This episode features A Financial Wizard, originally released in 1982 by Computari. It was sold exclusively through On-Line Computer Centers of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
I could not locate any boxed copies or scans of the box. I did find early advertising though.
Advertisement from January 1982 Analog Magazine:
Advertisement from May 1982 Analog Magazine:
A Financial Manager in Action
The boot splash screen (nice graphic) that is displayed briefly while the program loads:
The main menu (you are treated to various tones as this is drawn):
Check entry exit:
Budget entry step 1 – Month Select:
Budget entry step 2 – Category amounts:
Check Search step 1 – Search Criteria:
Check Search step 2 – Results:
Tabulations 1 – Expenses/Budget by Month (you are treated to a descending tone as this is drawn):
Tabulations 2 – Expenses/Budget by Category:
Bar Chart Menu:
Bar Chart 1 – One Month Listing All Categories:
Bar Chart 2 – One Category Over 12 Months:
Bar Chart Printer Selection (see the Print Output selection below for the actual print outs):
Check Balancer step 1 – Ending Balance input:
Check Balancer – Warning if there are no checks for the month specified:
Check Balancer step 2 – Clearing entries:
Check Balancer step 3 – Balance Summary with congratulatory note at successful balance (a melody is played as well):
Check Balancer step 4 – Balance Summary with scolding note at non-successful balance (an explosion is played as well):
Check Writer step 1 – Date Input (note the hardcoded 19 for the century):
Check Writer step 2 – Checks. I didn’t actually test printing checks due to the program not being Y2K compliant as you can see in the screenshot below:
The Utilities Menu:
Utility Function 1 – Audit Checkbook:
Utility Function 2 – Create Monthly Files step 1 – Instructions:
Utility Function 2 – Create Monthly Files step 2 – Disk prep:
Utility Function 2 – Create Monthly Files step 3 – Creation (working):
Utility Function 2 – Create Monthly Files step 4 – Validation:
Utility Function 3 – Change Expense Categories:
Utility Function 4 – Clear Expense Files – Warning:
Utility Function 5 – Clear Budget Files:
Utility Function 6 – Correct Expense Files (working):
Utility Function 7 – End of Year Check Transfer:
A Financial Wizard uses Atari DOS 2.0s.
Data Disk Contents
The contents of the data disk can be seen in this screenshot:
The data files are:
- BAL contains the account balance information, in ATASCII.
- BUDGET.DAT contains budget information, in binary.
- CKTOT.DAT contains ?, in binary.
- EXPCAT.DAT contains expense categories, in ATASCII.
- CHECKDAT.M1 through .M12 contain expense data for each month, in ATASCII.
Utilities – Audit:
Check Balance Summary:
Bar Chart – 1 Month:
Bar Chart – 1 Category:
Tabulation – 1 Month:
Tabulation – 1 Category:
Could not be located. Sorry.
- Atari Magazines Archive Compute! review: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute//issue32/073_1_REVIEWS_A_FINANCIAL_WIZARD_FOR_ATARI.php
- Trademark info: http://www.trademarkia.com/on-line-computer-centers-73418598.html
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