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Since October 2014, our active members and staff have released several new games for the Sega Dreamcast, Panasonic 3DO, Atari 2600, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus CE, TI-Nspire CX, HP Prime, Casio fx-9860G, Android phones and computers. This includes First Fantasy: Mana Force, Sorcery of Uvutu, Reuben Quest: Lost Between Times, Oiram CE (a Super Mario clone), SQRXZ CE, KillMinds, VVSSV, Line++, Lazer 2, GalagACE and Wal-Rush! Various existing games, such as This is the Only Level, Androides, Billybox, Mandragore, Bejeweled, Flappy Bird, Pac-Man and Pac-Attack, were also ported to TI calculators by our users and various retro gaming console emulators (SNES, Turbografx-16, Sega Genesis, Master System, etc) were released for the TI-Nspire CX.

Aside from game development, our participating forum users have released notable tools such as ICE Compiler, Houstontracker 2, CEmu, the C SDK and Libraries for the CE. We also have our share of musicians and pixel artists as well, along with a massive database of MTV Music Generator series songs from the remains of TIMGUL. A lot of new projects are also active in the development section, ranging from new games to programming utilities and 3D engines, so expect new releases at any moment. Make sure to visit the authors' topics to voice your suggestions and encouragements!

We intend to provide a friendly place to discuss your favorite topics, to hang out and to showcase your projects and releases, so hopefully you feel at home here. Registration is free and only takes a few seconds!

February 25, 2015, 05:16:07 pm by pimathbrainiac | Views: 3037 | Comments: 16

Calculators in General
So a while ago, TI Connect CE 5.0 was released by TI as a compliment to the TI 84 Plus CE. Since it has new features, including a program editor, I have decided to do a full review. Sadly, this software only works with z80 USB-port models, but you can have TI-Connect 4.0 installed alongside it, so you are only really missing out on the new features.

First up: Start Up
Immediately after the splash screen splashes, you are greeted with the basic interface in screen capture mode. There are three modes, easily accessible from the sidebar, including Screen Capture, Calculator Explorer, and Program Editor. To the immediate right is the connected calculator list if you are in Screen Capture or Calculator Explorer mode, and the tokens list if you are in Program Editor mode. When it is the connected calculator list, you can switch between connected calculators quickly. Just click the one you want to switch to, and you're ready to go!

The Screen Capture Mode at Startup
Screen Capture
The Screen Capture mode is just an interface change on the one from TI-Connect 4.0. You can only take screenshots from the confines of the TI-OS level. This means you can't take screenshots from flashapps or assembly programs. Kind of a bummer, but nothing new. The interface does feel sleeker and more modern, but I feel TI could have updated the feature for this software.

Calculator Explorer and File Transfer
Since this is connectivity software, this is the most important part of this package. How is the connectivity? In a word: fast. It takes very little time from drag-and-drop of programs to menu, and the actual transfer takes full advantage of the USB capability. You also have the option to send files to all connected calculators, which is very nice, especially if you are working on a multi-player game and want to improve the time it takes to get the files to both calculators. In the Calculator Explorer itself, you see everything on the calculator in the sleek interface, and can switch between calculators easily. You can also double click a non-protected, non-assembly program to edit it within the Program Editor almost instantly, which leads nicely into the next section.

File Transfer Menu
Program Editor
TI has not released a program editor with their standard link software since TI Graph Link. This program editor is a nice addition to the software, once again with a sleek and modern interface. It features a tokens list and reference on the side, and can send the program to a connected calculator with the click of a button. The editor feels a lot like TokenIDE or SourceCoder, but with different syntax for store arrows and superscripts and such. The copy-paste issues from Graph Link have been fixed, though, so the store arrows (→) and the like show up properly when pasted into posts. The only language supported is TI-Basic, as is expected, since this is TI's product and not the community's.

Program Editor

Overall, this is a nice update to TI-Connect, and you will enjoy the new file transfer speed and the TI-Basic program editing, as well as the new interface. Although the screen capture is still lacking, it is still the best TI Connect to date.
February 24, 2015, 09:34:08 pm by xlibman | Views: 5930 | Comments: 17

Notable Game and Software Releases
If, for whatever reasons, you are stuck on TI-Nspire OS 3.9.0 or 3.9.1 (such as school forcing you to upgrade or your calculator revision being Hardware S or higher, which didn't work with OSes older than 3.9.1), but still want to use Ndless, then good news: It's out! :D

For those who are unfamiliar with the TI-Nspire, Ndless is a tool that allows the calculator to run C, Python, Javascript and ARM assembly language softwares created by members of the TI community. Normally, the calculator comes built-in with support for both Lua and a limited form of TI-BASIC. ASM and C programs get more control on the calculator, allowing them to run much faster, so you can play games such as DOOM, Quake, Crafti (3D Minecraft clone) and run Nintendo games via various console emulators. In addition to that, you can watch videos and get access to more powerful educational tools such as Khicas and nPDF!

With Texas Instruments devoting between 0.001 and 100% of their profits into locking down their newest TI-Nspire OSes to prevent third-party native programs from running, it usually took over 6 months after a new OS release before new exploits can be both discovered and used to use Ndless on them. Version 3.9 comes out earlier than expected and runs on OS 3.9.0 and 3.9.1. After five years, despite TI's actions, the Ndless team has never gave up, never let anyone down nor deserted us, even if they had every reason possible to do so.

If you still use OS 3.1, then you will have to use Ndless 3.1 instead, though, and OS 3.6 will still require Ndless 3.6.

It is also discouraged to use Ndless 3.9 on TI-Nspire Clickpad models, because they do not have enough RAM to run both OS 3.9 and most Ndless programs simultaneously (only 2-3 MB of RAM left). Also, Ndless 3.9 will not work on Touchpad (grayscale) models.

In addition to that, users of Nspire CX models that have hardware revision J or higher, as well as those who don't use Nlaunchy, should probably stick to Ndless 3.6. Without nLaunchy nor an OS that can run it, Ndless 3.9, which uses the same exploit as DowngradeFix 3.9, requires computer access in order to be re-installed following a calculator crash or reboot. You can still use Ndless 3.9.1 regardless, but under such conditions it won't be ideal.

Download links: Ndless 3.9 (3.6 and 3.1)
Installing tutorials: Ndless 3.9 (3.6 and 3.1)
Official site: http://ndless.me/
Source: http://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16104&p=178058&lang=en
February 23, 2015, 04:51:43 pm by xlibman | Views: 4175 | Comments: 15

Notable Game and Software Releases
TI has just released TI-Connect CE 5.0 on their official website. It is a standalone version of TI-Connect that supports the USB version of the TI-83 Plus.Fr, the TI-83 Premium CE and the entire TI-84 Plus family. It sports a brand new interface, which lets you edit calculator program code most notably, and offers considerable improvements on file transfer speed. While it used to take 30 seconds in the original TI-Connect to initiate a transfer at all, everything such as drag-n-dropping a file in a Windows folder is now instant.

Unfortunately, this version of TI-Connect drops support for serial linking and consequently, support for the TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, the original TI-83 Plus.Fr, the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition, TI-85 and TI-86 was dropped. Also, all 68K models including the TI-89 Titanium are no longer supported. On the other hand, TI-Connect CE acts as a separate entity from TI-Connect 4.0, so installation is done in a separate folder, meaning it will still let you use both.

Download links
Windows: http://education.ti.com/en/us/software/details/en/13312F7CEC074A2DAFD7EE5646129839/swticonnectcesoftwareforwindows (mirror)
Mac: http://education.ti.com/en/us/software/details/en/68CEDD34FDC94622B4DBD173E6A0D8C3/swticonnectcesoftwareformacintosh# (mirror)

February 14, 2015, 05:03:31 pm by xlibman | Views: 3597 | Comments: 17

In a previous announcement, we started doing staff updates and made the new Elite Coder group, designed as a badge for notable programmers that offers some extra forum privileges, an official thing. The announcement stated that the next one would be on February 14th.

Today we are pleased to announce the addition of @Hayleia and @matrefeytontias to the Elite Coder member group! They now have extra privileges regarding what sub-forums they can have in the Featured Projects section, they have access to the Safe-Haven board by default and they are now listed on CodeWalrus front page and About section, along with the staff and the other Elite Coders.

Another member is still pending approval for addition to the Elite Coders group as hasn't replied to his last PM yet to confirm he is still interested. Should he still show interest towards such position (and the site), there might be another Elite Coder addition very soon. In the future, the Elite Coders group will be opened to good programmer who wants to join and is interested in helping CodeWalrus grows, although places might still be limited.

Hayleia is currently working on Super Smash Bros Open, a TI-84 Plus game clone which made the headlines on several big gaming websites, while Matrefeytontias is working on a Super Hexagon clone called Axagon, written in Axe language.

Also, the Featured projects section was finally updated after some delays. Subforums for smaller projects were added for two Elite Coder and a Mana Force CSE sub-forum was added as well.
January 26, 2015, 05:46:20 pm by xlibman | Views: 1758 | Comments: 6

With our growing non-English native userbase, we have decided to add multiple languages to the forum software: Dutch, French and Japanese. Although support for those languages is partial (custom navigation and menu options are still in English and Japanese translation is incomplete), hopefully this should make it easier for our visitors or members who have troubles using the website in English.

You can change your language settings at the top of every page to the right of CodeWalrus logo, via a drop-down, or via your account settings.

Also effective immediately: Due to some requests it is now possible to start discussions in French in the off-topic section, which is possible with 4 of the 5 CodeWalrus staff speaking it as native language, but you must prefix your topic title with [FR] to distinguish it from other English topics.

French follows:
Suite à quelques demandes, il est désormais possible de lancer des discussions en Français sur le forum de CodeWalrus dans la section off-topic, chose étant rendue possible du au fait que c'est la langue maternelle de 4 des 5 membres de l'équipe du site. Par contre, pour ce faire, il faut que vous ajoutez un préfixe [FR] au début du titre de votre topic pour le distinguer des sujets en anglais.
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