S1E19 DataSoft Letter Wizard – Supplement

This episode features Letter Wizard, originally released in 1984 by DataSoft.  It was developed by Special Software Systems.  This title is an updated replacement for the 1982 product called Text Wizard.

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Box and Supplement Scans

The DataSoft logo:

S1E19-art-DataSoftLogo

 

Scan of the front of the box.  This was taken from an auction where a photo was taken at an angle on a table.  I heavily modified it in Lightroom to bring it back to square and facing straight up.  I could find no other box shots or scans (note the Apple II in the photo):

DataSoftLetterWizardBoxFront

 

Scan of the Text Wizard box from 1981, the pre-cursor to Letter Wizard (not an actual Atari in the artwork):

DataSoftTextWizardBoxFront

 

A Text Wizard advertisement from the July 1981 issue of Compute! magazine:

DatasoftTextWizardCompute8107

 

A Text Wizard advertisement from the September 1983 issue of ANALOG magazine:

DatasoftTextWizardAnalog8309

 

Manual cover (sepia toned and simplified version of the box):

DataSoftLetterWizardManualCover

 

Here is a DataSoft catalog: download

 

Letter Wizard in Action

Trying to boot with BASIC.  To get to the BASIC program on the master disk, boot a DOS II disk first with BASIC inserted/on.

Letter Wizard Boot Error

 

Boot splash:

Letter Wizard Boot Splash

 

Main menu:

Letter Wizard Main Menu

 

Edit

The editor at the start of a new document:

Letter Wizard Edit 1

 

Editor in typeover mode (note the gray overscan area):

Letter Wizard Edit 2

 

Editor in insert mode (note the blue overscan area).  Sadly the insert/typeover mode is not remembered after going to the menu:

Letter Wizard Edit 3

 

Inverse mode ON, not the change in the tab line:

Letter Wizard Inverse On

 

Invoking a function that takes a second or more to complete yields the BUSY indicator in the state area.  These were mostly very brief and not really noticeable.

Letter Wizard Editor Busy

 

Editor allows you get a catalog of the disk without returning to the main menu / disk management menu.  This can save you a few seconds of time:

Letter Wizard Edit Catalog

 

Loading a document:

Letter Wizard Edit Load

 

Saving a document.  There is no over-write warning so be carefull:

Letter Wizard Edit Save

 

Status update showing filename, memory free, size in (single density) sectors, and number of words:

Letter Wizard Editor Status

 

Marking a block of text.  Note the inverse daimond at the start.  This disappears once the end is marked:

Letter Wizard Edit Mark

 

Disk Management

The Disk Management menu:

Letter Wizard Disk Menu

 

Using the Format function:

Letter Wizard Disk Format

 

Using the Catalog function:

Letter Wizard Disk Catalog

 

Using the Rename function:

Letter Wizard Disk Rename

 

Using the Lock function:

Letter Wizard Disk Lock

 

Using the Unlock function:

Letter Wizard Disk Unlock

 

Using the Delete function (enter name of file, then confirm):

Letter Wizard Disk Delete 1

 

Letter Wizard Disk Delete 2

 

Print

Confirming the connected printer choice:

Letter Wizard Printer Selection

 

Setting the various print options:

Letter Wizard Print Options

 

Printing:

Letter Wizard Printing

 

Files

Contents

DataSoft Letter Wizard uses Atari DOS 2.0.  The contents of the disk can be seen in this screenshot.  Note only the BASIC program can be seen.

S1E19-ss-FilesMaster

 

Data files on a data disk:

S1E19-ss-FilesData

 

Dump of a Letter Wizard document.  Largely in plain text (as typed):

Letter Wizard document dump

 

Printing

Sample output demonstrating various text stylings.  Note the emulated Epson FX-80 didn’t support the Epson MX-80 proportional command:

https://inverseatascii.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/s1e19-print-epson.pdf

 

Instructions

Reference card download

 

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Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.
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