ST New Products
Originally a strategy board game, Ogre ($39.95) lets two players play head to head and design their own battlefields with the built-in game editor. The game pits the Ogre, a Cybertank, against a more conventional force of infantry, armor units and command posts. In the one-player mode, the player can control either the Ogre or the armed forces, and the two-player mode pits two human players against each other as each attempts to outmaneuver, outblast and outlast his or her opponent.
Electronic Arts, 1820 Gateway Drive, San Mateo, CA 94404. (415) 571-7171.
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MUSIC FROM SONUS
With MasterPiece, GlassTracks and SuperScore from Sonus, there's not a whole lot more you could want in a music package.
MasterPiece ($475), a professional sequencing program, features dual MIDI port capabilities, 32 tracks and 24 sequencing. Its functions include Count Off, Loop Flag, Clock Select, Sequence and Track Display, Metronome, Meter Selection, Tempo Selection/Record Tempo Changes and System Exclusive Record Capability.
Sonus' multi-functional MIDI recording studio, GlassTracks ($85), features studio-type controls including fast forward/reverse, live mute/unmute and punch, assignable velocity, channel, and name for each track. You can set the end of each sequence or move it left or right by individual pulses or set amounts, or delete pitch wheel and mod wheel information.
The SuperScore ($425) loads and stores data files from GlassTracks and MasterPiece-and, of course, SuperScore-and prints out elaborate musical scores. Super-Score also serves as a sequencer and editor, fully using pull-down menus. You can use up to 40 polyphonic staves with built-in layouts for solo, duet, trio, quartet, piano, organ, piano vocal and choir. All key signatures and meter signatures (1/2 to 64/64) are displayed, and note values range from whole notes to 128th notes.
Sonus Corp., 21430 Strathern Street, Suite H, Canoga Park, CA 91304.
(818) 702-0992. PRESS.
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XEBEC HARD DRIVES
Xebec's 10 and 20Mb Staris subsystems are based on its 9710H and 9720H external subsystems-used on the Apple II. Included in the software are format and partition utilities for the configuration of the hard disk, which let the user divide it into four individual partitions, each of which can be accessed as an individual drive. The 10Mb drive sells for $499, and the 20Mb for $799.
Xebec, 3579 Highway 50 East, Carson City, NV 89701. (702) 883-4000.
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THREE FROM FIREBIRD
Use the mouse to take your character down the Golden Path-through 45 graphics screens featuring lifelike animation. You'll have access to an onscreen lore book, which provides clues in developing the necessary wisdom, and each screen comes with its own (often lethal) obstacles.
Tracker combines artificial intelligence with a huge playfield, high-speed action and outstanding graphics as you control eight Skimmer craft and try to wipe out the renegade Cycloids. No matter how slick your tactics are, however, the Cycloids will remember your tactics and prevent you from using the same strategy twice.
Set up your own battle scenarios in terms of local, geographical features, armaments, troops, opposition and other variables in the Universal Military Simulator (UMS). Pit a club-wielding Australopithecus against a laser-toting space soldier (Guess who'd win?), or create any historical battle exactly as it occurred (or change any parameter to explore the "what if" possibilities). Several classic historical battles are included on the disk.
$44.95 each. Firebird, P.O. Box 49, Ramsey, NJ 07446. (201) 444-5700.
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ST ON TAPE
How to Use the ST is a 75-minute video tape giving instruction for not only the ST itself, but also the software that comes with it: the GEM desktop, 1ST Word and NEOchrome. From unpacking the boxes and identifying and assembling the components to mastering 1ST Word and NEOchrome, the video takes you by the hand, covering the areas missed by the ST Get-Aquainted pamphlet.
$29.95. Legacy A.V. Productions, 2 Winder Court, Rockville, MD 20850.
(301) 340-1922. PRESS.
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DEGAS-compatible PaintPro Library #1 ($29.95) adds even more features and flexibility to Abacus Software's PaintPro with five GDOS-compatible fonts: Swiss, Computer, Chantal, Mixed and Thames (Old English). PaintPro Library #1 also has hundreds of symbols and borders for use in graphic designs.
With Chartpak ($49.95) you can draw charts in any of eight different formats. It's easy to enter, edit, save and recall your data, and you have complete control over scaling, labeling and positioning. Chartpak has statistical routines for average, standard deviation and forecasting, and you can also import clip art from PaintPro.
When you're done with the PaintPro Library #1 and Chartpak, curl up with Atari ST Disk Drives-Inside and Out ($24.95), the 14th book in the ST Reference Library series. The new book includes information on files, file structure and data management, and thoroughly discusses floppy, hard and RAMdisks from both a programming and technical perspectove.
Abacus Software, 2201 Kalamazoo SE., P.O. Box 7211, Grand Rapids, MI
49510. (616)241-5510. PRESS.
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