New features

Assembler (new in 1.20)
If you click Select on the left-hand side of the window, where the address, word and string values are, you'll get the same word-altering window as before. But if you click to the right, where the mnemonic is displayed, you'll get the new assembler window, in which the mnemonic can be edited directly. This assembler only supports ARM2 instructions, so not all instructions that Desktop Hacker can disassemble can be successfully re-assembled. The assembler is part of the GoodTimes module (not to be confused with the virus hoax of the same name), written by Laurence Tratt and Andrew Clover.
Speed up (new in 1.08)
The slow-down window (now known as'Game speed') has been extended to allow you to speed the game up as well as slow it down. This is much less likely to work than slow-down, unless you have a fast processor that can run the games faster, or the game is clever enough to adjust its speed automatically.
Don't keep screen display (new in 1.07)
This is useful for users of computers with little free memory, but it does disable the screenshot-saving feature, as well as corrupting the screen display of most games. The option, found on the Choices window, should be left off most of the time. Enable it only if you need to hack a game that normally needs almost all of your memory. Game position files saved out with this option enabled cannot be loaded into versions of Desktop Hacker earlier than 1.07.
Squashed game files (new in 1.06)
Squashed game files are now supported, so you will often be able to fit a saved game or two on a single floppy disc. Squashed games are only available on machines which have Squash loaded (ie. RISC OS 3.), and the squashed game files produced by default by Desktop Hacker 1.06 and later will not load into Desktop Hacker 1.05 and earlier.
Memory reserving (new in 1.06)
Memory reserving. Some games (eg. Dune 2, Wolf 3D) deliberately claim all the memory free in the computer. Then when Desktop Hacker tries to interrupt, there's no free memory. If you get the 'Not enough memory...' error even when you've left vast amounts of free memory, try going to the Choices window, selecting the 'Reserve' option, and entering how much memory you want to reserve. Increase this if you continue to get the error.
Task forking (new in 1.06)
Games with WIMP front-ends in particular may trigger this feature: when a task being hacked launches another task, a window will appear querying whether you wish to continue hacking the old task, or follow the new one started up by it. You should usually 'Follow' the new task, as that'll be the game itself (that you want to hack), whereas the old task will be the front-end. (Which you don't. Probably.)
HackPoints (new in 1.06)
A system of breakpoints has been introduced including SWI trapping (as in the original Hacker). HackPoints are only accessible from the command line - see the help for commands *SetHackPoint, *ClearHackPoint and *ListHackPoints.

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ajc@doggysoft.co.uk
23rd April 1998