ST New Products
Easy to use and easy to teach, this Computer-Aided Design and Drafting system is a powerful, sophisticated entry-level teaching tool. Best of all, it's a real CADD-what students learn in the classroom can he applied in college or on the job.
$49.95. Generic Software, 8763 148th N.E., Building C, Redmond, WA 98052. (800)228-3601. PRESS.
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ARRAKIS ADVANTAGE SERIES
In conjunction with Arrakis Technologies, Atari has released 17 educational software products that address, enhance and expand math and science-oriented classroom education. The color and graphics of the ST are put to good use by such professional animators as Peter Adamalkis, late of Walt Disney Studios. The programs cover algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, biology, chemistry and physics, and are designed for high school students (grades 7-12).
Atari Corp., 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. (408) 745-2000. PRESS.
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METACOMCO BCPL, MAKE
BCPL ($149.95), a popular, powerful programming language, is suitable for applications ranging from systems software to programs to games. Features include: a compiler with full BCPL implementation; separate compilation and macros; linker for program modules written in assembler, BCPL and other high-level languages; libraries providing complete GEM VDI and AES interfaces; text editor; and Menu +, 529.95 when sold separately
Menu + is an easy-to-use programming environment using pull-down menus and the mouse to control programs, thereby avoiding typing complicated command lines. Users can add their own commands to the menu. Whenever a command is selected from a drop-down menu, the full command is displayed and stored in a history window. It can be re-executed later by double-clicking on the appropriate line in the history.
MetaComCo MAKE ($69.95) accepts a similar syntax to UNIX make and alds program devolopment by automatically recreating files which depend on other files. MAKE maintains any computing project, such as assembly and high-level language programs, and guarantees source and object code integrity by automating the process of compiling, assembling and linking programs.
MetaComCo, 5353E Scoffs Valley Drive, Scoffs Valley, CA 95066. (408) 438-7201. PRESS.
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Optimized Systems Software's new inexpensive Bareware line of software kicks off with QuikStart and OverDrive, a batch processor and RAMdisk package that automatically sets up a RA.Mdisk and copies files to it. Print, delete, set date and time. ShortCut, a desk accessory, allows prnting and copying of files from within other GEM programs. Full source code in Personal Pascal is included.
$20 each. Optimized Systems Soflware, 1221 B Keniwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129. (408) 446-3099. PRESS.
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Create outlines that expand your thinking processes with this thoroughly-documented idea processor that has been a cult success on the IBM. Maxthink features full GEM implementation, word processing, a topic buffer and cut-and-paste. Its quirky 94-page manual teaches you how to think as well as how to operate the program.
$59.95. MaxThink, 230 Crocker, Piedmont, CA 94610. (800) 227-1590. In California, (800) 642-2406. FINAL.
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K-Minstrel (about $45 in English pounds) is an easy-to-use, GEM-driven music composer package yielding professional results with minimum experience and effort. It has a 3,200-chord capacity in four-channel mode. A MIDI interface allows music to be played on four, eight, 12 or 16 channels. A metronome, slurs and triplets are all included.
Stop switching disks so often: K-Switch (about $45) saves time and effort by letting you hold two programs in memory simultaneously, but independently. Just switch from one to the other to work on them. The switch takes about a second. A common RAMdisk allows data transfer between the two programs with little effort.
The K-Word word processor (about $75) allows four text files open at once, with copy and cut-and-paste facilities within and between those files. Other features include different print fonts shown onscreen, mail-merge and word, line and character counts. A comprehensive printer configuration program and onscreen Help pages are also included.
K-MAX (about $2,200) consists of an add-on box attached to the ST's ROM port. Inside the box is an interface board and a dual process board which can contain two Inmos T414 transputers and two 256K blocks of RAM. Each T414 is a 7.5 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second), 32-bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer). Additional features of this keyboard-controlled package include a machine monitor, debugger and disassembler.
Kuma Computers Ltd., 12 Horseshoe Park, Pangbourne, Berkshire RG8 7JW, England. 44-7357-4335. PRESS.
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Remove the No. 1 ROM chip from your ST, insert the Smart Watch, then plug the ROM back into the Smart Watch socket. Now your ST can run an accurate lithium real-time clock for the next 10 years. Program drivers are included to set and read the Smart Watch, and the read program can be put in the autofolder for automatic operation.
$59.95 for 520ST, $69.95 for 1040ST. Michigan Software, 43345 Grand River, Novi, Ml 48050. (313) 348-4477. PRESS.
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LATTICE UNICALC, TEMPLATES
Unicalc spreadsheet ($79.95) allows mouse-pointing for cell-positioning and window-switching, provides a new window environment, including window sizing and repositioning, vertical and horizontal scroll bars and pull-down menus, DIF format read/write capability and enhanced memory management. The Unicalc Template Pack I ($39.95) contains more than 30 Unicalc templates for business and personal use.
Lattice Inc., P.O. Box 3072, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138. (312) 858-7950. FINAL.
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ST BASE BBS
This full-featured BBS offers 16 file-transfer and message base areas and a file section similar to CompuServe's, with commands such as Browse, Locate and Read Directory. Features include an online questionnaire, online games, including a Never-Ending Story option, support of XMODEM checksum protocol and XMODEM CRC and up to nine user levels definable by the sysop. ST Base BBS supports all RAMdisks and any Hayes modem or compatible.
$50. 1ST Base Software, 48 Amherst Crescent, Nepean, Ontario K2J 1V9, Canada. (613) 825-0400. FINAL.
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Create data entry screens of your own design with this fast, practical data management program. Features include a flexible report generator with columnar and summary reports, label printing and more simple record maintenance, four methods to locate records, automatic indexing and the ability to sort in one field or in all fields at once. Most processing is done in memory.
$59.95. Brainstorm Software, 1760 Potter Road, Park Ridge, IL 60068. FINAL.
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This cartridge, extending only 3/4-inch beyond the computer case, is a general interface for scientific instruments. It has eight analog-to-digital resolution and two digital-to-analog channels, each with +/- 1.2 5-volt output and 8-bit resolution. Useful wherever electronic signals need to be digitized.
$115. SP Innovations Inc., P.O. Box 33395, North Royalton, OH 44133. (216) 237-2382. PRESS.
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ST COMMAND CENTER
Set up your ST and peripherals with a few button-pushes on one little panel. No more reaching around and straining when you have the ST Command Center. The computer connects to the front of the command center. Monitors, disk drives and modem go on top and the printer goes next to the whole structure, giving you a compact, easily accessible work area.
$79.99. State of the Art Electronics, 4186 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211. (513) 385-3312. PRESS.
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ST TOOLS, ST DEMOS
ST Tools I has libraries of more than 60 ST BASIC subroutines-allowing easy incorporation of GEM file selector and dialog boxes, as well as most VDI graphics, into your own ST BASIC programs.
ST Demos I includes six compiled demos for music, games, graphics and utilities, plus the original ST BASIC code. All code is compatible with the LDW BASIC Compiler.
$12.95 each. AccuSoft, P.O. Box 02214, Columbus, OH 43202. (614) 267-3415. PRESS.
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Typesetter Elite, an upgrade to Typesetter ST. features 960 x 672 resolution printouts even in color, Drag and Copy routines, built-in print preview and ASCII file compatibility. Loads icons anywhere on the screen. P.M. Interface helps you create graphics and fonts for Print Master, and Write 90 prints spreadsheets sideways.
The above products are GEM-based. However, Mouse Key lets you use the mouse with non-GEM programs.
XLEnt Software, P.O. Box 5228, Springfield, VA 22150. (703) 644-8881. PRESS.
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A unique departure from Epyx's successful Games series, World Games features eight international events, including cliff-diving in Acapulco, barrel-jumping in Germany and Sumo wrestling in Japan. Back home in the United States, you'll ride the meanest bull around.
$39.95. Epyx Inc., 600 Galveston, Redwood City, CA 94063. (415) 366-0606. FINAL.
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ProCharge ($99.95) is an accounts receivable package for those using time units to bill for their services. It lets companies develop complete files of the services performed by staff members. Julian ($19.95) eliminates the tedium of date manipulation by converting string dates in any format (mm/dd/yy, mmddyy, etc.) for any century (A.D.) into its unique Julian number.
With ProA/D ($29.95), amortization schedules and balloon payments are generated easily. ProA/D gives you printed amortization and depreciation schedules, and supports all major methods of depreciation. Mouse Medic ($29.95) lets you make custom mouse images for your own programs and save them to disk. Mouse Medic creates a header file compatible with most C compilers for easy inclusion, and the mouse definition can be used to create sprite images.
FlashBack ($39.95) could be the hard disk backup utility you've been waiting for. It makes use of GEM and lets you speed things up by toggling the Read/Write verify switch. Backs up on standard floppy disks as fast as 26 seconds per 36K of data. B + C Tree ($49.95), available for use with MegaMax and Alcyon C, is designed for software developers who need the speed and versatility of C-ISAM. The developer can use either the built-in ISAM data-handling routines, or only the B-Tree key routines and handle data separately. B + C Tree is easy to use, completely documented, and Julian comes free with each purchase.
Mountain Magic Software, Route 1, Box 653, Boone, NC 28607. (704) 264-4021. FINAL.
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Take charge of a STRIX fighter, an advanced long-range raider, and negotiate meteor storms, clear minefields, pluck communications satellites from their orbits, dogfight with Kogons and encounter the awesome Vexon mother ship. These and other adventures await in Deep Space.
Psygnosis Ltd., First Floor, Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, England L31BY. (051) 236-8818. FINAL.
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New ST product notices are compiled from information provided by the products' manufacturers. Antic assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of these notices or the performance of the product. Each mention is followed by a code word indicating that, at press time. Antic had seen a FINAL marketable version, near-final BETA, earlier ALPHA, incomplete DEMO, or PRESS release.