by GIGI BISSON
Antic Assistant Editor
We interrupt this game to announce--you have a lunch meeting! Royal Software's Helpmate ($39.95), yet another SideKick-style desk accessory for the ST, has a neat gimmick--an alarm appointment calendar. At the date and time of the appointment, any GEM-based application will be interrupted and an alarm will sound before a message announces the appointment.
STCalc ($49.95) a friendly GEM-based spreadsheet, features pull-down calculator and notepad desk accessories and the ability to "drag" the contents of one spreadsheet cell to a new location. HelpCalc ST ($24.95) is a set of spreadsheet templates that can be used with ST Calc or Shanner International's VIP Professional. Includes templates for loan amortization, depreciation schedules, investment analysis, and checkbook register with automatic expense account allocation schedules.
Royal Software, 2160 West 11th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402. (503) 683-5361. FINAL. Sidecar, still another "SideClone" desktop organizer, includes calculator, calendar, notepad, address book, ASCII table to calculate the hex and decimal values of any recalled character and "Mini ST DOS"--a program that lets you perform DOS commands such as copy, delete and rename without returning to the ST desktop. Works in all ST graphic resolutions.
Migroph, 720 S. 333rd, Federal Way, WA 98003 (206) 838-4677. PRESS.
The Volksmodem VM520 ($199) 1200/300 variable baud rate, direct-connect ST modem features auto-dial, auto-answer, built-in speaker and a five year limited warranty. The fully Hayes-compatible modem includes the popular ST Talk telecommunications program.
Anchor Automation, 6913 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406. (818) 997-7758. PRESS.
Softworks BASIC ($79) is a full-fledged BASIC language system with advanced data structures, superior string manipulation, and access to programs written in other languages.
2944 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657. (312) 975-4030. FINAL.
ST 3-D Graphics ($24.35) may be the only book available that teaches three- dimensional computer-aided design in C language for the ST, describing such techniques as rotation and shading.
Abacus Software, P.O. Box 7219, Grand Rapid, MI. (616) 241-5510. PRESS.
Billed as bringing the sociological predictions of media analyst Marshall McLuhan to life, the first interactive movie software, Cinemaware was unveiled at the Spring CES in Chicago. Mindscape's Cinemaware software line is really a collection of interactive graphic computer games with cinematic themes. They employ cinematic techniques such as tilts, pans, closeups, reverse angles and 360-degree turns and are accompanied by original soundtracks. One game will have over a megabyte of graphics information alone. Mindscape goes so far as saying Cinemaware "will interest ordinary people in computers." Now this we have to see.
Mindscape, 3444 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062. (312) 480-7667. DEMO.
Desktop publishing comes to the ST with Electro Page ($129). Now under development by SoftLogick, this program will be compatible with laser printers, merging pictures and text in as many as eight columns per page.
SoftLogick Corp., 4129 Old Baumgartner, St. Louis, MO 63129. (314) 894-8608. PRESS.
Little people have been discovered living inside the ST. These endearing computer critters play games like blackjack, entertain you on the piano and organ in stereo, and who knows what else in Activision's Little Computer People Project ($49.95.) This ST version of the Commodore 64 program has been completely redesigned to take advantage of the ST graphics.
Activison, 2350 Bayshore Frontage Road, Mountain View, CA 94043. (415) 960-0410. FINAL.
ST Net ($149.95), a local area network software package, allows several ST computers share floppy disks, hard disks and printers--even exchange messages and conversations. Two ST computers can be linked with two standard 5-pin DIN cables (not included). Up to 255 ST's can be linked using RJ-11 cables (the same kind used to connect modular telephones) and the ST Net interface boxes ($49.95 each.)
Quantum Microsystems, PO Box 179, Liverpool, NY 13088, (315) 451-7747. PRESS.
Make your artwork come to life with Make It Move. This $49.95 graphic presentation program is compatible with all popular ST paint programs. It creates titles and animation sequences for video recordings, and makes business presentation graphics utilizing zooms, fades, rotations and moving fonts.
Avila Associates, 3646 Baker Lane, Lafayette, CA 95459. (415) 284-5982. PRESS.
We first saw the Print-Technik Video Digitizer at the Atari show in London. Now this hardware digitizer and software package from Germany is making the rounds at American trade shows. The digitizer boasts a resolution of 256 x 256 pixels and 16 levels of gray. To create color graphics, each gray level can be assigned one of 512 ST colors. Or, in the monochrome version, a different black and white pattern or texture can be assigned to each gray level. The digitized images can be modified with DOODLE, DEGAS or NEOchrome graphics programs. Expected price is around $300.
Print-Technik, Nikolaistr 2, 8000 Munchen 40, 089/368197. DEMO.
According to the manufacturer, the 68000 Disassembler ($35) "allows you to disassemble 68O00 binary code into human-readable form" and then write the disassembled code into files that can be rerun through an assembler.
SCI Software Development, P.O. Box 391807, Mountain View, CA 94039, (415) 967-3288, PRESS.
Earthspace ($29.95), an education graphics and text slideshow, explores the intricate relationships of the existence of life on our changing planet.
Digitpl Reality, 342 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. PRESS.
Bonnie Blue, originally released for the IBM PC, is a sophisticated word processor for the sophisticated user. Access 50 different editing commands from the function keys, display two documents onscreen at once. A built-in database merges data into documents, or stores phone numbers. Frequently used command strings can be programmed in single-keystroke macros.
Paperlogic Ltd, Glengate House, 12 N tingham Place, London W1, England. 01-935-0148. PRESS.
With the CCC Microhost minicomputer, up to 128 Atari ST computers can function as smart terminals with 512 colors, high resolution graphics, an mouse interface, accessing 2,500 hours worth of courseware teaching math skill reading, spelling and computer science to grades 1-8.
Computer Ciriculum Corp., P.O. Box 10080, Pale Alto, CA 94304. (800) 227-8324, FINAL.
The MicroApl APL.68000 APL interpreter is a complete implementation of IBM APL.SV enhanced with a multi-user file system, fast search and replace primitives, and local area network file and operational interfaces. Price is unavailable this time.
Spencer Organization Inc., Box 248, 366 Kinderkamaek Road, Westwood, NJ 07675. (201) 666-6011. ALPHA.
New ST product notices are compiled from information provided by the products' manufacturers. Antic assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of these notices or the performance of the product. 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.