Projects of the Month: December 2020
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NOTE: Cap'n Hook was accidentally omitted from the October PotM poll, and so is included in the voting for this month instead.

As usual, there were a lot of great projects in December of 2020. Be sure to check out the project threads in the forums, and give the authors feedback and encouragement!
  • A dragon on the CE!: This month, Privacy_Dragon continued brainstorming ideas for an upcoming dragon game, as well as finding someone to create art for the game.
  • Bubbles!: SomeCoolGuy continued work on his port of a bubble-shooting game to the CE, this month getting the basic mechanics of the game mostly completed, as well as the system that allows buttons to snap to the grid. Check out the thread if you haven't already, there's some great progress and screenshots.
  • CE C Toolchain and Libraries for the TI84+CE/TI83PCE: MateoConLechuga & Co. (jacobly, Adriweb, and many others) finished a new release of the CE toolchain this month, v9.0. It adds some great new features, such as a garbage collect handler, bug fixes, and a major upgrade from ZDS to LLVM.
  • Dragonbot, a discord bot I am making: Privacy_Dragon announced a new project this month, a Discord bot. In addition, there are instructions in the thread on how to add this bot to a Discord server, so be sure to check it out and support the development of Dragonbot.
  • ez80 and z80 syntax highlighting for Visual Studio Code: Liberal_Eater released a new update for a syntax-highlighting add-on to aid in ez80/z80 development in Visual Studio Code this month, improving the "problem watching" feature, which checks for possible errors in the uncompiled code, as well as making some behind-the-scenes improvements.
  • HexaEdit CE: Captain Calc completely rewrote his HexaEdit CE program this month, improving the backend code, updating the GUI, and adding new features. Be sure to look at the project if you haven't already, or are interested in a new tool that enables you to view the hex equivalents of variables on your CE.
  • iPhoenix's Cemetech Userstyles: _iPhoenix_ improved his Cemetech userstyle this month, creating a fix for the high CPU usage of the snow animation within the site, adding real-time previews to the post editor, and adding a spoiler effect to posts with [size=1] or [size=2] tabs. Check it out if you're interested in an enhanced and modernized Cemetech experience.
  • Isomorphic Keyboard: _iPhoenix_ created a new type of keyboard this month- an isomorphic keyboard. It aims to make chords easily to play and be more accessible to beginners, requiring less practice to memorize chords and scales. There's a link to try out the keyboard as well, intended for mobile devices with multi-touch capabilities (although it works fine on a PC as well).
  • Jetpack Joyride for the TI-84 Plus CE: King Dub Dub continued progress on his port of Jetpack Joyride for the CE, focusing on improving the code behind the project. Many bugs were fixed, as well as the addition of lasers and some new GUI elements. There's a download link and plenty of screenshots in the thread, so go look at them and show KingDubDub some support!
  • Latest News on TI-Trek: ACagliano and the rest of the TI-Trek team made some great progress this month, adding the TrekFilter, repeat offense logging, general optimization and improvements, to the service, engine/speed configuration in the calculator portion, and a new utility that allows users to build custom icon packs for the game. This is a great project that has a lot of progress, so go look at it and give ACagliano and the rest of the team feedback and encouragement.
  • Memorized the Sequence: ShinyGardevoir created a new game for the TI-84 Plus CE/TI-83 Premium CE calculators this month, in which the player memorizes a sequence of numbers and inputs it back into the calculator. It looks like a great learning project and way to test memorization skills, so give ShinyGardevoir feedback and encouragement.
  • Sonic TI-Blast: Oxiti8 released a few new versions of the Sonic TI-Blast game for the CE this month, adding a new stage, transitions, and color. In addition, there have been some bug fixes and other improvements made as well. The program is available for download, so be sure to play it if you haven't already.
  • Tanks! CE: commandblockguy ported Tanks! to CEmscripten this month, meaning that the game can be played from a web browser, without needing a ROM. There's a link to do so in the thread-take a look if you want to try out the game on your PC.
  • TI-84+CE Mode7 test: tr1p1ea announced this month that he'd have a demo of MarioKart (TrakOiram?) available in the New Year, a promise that I'm pleased to say has come to fruition. Go try it out!
  • TIGHT: TI GrapH Theory: kg583 announced a new project this month, TIGHT. It is a TI-Basic library that "allows for the creation, manipulation, and analysis of discrete graphs", utilizing lists and subprograms. It already has some basic graph operations done, as well as a Github page. There hasn't been much recent activity on the project, so go post in the thread and give kg583 some encouragement.
  • Two-player Pong/Breakout mashup: Candledark announced this month (a little questionable but I'll say it was in December) a new project, which is a mashup of Pong and Breakout. More interestingly, Candledark has made a new way to create configurable controls within games or programs using the C libraries, which certainly could be useful for shells and other projects. There's a screenshot and some plans for the future in the thread, so take a look at it.
  • VYSION CE: epsilon5 completed a 1.0.0 archives release of his new shell for the CE calculators this month, VYSION CE. It has a lot of cool features, like a full filesystem, an optional cursor-based GUI mode, customizable wallpapers and GUI colors, stable program running, a file explorer, a desktop, and much more. Be sure to take a look at it if you haven't already, and give epsilon5 some support as he rewrites VYSION for 2.0.0!
That's all for this month! Remember to vote in the poll for your favorite project of the month, and stay tuned for the Projects of the Year 2020 post.

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