ST New Products
The GEM-based Payroll Master ($79.95) supports multiple pay types, all pay periods, vacation/sick pay, and handles 400 employees. It features user-defined tax tables and highly detailed report generating: user-defined payroll checks, W-2 forms, employee information reports, all tax reports and more.
Inventory Master ($99.95) keeps track of sales history and vendors, estimates future sales figures and computes the recommended reorder levels for each inventory item. The Purchase Order section lets you issue, view, receive and fill orders. The report section includes more than a dozen reports, special sorts and more.
Royal Software, 710 McKinley, Eugene, OR 97402. (503) 683-5361. PRESS.
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Dac-Easy Word II, Dac Software's newest Series 2.0 program, features a pull-down menu screen, a 32,000-record limited database, flexible mail merge template, multiple windows and a 90,000-word dictionary with word select and search options. Word II, written in C, supports more than 200 different printers and lets you export Word II files to ASCII and imports ASCII or paragraph-delimited ASCII, as well as Word I text files.
$49.95. Dac Software, Inc., 4801 Spring Valley Road, Building 110-B,
Dallas, TX 75244. (214) 458-0038. PRESS.
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HILLS ARE ALIVE
Electronic Arts has added special features for the ST to its famous Music Construction Set. These include MIDI In, MIDI Out, "Jukebox" play mode, and waveform editing (which lets you create your own instruments). The interface is easy and powerful: just point to the desired note onscreen and click it into place on the score. Or click on the onscreen keyboard. Or enter notes directly from a MIDI instrument connected to your ST
$39.95. Electronic Arts, 1820 Gateway Drive, San Mateo, CA 94404. (415)
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Capture real-world black-and-white images with the monochrome-only version of the Computereyes video digitizer package. This hardware/software combination plugs between the cartridge port of your ST and any standard video source-a video camera, VCR, videodisk player, etc. The video signal is scanned in six seconds in low-resolution, 12 seconds in medium-resolution and 24 seconds in high-resolution, producing NEOCHROME- or DEGAS-compatible images that can be transferred to T-shirts.
$149.95. Digital Vision, Inc., 66 Eastern Avenue, Dedham, MA 02026.
(617) 329-5400. PRESS.
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More! Graphics ST, an unprotected collection of 128 icons, symbols and letters, is compatible with Printmaster and Print-master Plus, DEGAS and DEGAS Elite, Typesetter Elite, PM Interface and Publishing Partner. More! Graphics ST works with either a color or monochrome monitor.
$14.95. The Pierstorff Company, 131 W. Main Street, Woodland, CA 95695.
(916) 666-3530. PRESS.
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The Matrix 12/Xpander Patch Librarian ($49.95) lets you transfer patch data to or from the MIDI instrument or between files. You can have an entire data dump-l00 single and multi-patches-in memory at once, and a bank of 100 single files can also reside in memory. Single patches can be transferred between the synthesizer and files, and entire fils can be dumped to the synthesizer.
The menu-driven Fast Tracks ST ($129.95) MIDI sequencer gives you fast and easy real-time music processing. Sixteen sets-collections of up to 16 sequences, each containing up to 16 track- can reside in memory at once. The tracks run simultaneously, as in a multi-track tape deck. Each sequence can be looped or chained with other sequences in the set.
MlDImouse Music, Box 272, Rhododendron, OR 97409. (503) 622-4034. Both
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SynthView is a GEM-based patch librarian and editor that lets you create custom banks for the Korg DW-8000 and EX-8000 synthesizers. Editing is done on a single screen: just click on the patch or parameter you want to change. Patches can be named and banks printed. Either can be sent and received from your synthesizer. Totally hard drive-compatible.
$49.95. Synergy Resources, 754 N. Bolton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
(317) 356-6946. PRESS.
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You're an oppressed Orc, and you're sick and tired of being persecuted by human supremacists who make you mop up dangerous chemical spills, sample poisoned food to see if it would kill rats, and type in their ST BASIC programs without using TYPO ST. Knight Orc, a Firebird retelling of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, is your chance for revenge against these nose-in-the-air gootballs. Knight Ore features full character interaction and accepts high-level commands, drawing from a 1,000-word vocabulary.
Guild of Thieves, the hungrily-anticipated sequel to The Pawn, gives you outstanding graphics and challenging puzzles, humorous dialogue, a Bank of Kerovnia credit card, an Indenture and Contract of Service Certificate, a Douglas Adamsesque 40-page thieves' newsletter and more.
$44.95 each. Firebird, 71 N. Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 07463.
(201) 444-5700. All items PRESS.
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BAG 0' MICE
MousePouch is a vinyl/suede "velcro-driven" pocket that attaches to the side of your monitor or any other convenient surface. It holds a mouse, eight 3 1/2-inch disks, pens, pencils, labels or other supplies-and keeps your workstation free of clutter. Available in light gray with silver trim or natural tan with gold trim.
$5.95. H&H Enterprises, P.O. Box 2672, Corona, CA 91718. (714) 737-1376.
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ST Director Series ($79.95) consists of Art Director, a full-featured painting program, and Film Director, a state-of-the-art cell-style animation program. Both programs have icons, pull-down menus and dialog boxes.
Karateka ($34.95), the 8-bit karate hit, takes full advantage of the ST's color, resolution and power, combining an intricate plot, detailed animation and realistic, player-controlled martial arts action.
Broderbund Software, 17 Paul Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903-2101. (415)
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FontEdit, a GEM font editor, lets you create and edit all bit-mapped fonts. The on-screen control offers most common operations. Works on color or monochrome monitors. Specific Fonts 2, for Epson or HP LaserJet + printers, features four typefaces ($65 each): Shady, Compac, CompOut and BigFoot.
$165 ($195 when bundled with an International GEM Desktop or Specific
Fonts 2). Specific Solutions, 1898 Anthony Court, Mountain View, CA 94040.
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Many of your files are probably written to several blocks of formerly free space on your hard drive. When it tries to read the files, the hard drive must skip to each section that makes up the full file-which takes time. TuneUp! ($49.95), a floppy and hard disk optimizer, rewrites files to contiguous blocks on the hard disk while it consolidates free space. The drive will reward you by running at optimum speed-as long as you use Tuneup! every couple of weeks or so.
For anyone with a math phobia, the Algebra I series, Volume I ($39.95), might be the place to start. It's designed for the mature student who wants to learn algebra-not the one who wants to be tricked into learning it. The Linear Equations program has 66 different types of equations, and the Verbal Problems section contains 30 different types of story problems in 10 different areas.
The GFA-BASIC Companion ($49.95) lets you build sliders, radio-button, dialog help text or error boxes- or even custom boxes with the program's Dialog Box Source Code Generator. GFAVECTOR ($49.95), a 3-D graphics program for the GFA-BASIC Interpreter, lets you create and manipulate images and optical effects to be placed into your GFABASIC programs. You can create real-time animations via coordinates or interactively onscreen with the 3-D graphics editor.
The Make It Move animation program ($49.95), combined with a paint program, lets you generate and display colorful business reports, professional-looking titles and animation sequences for home or industrial video recordings, and other exciting demonstrations.
The ST-DIGIDRUM kit ($39.95) includes a bass drum, snare, closed hat, cowbell, low or high tom, low or high bongo, tambourine, electro-bass, electrosnare, hand clap, electro-clap and a dog bark. Because ST DIGIDRUM is polyphonic, you can have several drums sounding at once.
MichTron, 576 S. Telegraph, Pontiac, Ml 48053. (313) 334-5700. All items
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TWO FROM ISD
Version 2.0 of STAccounts ($349.95) fully integrates Accounts Receivable and Payble, inventory control and general ledger. The hard drive-compatible STAccounts gives you check-writing facilities and handles batch invoicing and order entry for both sales and purchases. (START review Winter 1987.)
VIP Professional, Version 1.2 ($249.95) uses commands identical to Lotus 1-2-3, reads and writes Lotus files, and offers all Lotus features, including powerful macros. For the Mega, it addresses up to 4Mb of memory and features multiple windows, color business presentation graphics and ultra-fast floating point math. It includes Lotus' 50-plus built-in financial and mathematical functions and versatile database with up to 8192 records, each with up to 256 fields. (START review Fall 1987.)
ISD Marketing, Inc., 2651 John Street, Unit 3, Markham, Ontario, Canada
L3R 2W5. (416) 479-1880. PRESS. FINAL.
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The cartridge-based TMON ST is a powerful debugging tool whose menu bar and windows allow multiple simultaneous views of your program during debugging. The monitor can be invoked by any system error, TMON ST breakpoint, or user-definable system call. You can halt, examine, disassemble or dump any running program to the printer, then return to where you left off. Features include a built-in programmer's calculator and an electronic note pad.
$149.95. ICOM Simulations, Inc., 648 5. Wheeling Road, Wheeling, IL
60090. (312) 520-4440. PRESS.
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Metacomco's Pascal 2 compiler and development system provides an ISO standard compiler core and a large range of extensions for those who want to access all features of the Motorola 68000 and GEM. Pascal 2 offers single- and double-precision floating-point arithmetic, full 32-bit pointers, sequential and random access files, dynamic strings, conditional compilation and separate compilation, as well as bitwise integer operations, OTHERWISE in CASE statements, and binary, decimal, octal and hexadecimal integer and character constants. Debug +, the kit's new link-loader, incorporates a source level symbolic debugger and disassembler, and the resource construction editor lets you create your own resource files for icons, menus, dialog boxes and alerts. The screen editor allows four windows open at once.
$99.95. Metacomco, 26 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 84Z, England. BRISTOL
(0272) 428618. PRESS.
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