S4E05 XLEnt Software The Rubber Stamp – Supplement

This episode features The Rubber Stamp, originally released in 1985 by XLEnt Software. It was written by Len Dorfman, Dennis Young, and Randy Dellinger.

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Box and Supplement Scans

The Rubber Stamp front cover:

 

Rear cover:

 

Picture of the disk:

 

Ad from Analog Magazine in August 1985:

 

Ad from Analog Magazine in January 1986:

 

Ad from Analog Magazine in June 1986:

 

The Rubber Stamp in Action

Boot menu:

 

Loading:

 

Main Menu

 

Load Character Set

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Directory

Instructions:

 

Select drive:

First file:

Having pressed SPACE to autoload, it asks what type of file:

 

Format

Instructional warning:

 

Put new disk in:

 

Wait while formatting:

 

Sketch Pad Icon Load

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Select quadrant:

 

Print

Info banner:

 

Select screen or label:

 

Sketch Pad Icon Save

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Select quadrant:

 

Confirm, abort:

 

Screen Load

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Screen Save

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Text Editor

Empty screen:

 

Sample screen with multiple effects included:

 

Quadrants:

 

Slice menu:

 

Slice turned off:

 

Graphic Editor

Here the graphic editor has been invoked on a screen full of text.  Note the Star Raiders style cursor:

 

Adding just a graphic:

 

Convert Icon

Loading:

 

Menu.  Follow the instructions for each option:

 

Editor 16

Loading:

 

Select printer:

 

Basic editor screen, with menu:

 

Select character to edit:

 

Editing the letter A:

 

Are you sure you want to quit?

 

Text 16×16

Loading:

 

Menu:

 

Loading default font:

 

Screen editor:

 

 

Screen designed with 16×16 pixel font:

 

Save Screen

Select drive:

 

Enter filename:

 

Uh oh!  Error!  At least its handled well:

 

Files

Errors are handled gracefully:

Except this one.  Ooops, something went wrong in Editor 16!:

 

Back to DOS, why not?:

 

The Rubber Stamp uses OSS DOS XL 2.30.  Between the two sides there are a number of 8×8 fonts, and one 16×16 font, a number of pictures, DOS, and the program files.

 

Printing

High resolution 16×16 font test:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s4e05-prt-e16-a-hi.pdf

Low resolution 16×16 font test:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s4e05-prt-e16-a-low.pdf

Label output:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s4e05-prt-prt-lbl.pdf

Screen dump:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s4e05-prt-prt-scr.pdf

 

Instructions

The manual can be found online at AtariMania (see link below).

 

Show Links:

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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