S2EB1 Hi Tech Expressions JingleDisk – Supplement

This special holiday episode features JingleDisk, originally released in 1986 by Hi Tech Expressions.  It was programmed by Sean Michael Puckett using the Action! programming language.

Podcast: Download

Box and Supplement Scans

The product was not packaged in a box.  Instead it was enclosed in 8.5″ x 11″ heavy card stock folded in half.  A disk sleeve permanently attached on the inside for the diskette.

Scan of the front:

JingleDisk Front Cover

 

Scan of the back:

JingleDisk Back Cover

 

JingleDisk in Action

When the program first boot a color animated boot splash appears:

JingleDisk Boot Splash 1

 

After a few seconds the color animation stops and the load proceeds:

JingleDisk Boot Splash 2

 

The main menu screen uses an artifacting graphics mode to produce colors:

 

JingleDisk Menu

 

Module 1 – Jingle Tunes

There is no interaction with the program with this module.  Sit back and enjoy the songs and animation.  The animation uses an artifacting graphics mode.  Highlights of the animation are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JingleDisk A 1

JingleDisk A 2

JingleDisk A 3

JingleDisk A 4

JingleDisk A 5

JingleDisk A 6

JingleDisk A 7

JingleDisk A 8

JingleDisk A 9

 

Module 2 – Holiday Greeting

The Holiday Greeting menu.  You can create a greeting disk or different printouts:

JingleDisk Holiday Menu

 

Section 1 – Create Greeting Disk

First you are asked to enter 3 lines of text with each line limited to 12 characters:

JingleDisk Disk 1

 

Confirm your entry.  If you say No you are returned to the main menu.  You can not edit:

JingleDisk Disk 2

 

This warns you about things to come.  Make sure your JingleDisk is write protected so you don’t accidentally mess up during all the disk swaps that follow:

JingleDisk Disk 3

 

Ready, insert your blank disk:

JingleDisk Disk 4

 

After its formatted, insert the JingleDisk program disk:

JingleDisk Disk 5

 

After it reads part of the disk, swap your data disk back in:

JingleDisk Disk 6

 

After it writes to your data disk, insert the JingleDisk program disk again:

JingleDisk Disk 7

 

That process repeats for a total of 3 times.  At the end put the Jingle Disk program disk back in:

JingleDisk Disk 8

 

The disk you just created is now previewed.  It will loop forever as well:

JingleDisk Disk 9

 

Section 2 – Full Page

The Full Page card menu has three options.  1 and 2 print cards.  The 3rd exits back to the main menu:

JingleDisk Full Page Card Menu

 

For full page cards you can enter one line of text limited to 33 characters:

JingleDisk Holiday Full Page 1

 

Once you confirm it, it will be displayed on the screen and sent to the printer (see the screen displays below in the Printing section of this post):

JingleDisk Holiday Full Page 2

 

Section 3 – Quarter Page

The Quarter Page card menu has 5 options.  The first four options print cards on a single sheet of paper that can be folder twice into a card that opens. The last option exits to the main menu:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Card Menu

 

Each card here is allowed three lines of text limited to 33 characters each:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Card Message

 

Once confirmed, the card will be drawn on the screen and sent to the printer.  See the screen displays in the Printing section below.

 

Section 4 – Full Page Message

This prints your message in the snowflake font without any border on a full sheet of paper.  The input is just like with Greeting Disk creation, except that you are limited to 15 characters per line instead of 12.   The card is drawn on screen and sent to the printer.  See the screen display in the Printing section below.

 

 

Module E – Exit 

When exit is chosen, a credits screen appears and stays:

JingleDisk Exit Splash

 

Files

Contents

TITLE uses Atari DOS 2.0.  The contents of the disk can be seen in this screenshot:

The files are:

  • LOGO is the Atari Logo that is displayed briefly at boot.

 

Printing

Full Page Design 1

Full page card 1 screen display:

JingleDisk Full Page Screen 1

 

Full page card 1 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-2-3.pdf

 

Full Page Design 2

Full page card 1 screen display:

JingleDisk Full Page Screen 2

 

Full page card 1 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-2-4.pdf

 

Quarter Page Design 1

Quarter page card 1 screen display:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Design 1

 

Quarter page card 1 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-3-2.pdf

 

Quarter Page Design 2

Quarter page card 2 screen display:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Design 2

 

Quarter page card 2 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-3-3.pdf

 

Quarter Page Design 3

Quarter page card 3 screen display:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Design 3

 

Quarter page card 3 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-3-4.pdf

 

Quarter Page Design 4

Quarter page card 4 screen display:

JingleDisk Quarter Page Design 4

 

Quarter page card 4 printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-3-5.pdf

 

Full Page Custom Message

Full page custom message screen display:

JingleDisk Custom Message Screen

 

Full page custom message printer output (Epson FX-80):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/s2eb1-prt-2-4-1.pdf

 

Instructions

No manual is available.  The only instructions are included on this small slip of paper tucked in with the disk:

JingleDisk Instructions

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 5

 

Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.
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