Because it takes ages to do all the steps in converting an image to a Speccy screen
using the GIMP and bmp2spec I thought I'd have a go at writing an application that would
do everything that was required. This is just about it.
There are instructions in the text file in the zip.
Here's some screenshots.
Speccy games cryptic crossword
Created with the excellent Eclipse crossword generator, all the answers are Spectrum
games. See how well you can do. Here's the crossword.
bmp2spec version 1.1
What's bmp2spec then, I hear you ask. Well, it's a little program Blood wrote which
allows you to convert PC bitmaps to Spectrum screens. What you need to do is take
a PC .bmp file, either resize or crop it to 256x192 pixels, decrease the colour depth
to 2 (so it's monochrome) and run bmp2spec on it. Voila! One .tap file with your
masterpiece nicely converted to a Spectrum SCREEN$ file that you can load with
Originally this would always produce screens called "screen" in the tap file, but I
added an enhancement a couple of years ago to let you name the screen, and this is
the version here.
Anyway, here it is.
Now this is fun. pngtospec converts movie frames saved out as PNG files to one
large tap file. Full-motion video on a Speccy (well, emulator)? No problem.
This needs bmp2spec to work, and is a shell script, so needs a Unix shell environment
to run. You can get these for Windows.
Here it is.