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Software Nostalgia

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10:36 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure you must have old software which you just LOVED at the time but which since, sadly, has been cast aside in the wake of upgrades and progress (which are not necessarily the same thing).

Mine are:

Dogz and Catz :-)
Lotus Smartsuite 97 (especially Freehand)

Oh, and does anyone remember the '101 Dalmations' print studio that shipped with HP Inkjet printers?

:-)

10:51 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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.
11:18 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Quill - for writing text adventure games on the Sinclair Spectrum/Commodore 64

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11:21 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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11:22 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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11:31 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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"

11:43 am on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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...

12:56 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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.
1:09 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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WordStar - gawd it was painful.
1:18 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Laplink

Norton Utilities

Dungeo (on the PDP-11)

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1:24 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Norton Commander .... *sigh*

Yeh - mee too. But I hated Coreldraw!

Cobol - I could understand Cobol!

Space Invaders and PacMan.

1:24 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Pendown for BBC Micro :)
3:28 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MAN! I didn't think anyone else knew about DUNGEO...

What a game!

3:46 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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

3:46 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Frameworks - faster then than office now and ever .. :(
3:53 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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LapLink
Norton Utilities
Qedit
dBase - I still have a program (on "real" floppies) that I wrote oh those many years ago for gardeners ;)
3:56 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MAN! I didn't think anyone else knew about DUNGEO...

LOL

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.

TJ

4:00 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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!

4:03 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Frak!

Jet Pac Willy

Myriad (VIC-20)

Oh dear, it's all coming back to me now ;-)

4:10 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Multimate (later acquired by Ashton-Tate, makers of dBase)
VisiCalc
Aldus Pagemaker
PC Tools (by Central Point Software)
Ventura Graphics
PFS ProfessionalWrite
DR-DOS
Xywrite

Later on,
QBASIC vs QuickBASIC (not unlike Java and Javascript)
Quattro Pro for OS/2 (and anything else for OS/2)
nuPop for DOS (my first POP e-mail client)

[edited by: choster at 4:11 pm (utc) on Dec. 21, 2004]

4:10 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Civilisation - the original
4:42 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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?

4:42 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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vi
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...
4:44 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Treeline, great minds think alike! :-)

We both posted about Lotus 1-2-3 at EXACTLY the same time, LOL.

4:53 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Apps: Lotus Agenda
Games: Any Infocom
5:30 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Civilisation - the original

Great game.

I miss Nibbles (now called Snake on Cell Phones) and Gorilla (ancient version of Worms) that you played through Qbasic.

5:40 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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?

6:05 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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!
FlowChart

9:14 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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@choster

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....

9:32 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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