Robtek have licensed PC DITTO from
Avant Garde Systems in the U.S.A. to bring to Europe an IBM emulator
"that really works", PC-Ditto is sweeping the States where it is
recognised as the best of the available IBM emulators. Price in this
country will be £89.95. Robtek have also released HOLLYWOOD POKER
at £14.95, if you can't afford a trip to Soho, and several other
games at a similar price including DIABLO, SWOOPER,
ALIEN STRIKE and GAMBLER. Also available are SKYPLOT,
a professional astronomy program that will set you back £69.95 and
HOME PUBLISHER, a low cost DTP program for the small business
user at £24.95.
Digita International, a company already
established in the Amstrad market join the growing number of
software houses supporting the ST with the announcement of four
products, two of which are likely to appeal to all home or business
users. MAILSHOT is a powerful menu driven mailing list
program which uses a unique system of on-screen scrolling of labels
and brings WYSIWYG to labelling programs. Routines include detection
of duplicate labels, surname sorting and many more. Price will be
£24.95 and an enhanced version will be available at £49.95. The
second program of interest to home users will be HOME ACCOUNTS,
a GEM based home accounting program for £24.95 which looks to be
very interesting. Digita are also releasing SPECTRUM ANALYSER
which can link to your Hi-Fi to create an exciting visual image of
Signa Publishing Systems Ltd. is a new company
headed by Mike Dale, formerly of Haba Systems, that intend to
support Desktop Publishing on the ST. The company will import
document processing and desktop publishing software from Western
Europe and will offer high quality software and hardware peripherals
as well as service, training, installation and support. One of the
products they carry – Signum – is already recognised as
having one of the finest outputs of text and there are similar
products coming together with hardware such as optical scanners.
More information can be had from Signa at Trevenen House, Cricket
Hill Lane, Yately, Camberley, Surrey.
Frontier Software have an impressive new
line-up of add-ons for the ST following a sole-distributor agreement
with E. Arthur Brown Company of the U.S.A. The range of products
include a Solderless Expandable RAM Expansion Board which is
easy to fit and can be expanded later. Initially the unit will
upgrade a 520STM to 1Mb but more chips can be added up to 4Mb. Price
is £139.95. The PictaScan Scanner mounts onto any printer to
produce scanned images of photographs and documents which can be
stored in Degas or Publishing Partner formats. 10 grey levels and
all three resolutions are supported at a price of £149.95.
Invisible Clock Setter plugs under the ST keyboard to keep the
clock running even if the machine is turned off. Price £29.95.
Finally there is the first alternative to the ST mouse with Mouse
Ball II which retails at £39.95.
Bug Byte enter the ST market with MISSING:
ONE DROID, a budget game for just £9.95. The program was written
by Paul Lay and was the winner of ANALOG magazine's $5000 dollar
programming contest. A fast action shoot 'em up with dozens of
screens and 'astonishingly fast game play'.
Creation are another new company which is
releasing a unique scrolling shoot 'em up called SKYRIDER
that scrolls from side to side rather than vertically. A futuristic
game with graphics similar to Goldrunner, it features six minutes of
sampled music plus sound effects and animated backgrounds. Price is
Also from Microdeal are LEATHERNECK, a
commando action game, ST SOCCER and FRIGHT NIGHT, an
'Adult Only' game based on the film. All at £19.95. From Michtron
will be QUICK PAGE, a simple page layout program that can
combine text and graphics for single page advertising, press
releases, newssheets etc. Works with Epson compatibles and the new
Epson laser. Price £29.95.
TANGLEWOOD from Microdeal looks as if
it could be the best arcade adventure yet to be released for the ST.
The program will cost £19.95 and looks to be worth every penny. Let
the pictures tell the story and get hold of the demo disk, if you