My Dear Mr. Duk:
Your latest version took me a few seconds longer to break on the Centris. Some of the bugs I found were fairly obscure. Some were downright flamboyant. To wit:
Now then, about that attached file...
As you can see by my other upload, the Archipelago Comemorative Painting, I have been playing with Photoshop and KAI power tools, etc. Your latest Alexander shipment inspired me to come up with a color PICT to replace the rather drab About Alexander dialog box. It only took me about a half hour to whip up the attached picture and I think it turned out rather well.
The most interesting part is the 3D rendered globe. In case you were wondering: YES, that is an actual Alexander generated world! It turns out that Photoshop not only does a spiffy job of smoothing out the coastline, it can also turn any flat map into a rendered globe! I use your Alex the Third program to generate a ones-and-zeros file, process it with my OracleCard color mapper, cut and paste the map to Photoshop, do a little slicing and dicing and VIOLA! Instant globe!
By doing a lot of tedious fiddling and time-consuming rendering I could even use Morph to produce a spinning globe quicktime movie! It's far from easy but it IS possible.
So my final question for you is: how hard would it be to display this PICT instead of the current About Alex dialog. I'm sending this as a pict FILE, but I can easily produce a pict RESOURCE if you like. Is 16 bits enough resolution? I can go to 32 if need be. I can also shrink it a bit. Adding this to Alex would significantly increase its girth (and our AOL bills) but would also increase its COOLNESS!
Yours in haste,
P.S. Do you have a JPEG decompressor, or a program like Photoshop that can read JPEG files, or Photoshop itself for that matter? If so I can radically reduce the file size of future artistic transmissions.