Category:Sparrowsoft
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Sparrowsoft was a Dutch company run by André van Norden out of Terhorne, appearing on the market in early 1986. They initially sold software products via mail-order, but later also started to offer upgrades and hardware products. In MCM 27 (December 1988) they announced a merger with HSH, and started to offer an early version of MSX-DOS 2.10. A few months later in MCM 31 (July-August 1989) it is mentioned the two companies had a falling out, and that HSH was suing Sparrowsoft over selling unlicensed ASCII products.

Despite this, Sparrowsoft continued to offer products containing ASCII software. Sparrowsoft changed their name to Stichting Green or Green B.V. around October 1989. After the demise of Green B.V., it tried to continue its activities under the name MSX Interactive, after which the company vanished in the early 1990s.

During the years Sparrowsoft was active, André van Norden was also a frequent contributor to the MSX Info magazine, which published various articles strongly promoting Sparrowsoft's products.

Software Products

  • TRUUKS & TIPS Version 1.04 (disk with various tips and tricks)
  • The HiSoft programming languages
  • MSX-2-PALET (drawing program, "with 100.000 colors")
  • S-DUMPER (screen dump program)
  • 30-MSX HITS (a.o. ACT, MILL&KILL, HADES PRISON, ICE HOCKEY, BASKET BALL, LOST WORLD, PSG SOUND EDITOR, CRYSTAL STONE; software taken from Japanese magazines?)
  • MOUSE DIGITISER (digitize with your mouse by taking over an image pixel by pixel using a plastic foil with a grid)
  • MINI-DTP (DTP program also for MSX1)
  • MASTER DISKETTE V2 (cheat/hack program for disk software)

More products here: http://www.generation-msx.nl/company/sparrowsoft/444/software/

Hardware Products

Product Description
Sparrowsoft 512kB Memory Mapper 512kB Memory Expansion
Sparrowsoft MSX-DOS 2.10 MSX-DOS cartridge
Sparrowsoft MSX-DOS 2.20 MSX-DOS cartridge
Sparrowsoft SCSI Interface SCSI HDD controller


Announced hardware products which do not seem to have been released:

Product Description
Green MSX-2 Computer (128kB RAM/128kB VRAM/2DD) MSX2
Green MSX-2-plus computer (128kB RAM/128kB VRAM/2DD) MSX2+
Green MSX-2/2-plus scanner (with interface) scanner
Green amusement cartridge FM-PAC clone
Green MSX speech card speech synthesizer

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