Thursday, March 17, 2011

OT: Worst (First) Bus Awards

Brightened my day to know I'm not the only one who suffers public transport.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Image To ZX Spec 1.3.0 Released

Update: Version 1.3.1 is now available here.

Version 1.3.0(_01) of this application has now been released and is freely available.

Image To ZX Spec 1.3.0 is a multi core capable image and video converter that can produce vintage computer art images (jpeg/png) of any size and can even convert work to a real ZX Spectrum (or an emulator) as a slideshow or video. This is useful to create retro 8bit music videos, posters, tshirts, mock screenshots etc etc - you do not even need a Spectrum to use this program!

New for 1.3.0 - With the exception of the first Ubuntu (15 colour) screenshot above (the tool works on Windows and Ubuntu), the other screenshots illustrate the new GigaScreen 102 colour palette option. For more images and information on Image To ZX Spec's full capabilities read here. GigaScreen images are viewable on any Spectrum with a suitable GigaScreen viewer program. The large palette is a product of flashing two specially prepared images in sequence and due to persistence of vision extra colours can be seen. The real colours are displayed in Image To ZX Spec's preview and saved in other image file formats (png/jpeg) capable of being shown on a PC.

What reviewers have had to say:
"Great tool..."
(kgmcneil, World Of Spectrum)

Amazing stuff and works perfectly with SpecEmu.
(Pegaz, World Of Spectrum)

(orange, World Of Spectrum)

I like the option that you can see the result of different methods at the same time and can choose the one I like the best.

(Ralf, World Of Spectrum)

5/5 stars
(Editor, Softoxi)

5/5 stars
(Softpedia users' rating of Image To ZX Spec)

Third party artwork using Image To ZX Spec:
Changes in version 1.3.0
  • Added "GigaScreen" palette mode (102 colours).
  • Added "Reduced Set Colours" attribute favouritism.
  • Added drag and drop support.
  • Added proportional 256x192 preview capability to the dither preview dialog.
  • Removed lesser used tape loaders.
  • Fixed main window size bug.
  • Fixed missing dialog icon bug.
  • Improved Contrast slider sensitivity.
  • Improved preview repaint for Java >1.6.0_2x.
  • Updated readme and about dialog text.
  • Updated copyrights.

Image To ZX Spec antivirus scan report at

Downloads (updated for version 1.3.0_01):

Image to ZX Spec 1.3.0_01 Standalone (Softpedia mirror)
Image to ZX Spec 1.3.0_01 Standalone (direct download, just unzip and double click jar file to start).
Try Image to ZX Spec 1.3.0_01 online.
Image to ZX Spec 1.3.0_01 Source code and Javadoc (note GPL 2.0 licenced).
Tutorial and demo videos