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Software News   Software News : Protext and Prodata to be available for free download
   posted by Ferry on 18-Jul-2008 22:24:00 (4193 reads)
A message from Protext Software:

---8<---
Subject: Protext and Prodata to be available for free download


Since Arnor Ltd went bust, the two programmers and I have been supplying and
supporting the PC versions of Protext v6.7 and its database companion
Prodata v1.23 through Protext Software.

We have now decided the time is right to make it (and the latest Atari and
Amiga versions) available for free download, so we are doing just that.

It is being arranged now and as soon as I have a URL to post here, I will.
--
Brian (for Protext Software)
---8<---

Saluditos,

Ferrán.
    

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Re: Protext and Prodata to be available for free download
Posted on 19-Jul-2008 1:33:07
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I will look forward to that as I still use the free version of protext given awake by an amiga mag more the a decade later or did it come bundled with my A1200 I cant remember any longer.

Anyway it just dose the job like cynusED and sometimes thats just what you need to get the job done without distractions.

As I has at school at the time there was no way I could have upgraded and now I have some spending money it to late.

But it sounds like yet another good use for the minimig just as soon as HD emulation is implemented.

But maybe I am a bit weird in just wanting simple tools some times to get the job done, don't get me wrong I like word as I am yet to find a better spel checker engine and I am dyslexic but I do have a tendency to rewrite the same sentence many times when I use word looking for words I can spell and that can result in a lot of wasted time.

Its much quicker to work out what you want to say then tidy up the spelling and grammar on most occasions.


edit: fixed typo's again :)

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Nice, with Softwood still in limbo this is good news. I heard good things about the Protext/data apps but never got to use them.

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don't know protext and prodata untill now ???


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At one time I also used a free copy of Prodata given away by an Amiga mag - it was actually a good & quite flexible database program, although it felt a little dated (and looked a bit like an MS-DOS port). I imagine that it's memory usage is very very low.


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Posted on 19-Jul-2008 9:03:37
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I remember these from back in the day, but I never paid much attention...

ProText: is it a text editor or a word processor?

ProData: does it support SQL?

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I had trouble using ProText in my A1200. I guess it will get worse with my A1.
Anyway, it had great reviews at the time, it was considered to be powerful and streamlined.
Haven't used ProData, I'm a FinalData guy. ;)

It's great to see these programs become available. No money to be gained from them now, so it's very nice to "return" them to the community.

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@smithy
I doubt that Prodata supports SQL (*). One nice thing was you could easily design input 'forms' for easy data entry.

(* = although I may have simply not noticed such a feature all those years ago, certainly I did not know about SQL until some years later)

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I hope this is good news. I was a regular user of Protext when Arnor went bust, but it stopped working for me when Workbench 3.0 was released. At that time I changed to Wordworth.

It was only when I needed to produce ASCII based documentation that I realised what I had lost. I eventually mastered Golded/Cubic as a replacement, but it is not easy for formatted documentation.

Protext formatting is all done by embedded text strings including font selection. WYSIWYG it is not. However, it does make formatting of text based documents very easy. On the other hand, it does not support lines, diagrams or images... well, only if they are text art.

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Well, I'm waiting the link to download the version of Protext and Prodata although they be demos, because I don't know these programs, even never I have heared to peak about them.


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Hi,

Can someone post some screenshots to see if we know that software? Thanks in advance.


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Posted on 19-Jul-2008 16:11:43
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Thanks for the info.
I'll download and try them when they're available.


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Oh Absolutely Brilliant 8).. I got the free Protxt 4, and maybe 5?.. from the coverdisk.. three was like a competition between CU Amiga, and amiga format to see who could carry the latest full version, or best fully useable demo of stuff?.. Great stuff for people who had to spend traffic accident rewards on jutst the machine, and only had pocket money for software.. Games?.. Had to use the Spectrum for that, couldnt aford Amiga games, demo disks only.

Lets see, Ive got Protext for Amiga, And PC.. installed.. runs happily on Windows ME under DOS run, cant rememeber if I used it since I put 3.1 ROMs on the a1200.. or since getting the 1200 for that matter 8(..

I also had Protext, Prodata for the ST, coverdisk.. but gave it with the ST I had when I flogged it at Gamestation.

there were more pieces of software?.. Protext, Prodata, but wasnt there an appropiate spreadsheet?

Pity it wasnt like MiniOffice for C64, BBC, Spectrurm etc, which also came with networking software. 8(

You can do lines and boxes on Protext, select line drawing mode, and it uses DOS character set lines, single, double, and the shades from MS DOS days. Its actually how its interface is constructed. 8)

Hmm.. HTML uses all inline tags for it effects.


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fryguy 
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Posted on 20-Jul-2008 16:32:57
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Never heard of it before either, it doesn't look very good though. Looks like a straight MSDOS port (at least from the screenshot i found) But nice that they are giving it away for free..

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Posted on 22-Jul-2008 11:15:41
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Thanks Protext Software, it might have been a better idea to wait until it was actually available for download before posting this news item though.

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jd997uk 
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From a story in The Register today, seems This is the latest version available. Scroll down and you'll see it's V6.6

Probably not going to be of much use for many, but might be useful to view how some programs worked "back in the day".

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