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Cross-platform BBC BASIC (Win32, Linux x86, Android, Mac OS-X, Raspberry Pi)

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xx Splash Screen Competition
« Thread started on: Yesterday at 10:41am »

The Android edition's User Interface is very minimalist, which I like and which I think suits BBC BASIC. However if we ever had ambitions of making it available via the Google Play Store this would never meet their requirements; it doesn't even announce the name or version of the app!

Therefore it would be highly desirable to display a splash screen on startup, either for a fixed period of time or until dismissed with a tap. Unfortunately I do not have an artistic bone in my body, so I am announcing a competition to design such a splash screen.

There are very few constraints on what the splash screen should look like:
  • First impressions count, so it should look attractive and professional.

  • It should contain the name of the app ('BBC BASIC'') and a version number that can easily be patched by me without upsetting the background.

  • It should work well on a wide range of display sizes and formats, for example it must be suitable for both landscape and portrait orientation.

  • Any logos or clip-art must be free from licensing restrictions.
Ideally it should be delivered in the form of a simple BMP file, but if there are dynamic elements or things that need to be adapted according to orientation I will accept some accompanying BASIC code.

I will close the competition and choose the winner (assuming more than one entry!) on 1st February, so you have about ten days to create something wonderful. If you think that isn't long enough, let me know.

There's no prize as such, other than knowing that your creation will be displayed whenever anybody starts the app . You can sign the work if you like, so long as you do so discreetly. I reserve the right not to use any of the submissions if I don't think they are up to scratch.

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xx Re: Splash Screen Competition
« Reply #1 on: Today at 4:07pm »

Hi Richard,

Would it be acceptable/desirable to include your own RTR and BBC Basic (i.e. the little computer) logos?

What sort of resolution would you want, bearing in mind the potentially large range of devices displaying it?

I note you say a BMP file, but would/could a BASIC - generated image automatically result in sensible scaling to the screen size/orientation?

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