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johnhattan

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First off, HP is a genuine pain in the ass. As mentioned earlier, Vista complained that it didn't have current drivers for my Designjet 450c printer (basically a 4 foot wide inkjet). HP said that they'd have current drivers in late January, but missed the deadline.

Then later they posted a list of printers that would NEVER be supported under Vista, and my stalwart 450c was on the list. After trying to get confirmation of this on their support-forums, I got no reply. I thought it was odd that they announced support of the 430 but not the 450c, even though they are the same printer (the 450 has a ROM upgrade to support color).

And I got no response.

What's weird, though, is that Vista's printing support is basically unchanged from XP. Vista stated that most XP printer drivers should work. Just for grins, I downloaded the XP drivers. Vista warned that the driver was unsupported, but it then installed and worked fine.

Umm. . .why on Earth wouldn't HP mention this on their site? Why tell me that I'm SOL for printing from Vista to a 450c when I'm not?



I'm working on Daily Puzzle Ten (currently titled Double Twelve). It's intended to have multiple screen layouts (ala Mah Jongg solitaire), so I needed to have a way to edit screen layouts. Rather than write my own, I grabbed Mappy and gave it a look. Sure enough, it did exactly what I wanted in isometric mode. As a bonus, it could export a layout as an ActionScript array, so I had the whole thing working in less than an hour.



I didn't bother setting up actual tiles. The little default isometric tiles did the job. With a little array-reading loop, I went from the mappy version to one on my game. . .





GDC is next week. I'll be there to do expo floor coverage. See you there!
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Interesting. Some people in the chan yesterday were complaining about mappy creating poorly formatted output.

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HP's drivers are shit.

If you dig around on their website they have a "semi hidden" page with beta drivers that will work under Vista; some guy quit HP and then posted some of their little secrets to the Consumerist weblog.

Most of the Win2K3 drivers should work under Vista.

On the plus side, HP's drivers are much better than Lexmark's.

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Interesting. Some people in the chan yesterday were complaining about mappy creating poorly formatted output.
Weird. Here's the output I got from the displayed map.

var map = [
[0,0,0,0,0,1,1,0,0,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,1,1,1,0,0,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,1,1,1,1,0,0,0,0],
[0,1,0,1,1,1,1,1,0,1,0,0],
[0,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0,0],
[0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0,0],
[0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0],
[0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],
[0,1,1,1,1,0,1,1,1,1,0,0],
[0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0],
[0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0,0],
[0,1,0,1,1,1,1,1,0,1,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,1,1,1,1,0,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,1,1,1,0,0,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,0,1,1,0,0,0,0,0],
[0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]
]

That's about as straightforward as it gets.

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Umm. . .why on Earth wouldn't HP mention this on their site? Why tell me that I'm SOL for printing from Vista to a 450c when I'm not?


So you'll buy another printer, that's why! :P

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