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Subject: comp.sys.hp48 FAQ : 4 of 4 - Best Programs and Where to Get Them
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13.1. Best Programs and Where to Get Them List
This list is designed to help HP48 users locate useful, well written
programs for their HP48, selected by HP48 users who send in
recommendations for their favourite programs.
Compatibility is noted by either SX (SX only), GX (GX only), SX/GX (SX
and GX), or SX?/GX (Works on GX, not sure about SX).
Most of the sites below require Internet access. However CompuServe
has a modest HP48 archive in the HP handhelds forum. Type "go HPHAND"
to access the forum. HP48 specific files can be found in DL 3.
America Online also has an HP area you can access using "Keyword PDA".
Note that for most FTP sites, any programs in uploads directories are
subject to movement into their appropriate directories (i.e. games or
utilities), or removal by the archive maintainer. There is also the
possibility that the program might have a slightly different name than
the one given below, especially if newer versions are available. If
information has changed that you know of, let me know so I can update
I have also released my personal HP48 archive, which is updated
occassionally. It should contain all of the following programs, as
well as lots of others. More information can be obtained at:
o StringWriter (SX/GX): This is a replacement editor by Jean-Yves
Avenard. It offers such features as cut, copy, paste as well as
a choice of fonts. Available at http://www.epita.fr/~avenar_j/
o ChemLab (SX/GX): A very fast, efficient, and complete periodic
table from Arnold Moy. Available at
o EXAL (SX/GX): Great spreadsheet program by Al Arduengo.
Available at <http://lonestar.texas.net/~exal/>
o GxTools (GX): GxTools is in effect a "Toolbar" for your G/GX
consisting of many useful utilities. Put together by Jack Levy
and available at <http://www-
o HP-Writer (GX): This editor by Paquot Christophe is small, fast,
and uses UFL FNT2 but still has all the important features. The
current version is available at
o MiniWriter (SX/GX): Small, fast, FNT1 text editor by Jean Yves
Avenard. Available at http://www.epita.fr/~avenar_j/
o Organizer (SX/GX): Organizer is a library designed to act as a
Personal Information Manager, or PIM. The goal is to create a
high-speed, easy to use, compact, yet fully functional PIM for
the HP48. Organizer includes a calendar, appointment scheduler,
annual events, TODOs, and a phone manager. Also by Jack Levy
and at <http://www-personal.engin.umich.edu/~levyj/hp48.html>
o Remote-BG (SX/GX): Use your HP48 as a remote control! This is
the best of the remote control programs and has the ability to
learn new codes. By Bjorn Gahm, available at
o Scribe (SX/GX): Scribe is a library which will function as a
Database or Rolodex. It is designed to hold a large amount of
information in such a manner that it is easy to retrieve, quick
to find, and transparent in usage. Another great program from
Jack Levy at <http://www-
o AUR Information (GX): Information on the Advanced User Reference
Manual compiled by Adrian Drury. Available at
o FAQ (SX/GX): Contains valuable answers to Frequency Asked
Questions. Read it! The latest version is available at
o GX Programming Tips (SX/GX): This document by Doug Cannon
briefly describes how to write code that runs on both SX and GX.
o Library Info (SX/GX): Information on the structure and use of
libraries. By Charlie Patton. Available on Goodies Disk 8.
o ML Input (SX/GX): How to get keyboard input from ML. By Joe
Ervin. Available on Goodies Disk 7.
o RPLMAN.DOC (SX/GX): This document was written by HP and released
without support to HP48 users. It describes how to program in
System RPL. Available on Goodies Disk 4.
o Saturn (SX/GX): Saturn Processor Reference guide by Matthew
Mastracci. The URL is
o SASM.DOC (SX/GX): Also from HP, this is the unsupported guide to
machine language programming for the Saturn processor.
Available on Goodies Disk 4.
o Arkanoid (SX/GX): Breakout clone with editor - by "HP Mad". SX
version available on Goodies Disk 8. There is also a GX version
floating around, try
o Boulder DasHP (SX): Classic game of Boulder Dash by David Presle
"ORUS". Get the diamonds without getting smashed by falling
rocks or running into enemies. Available on Goodies Disk 8.
o Columns (SX/GX): Tetris-like game by Spartacus. Available at
o Columns II (GX): Columns with grey scale for GX only, again by
Spartacus. Available at
o Diamonds (SX/GX): Great game by Doug Cannon! Control bouncing
ball to get the diamonds. Available at
o Hapaman (GX): PacMan clone by Davor Jadrijevic. Available at
o ICE Cube (SX/GX): Great action arcade game in four levels of
grey scale by Lilian Pigallio. Available at
o Jytris (SX/GX): One of the best tetris games including music,
cartoons, bombs, and grey scale intro. Written by Laurent
Jouanneau. Separate libraries are available for all HP48s
(including minimized libraries for S and G). Available at
o La Mine aux Diamants (SX/GX): Another Boulder Dash clone. By
Lilian Pigallio. Available at
o Lemmings (SX/GX): Save the lemmings from killing themselves! By
C. de Dinechin. Available at
o LodRunner (GX): LodeRunner clone for the HP! By HPOWER, with
improvements from Mika Heiskanen. Available at ftp.cis.com.
o Phoenix (SX/GX): Phoenix clone by Davor Jadrijevic. Available
o Quick Reversi (SX): Fastest Reversi by Leon Pavlov. Quite
smart! Available on Goodies Disk 8.
o Tetris (SX/GX): Tetris clone - small, fast, great! By Detlef
Mueller. Available at wuarchive.wustl.edu.
o SCHIP (SX/GX): Video game interpreter for SCHIP designed games.
By Erik Bryntse. SX version available on Goodies Disk 3.
Available at <http://www.hpcalc.org/games/schip/>
o Vaders (SX/GX): Space Invaders by Joe Ervin. Available at
o WarioHP Land (SX/GX): Adventure game similar to Mario Land. By
Julien Meyer and available at <http://perso.club-
o Willy (SX/GX): Side scroller game by Mario Mikocevic. Available
o 4 Colors (SX/GX): Utilities for making four shade greyscale
graphics. By Lilian Pigallio and available at
o Claudia (SX/GX): Greyscale demo of Claudia Schiffer, the
supermodel. By Mohamed Fatri. Available at
o ALG48 (SX/GX): Very fast algebraic manipulation utilities by
Mika Heiskanen and Claude-Nicolas Fiechter. Available at
o CNTR (SX/GX): Discrete and continuous control systems design;
Inverse Z and Laplace Transforms. By Cesar Crusius. Available
o Erable (SX/GX): Tons of powerful math utilities! By Bernard
Parisse. This package is a successor to the ALGB package by the
same author. The latest version is at <ftp://fourier.ujf-
o Math (SX/GX): Symbolic/numerical matrices and polynomials by
Cesar Crusius. Available at
o Matrix (SX/GX): Very fast matrix writer replacement by Arnold
Moy. Handles real and complex matrices, and uses the UFL small
font for its display. Available at
o MTools (SX/GX): MathTools by Jack Levy. Faster and friendly
replacements for the HP's math functions. Available
o QPI (SX/GX): Replaces ->Q, shows quotients, and functions of pi,
radicals, LN and EXP. Very useful! The latest version can be
found at <http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~aschoorl/>
o SolveSys (GX): Solves systems of equations. By Sune Bredahl.
Available at <http://www.hpcalc.org/math/symbolic/ssys402.zip>
o STAT03 (GX): STAT03 is a collection of fairly fast
statistical/matrix utilities. It contains 49 more or less
useful commands. About 25% is written in ML. The author is
Christian Meland, and it is available at
o HP-IDE (Win32): HP-IDE is a SysRPL/ML IDE for Win32, making
directory and library creating much easier to do (completely on
your PC). Available at
o HP48 Explorer (Win32): This program runs in Windows 95 and helps
simplify file transfers. It is available at
o HPShell (DOS): The HPShell is a development environment for HP48
programming on PC. It handles transfers as well as editing and
character translation. Available at
o ROMDump Wizard (Win32): The best ROM dump program available. By
Christoph Giesselink, and available at
o Jazz (SX/GX): This is best System RPL and Machine Language
development library that runs right on your HP48! Written by
Mika Heiskanen. The Jazz library provides commands for
assembling, disassembling and debugging both System RPL and
machine language. Both full and light versions are available at
o HP's Tools (DOS): Development tools for System RPL and libraries
on the PC. On Goodies Disk 4.
o GNU-Tools (Unix, DOS): A set of replacements for HP's
development tools by Mario Mikocevic (Mozgy) which that not only
runs on DOS, but also typical Unix systems such as Linux and
Solaris. It is distributed in both source and binary form.
Many of the larger HP48 programs like Jazz, Java, and the UFL
were developed with GNU-Tools.
It is available at:
o SSS (SX/GX): The SysRPL Shell by Stefan Wolfrum provides an
interface that helps you program in System RPL. Available at
o BKUP (SX/GX): BKUP is written entirely in System RPL and is
intended to make a backup of any port(s) the user specifies. By
Bob Apodaca, available at
o FF (GX): This File Finder is designed for users with large
directory structures. It accepts a string and will search your
directories recursively for matches. By Jorge Costa and
available at <http://alfa.ist.utl.pt/~l38861/>
o FIXIT (SX/GX): This program by Mika Heiskanen and Joe Horn
repairs "HPHP48-" bad downloads. Available in ASC format in the
FAQ as well as on Goodies Disk 8.
o FXRECV (GX): Fixes bug in X-Modem for G/GX. Not necessary for
Rom R. By Cary McCallister. Available on Goodies Disk 9.
o HP82240B Emulator: Allows you to emulate the HP82240B IR
Printer. Written by Jarno Peschier and at
o PCT (SX/GX): Both SX and GX versions are available of this file
and library maintenance program. Available at the standard
sites. Be sure to use the correct version for your machine! In
particular the TREE.PCT file is an S/SX program that is a common
cause of crashes on G/GX machines.
o UFL (SX/GX): The Universal Font Library provides a centralized
location for common fonts between programs. Also comes with a
Font Maintenance Library (FMnt). Maintained by Andre Schoorl
and available at <http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~aschoorl/ufl/>
o USEND/URECV (SX/GX): Significantly faster IR file transfers!
Approximately 4 to 6 times faster than SEND. By Dan Kirkland.
o STOFIX (GX): Fixes STO bug on Roms L and M. By Detlef Mueller.
Available at <http://www.hpcalc.org/utils/memory/stofix.zip>
o Tricorder (SX/GX): This program will make your HP48 beep when it
is held close to an object using the IR port. Great for amusing
friends! Written by Steven Ourada, improved by Richard
Steventon, and available at
Stack Replacements and Related Programs
o EQStk (SX/GX): 7-line replacement stack intended for
mathematics. View objects on the stack in their native form.
By Mika Heiskanen. Available at
o Java (SX/GX): The totally improved 5-line stack environment!
Includes lowercase menus, improved status area, on-stack
algebraics, improved interactive stack, configurable font,
scroller, fast ML routines and more. By Richard Steventon,
Andre Schoorl (hey that's me!), and Will Laughlin. The latest
released version (3.2a) is available at
o MetaKernel (GX): This is a total replacement for a lot of built
in HP48 ROM code, including the stack, editor, equation writer,
matrix writer, and picture environments. It also includes
SysRPL and ML development tools. A lot of work has been put
into it to make everything extremely fast. The MetaKernel
requires a GX and is sold on a ROM card. Documentation is
available in both French and English. The full version must be
purchased from the authors, but a demo version is available at
13.2. Other Web / FTP Sites
13.3. FTP by Electronic Mail
For those of you who don't have FTP access, you can FTP programs by
mail. To do this, you send commands via e-mail message to the ftpmail
server, and it then sends back the programs, usually in a uuencoded
format by e-mail.
For access to any ftp site, I recommend the sunsite ftpmail server.
To get more information, send a mail message to
<firstname.lastname@example.org> with the contents of:
There are other FTP by mail servers like the sunsite server, but they
are more heavily used, and take longer.
13.4. Bulletin Boards with HP48 Programs
Official Hewlett Packard BBS (48)
o Phone: (208) 344-1691 ; Corvallis, Oregon.
o Second Node: (541) 715-3277 ; Speed: 9600 baud
Foundations in Science (48/100)
o Phone: (206) 562-7083 644-2723 ; Speed: 14.4
o Contact: <email@example.com>
UAH ACCESS BBS (28/48/95/100)
Phone: (205) 895-6152 ; U. Alabama Huntsville.
The Ninth Bit BBS (48)
o Phone: (405) 372-7204 ; Speed: 14.4
o Contact: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raiders of Lost Arg (48/95)
o Phone: (416) 968-6633 ; Speed: 38400 N81
o Contact: <email@example.com>
NES BBX (48)
Phone: (503) 640-4263 ; Goodies Disks in File Area 22
[(hp)]al BBS (48/95/100)
o Phone: (612) 642-5906 ; Features: Usenet, E-Mail
o Contact: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Electronic Design News BBS (48)
Phone: (617) 558-4582 ; Features: Open to All
Nybble's Byte (28/48/95/100/etc)
o Phone: (708) 304-0666 ; Speed: 28.8
o Features: 24 hr. Usenet/Internet
Terrapin Station (48)
Phone: (708) 657-9543
48 Files BBS (48)
o Phone: (801) 371-8760 ; Speed: 14.4
o Features: Over 3000 files
The ONE BBS (48)
Phone: +33-149-887-691 ; France.
o This German BBS has a filebase that contains about 1000 Files,
30MB. All are zipped, with descriptions.
o Contact: Patrick.Werner@cyberbox.de
o Line 01-04 : +49-441-3990033 USR 2400-33600
o Line 05-06 : +49-441-9396977 ISDN X.75
o There is also full access to the filebase at
<http://www.cyberbox.de/software/hp48/>. The start page for all
file areas is <http://www.cyberbox.de/files/index.html>
13.5. HP Goodies Disks
The HP Goodies Disks are a set of disks that are chock full of great
HP48 files. They are collected by Joe Horn, and are available on the
Internet. They contain all shareware/freeware files. Currently there
are 11 disks. They can be obtained via anonymous ftp from the places
In the listings above, they are referred to by "GD #". All the
goodies disks have a file "fileinfo.src" which contains an index of
all the files. I would recommend everybody looking through all these
disks, as there is lots of great stuff on them!
o UAH BBS: (205) 895-6152
o CompuServe: go HPHAND ; DL 3
The maintainer thanks the following international contributors
(covering a total of 16 countries) for their invaluable help in
compiling this FAQ:
U.S. and Canada:
Dave Arnett, Allen Arnold, Diego Berge, Rich Brown, Doug Cannon,
Andrew Chen, Dallan Christensen, James Cook, John Cutter, Andrew
Dooley, Chuck Dinsmore, Jeff Dubin, Egan Ford, John Goerzen,
Paul Hart, Dave Hicks, Joe Horn, David Johnson, Jack Levy, Keith
Maddock, Scott Marlowe, Thomas De Matteis, John Meyers, David
Moisan, Derrik Pates, David Peterson, Othniel Rawlins, Eric
Rechlin, David Rice, Ray Richardson, Maynard Riley, Jake
Schwartz, Jeremy Smith, Chris Spell, Lee Studley, Deborah Lynn
Williams, Mark Wilson, Patrick Yagle.
Jean-Francois Larin, Arnold Moy, Jeff Sketchley, Matt Willis,
Rachid Benzaoui (France), Jorge Costa (Portugal), Yves Gadioux
(France), Bjorn Gahm (Sweden), Maarten van den Hoek
(Netherlands), Pieter-Bas IJdens (Netherlands), Peter Karp
(Germany), Jens Kerle (Germany), Wlodek A C Mier-Jedrzejowicz
(U.K.), Mario Mikocevic "Mozgy" (Croatia), Makoto Miyamoto
(Germany), Bernard Parisse (France), Matthias Paul (Germany),
Jarno Peschier (Netherlands), Lilian Pigallio (France), Rob
Simpson (U.K.), Klaus Wolferts (Germany), Stefan Wolfrum
(Germany), Stevens Wouter (Belguim), Matjaz Vencelj (Slovenia).
Guido Carvajal (Chile), Cesar Crusius (Brazil), Kevin Cheng
(Australia), Antonio Pacheco (Venezuela), Alejandro Arrieta Rios
(Chile), Richard Steventon (South Africa).
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