hardwareSprite-class {AmigaFFH}R Documentation

The hardwareSprite class

Description

An S4 class object that represent graphical objects known as hardware sprites on the Commodore Amiga.

Details

Amiga hardware supported sprites, which are graphical objects that could be moved around the display and independently from each other. Basic sprites were 16 pixels wide and any number of pixels high and were composed of four colours, of which one is transparent.

More complex sprites could be formed by linking separate sprites together. That way, sprites could become wider, or be composed of more colours. Such extended sprites are currently not supported by this package.

A well known example of hardware sprite on the Commodore Amiga is the mouse pointer.

This object simply holds the basic information belonging to hardware sprite. Use as.raster to convert it to a raster which is a more useful graphical element in R.

Slots

VStart

The vertical starting position of a sprite.

HStart

The horizontal starting position of a sprite.

VStop

The vertical stopping position of a sprite. The height of a sprite should be given by VStart - VStop.

control.bits

8 logical values used for extending sprites. The values are stored in this objects but extending sprites is not (yet) supported.

bitmap

Interleaved bitmap data containing information on the pixel colour numbers of the sprite.

colours

A vector of the 3 colours used for the sprite.

end.of.data

Sprite data can be followed by another sprite. It is terminated with two WORDS equalling zero (raw(4)). Repeated sprite data is currently not supported.

Author(s)

Pepijn de Vries

References

http://amigadev.elowar.com/read/ADCD_2.1/Hardware_Manual_guide/node00AE.html

Examples

## This generates a sprite of a single line (16x1 pixels) with an empty bitmap:
new("hardwareSprite")

## This generates a sprite of a single line (16x1 pixels) where
## the bitmap contains some coloured pixels:
new("hardwareSprite", bitmap = as.raw(c(0x01,0x02,0x03,0x04)))

## This generates a sprite of 16x16 pixels:
new("hardwareSprite",
    VStop = 16,
    bitmap = as.raw(sample.int(255, 64, replace = TRUE)))

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