ST New Products
By GREGG PEARLMAN, Antic Assistant Editor
ATTENTION, KUMA SHOPPERS
K-Expert, an intuitive rule-based expert system generator, lets you develop complex fault diagnoses, personnel selection, product purchase decisions and more. An editor is used to create a four-part source file consisting of variables, definitions and forms, definitions of reports, and both "QUERY" and "SOLVE" rules. Six types of variables are built in--strings, reals, dates, booleans, options and confidences. And arithmetic operations can be performed on all types.
About $150 in English pounds. Kuma Computers Ltd., 12 Horseshoe Park, Pangbourne, Berkshire RG8 7JW, England. 44-7357-4335.
EA JOINS IN
In Master Ninja ($34.95), you guide a ninja assassin through the chambers of an evil warlord's castle to regain a magic sword and dust the warlord. Master Ninja sports over 30 combat screens and 3-D petspective. Twilight's Ransom ($34.95) gives you a big Saturday night date, so you think. What you get is a ransacked apartment, a kidnapped girlfriend and an anonymous phone call suggesting you deliver "the goods" if you ever want to see her again. Your mission, which you'd better accept, is to find out what "the goods" are and deliver them pronto.
It's January, 2087. In Guardians of Infinity ($39.95), you're given the task of preventing the assassination of President Kennedy. Interestingly, time is on your side for a change--because you're Adam Cooper, inventor of the miraculous time sphere. You travel back to Fort Worth, Texas, on November 15, 1963--and you have a week to complete your task and save eternity.
In Wizard Wars ($39.95), you're the champion of the god of passion, who wants you to free the White Unicorn, the astral incarnation of light and order, who has been imprisoned by the evil wizard Aldorin. The White Unicorn must be reunited with the Black Unicorn, the astral embodiment of darkness and chaos, to restore the cosmic balance and ultimately defeat Al.
Electronic Arts, 1820 Gateway Drive, San Mateo, CA 94404. (415) 571-7991.
MAIL-PRO FOR LESS
Now that postal rates in the United States have gone up, it's a lucky thing that Hi- Tech Advisers has slashed the price of its popular database and mail merge file manager, Mail-Pro, from $69 to $39. If you own a $69 copy, you can receive a free gift certificate toward future purchase of any Hi-Tech software. And despite the price reduction, Mail-Pro still includes a shareware copy of Inventory-Pro, a simple, efficient inventory manager.
$39. Hi-Tech Advisers, P.O. Box 7524, Winter Haven, FL 33883. (813) 293-3986. Florida: (813) 294-1885.
If you use Migraph's Easy-Draw for technical, electrical or architectural design, you'll want to have Easy-Tools at hand as a desk accessory. Easy-Tools' Angulator lets you measure distances and angles, then save the information for use later on in the Rotator--which simply rotates any object except text and bit-images. The Inquisitor gives you numerical information on selected objects, which you can then edit.
$49.95. Migraph Inc., 720 South 333rd Street, Suite 201, Federal Way, WA 98003. (206) 838-4677.
Fontz! is a font editor and conversion utility that lets you convert Macintosh, Amiga, Hippo and DEGAS fonts to GEM format. You can scale the fonts to different sizes and use them with 9-pin or 24-pin printers, as well as Atari's laser printer.
$34.95. Neocept, 908 Camina dos Rios, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. (805) 498-3840. Orders: (800) 666-8766.
Fly a twin-engine bomber against such land, sea and air targets as moving freight trains, trucks, ships, oilfields, enemy ports and airfields. In Bomber Command, you'll dodge flak, attack enemy aircraft-- and keep an eye peeled for enemy missiles.
$39.95. Requires joystick, color monitor. Mars Software Development, Inc., PO. Box 70947, Pasadena, CA 91107. (800) 541-0900.
QUICK BROWN FOX
The Software Toolbox's Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing to those who want more than "asdfghjkl;" and "Now is the time for all good men..." Champ typist Mavis checks your progress every step of the way and tailors the perfect typing course to your individual needs, in QWERTY or Dvorak formats. When you make mistakes, Mavis explains things to you without beeping, buzzing or shocking your fingers. In creating your customized practice exercises, Mavis quotes famous works of literature, riddles, rhymes, jokes and the Guinness Book of World Records--she wants this to be fun, not torture.
The package works with a mouse or joystick and includes 2-D and 3-D graphics, a lifelike keyboard and learning aids and the "Road-Racer" arcade typing game.
$44.95. The Software Toolworks, One Toolworks Plaza, 13557 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. (818) 907-6789.
The high-speed GEM-based KIS Terminal is written with the novice online user in mind--but it's no pantywaist. You can run any program from within KIS. It features macros for fast log-ins, single keypresses for sending and receiving files as well as turning the capture buffer on and off. Believe it or not, it's all written and compiled in GFA BASIC.
$29.95. Alpha Tech Computers, 2901 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55405. (612) 374-3232.
The GFA Quick Reference Guide book from Abacus gives you fast access to the hundreds of commands and functions in the powerful and accurate GFA BASIC. Chapters cover general information, commands, error messages and three indexes.
$14.95. Abacus, 5370 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. (616) 698-0330.
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