Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 4 NO. 6 / JANUARY 1990

Disk Contents

Programs on Side 1 of Your START Disk

ScoreST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 80


Musicians take note--or even an entire score--with ScoreST by Phil Comeau. Now you can create and edit an entire musical score on screen using a toolbox with 64th, 32nd, 16th, 8th, quarter, half and whole notes, accidentals, clefs, dynamics, text and more! Simply select a symbol by clicking on it, then place it anywhere on the page with the mouse. File SCOREST.ARC and INSTSST.ARC; requires a monochrome monitor.

Now you can share your dynamite CAD-3D objects with the rest of the computing world using Dave Edwards' CAD-3D to DXF converter. DXF is AutoCAD's industry-standard object format. Once your files are converted, you can port them to high-end workstations such as the IRIS for texture-mapping and output. The source code for the converter program will run unmodified in MicroSoft QuickBASIC, so you can convert your objects directly on the PC. File CAD3DDXF.ARC; runs in medium and high resolution.

This issue's Programming in BASIC column is a printer double-header: The archive file for Ed Frank's Printer Driver contains a program to create printer drivers for text output as well as source code you can merge into your own programs to load a printer driver. File DRIVER.ARC; runs in medium or high resolution. And if graphics output is what you need, use Jim Burton's GDOS Subroutines for high-quality output in GFA BASIC. File GFAGDOS.ARC; requires GDOS and runs in any resolution.

Control a Pioneer LaserDisc from your ST--and open the door to accessing a wide range of interactive videodiscs with Michael Riley's LaserDisc Remote Controller. The GFA BASIC source code is included so that you can begin writing your own LaserDisc programs. Requires a compatible LaserDisc player and a serial interface adapter (see the article for details). File LASER.ARC; runs in low resolution.

This issue START's feature game will keep you busy for hours. In Mystic Realm by John Lince, you take the role of the Prince or the Princess to enter the perils of the dungeon on a rescue mission. Fight bats, ghosts and goblins as you negotiate fourteen levels--each more complex than the last! Need a hint? A slideshow presentation of the dungeon maps is also on your START disk. File MYSTIC.ARC and MAPS.ARC; runs in medium or low resolution.

LaserDisc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 62
GDOS Subroutines. . . . . . . . . . . .page 95
Mystic Realm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 62

Side Two

Programs on Side 2 of Your START Disk

Madam librarian


In the Summer 1988 issue of START we published an on-disk index of all ST programs, articles and reviews from Antic's ST Resource and START Magazine up to that point. Now Contributing Editor Dave Plotkin, who compiled the original list, brings you an updated index and database manager: Madam Librarian. Not only does this contain an update of the original index file, it catalogs all ST coverage in Antic, START, ST Log, Analog And Compute's Atari ST Magazine.

With over a thousand entries, you're sure to find what you're looking for! The Madam Librarian program is an easy-to-use database manager that lets you scroll through entries by title, then "zoom in" on an entry by clicking on it. Complete documentation is on disk. File LIBRARY.ARC; and LIBSRC.ARC runs in medium and high resolution.

And speaking of updates, the newest ST Softguide is here! We received a great response to Softguide when we presented it in October, so this issue we're bringing you the first update to this comprehensive index of commercial ST programs. Softguide's authors Dain Leese and Fred MacGregor have added even more entries and have modified the program to include a scroll bar for easier access to the programs you need.

ST Softguide

This month's source code bonus is for ScoreST, our feature program on Side 1 of your START disk. Although this is the complete Mark Williams C source code for the program, it will not compile due to some of author Phil Comeau's special modifications to the libraries. See the README.DOC file in this archive for more information. File SCORESRC.ARC; program runs in high resolution.


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