BARGAIN 14.23

BARGAIN 14.23

by snout on 18-04-2013, 16:49
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MSX image compression suite BARGAIN has received yet another series of optimizations. The changelog since we last reported about this utility:

  • Changed drive select hotkey from SELECT to TAB
  • Scraped 5 more bytes off the assemble (de)compression routine
  • Compression now shows space savings (with a minus sign) instead of compression ratio

For those interested in the difference between compression ratio and space savings, this wiki might come in handy.

Relevant link: BARGAIN website

Comments (15)

By KdL

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18-04-2013, 17:28

woooh! 66 pics in a floppy, very impressive! Big smile Big smile Big smile

http://www.tcn.ne.jp/~hcmkkk/MSX/magazine.zip

By Edwin

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18-04-2013, 20:58

I'm trying to understand the encoder. Unfortunately I can't make heads or tails from the description. I can't even display the file with properly aligned diagrams.

By snout

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18-04-2013, 21:03

Well, the developer tends to read posts about BARGAIN here, so he might reply. What I'm curious about is: how does Bargain compare to other compression routines for MSX?

By Edwin

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18-04-2013, 22:29

For graphics it beats everything I have tested.

By snout

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18-04-2013, 22:36

Wow! In compression rate, (decompression) speed or both?

By Edwin

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18-04-2013, 22:41

In compression rate. Speed is a bit harder to compare since this one decompresses from VRAM to VRAM.

By sd_snatcher

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26-12-2013, 23:36

There are some nifty benchmarks on the compression ratio on this link.

Too sad I couldn't find any info on the file specs. It seems to be a great file format, but definitely hard to try to code a PC compatible converter just by looking at the asm code with Japanese comments.

By sd_snatcher

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19-08-2020, 12:37

The website seems to be gone, so we can only rely on its Internet archived page.

Does anyone have a backup of the sample image disks? They are not available at the Internet Archive.

By sd_snatcher

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19-08-2020, 12:40

BARGAIN 14.24 is also available for download at Vector, but again without the sample disks.

By Pac

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19-08-2020, 16:59

Yes, I'm quite sure I downloaded all the content. Let me check...

By Pac

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20-08-2020, 00:46

I have 4 DSK, check my profile for email.

By enribar

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20-08-2020, 14:13

I have the complete set, too, and an article about (only Italian).

By sd_snatcher

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20-08-2020, 17:56

PAC wrote:

I have 4 DSK, check my profile for email.

Tks, PAC! Could you please attach them to this feature request on SourceForge? It will help Piotr to implement support on RECOIL.

By Pac

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20-08-2020, 21:43

I don't have Sourceforge account, you can download the 4 demonstration DSK
here

By sd_snatcher

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09-09-2020, 13:17

Thank you, PAC! I've uploaded them to SourceForge.