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Rorshach
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« on: March 28, 2009, 04:53:22 AM »

Greetings programs

I got to wondering with all of todays preoccupation with games to the exclusion of all else what people do other than games? What programs do you use that are not games?

Mine are of course programming in basic and some other languages. I also find easyscript, RTTY decoder, Geos, newsroom and a few others useful such as those that do the more complex electronics calculations I sometimes need.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2009, 10:46:49 AM »

     Well, maybe not a favorite but the one I use most often -- Desterm 2.01 for the C128.

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009, 10:08:51 AM »

my favorite non game software on the C64 were the D&D DM tools...

and the paint programs were interesting like KoalaPaint and this other one (ArtDrawer?)

I "liked" the music programs, even though they were always a mess to try and use.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 11:00:39 AM »

I've always liked word processors, as I've always enjoyed writing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2009, 07:18:42 PM »

I've always liked word processors, as I've always enjoyed writing.
I always liked speedscript from Computes Gazette! for the price of a magazine, $3.50 I think it was at the time I got a full word processor. Other issues got me addons line an 80 column preview among other things for it along with many other useful articles.

Easyscript from Commodore was another good one. I bought a copy in a Woolco I think in '86 for the tiny sum of $10 for a decent wordprocessor. I still use it as I found another original copy a few years ago to replace the one I had lost. Recently I have been trying out Geowrite since I found an NOS copy of Geos 2 not long ago. Despite having more steep system requirements it is useful when dealing with multiple fonts. But for Geos 2 drives and or REU is really needed for it to be of much use.

Blazing Paddles and especially Doodle were other favourites of mine early on for doing graphics work back then.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 09:25:33 AM »

Speedscript was one of my favourites; I memorized many of the keyboard macros.  The only reason I bought GEOS when it first came out was because of its WYSIWYG word processor.  I didn't even care about using different fonts; I was just happy to see what would actually end up on the printed page for a change.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2009, 07:02:31 PM »

Geos 2 is nice enough. Though the manual for Geos and some of how things are used could be cleaned up some such as including pictures. For example for pictures converted from gif pictures are often to large for geowrite and geopublish should be used. But I have the geos 1.4 disk and the full geos 2.0 is really a minimum to me. Luckily 2 drives and possibly are an REU are of great importance. Back in the 80's I could not afford either an REU or a second drive to make good use of geos. If I had the cash I would have bought a second disk drive, probably a 1581 as it would also been quite useful for the small bbs I had which would have been certainly less small.
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