bB Tools and Toys

Convert numbers, create playfields, spellcheck your REMs, and more.

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Programming Equivalents

This is a conversion utility to change hex to decimal or binary to hex or whatever combination you need. All you do is put the number you want to convert into the appropriate box (type it or paste it), then hit the Enter key or left click anywhere within the gray utility area to see the results. This tool was improved by bogax at AtariAge in a few ways, including the interactive byte section at the top of the tool.


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Reversed Playfield Variables Normal


The tool above is for batari Basic users who want to draw small areas of the playfield. The standard playfield uses 4 variables for each row (8 bits x 4 = 32). You can access these variables directly (var0 through var47). The second and fourth playfield variables of each row have a reversed bit order, so the tool gives reversed numbers to the left and normal numbers to the right. Decimal and hexadecimal numbers are displayed (choose your favorite).




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Playfield Toy

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About the Playfield Toy

This is an old graph of the playfield in case anyone needs it. You must have JavaScript enabled to use it. Click inside of each box to toggle the color. It will also create playfield data for you below the graph, but the playfield editor in Visual batari Basic is much better. You can change row height, row colors, copy and paste, preview in emulator and more. Although the VbB playfield editor is better, I'll still leave this playfield toy here for those who can't use VbB. If you want to clear the graph and playfield data, simply refresh/reload the page.

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REM Firefox Spellcheck

If you use Firefox to spell check your text, you can paste your code in the text box below and see if you have any misspelled words in your REM statements.


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The Good and the Bad

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Never litter. If you can't find a trash can, take it home and throw it away there.

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. I take B-Right.

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.”


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