Velocity Library (vLib) v1.5
Quote:Zettablade's back on the scene with a new version of his Velocity Library (vLib), a general purpose library for making games. vLib v1.5 is said to be faster and more efficient than previous versions, as well as allowing for the drawing of simple shapes to help you in making games of your very own.
Now, he lists a lot of different bits of documentation (wee count at least 10 different text files across the downloadable file's folders), so wee're definitely encouraging you to read through them, or at least check his readme file for additional information on how to install the application and use it. In the meantime, below are the listed features of the application. Enjoy your download, and have fun making games!
* Loads PNG images
* Load image into ram and vram
* Auto-swizzles images upon loading (makes for a much faster blit)
* Draw images
* Rotate images
* Crop images
* Draw an image from a specified center
* Unload images
* Enable/Disable linear filter
* Powerful input checking
* Functions for start and stop library and drawing
* Some benchmarking functions
* Display models
* Primitive display list
* 3rd person camera
* Timed movement
Use a keyboard on your PSP with piKey keyboard driver
Quote Fanjita and harleyg (of downgrader fame) have just finished piKey, a sophisticated homebrew application for the Sony PSP: it's a keyboard driver that lets you use almost any keyboard (or similar input device) as a natural method of input on your PSP.
For the rest, wee turn to the documentation included in the ZIP file.
Imagine being able to use your keyboard to control any PSP game or homebrew, and even the PSP's XMB menu and on-screen keyboard, automatically and without needing any changes to the other software. This is what piKey aims to give you. This is an early release, demonstrating just some of the possibilities. The open, extensible framework allows piKey to be extended with new plugins, to allow support for different types of input hardware, and different input environments on the PSP.
Use with Dark_Alex custom firmware. piKey runs best as a plugin for Dark_AleX's custom firmwares.
Use as a standalone by homebrew. piKey can also be run standalone by homebrew that needs to use keyboard input.
piKey comes with an "installer." The installer will ask you if you wish to copy the pikey prx to flash0 and if you want it to auto run in 1.50 game mode. Writing to flash0 will seriously damage or brick your PSP if you don't know what you're doing. BE SURE TO READ THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE user_guide.html LOCATED IN THE docs FOLDER IN THE ZIP FILE if you don't like bricked PSPs.
piKey comes with the following plugins by default:
o IR - this plugin uses Monsti's IR keyboard library to support input via many different types of infra-red keyboards.
o SIO - this plugin supports input via Serial I/O cable. SIO cables plug into your PSP's headphone socket, to provide a serial interface. You can use the SIO plugin to simulate a keyboard via serial terminal, e.g. HyperTerminal on Windows. You can also use the SIO plugin to display debug information from other πKey plugins.
o CTRL - this plugin simulates presses of the PSP's buttons, mapping selected keys on the keyboard to different PSP buttons. For instance, the cursor keys simulate presses on the directional pad (D-pad).
o OSK - this plugin detects when the PSP's built-in On-Screen Keyboard is active, and translates key data from πKey into the necessary button presses to enter that text into the OSK.
The user_guide.html in the docs folder in the ZIP file has configuration, usage, and troubleshooting notes (in English). Thanks to Fanjita and harleyg for this amazing PSP homebrew application.
- Source: [ QJ]
NEO spring coding contest 2007
[Release] AFKIM v3 Messenger
Quote Danzel has released a new version of him messaging service application known as AFKIM. AFKIM v3 comes in two forms and has a lot of new features and fixes that wee're sure you'll all like.
Here are the list of changes and fixes since AFKIM v2:
Version 3 Change log:
Much better, more usable program.
Works in OE kernel, DHCP ONLY CURRENTLY, not sure why static IP address doesn't work.
Faster display rendering (Keyboard lags less)
Better wifi handling - User can rechoose which to connect to if connecting fails.
Better menu system, lots more menu items.
o Away / Back
o Remove Account
o Reconnect to Wifi (No more quitting AFKIM to reconnect! yay)
o Get Buddy Details
o Rename Buddy
o Block/Unblock Buddy
o Delete Buddy
Fixes related to pressing buttons, menus now continue scrolling if you hold up or down.
Better connection handling.
Many many code cleanups
Fix memory leaks (introduce a new known one)
Version 3 also two versions, according to Danzel:
An Experimental OE version, tested in game310 folder with OE 3.10', seems to not work in 3.03.
o The OE Version works with WPA connections, you must use automatic network configuration however (DHCP)
A 1.5 Version, tested in game150 folder on OE 3.10'.
- Source: [ QJ]
Robot Picks up the Dead or Dormant. Wait, Dormant??
Quote Among the robots Japan's been making to help their elderly population, this body remover is probably the scariest. Sure, the Gundam maid robot looks mean when serving you tea, but does it remove dead bodies? Wee don't think so.
And seriously, does is their population really dying at such a rate that Japan needs robots to clear dead bodies? And do they need them to pick up dormant bodies too?! Imagine the looks on those vagrants faces when they realize they're being shoved into a dark box with the recently and soon-to-be deceased.
It was first demonstrated about 13 years ago, so wee hope it has the dead/not-quite-dead distinction nailed by now. - Source: [ Gizmodo]
Philips Entertainment Dock Brings Your iPod into Your Kitchen
QuotePhilips has introduced a new iPod-compatible, under-cabinet multimedia player. The Philips DCD778 Docking Entertainment System sports an 8.5-inch widescreen LCD display and can play audio and video from an iPod, DVD, (S)VCD, MP3-CD, CD(RW) and Picture CD. The system also offers a built-in ATSC/NTSC TV tuner, digital AM/FM tuner, two 2-inch speakers, cooking timer and clock, and wireless remote. The Philips DCD778—which the company says is compatible with fourth- and fifth-generation iPods, the iPod mini, and iPod nano—ships next week for approximately $400. - Source: [ iLounge]
Aussies must wait till June for MGS: Portable Ops
Quote Bad news for Australian Konami fans. Atari's release of MGS: Portable Ops has unfortunately been delayed yet again. Yep, Aussie gamers would have to clench their teeth a bit longer for this game to come out.
Originally, it was set for an April 1 date but the date's been moved back to June 7, 2007. On the bright side, at least they provided a particular date and didn't just mumble their way out of it, pretending to have said something coherent.
So there, just chill and it will come. Just think of it as Atari and Konami ensuring you get the best of its best. Till then, practice with Snake Eater or Sons of Liberty. - Source: [ QJ]
Mickey Mouse-Themed iPod Nano on Sale in Japan: Dumbo Isn't a Fan
QuoteCollectors of Disney memorabilia are going to go nuts for this limited-edition Mickey Mouse iPod - if there are any left. There are only 500 of these 2GB Mickey-etched Nanos, which went on sale on March 14 for $293, and come with a rodent-embossed leather case and strap. But why didn't they make it an 8GB model? If you've missed the boat, then keep your eyes peeled on eBay. Personally, I'd rather wait for the Hong Kong Phooey version.
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