These 'tiles' will not work on Windows (or Linux) computers. They use the 'sprite' file used on RISC OS computers (formally Acorn Computers.)
This is a page for Acorn Computer users to download backdrop sprites. These are either in 256 shades of grey or 256 colours.. All of them are to be used as 'Tiled' backdrops. Shift-Clicking on the zip file will bring up a save window and drag to a suitable folder on your harddisc. You will need a copy of !Sparkplug to unpack these folders.
A also have a page of Backdrop Jpeg Images produced using !Compo and !Paint. They are available for download at the following link. The images are available for 'centred' display in three screen sizes:- 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768. All are intended for a 32,000 colour desktop.
Click here for Jpeg Image Backdrops (9 pages with 200+ Images)
Update 29th August '99 - Two further 'zip' files added. The first is 'mytext.zip' which is a zip file of my current 'Textures.' This is a 500k folder that is zipped down to 92k.
Remember - back up your 'Textures' (which will have the same names) before you try these! -
The second new 'zip' file is 'taxan.zip' which is a zipped folder 'taxan' (6k zipped down to under 2k) containing the MDF file '750' which is my current MDF (monitor definition file) for my Taxon 750 TCO95 17in monitor - used with 2Mbs of VRam tweeked up from the standard setting of 152000 to 160000
(ie in '!Boot.Choices.Boot.PreDesk.Configure.!Run' I have 40000 8000 160000 80000)
Remember - this you do at your OWN RISK as driving your VIDC chip over it's spec could damage it and it may prove difficult and costly to replace it! - This is a serious warning!
As an guide to how seriously I take this step I now have an extra fan running inside my Risc PC Case.
Added 23rd. May '99 - Some of my tiled backdrops (19 in all) can be found on the 'The Arm Club PD CD 3' which was just released after the Wakefield Show Acorn Show held in the UK - 15th and 16th May '99. (To find them check in:- Resources.Graphics_Icons.Backgrounds.)
bkdp1.zip The first 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp1/zip' which contains two Acorn logo backdrops, one on a black background and one on a white background.
The zip file is 7k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 30k and 20k.
|AcornB - Acorn 3D text on black background||AcornW - Acorn 3D text on white background|
bkdp2.zip The second 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp2/azip' which contains two embossed Argo style logo backdrops, one of these being on a lighter grey background than the other.
The zip file is 25k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of about 28k each.
|ArgoGrey - Embossed Argo logo on grey background||ArgoGreyL - Embossed Argo logo on light grey background|
bkdp3.zip The third 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp3/zip' which contains two Argo logo backdrops, one grey on a white background and green on a white background.
The zip file is 5k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 15k and 14k.See small screenshots below.
|emailbw - 3D Argo email on white background||emailg - 3D Argo email in green on white background|
bkdp4.zip The fourth 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp4/zip' which contains two grey satellite dish backdrops, one of these being on a black background and the other on white.
The zip file is 19k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of about 38k each.See small screenshots below.
|dishblack - grey satellite dish on black background||dishwhite - grey satellite dish on white background|
bkdp5.zip The fifth 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp5/zip' which contains two grey ArgoRing icon type backdrops, one of these being on a light grey background and the other on white.
The zip file is 10k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 12k and 18k.See small screenshots below.
|argoring1 - Argo Webring logo on grey background||argoring2 - Argo Webring logo on white background|
bkdp6.zip The sixth 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp6/zip' which contains two versions of the new Phoebe logo, one being a grey embossed image and the second in colour.
The zip file is 8k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 32k and 30k. See small screenshots below.
|logopa - New Phoebe logo embossed||logopb - New Phoebe logo in colour|
bkdp7.zip The seventh 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp7/zip' which contains two grey spaceman backdrops, one being on a black background and the second on white.
The zip file is 23k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 24k each.See small screenshots below.
|spacemb - Spaceman on black background||spacemw - Spaceman on white background|
bkdp8.zip The eight 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp8/zip' which contains two Phoebe image backdrops, one being a grey embossed image and the second in colour.
The zip file is 8k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 20k and 11k. See small screenshots below.
|sriscbw - Phoebe embossed||sriscc - Phoebe in colour|
bkdp9.zip The ninth 'Zipped' folder is 'bkdp9/zip' which contains two more versions of the new Phoebe logo, again one being a grey embossed image and the second in colour.
The zip file is 18k in size and unpacks to two sprite files of 69k and 67k. See small screenshots below.
|logopc - New Phoebe logo embossed - second version||logopd - New Phoebe logo in colour - second version|
bkdp10.zip A 'Zipped' folder added 18th March '99 is 'bkdp10/zip' which contains six Risc OS 4 logo backdrop tiles based on the Risc OS 4 logo and Glyn Royds' reworking of it. - the zip file is under 45k but unzips to a 194k folder called 'bkdp10.'
Below is an image of one of the Tiles (200x180 pixels) - and how it looks on the desktop - shown here only as a low quality image. The other backdrops are based on the same theme but since this page is now over 160k in size I have left off their images for now.
bkdp11.zip NEWEST - A 'Zipped' folder added 31st. March '99 is 'bkdp11/zip' which contains six more Risc OS 4 logo backdrop tiles (see bottom of page for first six) based on the Risc OS 4 logo and Glyn Royds' reworking of it. - the zip file is under 44k but unzips to a 204k folder called 'bkdp11.'
Below is an image of one of the Tiles (200x180 pixels) - and how it looks on the desktop - three are 200x180 pixels and three are 200x150 pixels in size. They are all based on the same 'tile' but some are colour and some are 256 shades of grey. Since this page is now over 180k in size I have just shown one 'tile' the others in this Zip file are very similar.
Click here for Jpeg Image Backdrops (10 pages with over a 250+ backdrops)
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