Magnetic Scrolls, whose first Adventure The
Pawn set a new standard for Adventures on the ST, have reached a
distribution agreement with British Telecom's Rainbird Software
and promise to follow up The Pawn with six new products commencing
with The Guild of Thieves this autumn. ST owning Adventure addicts
are in for a good time as Rainbird will also be releasing titles for
Level 9, commencing with a trilogy comprising of a rewritten
set of Colossal Adventure, Dungeon Adventure and Adventure Quest.
Improvements will include the addition of graphics and the
implementation of Level 9's latest parser. Other similar releases
are planned for later in the year and Level 9 will continue to
release other adventures on their own label.
Metacomco have re-launched their ST
products with upgraded versions of Lattice C, Pascal and Assembler
which will include a new GEM based command shell called Menu+ which
is available in its own right. Menu+ allows programmers to use pull
down menus and the mouse to control programs without complicated
command lines and allows single programs or batches to be run. Price
is just £19.95.
Hippo Software of California continue to
bring forth a multitude of software and peripherals for the ST all
of which are mentioned in an excellent newsletter released to the
trade called HippoNews. Hippo have a Black and White digitiser
priced at $139.95 with a colour version planned. For the same price
you can have an EPROM burner or for a little extra you can have a
computer controlled robot. New software includes HippoConcept, an
'idea processor' that allows you to organise your thinking and
updated versions are available for earlier Hippo software.
Altogether Hippo have 14 software products and 6 pieces of hardware
for the ST. Availability in the U.K. is not known at present but if
you contact any of the ST advertisers in this issue they may be able
to let you know.
Snippets from Atari include ... a PC/MS DOS
emulator as an add on cartridge for the 520ST,1040ST and 2080ST(!)
and a BBC emulator which is claimed to run BBC software as fast as
the BBC machine. What with the famed Macintosh emulator developed by
a third party it looks like the ST is the machine to buy if you
can't make up your mind!
Mirrorsoft have announced ST ART a new
painting package developed by Andromeda Software which can handle
both graphics and text, allow A4 print-outs for leaflets etc. and
allow animation through colour cycling. Scheduled for release in
July, the provisional price is £29.95.
Haba Systems say they plan to introduce a
new title for the ST every month and May saw the release of Haba
Spelling Checker designed to work with HabaWriter. Also released is
a new database called Habaview which uses the GEM environment and
has 'powerful sorting and selection capabilities' optimised by the
large memory available on the ST. Price is £74.95.
Prospero Software have added to their range
of languages with Pro-Pascal, a full and complete standard Pascal
compiler that will allow all kinds of applications to be written for
the ST. Dr. Mike Oakes of Prospero states that there is a new breed
of computer owner in purchasers of the ST, professional people who
want to have the machine do useful things. Prospero's Pascal will
allow software authors to take advantage of that new market with
applications, utilities, expert systems and more.