During the MS-DOS days, I loved having Norton Commander, specifically NCD (Norton Change Directory). That tool saved me from having to type out the entire directory name.
The Quill - for writing text adventure games on the Sinclair Spectrum/Commodore 64
Word Perfect - i can't for the life of me figure out why those people didn't grab their chance of a lifetime and made that thing the numero uno web editor. You had a good large user base perfectly accustomed to viewing source and tweaking codes already for chrissake..
Norton Commander - yes, i know about win commander and midnight commander :-)
Corel Draw - yes, i know that it's probably still around, but everybody+dog seems to be using adobe products in stead.
...oh, and i kinda liked win3.1 as well. Still have an old puter running that ;)
..otoh: One thing that i definitely don't miss is "The Office Clip"
Norton Commander .... *sigh*
UCSD Pascal for Apple ][ - the first time I learned programming
Borland Pascal 7 - the last time I did real programming.
NetObjects Authoring Server - the first collaborative web development tool available to a broad public. Never developed to the Finish, betrayed and sold out by its management, botched by the new owner, finally ungracefully dumped. Would it have been allowed more development ressources and more dedication - the CMS industry would look different today!
Gruds in Space - the very first (and only one so far) adventure game I played to the end. Static images and lots of (English) text accounted for numerous nights in front of my Commodore 64, in a century far, far away from here...
vi - since I was the only one in my group who managed to use it back in '89 :-)
Corel Draw - I second that. Been with it since version 2 or 3, and it still is OK for "Quickies". However they never seemed to get it right. The first thing I try with every new version is to re-import an EPS exported by Corel itself. Doesn't barely ever work - since the very first reasons. I was able to hire two graphic professionals, so I barely do any 2D-graphic work myself anymore. They always give me a hard-time when one of my old Corel files needs to be updated or when I scribble a quick idea in Corel and let them do the finalization in their Quark and Adobe programs. However, when I worked with Quark the first time I missed my Corel dearly! I have never seen such a buggy, inuseable software like Quark...
Smartware: the best integrated word processor, spreadsheet and database package for MS-DOS. A pity they lost it and didn't produce a windows version.
WordStar - gawd it was painful.
Dungeo (on the PDP-11)
|Norton Commander .... *sigh* |
Yeh - mee too. But I hated Coreldraw!
Cobol - I could understand Cobol!
Space Invaders and PacMan.
Pendown for BBC Micro :)
MAN! I didn't think anyone else knew about DUNGEO...
What a game!
There is two games that I am always nostalgic about.
- M.U.L.E - great game for 4 people
- Railroad Tycoon - the original on a PC
Frameworks - faster then than office now and ever .. :(
dBase - I still have a program (on "real" floppies) that I wrote oh those many years ago for gardeners ;)
|MAN! I didn't think anyone else knew about DUNGEO... |
It's parser was way ahead of it's time. I wrote the orginal dunmap tool that went with it, though I'm not sure how widely it ever got installed/distributed.
M.U.L.E (Atari version) Quill (Spectrum) and Zaxxon 3D (Atari)Pirates (Spectrum).
Pirates is now available in the orignal format on the PC!
Jet Pac Willy
Oh dear, it's all coming back to me now ;-)
Multimate (later acquired by Ashton-Tate, makers of dBase)
PC Tools (by Central Point Software)
Quattro Pro for OS/2 (and anything else for OS/2)
nuPop for DOS (my first POP e-mail client)
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Civilisation - the original
Oops, I forgot about good old Lotus 1-2-3 which used to be *THE* spreadsheet before Excel.
I know it's still around, but does anyone still use it instead of Excel?
Lotus Smartsuite 97 especially 1-2-3. Imagine a spreadsheet that assumed you meant to do calculations!
Quicken 97 before it tried to do too much and got too complicated
Any Email Program from when email used to be safe...
Treeline, great minds think alike! :-)
We both posted about Lotus 1-2-3 at EXACTLY the same time, LOL.
Apps: Lotus Agenda
Games: Any Infocom
|Civilisation - the original |
I miss Nibbles (now called Snake on Cell Phones) and Gorilla (ancient version of Worms) that you played through Qbasic.
an ASCII game about Archie and Mehitabel, the singing cockroaches.
PCXT, probably mid-80s
Anyone ever heard of it? or was it just a product of my deluded imagination?
Oh, this is too fun! If I dared to try cranking up my first laptop (green screen with Win 3.1 that barely fit on it) I'm sure I'd find some other oldies but goodies.
Artemis - PM scheduling software. From a G search, it seems its still in business - wow!
Quattro Pro - oh my, I almost forgot about that one! It was GREAT, it was simple, it was intuitive. And it had GRAPHICS! Yes, graphics! From the DOS-Screen (I still think that a text based screen is perfect for word processing, spreadsheets and programming) you could switch to a graphic screen (which took SECONDS to initialize) to look at pie charts. PIE-CHARTS!
I worked as a freelance journalist back then, and I traveled 3 hours by train to get the new release from Borland's press agent. The best thing Borland ever did was handing me this free copy (and the subsequent free copies of all their compilers) because for sure I was an Evangelist in their name.
*sigh* Quattro Pro....
Revelation, and A/rev.
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