Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 2, NO. 8 / NOVEMBER 1983

New Products

(reference tool)
5516 Rosehill
Shawnee, KS 66216
(913) 262-2875

Sixteen accordion-fold pages of tables, charts, and definitions, which include a BASIC command list, error codes, a five octave musical pitch table, XIO codes, Player/Missile area layouts, and maybe even the kitchen sink.

(printing buffer)
Interactive Structures, Inc.
146 Montgomery Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(215) 667-1713
Price increases in increments of 8K

This printing buffer, which is compatible with any Centronics parallel computer- printer connection, allows for composition, insertion and alteration of information on the way from program to printer. Pipeline can also store typed-in info until the printer is ready to receive it. Memory size starts at 8K, and can be expanded up to 128K.

Mosaic Electronics
P.O> Box 708
Oregon City, OR 97045
(80O) 2 ADD RAM

If you have a few minutes, and three 16K boards, you can easily upgrade your 800 to 48K and add an open memory slot for other peripherals. By removing the RAM chips from two of the boards and tucking them into the open socket of the Mosaic Adapter, you will have worked all the magic necessary to obtain a true slot-independent 32K RAM card.

21115 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(213) 709-2820

The R/128K offers 128K of "power backed up" random access memory. It connects to joystick ports and eliminates 850 interface for printer operation. No more waiting for slow printing; rapid data transfer moves at 8K per second. A 512K upgrade kit will soon be available.

Broderbund Software, Inc.
1938 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-6424
48K -- diskette

While we're waiting for WW III, we might as well brush up on our military strategy skills and battle moves. A typical game of O.W. lasts from one to three hours and includes numerous conflicts that propel players on to different sets of actions. Five types of victory are possible, including "questionable," which -- perhaps -- makes this war game true to real life.

(printer interface)
Newell Industries
334O Nottingham Lane
Plano, TX 75074
(214) 423-1781

An alternative to the Atari 850 interface, this provides RS232 I/O and two parallel printer ports, one of them bi-directional. Comes standard with an 8K spooling buffer (expandable to 32K) that supports both serial and parallel I/0. Also included is the option of simultaneous output of the serial port to the printer.

(reference book)
2248 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 799-6602

Over 750 pages of in-depth company profiles and cross indexes. Pubiishers, distributors, manufacturers, software, hardware, clubs, applicatlons, and a monthly calendar of meetings and exhibits fill this compendium. Orders received before Dec. 31, 1983, will get a 20%, discount -- $59.00 per copy and $3.50 for shipping and handling.

(educational programs)
Sunburst Communications
Room Y 4747
39 Washington Ave
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(800) 431-1334
in New York, Hawaii, Alaska or Canada, call collect:
(914) 769-5030
$39.00 per diskette
$78.00 for both diskettes

Though these are suggested for grades 4-12, they seem to be appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn the language of music. Music I is a program of musical terms and notations in which computer-generared tones and graphics instruct students on music theory concepts. Music III covers the study of scales and chords, triads, and seventh chords. Each program includes a backup diskette and teachers guide.

The Microperipheral Corp.
2565 152nd Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
(206) 881-7544

The combination modem/printer interface features autodial and autoanswer capability, as well as a built-in Centronics-compatible parallel printer port. Because it plugs directly into the computer, no additional interface devices are necessary. Telecommunications software is provided in the user manual.

LJK Enterprises, Inc.
7852 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 962-6855

Price adjustment below faithful readers of ANTIC will recall coverage of thess items in recent issues. This is an announcement of their drop in price. The word processor, Letter Perfect, previously $199.95 on cartridge and $149.95 on disk, is now $99.95 for both media. Data Perfect, the data processor, has been reduced from $129.95 to $99.95 and is available on disk only.

2600 Tenth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(415) 848-0802
$14.95 for consumer version
Call for info on dealership version

Available in two versions, the purpose of this 300 page guide is to help dealers increase software sales. One guide is for dealership use and includes a display and promotional graphics, while the other is for consumer use and comes with discount coupons.

(educational software)
Don't Ask Computer Software
2265 Westwood Blvd.
Suite B-150
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(213) 477-4514
40K -- diskette

In this game, a spelling bee (of the insect variety) is the guide through various levels of play. Chatterbee speaks through the aid of a built-in version of S.A.M. voice synthesizer, without the need for any additional speech device. The helpful bug not only delivers praise and music; it also tells the player how to spell a word not achieved in three tries, and retests on the missed ones. Designed for grades 1-12, it includes two levels per grade, plus a college level.

(optical scanner)
Databar Corp.
10202 Crosstown Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(612) 944-5700

Oscar Model 1 is a low cost, high speed bar code scanner that interfaces with most home computers, and allows the user to enter programs in less than two minutes. No special adaptors are needed. A monthly support magazine, Databar, is available for use with Oscar. The premiere issue of this journal comes with purchase of the scanner; however, a subscription costs $10.00 per month and includes membership in the Databar club.

(educational program)
P.O. Box 147
Garden City, MI 48135
(313) 595-4722
$20.00 -- cassette -- 16K
$25.00 -- diskette -- 24K
Include $3.00 for shipping and handling

Here are two programs for the price of one. Children between 4 and 10 not only learn to read scales and rulers, but also learn conversion between pounds and ounces, as well as between yards, feet, and inches. Each of the programs consists of three levels, one of which requires a joystick.

VERVAN Software
1953 W. 11th St.
Upland, CA 91786
(714) 946-5805
40K - cassette or disk

Fulmap is a 4K 100% machine language cross reference utility for BASIC programmers. It provides a variable cross reference, a cross reference of the constants used, and a map of the line numbers used in a BASIC program. Fulmap also includes a special find-string routine that can be used by assembly language programmers to edit a machine language subroutine in a BASIC program. It also lists "unlistable" BASIC programs. Fulmap works as a stand-alone program, with the BASIC cartridge, or with the Assembler/Editor cartridge.

(keyboard graphics symbols)
Dovestar Creative Concepts
P.O. Box 2109
Dept. 113N
Nederland, TX 77627
(409) 727-5987

So, you want to be a computer Picasso, but have terrible recall of the keyboard graphics symbols? Do not yet take up macrame; Graph-Fix has the answer. These 29 plastic-coated labels fit all ATARI models, and are easily applied to the front face of each key. Hopefully, they will add to your speed and accuracy, and keep you from going into Blue Periods.