S2E08 Synapse SynCalc – Supplement

This episode features SynCalc, originally released in 1983 by Synapse Software.  It was also released in 1985 by Br0derbund under the Synapse branding.  It was programmed by Mike Silva.

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Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the box (1983):

Synapse SynCalc Box Front

 

Scan of the back of the box (1983):

Synapse SynCalc Box Back

 

Synapse Catalog page featuring SynCalc:

Synapse SynCalc Catalog Page

 

Synapse Logo:

Synapse Software Logo

 

Br0derbund Logo:

Br0derbund Software Logo

 

SynCalc in Action

Booting

1983 Boot splash:

Synapse SynCalc Boot 1983

 

1985 Boot splash:

Synapse SynCalc Boot 1985

 

Booting with insufficient memory:

Synapse SynCalc Boot Error

 

Interface (1983) on an XE with 192K:

Synapse SynCalc Interface 1983

 

Interface (1985) on an XE with 192K (note the available memory is 84K):

Synapse SynCalc Interface 1985

 

Main Menu

Press OPTION to bring up the menu. Navigate with the cursor keys and use RETURN to select:

Synapse SynCalc Main Menu

 

Expert mode uses keystrokes instead of the OPTION menu.  Not the shortcut keystroke command in the status bar at the top (/LSWD2L BUDGET):

S2E08-ss-StatusBarCmdWorking

 

Load / Save Menu

Six command functions on the menu:

Synapse SynCalc Load Menu

 

Load

First choose Worksheet or Data (DIF):

Synapse SynCalc Load 1

 

Load Worksheet:

Synapse SynCalc Load 2

Synapse SynCalc Load 3

Synapse SynCalc Load 4

 

Load Data:

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 1

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 2

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 3

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 4

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 5

Synapse SynCalc Load Data 6

 

Save

Save sub menu.  First choose Worksheet, Data (DIF), or Text:

Synapse SynCalc Save Worksheet 1

 

Save Worksheet:

Synapse SynCalc Save Worksheet 2

Synapse SynCalc Save Worksheet 3

 

Save Data (DIF):

Synapse SynCalc Save Data 1

Synapse SynCalc Save Data 2

Synapse SynCalc Save Data 3

Synapse SynCalc Save Data 4

 

Save Text:

Synapse SynCalc Save Text 1

Synapse SynCalc Save Text 2

Synapse SynCalc Save Text 3

 

Format

Synapse SynCalc Format 1

Synapse SynCalc Format 2

 

Delete

Delete sub menu.  First choose what to delete – Worksheet, Data (DIF) or Text:

Synapse SynCalc Load Delete Menu

 

Delete Worksheet:

Synapse SynCalc Delete Worksheet 1

Synapse SynCalc Delete Worksheet 3

Synapse SynCalc Delete Worksheet 4

 

Delete Data (DIF):

Synapse SynCalc Delete Data 1

Synapse SynCalc Delete Data 2

Synapse SynCalc Delete Data 3

 

Delete Text:

Synapse SynCalc Delete Text 1

Synapse SynCalc Delete Text 2

 

Rename

Synapse SynCalc Rename 1

Synapse SynCalc Rename 2

Synapse SynCalc Rename 3

Synapse SynCalc Rename 4

 

VC -> SC

Converts VisiCalc files to SynCalc files:

Synapse SynCalc VC 1

Synapse SynCalc VC 2

Synapse SynCalc VC 3

Synapse SynCalc VC 4

 

End result:

Synapse SynCalc VC 5

 

Text Menu

Use this to force input to be text:

Synapse SynCalc Input Text

 

Numeric Menu

Use this to force input to be of numeric type:

Synapse SynCalc Input Number

 

Command Menu

The command menu has a lot of functions.  Manu commands open sub menus as well:

Synapse SynCalc Command Menu

 

Format

Format menu:

Synapse SynCalc Format Menu

 

Format Justify:

Synapse SynCalc Format Justify 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Justify 2

 

Format Margin:

Synapse SynCalc Format Margin

 

Format Protect:

Synapse SynCalc Format Protect 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Protect 2

 

Format Dollars:

Synapse SynCalc Format Dollars

 

Format Commas:

Synapse SynCalc Format Commas

 

Format Percent:

Synapse SynCalc Format Percent

 

Format Precision:

Synapse SynCalc Format Precision 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Precision 2

 

Format Number:

Synapse SynCalc Format Number 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Number 2

 

Format Sign:

Synapse SynCalc Format Sign 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Sign 2

 

Global

Synapse SynCalc Global Menu

 

Global Format:

These are the same as the normal Format commands, but apply globally.

 

Global Unformat:

These are the same as the normal Unformat commands, but apply globally.

 

Global Width:

Synapse SynCalc Global Width

Global Erase:

Synapse SynCalc Global Erase

 

Global Recalc:

Synapse SynCalc Global Recalc

 

Global Txt Mode:

Synapse SynCalc Global Text

 

Width

Synapse SynCalc Format Width 1

Synapse SynCalc Format Width 2

 

Unformat

Synapse SynCalc Unformat 1

Synapse SynCalc Unformat 2

 

Copy

Synapse SynCalc Copy 1

Synapse SynCalc Copy 2

 

Move

Synapse SynCalc Move 1

Synapse SynCalc Move 2

 

Insert

Synapse SynCalc Insert 1

Synapse SynCalc Insert 2

 

Delete

Synapse SynCalc Delete 1

Synapse SynCalc Delete 2

 

Erase

Synapse SynCalc Erase

 

Goto

Synapse SynCalc Goto

 

Print

Synapse SynCalc Print W 1

Synapse SynCalc Print W 2

 

Sort

Synapse SynCalc Sort 1

Synapse SynCalc Sort 2

Synapse SynCalc Sort 3

 

Window

Synapse SynCalc Window 1

Synapse SynCalc Window 2

Synapse SynCalc Window 3

 

Window set horizontally:

Synapse SynCalc Window 4

 

Window set vertically:

Synapse SynCalc Window Vert

 

Titles

Synapse SynCalc Title 1

Synapse SynCalc Title 2

 

With titles locked, you can scroll back past the lock to edit the locked row or column:

Synapse SynCalc Title 3

 

Headings

Headings Off:

Synapse SynCalc Headings Off

 

Headings On:

Synapse SynCalc Headings On

 

UseLBLS (Labels)

Specify the column and row, then you can reference cells in formulas using the text in the columns and rows specified – like JAN_SALES:

Synapse SynCalc Use Labels

 

Errors

Errant forward reference not caught:

Synapse SynCalc Forward Ref 1

 

Forward reference resolved after recalculation:

Synapse SynCalc Forward Ref 2

 

Out of Range error (top line):

Synapse SynCalc Error Out Of Range

 

Illegal filename:

S2E08-ss-Err-IllegalFile

 

Device error:

S2E08-ss-ErrDevice

 

File not found error:

Synapse SynCalc Error File Not Found

 

Cell protection error:

Synapse SynCalc Cell Protect Error

 

Files

The program disk itself has a hidden VTOC and is copy protected.

SynCalc saves produced three types of files.  SC for worksheets, DIF for data interchange files (or values), TXT for reporting:

Synapse SynCalc Files

Note the similarly named VC files (from VisiCalc).  When converted they are sometimes larger, likely due to failed aspects of conversion where items get converted to plain text.

Instructions

You can find the manual in a number of places online.  Check the links section below.

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 8

 

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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