor selection glitches (when doing “Search again” in source code, where previous hit was selected and visible in area which was scrolled only little up, the old selection is left on when highlighting the new one).
  • Because resource map compaction is (still) unfinished, each time resources are updated and/or written in resource files, the file size grows indefinitely (by size of modified resource).
  • Compiling only works a couple times (2-3) on large projects, before heap fragmentation crashes the compiler.
  • The “Go” option does not yet work, because when running applications inside the THINK Pascal IDE, it does not actually launch a separate applications process for it. Instead, it loads the application “on top” of the pascal IDE, and in order to do this, it wraps a lot of its handlers to toolbox routines, and to do this, it manipulates the trap tables directly. This however assumes the toolbox trap table is located at 0xC00 on mac plus (0x75)-type machine, while it is currently located at 0xE00 (later machines). Because some currently used low memory globals overlap this area in non-compatible ways (for example, cursor device), they need to be adjusted a bit to behave differently on “Classic” type environment (like on real Mac Plus), and other way on later (slot-based / color-QD) environment.

Fokker Triplane Flight Simulator

It seems that the only issue causing Fokker Triplane to freeze upon starting new game was actually the lack of low-level interrupt handler emulation. The game attempted to override system VBL handler by adding its own VBL interrupt handler in the Lvl1DT low memory area containing the list of VIA’s Level 1 interrupt handler table, and as it was never called, caused the lock-up. The VBL, and 1-second timer, have now proper handlers in this low memory area, which is checked upon triggering the emulated VBL interrupt. This also includes the familiar performance optimization, where unpatched handlers skip the MixedMode interface with direct method call. It seems that with this change, the game is now fully playable with sound effects (although not thoroughly tested).

Full list of changes since last post

2019-11-16 04:08:45 +0200 • Lowlevel VIA interrupt handler for Fokker Triplane
2019-11-13 03:50:11 +0200 • Tweak SndNewChannel to not crash ResEdit          
2019-11-09 09:03:38 +0200 • Dummy OpenDeny/OpenRDeny (=>paramErr for local FS)
2019-11-09 07:51:53 +0200 • Workaround for mapping wideOpen Rgn in DrawPicture
2019-11-09 07:49:02 +0200 • Move File Manager commands to separate module     
2019-11-09 07:47:37 +0200 • Move SoundDriver test code to separate module     
2019-11-09 02:29:58 +0200 • Add dummy BitMapRgn trap for aWorm                
2019-11-06 05:40:10 +0200 • Respect port clipRgn in CopyBits                  
2019-11-06 04:31:42 +0200 • Fix edge cases in UnpackBits                      
2019-11-04 21:32:35 +0200 • If GetScrap argument hDest = nil, return only size
2019-11-04 11:31:38 +0200 • Clear font caches when closing res file w/ fonts  
2019-11-04 04:16:41 +0200 • Add IUMagString & improve Transliterate for Excel 
2019-11-04 03:09:38 +0200 • Fix Count…/GetIndResource to begin at TopMap    
2019-11-04 02:15:21 +0200 • Add memLockedErr enum missing from previous commit
2019-11-04 02:14:56 +0200 • (HACK) MoveHHi added - works, but not as in specs!
2019-11-04 02:12:08 +0200 • Fix SetHandleSize for locked blocks (don't move)  
2019-11-04 02:06:36 +0200 • Fix tail check in the zone check                  
2019-11-04 02:04:53 +0200 • Fix name allocation in AddResource                
2019-11-04 02:03:14 +0200 • StdFile: No "New folder" button in old dialogs    
2019-11-03 05:53:37 +0200 • More verbose heapcheck & optional free space debug
2019-11-02 18:13:37 +0200 • Fix possible TextEdit calibration memory move bug 
2019-11-02 17:40:30 +0200 • Fix resource map validation for maps with no names
2019-11-01 17:55:35 +0200 • Add dummy cstr2dec and pstr2dec selectors in Pack7
2019-11-01 17:54:15 +0200 • Don't trash ResourceEntry ptr in RGetResourceCount
2019-11-01 02:30:02 +0200 • Dummy IUMagWString & Transliterate(Text) for Excel
2019-11-01 00:43:41 +0200 • Add 'PACK' 3,4,5,6&7 mapping (Excel now starts up)
2019-10-31 21:33:21 +0200 • Resource fork compact placeholder code            
2019-10-31 01:01:48 +0200 • Fix RmveResource offset bug at last item of a type
2019-10-30 21:56:35 +0200 • Don't try to remove name if entry doesn't have one
2019-10-30 21:55:55 +0200 • Add map checks to Resource Manager calls for debug
2019-10-30 04:54:54 +0200 • Fix reallocation of resource in ChangedResource   

Continuum + two other new apps & bundle write support

It’s not that long since the previous news update, but there are a couple changes that are especially important:

Application bundle writable file system support

One problem with the app bundles was that by nature, their contents have read-only privileges to prevent unwanted modifications. However, as the emulator’s virtual filesystem needs to be able to not only create new files, but also modify existing ones (such as highscore saving in ZeroGravity and Continuum), using the files directory from inside the app bundle was not suitable.

To make the virtual file system writable, the emulator now relocates it to a safely writable location at /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/MACE/<application-name>/vfs. This has a couple of neat features:

  • On every launch, any original files which are either not present or zero-length are copied from the app bundle to the writable location. This includes the initial launch, during which the entire filesystem gets replicated there.
  • Holding down the “Shift” key performs a “soft-reset” of the writable filesystem, meaning that all originals files are replicated even if they exist already in the writable filesystem. This is handy in cases if the original system or application files get damaged and would cause the emulation to fail to start. NOTE: There is not yet any prompt when performing the “soft-reset”, but there is plan to add a confirmation dialog (including a option for “hard-reset” feature) later at some time.
  • Any files modified or saved by user are fully accessible through this folder in AppleDouble format, which can be exchanged between applications and/or other emulators (or with appropriate conversion, real Macs).

MacOS Catalina support tweaks

As the new macOS Catalina was released recently, it was discovered that there was a unnecessary privilege used by the SDL2: It was listening to background key presses solely to track state of the caps lock key. Luckily, there was already a patch for this issue in SDL 2.0.10, so updating the SDL2 library (and adjusting some caps lock support code) fixed this problem.

(Please note that there will still be warning for unsigned applications, as to remove this Apple requires not only signing, but since 10.15 also notarization of any downloaded MacOS applications, both which require the paid Apple Developer Program membership.)

New test application: Continuum 1.04

Thanks to the personal permission by Brian Wilson, in combination with the writable bundle support we added this weekend, we have now Continuum 1.04 available as a fully functional MACE app bundle (including planet editor):

You can try the game out by visiting the downloads section. If you would like to know more about Continuum and its history, you can also visit the Continuum web page Brian Wilson has created here.

Other new test applications: Mac Concentration and GunShy 1.3

Thanks to the small fix done to the bug in SANE FP68K trap’s FMULD selector, Mac Concentration now works perfectly (it was previously stuck in game board generation loop due to the messed up multiplication results).

With the writable file system support, GunShy 1.3 is also finally feature-complete as a application bundle, as players need to be able to save & load games.

Like Continuum, these two new app bundles are available freely for trying out in the downloads section.

Full list of changes since last post

2019-10-27 07:49:25 +0200 • Relocate VFS to writable path on Mac OS X startup 
2019-10-27 04:52:17 +0200 • Update Alice, Continuum and GunShy JSON configs   
2019-10-27 04:45:56 +0200 • Adjust CapsLock check to work with new SDL version
2019-10-27 04:44:03 +0200 • Update to SDL2.0.10 to remove scary Catalina popup
2019-10-27 04:21:42 +0200 • Tweak InvalRgn/InvalRect to work better in Conti..
2019-10-26 05:17:58 +0300 • Update cmake JSON config for MacConcentration     
2019-10-26 04:25:41 +0300 • Adjust VBL routine call order for sound refresh   
2019-10-26 03:50:40 +0300 • Fix FMULD bug (param1 not assigned correctly) 

A bit of nVIR-A experience, and a new test application

Infection compatibility

We had this week a rather interesting thing happen by accident, which was rather unusual: While trying out a couple potential test applications with the emulator, we ran into an application which was infected by nVIR A type virus ( ). What makes this interesting, is that it apparently was able to infect the System file of that application’s bundle, as we now have near-complete resource write support:

Above is partial output of the System file’s resource map debug dump (and Rezilla screenshot of infected System file), and the ‘nVIR’ and ‘INIT’ resources were actually written into the System file by the virus in infected application – and the system resource map seemed to be (mostly) still functional! I only found this out because a bug in resource writing corrupted Geneva font, causing the infected application to crash. A kind of controversial achievement, having good enough compatibility for even viruses to work in the toolbox emulation…

One of the positive sides of the current per-application bundling of files as isolated file systems, is that the infection never was able to break out of the application bundle. We have also scrubbed through all the disk images and Mac files downloaded we use for development and testing, to make sure there will not be any risk of infection at later time (and run Disinfectant on the source Macs/emulators regularly). These viruses are ancient, but can awake up at any time it seems…

New test application: IAGO

After we got the infection sorted out and everything back to normal, we experimented with a couple of new test applications, and found out that IAGO, which is a public domain game written by David Reed in 1984.

We were able to identify one bug in ROXLI.L instruction, which caused the game timer to not advance correctly. After it was fixed, the game works as smoothly as it does on a (fast) real Macs. It is now also available for testing as application bundle in the downloads section.

A LOT of fixes, improvements and new test applications

It’s now approximately one month since last update, and a lot of “under the hood” type progress has been made.

M68K Tester and 68K bug fixes

One major task we had on roadmap was attempting to see how we could integrate Pukka’s emulator core with the amazing M68K Emulator Testsuite (by Gwenolé Beauchesne and Ray Arachelian, archived at this URL: ). After holidays, Pukka was able to get the integration done, and we found a bunch of hard-to-find CPU bugs thanks to it:

Even though a lot of bugs were fixed, there are still test cases which do not pass, and will be fixed soon. However, with the fixes already done to the bugs that were found thanks to the test suite, Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle appear to be stable in rooms that used to crash before:

New relative mouse mode

A long-time task that has been waiting implementation has been the relative mouse mode, in which M.A.C.E. captures mouse cursor entirely, and instead of using the absolute position given by the host operation system, calculates mouse motion itself using the mouse delta vectors. This both prevents stray clicks outside emulated desktop window, and allows long delta swipes such as required to control helicopter in Apache Strike. As a result of this, Apache Strike can now be played, as previously it would immediately crash into the wall – and Pirates! no longer hangs in the swordfight at beginning – both which depended on certain low-level mouse low memory globals being emulated correctly:

Another fun feature which we added to complement the relative mouse mode as experimenting with game controller input API of SDL, which took about 30 minutes to do and works quite OK as seen on this video:

Apache Strike controlled using USB gamepad

Another issue that was fixed was missed clicks problem with “Tap to Click” MacBooks, which now should generate mouseDown events correctly.

Currently the cursor itself is still displayed using SDL “hardware” cursor API, but with the recent changes adding support for software cursor should not be a big problem – One that might be required to have decent cursor is certain games, where the cursor visibility depends on the cursor having ability to “invert” depending on underlaying graphics (such as the crosshair on black background in lemmings), which the SDL hardware cursor does not support.

Keyboard text input rewritten with proper character mapping

In first iteration of keyboard handler, we only had scancode support with minimal MacRoman mapping (without modifiers), which although was working for the simple use cases, did not allow flexibility required for example to enter upper-case letters.

For second iteration, we attempted to utilize host operating system keyboard layout mapping by using SDL text input API, and although it worked nicely for TextEdit text input, broke command keys and other things (such as Dark Castle & Lode Runner controls) horribly.

For the latest, third iteration, we went back to scancode based input, but instead are simulating the exactly same type KCHR scancode to MacRoman mapping like on real Macs. This allows every key to work properly in text editing, game input and menu shortcut etc, but one downside is that for international layouts we will need to have separate KCHR resources, currently only having U.S. as default layout. However, as “dead keys” are also working, typing special characters such as accents, umlauts, etc is working nicely even on this layout.

ResEdit bug “treasure chest”

ResEdit proved to be a real “treasure chest” of bugs and improvements, as it used literally every possible List Manager routine, and it also surfaced some unexpected bugs in other places such as TextEdit, Dialog Manager, QuickDraw, and other already heavily used toolbox traps.

Some major improvements found through testing ResEdit:

  • Most of List Manager calls were implemented, including resizing lists, deleting rows/columns, searching data. Also some bugs were fixed, such as corruption of data offsets in some cases, etc.
  • Dialog manager edit field handling had a number of bugs, which surfaced in the DLOG editor, and there also were bugs in item hiding/showing which were also manifesting in Civilization.
  • TextEdit had some bugs in the MixedMode handling of special case calling conventions, which caused crash in the hex editor. After fixing them, not only the hex editor works, but also MacPascal editing bugs were fixed, as it also used custom TEDoText hooks.
  • The PACK 1 (“BitEdit”) package in ResEdit surface a couple QuickDraw bugs, such as random SeedFill memory corruption (using the paint bucket tool) and StretchBits memory corruption. These also make MacPaint more stable, which was also suffering from the SeedFill bug.

Some of these fixes had quite universal effects, such as improving the previously buggy behaviour of Lists and TextEdit in HyperCard 1.x:

Other improvements

  • Text scaling and measuring had some bugs, which were fixed so that MacPaint and Macwrite can display text of all sizes, faces and styles.
  • MacWrite now works, at least kind of…all other edition options are working (styling, page breaks, font sizes, fonts, rulers, etc), except adding newline using enter/return causes text to corrupt.
  • As the region corruption bug in polygon rendering was fixed, PT-109 appears now the be completely stable.
  • With “dummy” SetPalette trap implemented, Railroad Tycoon is now able to proceed past first “End of Fiscal Period” report
  • Scrollbar (CDEF 1) implementation (and related Control Manager TrackControl/DragControl stuff) were finally finished, so the indicator thumb dragging works now.
  • Prototype of font fractional width support added, only test case for this is curently Photoshop, which enables them. Right now only FOND width tables are supported, but extended width tables could be easily added as soon as some application needs them.

New test applications added

Also, we have now finally two new test app bundles that should be complete enough for trying out. These are ZeroGravity by Duane Blehm, and Blob Manager Demo by Paul DuBois. They are now available for trying out in the Downloads section.

Additionally, the old test application bundles have been updated with the new M.A.C.E. runtime, which includes all the bug fixes and improvements done since their last update. For example, Stunt Copter uses now the new relative mouse mode, and all apps have been updated to support the “Tap to Click” trackpad mode on MacBooks.

Full list of changes since last post

There are too many changes to detail in a single post, so as a new feature below is the version control log of all changes made since last update:

2019-08-19 22:54:49 +0300 • Add SetDialogDefaultItem/CancelItem/TracksCursor 
2019-08-19 22:47:32 +0300 • Tweak TrackControl and LClick delay to 8 ticks 
2019-08-19 18:15:47 +0300 • Save alert default item also in the DialogRecord 
2019-08-19 16:23:03 +0300 • Partial support for default dialog StdFilter proc 
2019-08-19 07:03:12 +0300 • Bumb the M.A.C.E. version number & use current date 
2019-08-19 07:02:52 +0300 • Replace printfs with log, and add a few DEBUG #ifs 
2019-08-19 07:00:17 +0300 • Fix the SDL window title for now by using EnvStartupFile 
2019-08-19 06:59:57 +0300 • Tweak Blob Mgr Demo and ZeroGravity for release 
2019-08-19 06:00:30 +0300 • Work on FOND widthtable and fractional size support 
2019-08-17 03:17:27 +0300 • Work a little on resource map "shadowing" handling 
2019-08-17 03:04:32 +0300 • Fix WaitMouseUp to not return 1 extra "down" state 
2019-08-17 02:23:40 +0300 • Fix SeedFill random memory corruption case 
2019-08-15 23:36:01 +0300 • Merge branch 'master' of  
2019-08-15 23:35:56 +0300 • Fix TextEdit cursor right-side clamping 
2019-08-15 22:55:05 +0300 • add xcode 6 project 
2019-08-15 22:43:06 +0300 • Fix incorrect register usage in TEDoText overrides 
2019-08-15 21:21:29 +0300 • Fix StretchBits stack buffer overrun 
2019-08-14 23:46:30 +0300 • Fix scrollbar redraw bug in List Manager 
2019-08-14 23:25:48 +0300 • SetPalette classic-QD dummy trap 
2019-08-14 21:44:36 +0300 • Fix LSetSelect highlight bugs 
2019-08-14 19:28:32 +0300 • Fix lNoNilHilite flag handling in LSetSelect 
2019-08-13 03:14:24 +0300 • Fix value clamping in Control Manager 
2019-08-13 03:11:51 +0300 • Tweak CloseWD stub to not crash 
2019-08-13 03:11:28 +0300 • Implement LClrCell and proto of LDelRow/LDelColumn 
2019-08-12 21:10:26 +0300 • Fix a couple byteswap bugs in lists (selection) 
2019-08-12 17:39:11 +0300 • Fix one-cell delta calculation in list pageup/down 
2019-08-12 15:03:44 +0300 • Fix maxIndex bug in LNew 
2019-08-12 02:34:18 +0300 • List Manager LSize implementation 
2019-08-11 05:12:39 +0300 • Finished LAutoScroll, another easy one for ResEdit 
2019-08-11 04:56:40 +0300 • Implemented C_LFind, was simpler than I thought… 
2019-08-11 04:46:28 +0300 • Finish LNextCell trap, work on LClick multiselect 
2019-08-11 02:18:20 +0300 • Implement C_LClick scroll indicator handling 
2019-08-11 02:06:55 +0300 • Fix dividend overflow in scrollbar CDEF 1 rounding 
2019-08-11 01:43:52 +0300 • Implement DragControl, finish TrackControl & CDEF1 
2019-08-10 03:41:37 +0300 • Fix caps lock usage in SDL key event handler 
2019-08-10 02:01:37 +0300 • SDL gamecontroller support "hack" to Apache Strike 
2019-08-09 20:45:44 +0300 • Add FSpOpenDF, FSpCreate, FSpDelete, FSpGetInfo, FSpRename & (dummy) _Rename 
2019-08-09 18:08:02 +0300 • Hacked procinfo for UIMagIDString call in LSearch 
2019-08-09 03:28:00 +0300 • Fix buffer overflow in GetVolParms 
2019-08-09 02:42:54 +0300 • Added dummy GetVolParms selector to _FSDispatch 
2019-08-09 02:00:31 +0300 • Add Jigsaw test app 
2019-08-09 02:00:10 +0300 • Implement LSearch, and (dummy stub) IUMagIDString 
2019-08-09 01:58:42 +0300 • Implemented 1-bit NewGWorld in QDExtensions 
2019-08-08 17:10:34 +0300 • Fix allocation of key state buffer 
2019-08-08 02:45:45 +0300 • C_KeyTranslate Deadkey support + fix mac scancodes 
2019-08-07 18:30:41 +0300 • Fix dialog edit field handling 
2019-08-07 12:13:26 +0300 • Fix picture recording of port fgColor/bkColor 
2019-08-07 04:49:10 +0300 • Add git log generator, for fun 🙂 
2019-08-07 04:21:32 +0300 • Tweak type of ScrapSize in low memory 
2019-08-07 04:21:04 +0300 • Fix fromMode handling in Picture Line recording 
2019-08-07 04:19:58 +0300 • Fix picture line recording Point saving 
2019-08-07 04:17:59 +0300 • Fix Hide/Show dialog item bounds calculation 
2019-08-07 04:15:36 +0300 • Prevent editfield citation replacements in dialogs 
2019-08-06 19:43:28 +0300 • Fix Scrap Manager bugs 
2019-08-06 19:41:31 +0300 • Clean up Mouse module a bit 
2019-08-06 19:07:03 +0300 • Fix bug in DefaultShowCursor 
2019-08-06 16:38:47 +0300 • Un-obscure cursor before _MDrawCursor in CrsrTask 
2019-08-06 01:42:37 +0300 • Make phase-shift adjustment configurable 
2019-08-06 00:20:31 +0300 • Move audio phase-shift from RAM to ClassicSound 
2019-08-06 00:17:50 +0300 • Disable VM_MAP and reverse-page mapping 
2019-08-05 20:44:39 +0300 • Disable a couple of mouse debug log calls 
2019-08-05 00:10:21 +0300 • Updated some test apps with relative mouse mode 
2019-08-05 00:09:22 +0300 • Refactor cursor to support relative motion mode 
2019-08-04 00:30:38 +0300 • fix abcd, partially fix sbcd instruction 
2019-08-03 23:20:09 +0300 • fix zero status for subx.b/w/l instruction 
2019-08-03 00:40:07 +0300 • fix add.b, addx.b/w/l and negx.b/w/l status bits 
2019-08-03 00:40:01 +0300 • Merge branch 'master' of  
2019-08-02 00:05:57 +0300 • Fix TEIdle blinker 
2019-08-01 23:10:07 +0300 • Implement LLastClick and tweak trap glue generator 
2019-08-01 16:03:22 +0300 • Disable the extra log debug trace of heap compact 
2019-08-01 16:02:28 +0300 • Reduce logging in MixedMode calls 
2019-08-01 16:01:44 +0300 • Fix size bug in WriteResource 
2019-08-01 16:00:47 +0300 • Fix resProtected flag check in ChangedResource 
2019-08-01 15:58:51 +0300 • Fix dialog edit field disabled check + others 
2019-08-01 05:19:49 +0300 • Add missing lowmem changes for CurActivate bug fix 
2019-08-01 05:19:04 +0300 • Work on KeyTranslate KCHR mapping (fix keyboard) 
2019-07-31 01:21:08 +0300 • Add MacConcentration test app 
2019-07-31 01:20:39 +0300 • Implement FADDD & fix major 64-bit float SANE bug 
2019-07-31 01:08:21 +0300 • fix lsl and lsr instruction for shift > 31 
2019-07-30 22:53:46 +0300 • fixes for m68k tester 
2019-07-30 21:50:19 +0300 • move x68k xcode6 project to x68k root 
2019-07-30 21:48:42 +0300 • add m68k tester 
2019-07-30 21:46:25 +0300 • make kemu lib c++ compatible 
2019-07-29 15:51:21 +0300 • Tweak GunShy config to use version 1.3 
2019-07-28 04:54:27 +0300 • Fix window activation handling 
2019-07-27 04:36:27 +0300 • Fix GetFontInfo for scaled fonts 
2019-07-27 04:22:21 +0300 • Fix bug in fast-case of text blitter 
2019-07-27 02:13:56 +0300 • Set Lo3Bytes lowmem global properly 
2019-07-27 02:12:01 +0300 • Implemented ReadDateTime and (dummy) SetDateTime 
2019-07-27 01:26:28 +0300 • Fix LActivate 
2019-07-27 00:46:46 +0300 • Fix cursor leak 
2019-07-26 18:29:56 +0300 • Tweak InitResources to be (again) re-callable 
2019-07-26 17:32:20 +0300 • Fix UPP ProcInfo of DABeeper callback 
2019-07-26 15:46:55 +0300 • Implemented LActivate selector in List Manager 
2019-07-26 05:45:33 +0300 • Fix bug in resource manager name remove code 
2019-07-26 05:44:44 +0300 • Add Glider4 test app 
2019-07-26 05:44:24 +0300 • Fix possible bug in SetVol NFS handler 
2019-07-26 05:43:07 +0300 • Setup CurrentA5 during boot stage 2 for INITs 
2019-07-26 02:55:49 +0300 • Re-fix PurgeSpace to also return correct D0 
2019-07-26 01:52:59 +0300 • Optimize FramePolygon case 
2019-07-26 01:43:57 +0300 • Actually update the existing ADF header 
2019-07-26 01:36:18 +0300 • Finish SetFileinfo handler in NativeFS 
2019-07-26 01:35:28 +0300 • Fix region corruption bug in polygon drawing 
2019-07-25 23:16:56 +0300 • Fix MapRgn duplicate inversion point bug 
2019-07-25 23:07:21 +0300 • Fix MapPt negativity check 
2019-07-25 22:08:06 +0300 • Fix size of ScriptUtil selector 
2019-07-25 22:02:10 +0300 • Fix edge case bug in UnpackBits 
2019-07-25 21:02:00 +0300 • Fix ADF file create bug, mixed up rsrc and data 
2019-07-25 19:27:32 +0300 • Also reserve space for mapping in the stack after packBuffer 

Mid-summer update: TextEdit progress

We’re still on summer “break”, but there has been a few evenings time to work on some TODO items, lately especially on the TextEdit implementation. It’s still far from complete (the basic, single-style TextEdit – Styled TextEdit is another undertaking on its own!), but there has been some progress that has already some visible effects.

For example, one of the games we’ve been testing emulation with, Scarab of RA, relies EXTREMELY lot on TextEdit, including quest log, inventory (which includes selecting items with text selection highlight included), help/hint, about, and score dialogs. Some of these work in very interesting ways, for example quest log and inventory assemble text by concatenating text from individual segments – for example, “16 ounces of food” line in inventory is assembled one by one from strings “16”, ” “, “ounce”, “s”, ” of food”, and carriage return. The game also appears to use the internal line start offsets to intercept clicks in inventory, highlighting individual lines using text selection by itself.

The game is already approaching playable state, but there are still a few issues – most notably, recalibration of line start offsets does not update last line offsets correctly when removing, causing removed lines to sometimes leave “trashed” text at end of text edit boxes. Here’s some screenshots of how it looks like now:

Scarab of RA gameplay screen, with inventory selection highlighted
Multi-line text highlighting of recent message in quest log

Additionally, a few other games (Lemmings, Simcity) can now proceed past copy protection screens, as we can finally use the VERY hacky TEKey implementation to enter correct answers to the protection questions (SimCity also required a bunch of new selectors to be added to the FP68K SANE dispatcher):

Lemmings can now proceed to gameplay, which appears to work perfectly, including sound & music output using Sound Driver
SimCity (black & white version) can also proceed to game, although sound does not yet work as it still has the weirdly mixed up sound completion routine method signature which crashes the device manager if sound is not disabled

EDIT: Here’s a video of first 15 minutes of Mac Lemmings gameplay:

Lemmings running on M.A.C.E.

There is also some effect on productivity apps:

Text object can now be created in MacDraw
Hypercard at userlevel 5

As the “message” window in HyperCard 1.x is now able to accept commands, we can use “set userlevel to 5” command to actually modify the included stacks! Still a lot of things broken there, but yet a lot new functionality unlocked… We haven’t though had time to play with them, but it should soon be much more usable!

EDIT: After minor tweaking with SDL TextInput API, MacPascal can also now accept text input, compile and run Pascal code:

Some test code entered, compiled and run in MacPascal

In general, TextEdit still has a lot of important features unfinished or to be implemented:

  • No caret display yet (teCaret in TEDoText)
  • TEClick not yet implemented, thus using mouse for selecting text does not work yet
  • TEKey is VERY hacky, needs for example arrow key control, backspace support, etc
  • Dialog Manager keyboard input does not yet handle default items/clipboard commands etc
  • The keyboard driver is still passing key events through scancodes without real mapping to actual MacRoman characters, preventing modifiers/host operating system keyboard layout from having effect
  • Line start recalibration has still sometimes issue when removing lines from middle of text
  • Selections have still some visual glitches, especially when typing text in dialogs
  • Styled TextEdit support still completely missing…for now
  • Probably other things too which I can’t remember…

And now back to the summer break…

Civilization stress test

There’s not much news for the past days, as half of the entire development team has been bedridden by a spring flu, which luckily is improving. However, during this period we did a stress test to hunt a nasty memory corruption bug found in Civilization:

Hunting bugs with Civilization

Eventually the memory heap corruption bug was reproduced, and thanks to extensive debug logging, the culprit was a double-release of color table handle in window manager auxiliary window list entry which was not implemented correctly. With additional checks in memory manager handle “handling”, we’re working on fixing this issue and hopefully will catch similar issues faster in the future with the added handle validation code.

Other notable improvements done in the past weeks include:

  • Near-completed scrollbar (CDEF 1) support
  • Bug fixes to Control Manager (which was using dereferenced handles after calling routines which move memory, causing random crashes)
  • List Manager bug fixes (alignment of items, scroll working, and scroll bar support, incorrect bit masking, etc.)
  • Fixed FCOSX interpreted accidentally as FLOGBX. They both had same selector, but different trap (FP68K vs Elems68K). This allows ZeroGravity to display force indicator correctly, and fixes Test Drive II: The Duel road rendering almost completely.
  • Other minor fixes & improvements (MapRgn trap implemented, OpenPicture pen hide bug, DeltaPoint byteswap bug, FindDialogItem trap implemented, ScrollRect was not calculating source address correctly in non-clipped downwards scrolling, etc.)
  • Somehow sound has started to work in Microsoft BASIC, so the “Music” sample app now plays music in BASIC without issues
  • Optimizations to the 68K emulator

StretchBits (and font scaling)

An important feature which was implemented a few days ago is the StretchBits trap. It was actually implemented for the first “Stunt Copter” prototype, but as it’s effects are visible in many places, I felt proper to write a separate blog entry for it just to demonstrate a few cases where it had big impact on the content:

Railroad Tycoon map & minimap AFTER adding StretchBits
Railroad Tycoon map & minimap BEFORE adding StretchBits

Before implementing StretchBits, calls to it were directed as a placeholder to StdBits, which would show the content partially depending on the context, but causing graphic glitches as can be seen. On the Railroad Tycoon map, the “Map” uses both double-size scaling to draw the map, and half-size scaling for the mini-map on the right hand side. Also, the “New Train” screen uses stretching to scale locomotive PICT resources to fit the List Manager list it uses:

Railroad Tycoon “New Train” screen AFTER adding StretchBits
Railroad Tycoon “New Train” screen BEFORE adding StretchBits

Also the text rendering benefits of this, as text can now be scaled to arbitrary sizes, which is quite important when drawing bitmapped fonts in non-exact resolutions, such as in Missile:

Missile AFTER adding StretchBits/font scaling

Missile BEFORE adding StretchBits/font scaling

The scaling algorithm has some room for improvement, as it for now only has the generic method for scaling bits one pixel at a time. For now, this seems to be enough to allow working on other missing features.

Progress on Haiku port

With help of the new build system, we have now foundation to make porting to other host platforms easier. Currently, Pukka is working on Rasperry Pi port, while I today managed to get the emulator to compile and run on Haiku for the first time!

“Stunt Copter” running on Haiku, with console output on the terminal

With the support for multiple application-specific build targets, we could immediately get all the (currently functional) test apps to run. Below is screenshot of a few of them running at the same time:

Dark Castle, PT-109, Railroad Tycoon and Stunt Copter running on Haiku

The sound output took a bit tweaking to get to work, as for some reason Haiku’s SDL2 implementation did not handle unsigned 8-bit audio (native Mac format) so we had to briefly hack in support for converting it to signed 16-bit PCM on the fly. Sadly, modifier keys don’t work yet, and mouse input is broken, but emulation, file system, rendering and sound output appear to be working ok for now.

There’s however still much to do, and ports aren’t yet a priority, so these ports will probably see less action in the near future until we get all the other tasks done.

EDIT: Here’s a short video of first level of Prince of Persia running in MACE on Haiku:

Prince of Persia running in MACE on Haiku running in VirtualBox on Mac OS X

First prototype application!

Today, after working hard for whole week, we got the first public prototype preview application package available for trying out how M.A.C.E. works! For the prototype preview, we chose the public-domain game “Stunt Copter”, created by the late Duane Blehm. You can try it on the files section:

Please bear in mind, the project is still in early prototype phase, so there are still a number of things to improve, such as fullscreen/retina support and other features.