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$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$ ,d$"""Y$b ,$$' ,$$' ,$$ `"""""""' `"""""""' `"' `"""""""' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$""""""' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' " " "" "" """ """"""""""""""" ,$$' ",$$' ,$$ ,$$' ",$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' ,$$' `"""""""' `"' `"""""""' `"""""""""""' ACiD Productions(tm)' Acquisition Enhanced File Viewer Coded by Skull Leader and Tasmaniac Screens by Lord Jazz ‫� �� ���ڿ‬ � �� ����������������������������������������������������� �� ����������������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ �� Documentation and Update History of ACiD Productions' ACiD View �� :� �: � By Skull Leader and RaD Man of ACiD Productions(tm) �� ����������������������������������������������������������������������ſ �� ����������������������������������������������������� �� � � �� ����� [ Current version of ACiD View : 4.30 / 09-01-1996�04:30 ] Note: This is a full release of ACiD View IV, but there is always the possibility that you may encounter a bug or two. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or bug reports regarding this release, please direct them to us at acid-public@acid.org via the internet, or on the Utilities Discussion base on AgoraNet. ����������������������������ķ � Introduction to ACiD View � ���������������������������� ACiD View welcomes you to the most comprehensive Art Viewer in production. This innovative program is capable of displaying ANSI, BIN, GIF, JPG, RIPscrip and XBIN graphics. In addition, the viewer has been designed with a special the viewer has been designed with a special interest for those who multitask. ACiD View utilizes its own internal ANSI routines, making it capable of viewing ANSI without a separate device driver. We hope that ACiD View provides you with as much pleasure as we intended with its creation. ��������������������������ķ � Features � �������������������������� � � Now supporting our very own special SAUCE Command Line Viewing

� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �

Variable Speed ANSI Viewing XMS Support Slide Show Viewing (File Tagging) Modem-Simulation for ANSI Viewing (Doesn't affect multitaskers) Different file listing methods, including detailed information File Masking (Six possible masks) Drive and Directory switching Level 0-1 RIP Viewing, with multiple fonts built in Smoothscroll, Textscroll, and Autoscroll ANSI, BIN and XBIN Viewing 25-, 28-, 30-, 35-, 43-, and 50-line mode ANSI and BIN Viewing Fully-Features ANSI Scroll Back in several different video modes ANSI and BIN Viewing in 80x25 or 80x50 text modes ANSI and BIN Viewing in 320x200x256 MXGA mode ANSI and BIN Viewing in 320x400x256 XGA mode ANSI and BIN Viewing in 640x480x16 VGA mode ANSI and BIN Viewing in 640x400, 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768x256 SVGA modes GIF Viewing JPEG Viewing Support for most SVGA chipsets and VESA File deleting capability Full mouse support Screen capturing, in .GIF format. Number of ANSI lines and files in a directory limited only by how much memory is available.

��������������������������ķ � Requires � �������������������������� � EGA graphics (preferably SVGA) � 286 or better processor � about 500K of conventional memory (more memory = bigger ANSIs) ��������������������������ķ � What ACiD View Displays � �������������������������� � ACiD View will display ANSI screens in several different video modes. These modes include the default, text mode, 640x480x16 VGA, 320x200x256 MCGA, 320x400x256 XGA, 640x400, 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768x256 VESA SVGA modes. ACiD View also supports most SVGA chipsets. ACiD View displays most low level (0-1) RIPscrips. Although it will show all of the RIPs presented in the Acquisition, it may not display some of the other RIPs you own. This is due to the fact that some of the higher level RIP commands have not been implemented. Several fonts including 8x8, Triplex, Small Font, Sans Serif, Gothic, Simplex, Complex, European, and Bold Outline have been added. ACiD View can show GIF and JPEG graphics files. The video mode for these formats is selected automaticly. If a mode that is capable of showing the entire picture is not found, the picture

is not shown. ��������������������������ķ � ACiD View Functions � �������������������������� Esc ����Ŀ �Exit� ������

Funtion Keys KeyPad �����������������������������Ŀ ��������������������������Ŀ � F1 = Help � � Num � Next � Prev � � �����������������������������Ĵ � Lock � Font � Font � Res � � F2 = Switch Video Mode � ��������������������������Ĵ �����������������������������Ĵ Tab � Home � Up � Page � � � F3 = Switch Font Size � �����������Ŀ � � � Up � � �����������������������������Ĵ � SAUCE Mode� ��������������������Ĵ + � � F4 = Switch Line Mode � ������������� � Left � Tag � Right� Res � �����������������������������Ĵ � � File � � � � F5 = Toggle Smoothscroll � Enter ��������������������������Ĵ �����������������������������Ĵ ���������Ŀ � End � Down � Page � � � F6 = Toggle Autoscroll � �View File� � � � Down � � �����������������������������Ĵ ����������� ��������������������ĴEnter� � F7 = Toggle BPS � � Insert � Del � � �����������������������������Ĵ � � � � � F8 = Toggle Color/Grey/B&W � Space ���������������������������� �����������������������������Ĵ �����������������������������������������Ŀ � F9 = Toggle Ext/Blinking � �Tag/Untag File(s) � ������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ����ķ � F1 � ���� ����ķ � F2 � ����

Quick-Help

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Brief description of the keys.

Video Mode

:

Selects the video mode that the selected ANSI or BIN is to be viewed in. Note: GIF and PCX will auto detect the appropriate mode, if a mode large enough to fit the entire picture is not found, the file is not displayed. - 80x25 or 80x50 (VGA) text mode, depending on the aspect ratio. - Displays in 320x200x256 tweaked "Mode X" mode. - Displays in 320x400x256 tweaked "Mode X" mode. - Displays in 640x400x16 VGA mode. - Displays in 640x400x256 SVGA mode - Displays in 640x480x256 SVGA mode - Displays in 800x600x256 SVGA mode - Displays in 1024x768x256 SVGA mode

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Text XGA MXGA VGA SVGA1 SVGA2 SVGA3 SVGA4

����ķ � F3 � ���� ����ķ � F4 � ���� ����ķ � F5 � ���� ����ķ � F6 � ���� ����ķ � F7 � ���� ����ķ � F8 � ���� ����ķ � F9 � ����

Font Size :

This determines the font size to be used while displaying an ANSI in a VGA mode. Toggles which line mode will be used while displaying ANSI in Text Video Mode. Toggles if the ANSI will be displayed line-by-line or pixel-by-pixel in Text Video Mode. Toggles if the ANSI will scroll down automatically or if you must control the viewing manually.

Line Modes :

Smoothscroll :

Autoscroll :

BPS Simulation : Changes the BPS simulation speed for ANSIs in View mode. Color Mode : This is usually set to Color, however it can be set to Grey to do greyscale or ASCII to strip the color from ANSIs and BINs. Determines if 16 background colors instead of blinking will be used for ANSI and BIN display.

Toggle Blink :

�����ķ � F10 � Capture Screen : When this is pressed when a ansi or rip is being ����� viewed, a image of the screen will be saved in .GIF format, in the current directory. The file name for this capture file is AVCAPXX.GIF where XX is a number which increases with the number of captured files. Note- This does not work during viewing of an ansi in text mode, nor does it work properly for VGA mode 320x400. ���������������������������������ķ � ACiD View Alternative Functions � ��������������������������������� ALT-D : When a file is selected, and this key combination is pressed, a confirmation message will apear. Hitting "Y" at this message will allow you do delete the file. : Toggles between three different file display options including regular with sauce, multiple columns, and full file information.

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���������������������������������ķ � ACiD View Command Line Viewing �

��������������������������������� ACiD View now allows the ability for command line viewing. There are several option available. (These option can be obtained by running ACiD View with the -h, switch when calling ACiDVIEW) ACiDVIEW [/R:#] [/F:#] [/C:{C,G,A}] [/SMOOTH] [/AUTO] [/B:#] @Filename(s)/Mask �������������Ŀ���������������Ŀ��������������������������������������Ŀ �Resolution(R)�� Font(F) �� /C /SMOOTH � �������������Ĵ���������������Ĵ� C = Color Smooth Scroll � � 1 � Text �� �TEXT � VGA �� G = Grey /AUTO � � 2 � 320x200 �� �����������Ĵ� A = Ascii Auto Scroll � � 3 � 320x400 �� 1 � 25L � 1x2 ����������������������������������������� � 4 � 640x400v�� 2 � 28L � 2x2 � @Filename - Text file containg list of files. � 5 � 640x400 �� 3 � 30L � 1x4 � One filename per line. � 6 � 640x680 �� 4 � 35L � 2x4 � � 7 � 800x600 �� 5 � 43L � 4x4 � Filename(s) - Single file, or multiple. � 8 �1024x768 �� 6 � 50L � 4x8 � �������������������������������� Mask - Mask for files to view. @Filename - This is the name of a regular text file containing a list of files which are to be viewed, in respective order. This list can contain the name of any file, ACiD View will automatically determine which format the file is in. Wildcards are not not supported in this text file. Invalid file(s) will not be displayed, just skipped over. ��������������������������ķ � What is SAUCE? � �������������������������� Recipe for SAUCE Chef cuisinier : Tasmaniac / ACiD Maitre d'h�tel : Rad Man / ACiD ANSi's used to be just ANSi's, pictures were just pictures, loaders were just loaders and quite frankly, every file was just as plain tasting as every other. This is about to change, however, because ACiD has decided to give their files an extra "je-ne-sais-quoi." In reality, we'll be adding SAUCE to every file you can imagine. Now, before we thoroughly confuse you, let us explain what we are doing here. SAUCE stands for "Standard Architecture for Universal Comment Extensions." Although originally intended for personal use in ANSi's and RIP screens, early in the developement of EFI (Extended File Information) it was decided that EFI should be extended to have support for more than just ANSi and RIP screens. Our brainchild was born and the specs were designed. The only aspect left undecided was the name, and after rejecting some very funny candidates, SAUCE was unanimously chosen. This leads us to the big question in the sky, "What is SAUCE ?" SAUCE

is a universal process to incorporate a full description for any type of file. The most outstanding aspect of this concept is that you have access to the complete file name, the file's title, the creation date, the creator of the file, the group that the creator is employed by, and much, much, more. A full explanation on how you can implement SAUCE is described at the end of this document in the PLATES (Programming Language Architecture To Extract SAUCE) section. Although you can create your own programs to implement SAUCE to your files, we recommend that you use the SPOON.EXE program to ensure a greater universal compatibility. SAUCE already supports a plethora of filetypes (See PLATES). If you have a need for the SAUCE specifications, please contact us before you make the changes yourself. We will accomodate your needs as soon as possible. After all, SAUCE is designed to become a standard, and if people change the specs without allowing us to make a complete update, there will be no standard. In the event that we change SAUCE, we will quickly release a public update which will most definately include an improved and updated SPOON.EXE. SAUCE has advantages over any other system in use. Each description will be added to the file and will provide a file description no matter what computer it is used for. SAUCE, however, also provides a back compatibility that uses a file with descriptions for those files that do NOT already have a SAUCE description. Processing in this manner is fully implemented in SPOON.EXE and one can extract embedded SAUCE to this data file and add SAUCE to files from this data file. ����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � � � ! NOTICE ! � � � � SAUCE was initially created for supporting only the ANSi & RIP � � screens. Since both ANSi and RIP are in effect text-based and � � have no other form of control, SAUCE never interferes with the � � workings of a program using either ANSi or RIP. If it does, � � the program is not functioning the way it should. � � This is _NOT_ true for the other types of file SAUCE supports � � however. Adding SAUCE to some of the other filetypes supported � � in the SAUCE specifications may have serious consequences on � � the proper functioning of other programs using those files, � � In the worst case, they'll simply refuse the file, stating it � � is invalid. � � � � It's not up to us to decide whether or not adding SAUCE is a � � bad thing. The one who added the SAUCE to the file should be � � fully aware of any problems that can arise when 'SAUCEing' a � � file other than the 'Character' or XBIN datatypes. � � � � You may have your own specialized viewing/editing tools and � � simply not care about the file not being recognized in other � � viewing/editing programs. � � � ������������������������������������������������������������������

PLATES -----Let us begin with a description of the record layouts used. The record layouts and code examples are in a variated pascal pseudo code, and should be transferrable enough to implement in most other programming languages. For ease of reading, the examples assume that the file is correct and that no errorchecking need be included. How rigorous you check for errors is completely up to you, and will most likely depend on the file type you are describing. SAUCE RECORD -----------This portion of the documentation is about the SAUCE record. The SAUCE record describes the file in short, and provides other information not included in the SAUCE record itself. A sauce record is _EXACTLY_ 128 bytes in size. Fieldname Size Type BYTE WORD INTEGER LONG CHARACTER : : : : : : : : Name of the field. Size of the field in BYTES Type of data. This can be : One byte unsigned numeric value (0 to 255) Two byte unsigned numeric value (0 to 65535) Two byte signed numeric value (-32768 to 32767) Four byte signed numeric value (-2147483648 to 2147483647) One byte ASCII value. Longer character fields are padded with spaces. It is _NOT_ a PASCAL string (with a leading length byte), and it's _NOT_ a C-Style string (with a trailing nul-byte). A 10 byte character field holding the text 'ANSI' would look like this: 'ANSI '.

Numeric fields should be zero when not used, character fields should be all spaces when not used. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No fields are REQUIRED to be filled in except for ID, Version, FileSize, DataType and FileType. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! V# : SAUCE Version number. This indicates the version of SAUCE when the field was implemented.

Description : Complete description of the field. FieldName Size Type V# Description --------- ---- --------- -- ----------ID 5 Character 00 SAUCE Identification. This should be equal to 'SAUCE' or the record is not a valid SAUCE record. Version 2 Character 00 Version number of SAUCE. Current version is '00'. As new features are added to the specifications of SAUCE, this version number

Title Author Group Date

35 20 20 8

Character 00 Character 00 Character 00 Character 00

FileSize DataType FileType TInfo1

4 1 1 2

Long Byte Byte Word

00 00 00 00

TInfo2 TInfo3 TInfo4 Comments Flags

2 2 2 1 1

Word Word Word Byte Byte

00 00 00 00 * 00

will change. Future versions SHOULD remain compatible with version 00 only ADDING on the specifications, it is however not unlikely that this compatibility is impossible to maintain, but this is of no concern now. Title of the file. Name or handle of the creator of the file. Name of the group/company the creator is employed by. Date the file was created. This date is in the format CCYYMMDD (Century, year, month, day). By storing it in this way, it's very easy to sort SAUCE records by date. Original filesize NOT including any information of SAUCE. Type of Data. (See DATATYPES further on) Type of File. (See DATATYPES further on) Numeric information field 1 (See DATATYPES) When used, this field holds informative values. Any program using SAUCE should not rely on these values being correct or filled in. Numeric information field 2 (See DATATYPES) Numeric information field 3 (See DATATYPES) Numeric information field 4 (See DATATYPES) Number of Comment lines (See COMMENTS) Flags indication optional settings/switches These flags have different meaning depending on the datatype & filetype . The flags weren't originally in the concept for version 00 of SAUCE. But since the specification of SAUCE expects all filler bytes to be binary zero, the flags should be set to ZERO in all previous files, and cause no harm.

An Example PASCAL record looks like this: TYPE SAUCERec = RECORD ID Version Title Author Group Date FileSize DataType FileType TInfo1 TInfo2 TInfo3 TInfo4 Comments Flags Filler END; : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Array[1..5] of Char; Array[1..2] of Char; Array[1..35] of Char; Array[1..20] of Char; Array[1..20] of Char; Array[1..8] of Char; Longint; Byte; Byte; Word; Word; Word; Word; Byte; Byte; Array[1..22] of Char;

An Example C record looks like this: typedef SAUCEREC { char ID[5]; char Version[2]; char Title[35]; char Author[20]; char Group[20]; char Date[8]; signed long FileSize; unsigned char DataType; unsigned char FileType; unsigned short TInfo1; unsigned short TInfo2; unsigned short TInfo3; unsigned short TInfo4; unsigned char Comments; unsigned char Flags; char Filler[22]; } SAUCEREC; DATATYPES --------DataType and FileType hold the information needed to determine what type of file it is. There are 5 DataTypes, these are (with their respective numeric values) : 0) None : Undefined filetype, you could use this to add SAUCE information to personal datafiles needed by programs, but not having any other meaning. 1) Character : Any character based file. Examples are ASCII, ANSi and RIP. 2) Graphics : Any bitmap graphic file. Examples are GIF, LBM, and PCX. 3) Vector : Any vector based graphic file. Examples are DXF and CAD files. 4) Sound : Any sound related file. Examples are samples, MOD files and MIDI. 5) BinaryText: This is RAW memory copy of a text screen. It's basically the BIN format you can save from whitin TheDraw. Each character is built up of two consecutive bytes. The first is the character to be displayed. The second is the Attribute byte. 6) XBIN : XBIN is the so called eXtended BIN format. It is similar to the BinaryText, but provides for fonts, palettes, and has built-in compression. 7) Archive : Any type of archive. Examples are ARC, ZIP, ARJ and LZH. 8) Executable: Any file that is executable. None ---When using the 'None' datatype, you should have FileType set to zero also. This is a compatibility issue as it's not unlikely, the 'None' datatype will have filetypes in the future.

Character --------When using the 'Character' datatype, you have following filetypes available : 0) ASCII 1) : Plain text file with no formatting codes or color codes. TInfo1 is used for the width of the file. TInfo2 is used to hold the number of lines in the file. ANSi : ANSi file. With ANSi color codes and cursor positioning. TInfo1 is used for the width of the file. TInfo2 is used to hold the number of ANSi screen lines in the file. ANSiMation: ANSi Animation. With ANSi color codes and cursor positioning. While an ANSi file can also have animated sequences, there is a clear distinction. While an ANSi may or may not have a beginning animated sequence introducing the group or artist the rest is just a sequence of colored characters. An ANSiMation on the other hand is a more like a text mode cartoon. TInfo1 is used for the width of the file. TInfo2 is used to hold the number of ANSi screen lines the ANSiMation was created for. A program using SAUCE may use these two values to switch to the appropriate video mode. RIP : Remote Imaging Protocol (RIP) graphics file. TInfo1 holds the width (should be 640) TInfo2 holds the height (should be 350) TInfo3 holds the number of colors (should be 16) PCBoard : File with PCBoard style @X color codes and @ macro's and ANSi codes. TInfo1 is used for the width of the file. TInfo2 is used to hold the number of ANSi screen lines in the file. AVATAR : A file with AVATAR and ANSi color codes and cursor positioning. HTML : HyperText Markup Language. The type of file used on World Wide Web (WWW). SOURCE : A piece of sourcecode for any type of programming language. The file extention should determine the programming language (.C=C, .PAS=Pascal, ...)

2)

3)

4)

5) 6) 7)

FLAGS for the Character Datatype. ----�� 7 ��� 6 ��� 5 ��� 4 ��� 3 ��� 2 ��� 1 ��� 0 Ŀ � � � � � � � � � � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � A � � � � � � � � � � ������������������������������������������������� All non-used bits should be ZERO. A) Non-Blink mode (iCE Color). When this bit is SET (equal to 1) The ANSi is created using iCE color codes. This is a special mode where the blinking is disabled, and you have 16 background colors available. Basically, you have the same choice for background colors as for foreground colors.

Please note: When the picture does not make specific use of the iCE color, you should NOT have this bit set. When you do not support the iCE color mode, you should probably not display the file as it could look pretty weird in normal mode. Graphics -------����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � WARNING: Adding SAUCE to some of these files can make them � � invalid. See the NOTICE at the start of this document. � ������������������������������������������������������������������ For all graphics holds the Height per pixel (a 256 TrueColour image types, TInfo1 holds width of the image, TInfo2 of the image and TInfo3 holds the number of bits colour image would have 8 bits per pixel, a would have 24);

Following Graphics filetypes are available : 0) 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) GIF PCX LBM/IFF TGA FLI FLC BMP GL DL WPG PNG JPG MPG AVI (CompuServe Graphics Interchange format) (ZSoft Paintbrush PCX format) (DeluxePaint LBM/IFF format) (Targa Truecolor) (Autodesk FLI animation file) (Autodesk FLC animation file) (Windows or OS/2 Bitmap) (Grasp GL Animation) (DL Animation) (Wordperfect Bitmap) (Portable Graphics) (JPeg compressed File) (MPeg compressed animation/video) (Audio Visual Interlace)

FLAGS ----Not used, should be all zeroes. Vector -----����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � WARNING: Adding SAUCE to some of these files will make them � � invalid. See the NOTICE at the start of this document. � ������������������������������������������������������������������ Following Vector filetypes are available : 0) DXF (CAD Data eXchange File) 1) DWG (AutoCAD Drawing file) 2) WPG (WordPerfect/DrawPerfect vector graphics) 3) 3DS (3D Studio file). FLAGS -----

Not used, should be all zeroes. Sound ----����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � WARNING: Adding SAUCE to some of these files will make them � � invalid. See the NOTICE at the start of this document. � ������������������������������������������������������������������ Following sound filetypes are available : 0) MOD (4, 6 or 8 channel MOD/NST file) 1) 669 (Renaissance 8 channel 669 format) 2) STM (Future Crew 4 channel ScreamTracker format) 3) S3M (Future Crew variable channel ScreamTracker3 format) 4) MTM (Renaissance variable channel MultiTracker Module) 5) FAR (Farandole composer module) 6) ULT (UltraTracker module) 7) AMF (DMP/DSMI Advanced Module Format) 8) DMF (Delusion Digital Music Format (XTracker)) 9) OKT (Oktalyser module) 10) ROL (AdLib ROL file (FM)) 11) CMF (Creative Labs FM) 12) MIDI (MIDI file) 13) SADT (SAdT composer FM Module) 14) VOC (Creative Labs Sample) 15) WAV (Windows Wave file) 16) SMP8 (8 Bit Sample, TInfo1 holds sampling rate) 17) SMP8S (8 Bit sample stereo, TInfo1 holds sampling rate) 18) SMP16 (16 Bit sample, TInfo1 holds sampling rate) 19) SMP16S (16 Bit sample stereo, TInfo1 holds sampling rate) 20) PATCH8 (8 Bit patch-file) 21) PATCH16(16 Bit Patch-file) 22) XM (FastTracker ][ Module) 23) HSC (HSC Module) FLAGS ----Not used, should be all zeroes. BinaryText ---------The Binary Text format, basically has no Filetype, since the datatype has already defined how the file will look. The FileType however specifies the WIDTH of the BinaryText screen. Only the Width is required, as the Height can be calculated by dividing the filesize by the Width. In an attempt to provide as much WIDTH as possible in a possible 256 values of the Byte-sized FileType. The width is specified in Multiples of 2. The fact that the Width is specified in multiples of 2 isn't really a problem, since you also need to define the effective screen size in multiples of 2. An example : For normal 80*25 binary images as made FileType value would be 40 (since 2*40 All you need to do is divide the width image by 2. This gives a maximum width with TheDraw the equals 80 <g>) of the binary text of 510 characters.

Although currently not supported, should there be a need for even bigger images, this can be arranged. Please note. BinaryText expects the character-attribute pairs to be stored one row at a time. If you wanted to create a 80*100 Image, you could do this by just copying 4 80*25 or 2 80*50 together to form one bigger image. If for example you wanted to create a 160*25 image from 2 80*25 images, you would need to write a little program which would copy line 1 from image 1, line 1 from image 2, Line 2 from Image 1, Line 2 from Image 2 and so on. Basically, you should have all character-attribute pairs from one line of the COMPLETE image one after the other, followed by all char-attribute pairs from the next row, and so on. If the picture does not fit this format. You should use the NONE datatype. Besides, you'd probably want to have it in this format anyway, as it seems to be the most logical approach to have these kind of images. FLAGS for the BinaryText Datatype. ----�� 7 ��� 6 ��� 5 ��� 4 ��� 3 ��� 2 ��� 1 ��� 0 Ŀ � � � � � � � � � � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � 0 � A � � � � � � � � � � ������������������������������������������������� All non-used bits should be ZERO. A) Non-blink mode (iCE Color). This bit has exactly the same meaning as for the Character datatype. It indicates whether the picture uses iCE color. XBIN ---The XBIN datatype has no other filetypes. Further specification son the XBIN format are available in the XBIN archive or on the XBIN Web page. The filetype should be zero. TInfo1 holds width of the image, TInfo2 holds the Height of the image. FLAGS ----Not used, should be all zeroes. Archive ------����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � WARNING: Adding SAUCE to some of these files can make them � � invalid. See the NOTICE at the start of this document. � ������������������������������������������������������������������ Following sound filetypes are available : 0) ZIP (PKWare) 1) ARJ (Robert K. Jung)

2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

LZH (Haruyasu Yoshizaki (Yoshi)) ARC (SEA) TAR (Unix TAR format) ZOO RAR UC2 PAK SQZ

FLAGS ----Not used, should be all zeroes. Executable ---------����������������������������������������������������������������Ŀ � WARNING: Adding SAUCE to some of these files can make them � � invalid. See the NOTICE at the start of this document. � ������������������������������������������������������������������ The executable datatype has no other filetypes. Executables usually have any of the following file extentions : BAT, COM, EXE, OVL, OVR, DLL, ... The filetype should be zero. FLAGS ----Not used, should be all zeroes.

COMMENTS -------The comment holds up to 255 characters wide.

block is an addition to the SAUCE record. It lines of additional information. Each line 64

When the Comments field is not zero, it holds the number of additional comment lines available. A single comment line is 64 characters long. Like the character fields in the SAUCE record, it is padded with spaces, and has no leading length byte or trailing null-byte. The comment block is preceded with a 5 character identification mark. This identification mark is 'COMNT'. SAUCE IN FILES -------------A file with SAUCE added to it. ���������������Ŀ � � � FILE DATA � � � ���������������Ĵ � �

Will look like this:

Actual file data.

As if it would be without SAUCE.

� EOF MARKER � � � ���������������Ĵ � � � COMMENT BLOCK � � � ���������������Ĵ � � � SAUCE RECORD � � � ����������������� The Comment block ���������������Ŀ � � � 'COMNT' � � � ���������������Ĵ � � � COMMENTLINE 1 � � � ���������������Ĵ � � � COMMENTLINE 2 � � � ���������������Ĵ ... ���������������Ĵ � � � COMMENTLINE N � � � �����������������

EOF marker. This will assure character files can easily determine the end of file. Optional Comment block.

SAUCE record.

Comment block ID bytes

First comment line

Second comment line

n-th comment line, n equals the Comments field in SAUCE record.

EXAMPLE CODE TO READ SAUCE -------------------------Variables: Byte : Count; Long : FileSize; file : F; Code: Open_File(F); | Open the file for read access FileSize = Size_of_file(F); | Determine filesize Seek_file (F, FileSize-128); | Seek to start of SAUCE (Eof-128) Read_File (F, SAUCE); | Read the SAUCE record IF SAUCE.ID="SAUCE" THEN | ID bytes match "SAUCE" ? IF SAUCE.Comments>0 THEN | Is there a comment block ? Seek_File(F, FileSize-128-(SAUCE.Comments*64)-5); | Seek to start of Comment block. Read_File(F, CommentID); | Read Comment ID. IF CommentID="COMNT" THEN | Comment ID matches "COMNT" ? For Count=1 to SAUCE.Comments| \ Read all comment lines. Read_File(F, CommentLine) | / ENDFOR

ELSE Invalid_Comment; ENDIF ENDIF ELSE Invalid_SAUCE; ENDIF

| Non fatal, No comment present.

| No valid SAUCE record was found.

SOURCECODE AVAILABILITY ----------------------A fully working implementation for SAUCE extraction is available as a PASCAL unit. The extraction code itself is implemented in built-in Assembly. It should be fairly easy to port the source code to C. SAUCE_.PAS should be available in the ACiD Acquisitions and on the SAUCE Web page INFORMATION OR UPGRADES ----------------------If you have a need for additional information on SAUCE, or need modifications, you can contact me at these places... email: tas@acid.org SAUCE Web Page : http://uc2.unicall.be/tasmaniac/sauce.htm (!) This page is still being constructed, it may not yet be available at the time you are reading this. The page will contain up to date information about the SAUCE specifications and implementations of SAUCE. BBS: Leave a message to TASMANIAC on any of these boards : Neo Tokyo Succotash +32-50-620112 USR 33600 Dual +32-50-625717 ZyXEL 28800 +1-XXX-XXX-ACiD USR 33600 Dual

or contact one of our coders in the Utilities base via AgoraNet. ��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.30 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) *INTERNAL* True-Color and 256-Dithered JPEG viewing! Full XBIN support implemented. Fixed minor arc bug in RIPscrip engine.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.21 � �������������������������� 1) RIPscrip viewer now supports large cut and paste commands.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.20 � �������������������������� 1) 2) Additional configurable file-masks added Bug which caused duplicate lines corrected.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.14 � �������������������������� 1) Woops, we forgot to add XMS for BIN files. Now it's there.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.14 � �������������������������� 1) 2) ACiD View ANSI, GIF and RIP display routines optimized. ACiD View now claims to be THE fastest ANSI viewing utility, bar none. The entire BGI RIP font set has been made external, making our viewer (in it's executable form) a mere 69kilobytes!

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.13 � �������������������������� 1) ALL BGI RIP fonts added to ACiD View. 2) Fixed minor bugs related to ANSI to GIF screen capturing. 3) Baud-simulator for RIP re-implemented. ��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.12 � �������������������������� 1) 2) File deleting capabilities reimplemented. Command line viewing mode added. (New to 4.xx series) (New to 4.xx series)

3) 4) 5) 6)

Mouse support while viewing images was enhanced. More RIP fonts were added to the program. Multiple SAUCE/File view options, with the TAB key. Added screen capturing ability [F10].

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.10 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) Multiple file tagging (slideshow) added. A bug which added extra lines while scrolling ANSI in VGA was removed. ANSI-VGA mode routines optimized for speed.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 4.00b � �������������������������� 1) Re-written from scratch, ACiD View presents a completely new version of ACiD View. This edition offers all the features of previous versions combined and more, with and interface that has the look and feel of The Hit Man's final version of The Viewer. Although virtually all the features are still here, the memory and disk space requirements have been cut down to one third of it's predecessor.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.99 � �������������������������� 1) Finally detected and removed bug which causes the screen to shake while using the bouncing interface.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.06 � �������������������������� 1) Changes to multifriendly environment made.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.05 � �������������������������� 1) ACiD View now loads maximum lines of text or ANSI, according to

free memory available rather than crashing to OS. 2) Other minor cosmetic changes made.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.04 � �������������������������� 1) ACiD View reimplements imbedded RIP fonts, resulting in slightly faster display, ease of configuration, but reducing available memory by another 120k. Fixed minor bug in the RIP parser. Interface modified to display cleaner. ACiD View forces multi-friendly mode when a Trident video card is dectected due to its history of problems with the split screen "bouncing" interface.

2) 3) 4)

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.03 � �������������������������� 1) 2) Support for Tab characters in ANSi parser (Tab stops every 5 columns) Help screen is now avaible in multi-friendly mode

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.02 � �������������������������� 1) No longer uses an EGA text mode when VGA is avaible.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.01 � �������������������������� 1) 2) More code reduction, less memory used for code and smaller file. File and directory indexing added. Entering a lowercase charactor brings the selection bar to the first file begining with that letter. A uppercase charactor does the same, except with directories. Fixed a bug in the CFG parser. Did not recognise custom MASKs.

3)

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 3.00 � ��������������������������

1)

Initial release of a completely new ACiD View, coded by SiDS & Tasmaniac.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 2.02 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) 4) New RIP routines by Cap'n Crunch used in part with already existing source to accelerate display speed. ACiD View now uses Tasmaniac's assembly source for SAUCE reading, and increases the speed of on-the-fly definition loading. Fixed ansimation mode bug. Fixed mouse bug and other minute flaws.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 2.01 � �������������������������� 1) New pull-down interface by Icy of ACiD Productions.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 2.00 � �������������������������� 1) ACiD View takes on a hot new look in its new interface created by Dr. Tongue of ACiD Productions. The layout has been completely reconstructed, and now provides the end user with pull-downs and the same familiar hot keys. ACiD View now makes use of on-the-fly SAUCE definition loading. This process will greatly increase your initialization speed on computers that contain a multitude of files. ACiD View now caters to mouse users, supporting a wide spectrum of different mouse types. ACiD View has recently been implemented with progress bars. Your estimated position in the list of files or directories can now be visually monitored with the help of the elevator located to the right of the file/directory listing. VESA SVGA viewing updated for 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768x256 modes. ACiD View supports the following chipsets as well as the VESA standard mode: Ahead, ATI, Chips & Tech, Everex, Genoa, Paradise, Oak, Trident, TSeng, and Video7. If you have trouble viewing in SVGA mode, try loading your video cards VESA driver. All setup changes made during the run-time of ACiD View will be

2)

3) 4)

5)

6)

saved upon exiting the program. 7) More minor bugs fixed.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 1.50 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) ACiD View Control File support Added. defaults from ACIDVIEW.INI. ACiD View will now load

Screen now displays the current directory. Drive switching now added. ACiD View will show drives A: - Z:. (Including FLOPPY, SUBST, RAM, and other drives.) Command line Viewing is now supported! (Type "ACiDView /?")

ND CHECK (NO DELAY mode w/Error Checking) display speed added. This speed is the same as NO DELAY except it checks if ANSIs contain lines with more than 255 characters per line.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 1.40 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Multitasking environment awareness implemented (ie. DesqView and OS/2.) Modem simulation routines are now disabled when ACiD View is loaded under multitasking environments. Directory switching added. the return key. Change directories simply by pressing

"File jumping" and auto-sorting added. ACiD View will now jump to the first file that begins with the character entered by the user. 640x480 viewing is now two times faster than version 1.32. 320x200 Normal Wide have also been optimized for speed.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 1.32 � �������������������������� 1) 2) Major bug erradicated in file reading routines. Fixed the problem with the Viewer exiting if no files were found matching the default mask. ACiDView will now simply display the normal interface with no files, allowing you to MASK or exit until you specify a valid file mask.

3)

Fixed the key-reading loop with the 320x200 and 320x200 WIDE emulations when ScrollBack was turned off.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 1.30 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) File Masking added, allowing the user to select files within the mask. Added 320x200x256 ansimation mode. Added modem simulator which emulates user-defined bps rate. Minor bug corrected in the scroll back of large ANSIs. Removed slow panning upon exit. 640x480x16 now FULLY supports ansimations. Small bug fixed.

��������������������������ķ � Acquisition Viewer 1.20 � �������������������������� 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Maximum number of files in one directory has been increased to 2,000. A bug in the RIP portion of the viewer which caused the colors of plotted objects to display improperly has been squashed. RIP code has been optimized for speed, and it is now possible to abort the screens. Scrolled viewing has since been implemented, and 320x200x256 MCGA display modes are now supported. The old font has been replaced with a new character set, and a new interface has been added which features icons.

��������������������������ķ � Credits � �������������������������� Interface by: RaD Man and Skull Leader ANSI Screens by: Lord Jazz File Handling & Baud Simulation by: Skull Leader ANSI and BIN display and GIF Mode Detect by: Skull Leader JPEG Decoding by: Independant JPEG Group JPEG C to Pascal port by: Jacques Nomssi Nzali JPEG VESA TrueColor and 256Color dithering code by: Skull Leader RIP Display routines by: Capn' Crunch & SiDS Mode-X Primatives by: Matt Pritchard

Other Graphics Primatives, GIF & PCX from Fastgraph by TGS Compiled with Turbo Pascal v7.0 ��������������������������ķ � Bugs? � �������������������������� Did you find any bugs? If so, please write us at acid-public@acid.org, or mail Skull Leader on any ACiD affiliated system via AgoraNet. #SAUCE00ACiD View Documentation RaD Man 19960901��####P# ############################# ACiD Productions