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    What is your favorite software of all time? What one program would you say is the most useful, elegant or just plain fun? This question includes ALL classes of software; programming languages, operating systems, whatever...
    For myself, the all-time favorite program (besides CP/M itself) is a utility for CP/M called Nsweep. That one program made CP/M so much more user friendly that it was actually a pleasure to use. Anyone else remember this one?

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    I don't remember NSweep but I do remember the Bruce Artwick Flight Simulator for the Apple ][. That was, at the time, one of the most impressive programming efforts I'd ever seen.

    From what I understand some of the basic code and/or concepts are still in use in the Microsoft Flight Simulator of today.

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    Various versions of Xtree (pro, gold) software got me through the DOS era, Norton utilities/Antivirus has been usefull from my first 286 to my current athlon XP.

    I got alot of use from lotus 123 DOS, Amipro 2&3 windows 3.1, Excel all windows versions.

    I loved Testpoint for data aquisition and control.

    Telix was great during my BBS days.

    I wont bore you with my favorite games, list would be long anyway.

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    I would have to say that the original Scott Adam's Adventure program is at the top of my list. XYZZY....oops, guess that doesn't work here! But a close second is Fool's Errand. When Fool's Errand came out for the early Macs, it nearly shut down our programming department for 2 weeks until everyone completed all the puzzles and ultimately the final one.

    Anybody else remember these two titles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K
    Various versions of Xtree (pro, gold) software got me through the DOS era
    I've used many different versions of XTREE and still use Xtree gold version 2.55 now and then.

    It's not as useful in a long filename world but then neither am I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by collectorcraig
    I would have to say that the original Scott Adam's Adventure program is at the top of my list.
    There is a module for the TI-99/4 series named Adventure. Many of the Scott Adams files can be loaded in and played with it:

    Pirate (came with the module)
    Adventureland
    Mission Impossible
    Voodoo Castle
    The Count
    Strange Oddysee
    Mystery Funhouse
    Pyramid of Doom
    Ghost Town
    Savage Island I & II
    Golden Voyage

    Then users added several other games which I think I have but haven't played much.

    ISTR that Adventureland might be the one you refer to. Also they are PD now.

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    The only ones I'm familiar with are Pirate nad Pyramid of Doom.

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    The link I'd saved, intending to investigate some day, to Scott Adams is now defunct but there are many files here:

    ftp://ftp.gmd.de/if-archive/scott-adams

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    Scott Adams' and all the other Adventureland International titles were available on almost all computers of the day, either released by AI themselves or licence bought by the computer manufacturer. I have a few low-quality COMPUTE! scans of a multi-page Adventureland International advertisment:

    http://www.mds.mdh.se/~dal95acn/tidning/ai-pics/

    As you might see, Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64 and Plus/4, Texas Instruments, Color Computer, IBM (PC), TRS-80 and CP/M are listed. VIC-20 versions were available through Commodore themselves, and since this ad is from a US magazine, I'm sure the European computers also had a fair share of Scott Adams.

    Edit: also look at the advertisment for STRÄTOS and compare the TRS-80 and Atari screenshots

    See also this link, about obtaining free downloads of the adventures:

    http://www.if-legends.org/~aimemorial/copy.html

    It seems Scott accepts payments, but wants big checks if it should be worth the costs to cash them in (so either pay nothing or a lot to play these classics!)
    Anders Carlsson

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    Wow, do I ever like the covers from this file:

    Adventures: U.K. distribution of #1 - #4.

    Those covers would have suckered me in to buying those Scott Adams games for sure!

    Chris
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