Re: NTLK PKGs for Newton Quake and Backdrops for Avi's desktop.

From: Laurent Daudelin (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 09:47:59 CDT

"gavin @ hotmail" wrote:

> Hi there everyone,
> two points, one a question and one a request.
> 1. Being a Mac user and totally crazy Newton user, I would love to try out
> the famous NewtonQuake, but the utility for file conversion only works on
> Windows. I tried using Virtual PC, but without any success. I'm wondering
> that it's rather curious, why I've been able to spot all kinds of Newton
> files on the web, EXCEPT converted quake files to Newton pkgs. Could some
> kind soul please help me out by sending me some of the converted maps or
> files.
> I could even host a site for users out there who would like access to some
> of these converted files in pkg format.

Gavin, NewtonQuake was, sadly, only an April 1st joke. Quake never ran on the
Newton, and will probably never run, sorry.

> And now the question:
> 2. I've read all the faqs regarding how to make an Avi's backdrop using
> Newton Press, including renaming the file to A!:, size of image...and
> converting the number of colors to grey but everytime, I bring the pict file
> into Newton Press, it gives me a Black and White image, even though I've
> already reduced the number of greys. Anyone else have this problem? And any
> quick solns? What am I doing wrong with Photoshop or Newton Press?

Carefully read the infos on Newton Resources
<> about how to make
an Avis' Backdrop background. For one thing, the file shouldn't be renamed A!:,
that's the unique ISBN that should be renamed. Obviously, on a Mac, you won't
use PaintShop Pro, but something else. I've been using PhotoShop 4.0 LE on my
B&W. Initially, I was converting the pictures from colors to grayscale, then
reduce the number of grays from 256 to 4. But at some point, I did experiment
with copying the picture from PhotoShop and pasting it directly in NewtonPress
and NewtonPress just converted the picture automatically to 4 grays. So, the
only thing you should still do is reduce the picture size to the dimensions on
Victor's page. You can name your book whatever you want, but make sure the
unique ISBN reads "A!:" (without the quotes).

Good luck!

Laurent Daudelin
Developer, Adaptive Infrastructure, CIS Fannie Mae
Phone: 703-833-4266
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