S3E01 – Compute! Scriptor & SpeedScript 3 Supplement

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This episode features Scriptor originally released in 1983, and SpeedScript 3 released in 1985, both by Compute! Publishing.  Both were written by Charles Brannon.

 

Magazine and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the Compute! magazine featuring Scriptor (April 1983):

Scriptor Compute! Cover

 

Scan of the cover of the Compute! magazine featuring SpeedScript 3 (May 1985):

SpeedScript Compute! Cover

 

Sample MLX listing from one page of the SpeedScript source:

s3e01-doc-speedscriptmlxcodesm

 

Scriptor in Action

When running the program it loads the machine language parts of itself into memory in 2 phases.  Each phase the background color changes.  Text colors constantly rotate.  The third phase has a blank screen, during which it deletes the lines of code that contained all the machine language code:

Scriptor boot splash 1

Scriptor boot splash 2

 

Editor interface, loaded with Atari DOS 2.  Note free memory:

Scriptor Main Atari DOS

 

Editor interface, loaded with SpartaDOS.  Note free memory:

Scripture Editor SpartaDOS

 

Error when it isn’t typed in correctly:

Scriptor Typo

 

Editing

Main editing window demonstrating the basic formatting commands:

Scriptor Editing

 

Define

This allows establishing lines to be block copied or deleted, note gutter on the delete and duplicate operations:

Scriptor Define

Scriptor Dup

 

Help

Early in program help:

Scriptor Help

 

Printing

Invoking print raises a menu, for (C)ontinuous or (F)ast.  Fast turns off Antic, though the screen remains blue.

Scriptor Print Menu

 

Printing with Continuous option:

Scriptor Print Continuous

 

Printing with Fast option:

Scriptor Print Fast

 

Save / Recall

You must first choose to Save or Recall (load).  Recall will load the document at the cursor location in the current document:

Scriptor Save Load Menu

 

Enter the filename and optional extension.  It only supports D: (drive 1):

Scriptor Save 1

 

While saving, not command bar color change:

Scriptor Save 2

 

Error while saving:

Scriptor Save Error

 

Mini DOS

Menu:

Scriptor Mini DOS

 

Directory, only D: is supported:

Scriptor DOS directory

 

Lock file, only D: is supported:

Scriptor DOS Lock

 

Unlock file, only D: supported:

Scriptor DOS Unlock

 

Rename:

Scriptor DOS Rename

 

Scratch (delete) file, as with the others, only D: is supported:

Scriptor DOS Delete

 

SpeedScript 3 in Action

No splash screens, straight into the program and job of editing:

SpeedScript Main

 

Don’t like the colors, change them:

SpeedScript Main Custom

 

Edit

Editing, in insert mode.  Note title bar color change:

SpeedScript Editing

 

Find

Enter the search term:

SpeedScript Find 1

 

Cursor is moved to the first letter of the search term:

SpeedScript Find 2

 

To replace, enter new text:

SpeedScript Find 3

 

Text is replaced and cursor is moved to first position after:

SpeedScript Find 4

 

Free memory:

SpeedScript Reveal Codes

 

Save

Specify the filename to save:

SpeedScript Save 1

 

Status is displayed in command bar after save:

SpeedScript Save 2

 

Load

Enter the filename to load:

SpeedScript Load 1

 

File is loaded and status is displayed in command bar:

SpeedScript Load 2

 

Print

Choosing to print to the printer (P:), or enter a filename:

 

SpeedScript Print 1

 

Killing some trees:

SpeedScript Print 2

Mini DOS

Full suite of typical file management related DOS commands is available:

SpeedScript Mini DOS

 

Example of Rename:

SpeedScript DOS Rename

 

Printing

Sample document from SpeedScript:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/s3e01-prt-sc-sample.pdf

Instructions

Scripture cheat sheet:

Scriptor Cheat

 

SpeedScript 3 cheat sheet:

Speedscript Cheat

 

Show Links:

 

Scriptor rating:

BitRate1

 

 

SpeedScript 3 rating:

Bit Rating 8

 

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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