Re: Recommendations for DOS system
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Sat, 17 Sep 1994 01:25:43 -0600
On Fri, 16 Sep 1994, Bob Condon wrote:
> I am moving to a Dos 486/66 system with 15" color monitor.
> Now is the time for software.
> I have Microsoft word coming and already have Framemaker.
> I am now looking for recommendations for a paint program so
> that I can download the things listed in index-l.
> Any recommendations? Limitation are that I don't want to spend
> TOOOOO much money ($150 is about it for a single package)...
> Is there a way to convert my mac disks -> dos... The images
> are mac paint and I use Superpaint to load them in .
> I have Unix, Mac and Dos machines available to me at work on a
> common net so "moving" stuff around is easy.. Its the convert that
> I lack knowledge...
For Mac to DOS/Windows conversion consider a program called Mac-In-DOS
or Mac-In-DOS for Windows. This enables your x86 machine to read and
write Mac discs. I don't have this, but the aads I see claim it's the
best conversion software.
For graphics conversion, you'll probably want to look at Paint Shop Pro,
which is available in some domain as a shareware. I don't know where it
is because I got it on a CD ROM disc from the magazine CD ROM Today, but
you might check ibm.comp and digital newsgroups. PSP will work with
raster files fairly well, and will capture screens, but it has _very_
limited capability with vector graphics. For those, you might try HiJaak
Pro, which works with 70+ file formats. Keep in mind, graphic file
conversion is limited to: Vector-to-vector; vector-to-raster;
vector-to-windows metafile (wmf); raster-to-raster; wmf-to-raster; some
wmf-to-vector. WMF graphics can simultaneously contain vector and raster
elements. In conversion from wmf to vector you will lose any raster
elements in the original.
Mac-In-DOS for Windows runs about $100. HiJaak Pro runs about $90.
I will not try to recommend a paint program [ Paint Shop Pro is _not_ a
paint program. It manipulates images in a lot of ways, but does not
create new images. ], since I have no idea what needs you may have.
WordPerfect 6.0a [ which I highly recommend! ] includes DrawPerfect,
which produces WPG graphic files. These are vector-based and convertible
to other vector formats or to raster formats. Your needs WILL dictate
what paint/draw program you use. Windows includes Windows Paint, a quite
limited paint program that only works with a very limited set of file
formats [windows .CUT, some .PCX, and windows .BMP]. That's free with
Windows. You could easily spend over $500 for something like CorelDraw
5.0 or other Aldus products. I'd suggest you might describe your needs
and see what responses you get. Might be better to try a graphics or ibm
newsgroup for that, but, you never know what resources are on this list
unless you try. Anyway, after you get some ideas you feel are
reasonable, go to a reputable dealer and check out the programs for a
while in the store, on their machines. Most reputable stores will have a
copy of many software products installed on demo machines for this
purpose. Don't necessarily buy from such a store, because their price
might be MSRP and not local retail. Egghead, for example [no interest
whatsever] runs 10-20% below retail and offers a free discount card that
saves another 3-5% off the shelf price (they put two prices on the shelf,
with the more obvious, larger-typestyle price being their discount price
with the card). Anyway, you probably already know how to shop for software.
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City