S2EB3 Hi Tech Expressions AwardWare – Supplement

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This episode features AwardWare, originally released in 1986 by Hi Tech Expressions.  It was developed by VENDOR.

Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the box:

AwardWare Box Front

 

Scan of the back of the box:

AwardWare Box Back

 

Target price tag carefully taped on the inside of the box back:

AwardWare Target Price Tag

 

AwardWare in Action

There are two boot splashes.  Both are animated.  The first fires segments of the AwardWare logo from the left and right launchers:

AwardWare Boot Splash 1

 

The second does a pixel fade from left to right, starting with a solid box, and revealing the logo:

AwardWare Boot Splash 2

 

Main menu:

AwardWare Main Menu

 

Printer Setup

Many of the printer driver files are on the graphic disk.  It must be inserted before you can execute the printer setup:

AwardWare 1 01

 

Printer Setup main menu:

AwardWare 1 02

 

Selecting a printer:

AwardWare 1 03

 

Selecting an interface:

AwardWare 1 04

 

Select Options menu:

AwardWare 1 05

 

Select Options Linefeed settings:

AwardWare 1 06

 

Select Options Printer Device Number settings:

AwardWare 1 07

 

Select Options Trasparent (not mis-spelled) Secondary Address settings:

AwardWare 1 08

 

Select Options Slot Number settings:

AwardWare 1 09

 

Test Print menu:

AwardWare 1 10

 

Any Character test input screen:

AwardWare 1 11

 

PDCS

Warning:

AwardWare 1 12

 

PDCS menu:

AwardWare 1 13

 

PDCS edit options menu:

AwardWare 1 14

 

PDCS editing the BITS option:

AwardWare 1 15

 

Quick Award

Layout in the upper left.  Menu on right, currently BORDER is selected:

AwardWare 2 01

 

Selecting a border to use:

AwardWare 2 02

 

Selecting a graphic for the top picture:

AwardWare 2 03

 

Selecting a font for the first text area:

AwardWare 2 04

 

Entering the text for the first text area:

AwardWare 2 05

 

Entering the text for the smaller text area below the main text area:

AwardWare 2 06

 

Selecting the signature type:

AwardWare 2 07

 

For the left and right signature types, you also select a seal to display:

AwardWare 2 08

 

Printing

Selecting final or draft mode output:

AwardWare 2 09

 

Rendering and printing.  Renders happen in screen memory, not in a linear or observable fashion:

AwardWare 2 10

 

Print again?

AwardWare 2 11

 

Awards & More

Main menu:

AwardWare 3 00 Menu

 

Awards/Licenses

Entering the template number:

AwardWare 3 2 1

 

Selecting the element to edit (BORDER currently selected):

AwardWare 3 2 2

 

Swapping graphic disks when using graphics from multiple disks:

AwardWare 3 2 Disk swap

 

Letterhead

Entering the template number:

AwardWare 3 3 1

 

Entering the text for the text border style.  Each line is one border in order (top, bottom, left, right):

AwardWare 3 3 2

 

Entering text for the title:

AwardWare 3 3 3

 

Ribbons

Selecting which template element to edit  Currently main text element selected:

AwardWare 3 5 1

 

Entering text for main text area:

AwardWare 3 5 2

 

Entering text for placement:

AwardWare 3 5 3

 

Entering text for year:

AwardWare 3 5 4

 

Award Disk

Check out this HUGE HUGE CHEAT of a program options.  Just create the award you want and mail the disk to your friend.  Yes, that is the instruction it references in the manual.

AwardWare 4 1

 

Exit

The Exit credits screen, note the copyright is one year different than the box:

AwardWare Exit

 

Files

Contents

AwardWare appears to use Atari DOS 2.0s.  The contents of the disk can be seen in this screenshot:

AwardWare Program Disk

  • DOS.SYS – Underlying DOS
  • AUTORUN.SYS – Main program
  • PDCS.OBJ, PDCS.COM – Printer Driver Construction Set – Print driver utility
  • BLOAD.OBJ – Binary load program
  • PR.COM – Print utility

 

Graphic Disk as supplied with AwardWare (not all contents can be seen):

AwardWare Graphic Disk 1

 

Graphic Disk obtained via mail order (not all contents can be seen):

AwardWare Graphic Disk Mail Order

 

Guesstimates of the file types:

  • Fnn.A – Font data
  • Gnn.A – Template data
  • Xnn.A – Graphic data
  • Maa.A – Menu data
  • .A –
  • END.COM – Exit credits screen
  • Miscellaneous printer driver files

 

Printing

Printer test output 576:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-1-test576.pdf

Printer test bit pattern:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-1-testbitpattern.pdf

Printer test character:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-1-testchar.pdf

Printer test alternate pins:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-1-testpin.pdf

Quick Award (center) (draft mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawarddraftcenter.pdf

Quick Award (left) (draft mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawarddraftleft.pdf

Quick Award (right) (draft mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawarddraftright.pdf

Quick Award (title) (draft mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawarddrafttitle.pdf

Quick Award “Blimey” (draft mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawardblimeydraft.pdf

Quick Award “Blimey” (final mode):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-2-quickawardblimeyfinal.pdf

Award “2016”:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-3-2-award2016.pdf

Award (5×7 size):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-3-award5x7.pdf

Award (template 19):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-3-3-template19.pdf

Letterhead (with borders):

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-3-letterheadborders.pdf

Ribbon “Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast”:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/s2eb3-prt-3-ribbon.pdf

Instructions

Scanned Manual download:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/awardwaremanual.pdf

Atari Reference Sheet download:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/awardwarereferencesheetatari.pdf

Commodore Reference Sheet download:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/awardwarereferencesheetcommodore.pdf

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 6

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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