ST New Products
By GREGG PEARLMAN, ANTIC JUNIOR EDITOR
Animator ST from Aegis uses a concept called "tweening" to control the movement of objects during an animation, breaking it up into manageable units. You can create objects within the program and, for instance, change a pyramid into a star by dragging the points of the pyramid to the proper positions. When that tween is replayed, Animator ST creates all the in-between positions of the shape. The program also features color-cycling, in which repetitive movements can be animated, and cels created in NEOchrome can be page-flipped.
$79.95. Aegis Development, 2210 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 277, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (213) 392-6445. PRESS.
THUNDER! FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED
Batteries Included's Thunder! now lets people with impaired hearing use the program's real-time spelling checker. Instead of beeping, the new version of Thunder! alerts you by blinking the screen. Now you can see when a spelling error has been detected. This special version is available free with the return of the original disk.
Batteries Included, 30 Mural Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1B5, Canada. (416) 881-9941.
NEC CP6 AND CP7
The 24-pin NEC CPG (80 columns, $860) and CP7 (136 columns, $1,160) Color Pinwriters give you eight colors and 360 x 360 dots-per-inch resolution for graphics, and high speed (180 cps in draft mode) and letter quality for text. These quiet printers are compatible with the Epson LQ Series and JX80. COMDEX saw the announcement of option kits including buffer expansion and extra font capability for the CP6 and CP7. NEC's new P9XL ($1795) prints text at 400 cps in draft mode.
NEC Information Systems Inc., 1414 Massachusetts Avenue, Boxborouh, MA 01719. (617) 264-8000.
DR. T'S MUSIC SOFTWARE
The Keyboard Controlled Sequencer (KCS, $195) operates in track mode, a 48-track computerized tape recorder; song mode, for convenient chaining of sequences into songs; and open mode, for flexible structuring. Memory capacity is 16 songs, 126 sequences and about 50,000 notes on the 520ST (130,000 on the 1040ST). Beginners might fancy the MIDI Recording Studio ($39), a bare-bones version of the KCS track mode providing six-track recording. The Copyist ($195) is a publication-quality score editing and printing program loadable from the KCS and having access to its data and play functions.
Dr. T's Music Software, 66 Louise Road. Chestnut Hill, MA (617) 244-6954.
FLEET STREET EDITOR
This desktop publishing package (about $150 in English pounds) has a complete disk of library graphics and is ideal for newsletters, sales bulletins, restaurant menus and circulars. The two Fleet Street Publisher packages for the ST let you produce multi-page documents with editable page layouts and more, in addition to those features offered at the Editor level. Features include kerning (changing the spacing between characters to make words more attractive), picture sizing, cropping and output to dot-matrix or laser printers.
Mirrorsoft, Maxwell House, 74 Worship Street, London EC2A 2EN. 01-377 4645.
Mouse-and menu-driven TypeSetter Elite has 23 built-in fonts and the ability to load custom fonts. Underline and outline text, change intensity, copy and move text, grab entire screens and print a full page, screen dump, free form, index cards, labels or Rolodex cards. TypeSetter Elite supports both color and monochrome systems with equal resolution, and you can preview your output before printing. A text formatter is provided to move ASCII files into the program.
$49.95. XLEnt Software, P.O. Box 5228, Springfield, VA 22150. (703) 569-8881.
A correction for those who have tried to call Mountain Magic Software about the programs under Wizard Wares (ST New Products, Antic, January, 1987): The actual phone number is (704) 264-3021.
The LaserImage 2000 also gives you near-typeset quality, and a pop-in cartridge lets it emulate an HP LaserJet +. A second cartridge slot lets you change fonts instantly. The LaserImage 2000 prints fullpage, 300 x 300 dpi graphics at eight pages per minute. Both serial and parallel interfaces are included.
$3,495. Personal Computer Products Inc., 11590 W. Bernardo Court, San Diego, CA 92127. (619) 485-8411.
LDW BASIC COMPILER VERSION 1.1
Along with improved packaging and an updated manual, the LDW BASIC Compiler now has faster screen output, an enhanced GEM environment, multiline statements and improved runtime error-handling. Arithmetic functions are four times faster and compilation is up to 70% faster than version 1.0. $69.95 ($25 for registered users of version 1.0).
Logical Design Works Inc., 780 Montague Expressway, Suite 205, San Jose, CA 95131. (408) 435-1445.
AES/VDI/LINE A WITH MARK WILLIAMS C
Mark Williams C now has AES/VDI/Line A documentation the manual uses dozens of examples to explain how to use GEM while retaining the quality of the original manual. Line A deals with the system graphics procedures used by GEM.
Mark Williams Company, 1430 W. Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. (312) 472- 6659. FINAL.
New STproduct notices are compiled from information provided by the products' manufacturers. Antic assumes no responsibility for the accruracy of these notices or the performance of theproduct. 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.