Sparrowsoft software

By Manuel

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14-02-2015, 21:24

Hi, on page 3 of MSX Computer Magazine 30 (see https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.msxcomputermag... ) you can see a Sparrowsoft advertisement with the following software offered in it (quoting the magazine, but I removed some text which isn't relevant and also some software which isn't relevant for this post):

Quote:
  • TRUUKS & TIPS Version 1.04. Het is dan ook een diskette vol met allerlei heerlijke MSX delicatessen, de prijs zonder verzendkosten is f19,90
  • C++ de taal van de toekomst f119,90
  • MSX-2-PALET het tekenprogramma met de honderdduizend kleuren f89,90
  • S-DUMPER het meest verkochte screendumpprogramma van nederland voor elke printer f79,90
  • 30-MSX HITS oa ACT, MILL&KILL, HADES PRISON, ICE HOCKEY, BASKET BALL, LOST WORLD, PSG SOUND EDITOR, CRYSTAL STONE enz f69,90
  • MOUSE DIGITISER digitaliseren met uw muis (geen scanner dus) f59,90
  • MINI-DTP klein maar fijn dit desktop pakket dat ook voor msx-1 geschikt is slechts f35,-
  • MASTER DISKETTE V2 wat de game cartridge is voor spelen op cartridge is deze diskette voor machinetaal programmas die van disk geladen worden f89,90

Some of these programs they advertised a lot for (the mouse digitizer and PALET), and the others I have never heard of or seen. But, perhaps that's just me!

Have some of you ever seen these programs reviewed somewhere or even better: do you have a copy (are they preserved)??

Also: C++?? Didn't they just mean C?
30 MSX HITS? Looking at the game names, this is different than the usual 30 MSX Hits... But have you ever heard of all of these mentioned games??

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By Sandy Brand

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15-02-2015, 23:35

Hmm, looking at the C++ Wiki, the language sort of came into circulation in 1983. And in 1985, the first edition of "The C++ Programming Language" was released.

So it is possible it was an actual C++ compiler, although I never knew one actually existed for MSX.
Maybe it was something that was originally designed to run on CP/M?

If I remember correctly, early C++ compilers actually generated C code 'under the hood'. Maybe this one did more or less the same; part of some sort of clever pre-processing maybe?

By Manuel

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16-02-2015, 19:05

So ever heard/seen any of the other products I mentioned?

By Sandy Brand

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17-02-2015, 20:21

Nope Sad

By Manuel

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10-06-2017, 00:53

Now that people are updating the Sparrowsoft wiki entry: does someone remember or even have any of these titles?

I actually did find a disk of "MSX-2 PALET".

Contains text:

Quote:

SPARROWSOFT C 87

"EDKIT"

Copyright 1987 by R. Jonker

Uitgeverij SPARROWSOFT

So, there was some R. Jonker involved... (or he got his stuff published via Sparrowsoft.)
There's also:

Quote:

AUTEUR A.VAN NORDEN

as mentioned in the Wiki article.

And I also got "Superdumper" from Sparrowsoft, containing:

Quote:

64000 REM AUTEUR A VAN NORDEN SPARROWSOFT C 87

Furthermore, I found the Sparrowsoft MSX BASIC KUN:

Quote:

SET101 XBASIC.BIN
BASIC
(C) 1988 SPARROWSOFT
MSXDOS: EQU 00005H
SLTATR: EQU 0FCC9H
;
ORG 00100H ;
JP START ;
;
DEFB 020H,07FH,07FH,07FH ;in verband met TYPE
;
TXSPARROW: ;
DEFM " MSX BASIC KUN c '86 ASCII CORPORATION"
DEFB 00AH,00DH ;
DEFM " BOOT-PROCEDURE c '88 SPARROWSOFT"
DEFB 00AH,00DH ;
DEFM " PRODUCED UNDER LICENSE BY SPARROWSOFT"
DEFB 00AH,00DH,01AH,"$" ;
;

Does someone have more programs of them? Their really old programs (from very early MCM issues like 3) were e.g. a digitizing program in which you have to plot pixel by pixel what you see in a transparent foil with a grid on it, if I remember correctly...

By Randam

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10-06-2017, 06:26

I think I may have something from them but got it as compensation for some other software I ordered which some company didn't have. What it is I don't know but i remember there being sparrowsoft on it.

By Robosoft

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10-06-2017, 12:46

I think I have an original version of Mouse digitiser somewhere on tape.
It came with a plastic transparant sheet wit a raster printed on it.
You should lay this raster over the picture you want to digitise and then click pixel bij pixel...

Tried it once, but never finished a whole picture
oO