Clipped graphics and ellipses

Monday, 23rd June 2008

qarnos — author of the superb Aether 3D engine — has been lending a hand with the BBC BASIC graphics API and contributed a large amount of very useful code.


First up is some code to clip 16-bit line coordinates down to 8-bit coordinates. This allows for lines to be partially (or completely) off the screen.

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He's also written a fast ellipse drawing and filling routine. The ellipses are also clipped to the viewport and are filled with an 8×8 pixel pattern.


The graphics viewport can be redefined using the VDU 24,left;top;right;bottom; command as demonstrated in the above example.

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GCOL can also be used to set a plotting mode; either plotting the specified colour directly, performing a logical operation (OR, AND, EOR) or inverting the existing colour.


All but the last of the above screenshots are the result of running BBC BASIC on a TI-83+ SE at 15MHz. The final screenshot is running at the regular 6MHz.

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