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[sorry if you have seen this already. I have no idea which posts show up where in this bbs and I keep on putting it in the wrong places]
I'm kind of working on a couple of shameful hacks for Pico.
The first one is a network stack. Since Hey @ lexaloffe is not answering my emails, I'm just keeping myself busy this way :p. I have a few ways I can try, including saving and reading from a cartridge that, in fact, is a named pipe. More on that later.
The second hack is an on-screen keypad. Android users can't use pico as the keyboard does not pop up. So I made a thingie. This is what it looks like on my desktop while I play PICO-2048:

So save this bookmarklet and use it in a cartridge page: [PICOPAD](javascript:(function()%7Bfunction%20insertAfter(referenceNode%2C%20newNode)%20%7BreferenceNode.parentNode.insertBefore(newNode%2C%20referenceNode.nextSibling)%3B%7Dfunction%20lp_key_event(letter%2C%20code%2C%20type)%7Bvar%20e%20%3D%20new%20Event(type)%3Be.key%3Dletter%3Be.keyCode%3Dcode%3Be.which%3De.keyCode%3Be.altKey%3Dfalse%3Be.ctrlKey%3Dtrue%3Be.shiftKey%3Dfalse%3Be.metaKey%3Dfalse%3Be.bubbles%3Dtrue%3Breturn%20e%3B%7Dwindow.pressZ%20%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22Z%22%2C%22Z%22.charCodeAt(0)%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.pressX%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22X%22%2C%22X%22.charCodeAt(0)%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.pressLeft%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C37%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.pressUp%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C38%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.pressRight%3D%20function()%7B%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C39%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.pressDown%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C40%2C%22keydown%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseZ%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22Z%22%2C%22Z%22.charCodeAt(0)%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseX%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22X%22%2C%22X%22.charCodeAt(0)%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseLeft%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C37%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseUp%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C38%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseRight%3D%20function()%7B%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C39%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bwindow.releaseDown%3D%20function()%7B%20%20%20document.dispatchEvent(lp_key_event(%22%22%2C40%2C%22keyup%22))%3B%20%7D%3Bvar%20el%20%3D%20document.createElement(%22div%22)%3Bel.innerHTML%20%3D%20%22%3Cdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Ared%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressLeft()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseLeft()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressLeft()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseLeft()%5C%22%3E%20%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Agreen%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressUp()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseUp()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressUp()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseUp()%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Ablue%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressDown()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseDown()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressDown()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseDown()%5C%22%3E%20%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Ared%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressRight()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseRight()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressRight()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseRight()%5C%22%3E%20%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Ared%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressZ()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseZ()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressZ()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseZ()%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22display%3Ainline-block%3B%5C%22%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20background%3Ablue%3B%5C%22%20onMouseDown%3D%5C%22window.pressX()%5C%22%20onMouseUp%3D%5C%22window.releaseX()%5C%22%20ontouchstart%3D%5C%22window.pressX()%5C%22%20ontouchend%3D%5C%22window.releaseX()%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3Cdiv%20style%3D%5C%22width%3A100px%3B%20height%3A100px%3B%20%5C%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%2B%22%3C%2Fdiv%3E%22%3BinsertAfter(document.getElementById(%22canvas%22)%20%7C%7C%20document.getElementById(%22playarea_0%22)%2C%20el)%7D)())

It will create the dpad and the two buttons: Z on the left and X on the right. It also creates the buttons on a desktop browser. Try clicking on them.

To save it on android:
1: copy the bookmarklet link
2: create a bookmark of any page, rename it as PICOPAD, change its URL to the link of the bookmarklet
3: save the bookmark :3
4: go on a page with a pico game player
5: go the address bar and type "PICOPAD". A result should be there, starting with "javascript:(function)%7B..."
6: tap on it!
7: tap on your new keys!

For the time being it's not 100% reliable but it is perfectly adequate for turn-based games. The code is really garbage that should be better factored but hey whatever, it's a proof of concept.
One known bug: pressing too long on a button selects it. I'll eventually fix it.

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P#20836 2016-05-19 03:37 ( Edited 2016-11-12 10:08)

:: edo999

That's cool!

Are there any benefits from simulating key strokes rather than bit operations on the pico8_buttons object?

Also I think there may be a bug if you touch a button and move your finger to another one and then release it from there. Because you're not watching touchmove events, some buttons may stay in the pushed state.

P#20908 2016-05-20 08:10 ( Edited 2016-05-20 12:10)

Thanks for the bug report!
I started testing with keyboard events, so I just finished with keyboard events :)

P#20911 2016-05-20 08:28 ( Edited 2016-05-20 12:28)

Nice bookmarklet approach!

I think the Z/X buttons should be flipped around though, since Z seems to be intended as the "primary" button (I get that idea from the fact that the default mapping PICO-8 uses for an Xbox 360 controller has Z as A and X as B). Thus if PICOPAD is (I assume) taking its cue from the classic Game Boy or NES controller layout, A (i.e. the "primary" button) should be on the right, and B should be on the left. All that is to say those two buttons feel backwards to me, but do what you want, of course :)

P#21022 2016-05-21 15:26 ( Edited 2016-05-21 19:26)

Kittenm4ster, I never owned a NES, only an Amiga :)
I'll flip the buttons soon!

P#21111 2016-05-22 19:56 ( Edited 2016-05-22 23:56)

I know you specified Android but on iOS I get the message: Javascript is not meant to be used this way.

P#21135 2016-05-23 05:38 ( Edited 2016-05-23 09:38)

jctwood: at what point do you get the error?

P#21140 2016-05-23 07:03 ( Edited 2016-05-23 11:03)

Thanks for this! Maybe we can export games as .html and then use this to covert them in apps some how. I am getting an error too, after typing picopad it says address is too large

P#21147 2016-05-23 08:54 ( Edited 2016-05-23 12:54)

What's your browser breadbeard?

P#21149 2016-05-23 09:31 ( Edited 2016-05-23 13:31)

Hi jctwood. I have got it working on my iPad using google chrome. Have no errors, but when you double click on the buttons the screen zooms in and out!

P#21173 2016-05-23 15:37 ( Edited 2016-05-23 19:37)

It can be fixed by adding a meta-tag to the HTML, but the support for changing meta-tags after rendering started is very spotty.

But if you export the html version it's possible to add this tag (some tweaking might be required):

<meta name="viewport" content="width=600px; initial-scale=0.5; maximum-scale=0.5 user-scalable=0;"> 

This will stop zooming. Unless Zep adds it to the forum though I'm not sure I can weasel it in with a bookmarklet!

P#21185 2016-05-23 16:53 ( Edited 2016-05-23 20:53)
:: dw817

Works great in Firefox ! My friend Chris wants to play these games too I'll give him the info and link. Bookmarking this page myself for future reference.

P#27879 2016-09-02 01:05 ( Edited 2016-09-02 05:05)
:: salah

is there any way to integrate this into the html and js files generated by pico-8 ?

P#32408 2016-11-12 05:08 ( Edited 2016-11-12 10:08)

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