When TEK1608 Met ViewfinderBy Chris Williams. Published: 18th Feb 2003, 19:33:54 | Permalink | Printable
"TEK and Viewfinder now Friends" sez ArtexsoftIt's like that soppy film "When Harry Met Sally" except not, because they were fictional romantic characters and this article is actually about graphics hardware and funky software. Jan Klose, of RISC OS games house Artexsoft yet emailing from his Deck13 address, today alerted drobe.co.uk to the fact that their TEK1608 real time war game is now compatible with Windfall Enginnering's Viewfinder graphics card (which essentially allows an ATI AGP graphics card to sit on the Acorn podule bus).
"TEK players have happily reported that thanks to the latest viewfinder upgrade 1.52, the game is now running very well with this special graphics card", muses Jan. "TEK is displayed without any optical problems. Thus, Viewfinder users can now safely buy TEK, and TEK players can safely buy the Viewfinder card".
Viewfinder software and drivers are stored on the card in FlashROM and updates are simply uploaded to the card by the end user having obtained the upgrade from the Windfall website. 1.53 is the current version of the Viewfinder firmware and costs 20 euros under Windfall's current support system (download now, pay later). The Viewfinder card has to work hard to provide a transparant layer between software expecting the Acorn VIDC video system and the faster, better ATI graphics card; it appears a breakthrough has at last been reached for TEK1608 players. Now, about that demo..
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