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Hello !

THIS map is from the JELPI demo written by ZEP

I recently wrote this rather nifty utility which will take a .p8 file, calculate all the sprites and the map, and then give you an option to save either as a .JPG or .PNG the entire visual map for reference. It is for WINDOWS and was requested HERE:


I am currently using MEDIAFIRE to host this file. If you can think of a better more reliable site to host it that would be fine.

You can find this utility HERE:


You can speed it up and skip the logo animations by hitting ESC once it first comes up.

It actually has a few debug stuff running which is nice to see.

Choosing a P8 file it shows:

  1. The sprite set, hit a key.
  2. A quick scan of all sprites, hit a key.
  3. The map image ready to save, hit a key.
  4. Filebox, save as PNG or JPG
  5. Done !

If you have any questions or suggestions for further Pico-8 tools, please let me know.


P#71984 2020-01-16 03:01 ( Edited 2020-01-16 03:09)

oh nice! any chance you will post a mac os version too?
maybe -if possible- in java, reading out the pico-8 file and saving it as a new png.
Then it is usable cross-platform :)

P#71994 2020-01-16 13:39
:: dw817

Ah, @Yesyoor. Glad you like it !

Macintosh ... Ah, I don't have a Macintosh computer. I'm not sure how to do that. Pretty sure I can't do javascript at all.

No, Blitzmax while a nifty little language is for Windows (at least for me).

I guess if there was a Macintosh emulator or something I might be able to ...

P#72000 2020-01-16 17:17

@dw817 don't worry I don't like Javascript either,
I meant Oracles' java
Maybe I try my luck on this next month ;)

P#72004 2020-01-16 17:38 ( Edited 2020-01-16 17:39)

Nice to have this export thing.

For x-platform, Java or c# would have indeed be more portable.
An HTML version (using "real" Javascript) would also be an option.

P#72009 2020-01-16 19:25 ( Edited 2020-01-16 19:26)
:: dw817

Nice to hear you compliment me on something I've done, @freds72. :)

It's just Blitz ... I don't know how to code in those other languages. I'm looking into Blitz for Macintosh though maybe through the mystical magic of Oracle.

P#72021 2020-01-16 20:50 ( Edited 2020-01-16 20:50)
:: merwok

If you published the source code, people could write equivalents using nice, open languages like Lua or Python!

P#72031 2020-01-16 23:01
:: dw817

Not here, @merwok. I would want an active BlitzMAX community to release it to if at all. The version I have is for Windows XP.

I was just checking Pico-8, apparently there is enough memory to write this converter in there. It would save the map as an external BITMAP file though, not a PNG or JPG.


It was only a matter of time for someone else to write this tool so others not using Windows could access it. Shows how important it is. :)

P#72034 2020-01-17 00:10 ( Edited 2020-01-25 22:36)
:: merwok

Not sure I understand your answer :(
I was only saying that if your source code was available to read somewhere, other people could look at how it works and port it to other languages (like integrating in p8tool).

P#72632 2020-02-02 22:24

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