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Microsoft Logo for Mac

Crutch

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I picked this up on eBay recently for $39 and couldn't find it online anywhere so just posted it to the Garden:

https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/microsoft-logo-demo

Microsoft Logo for Mac.  The version I got is a demo version (it silently fails to save ... meaning it writes an empty file to the disk but doesn't actually tell you it's not saving anything ... in fairness, the accompanying literature does say saving doesn't work!) that came in the original "package" (a Microsoft-branded folder with some brochures).  The enclosed 400k floppy is pristine and probably never before used, but works perfectly.

It's a fairly clunky Logo implementation, and the turtle graphics are very slow compared to my recollection of running ExperLogo on a 128k Mac, but it's still fun to play with and some nice features were included for the use of multiple windows, QuickDraw graphics, etc.  Also the multi-legged turtle is rather cute.

I don't even remember hearing about Microsoft Logo in the '80s, though I've seen it mentioned in a few product lists here and there ... was a final commercial product ever even produced?  (This version runs on a 128k or 512k Mac only ... it crashes with an "Out of memory" error on my 512ke upgraded to 2MB with a Dove MacSnap, and the documentation dated January 1986 says it won't run on a Plus.)

I like the fact that one of the demos is called "Quix" (sic) and is clearly inspired by the contemporary arcade game.

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PB145B

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That’s pretty cool. I’ll have to check this out eventually. I like the early Microsoft software for the Macintosh. :)  

 

Mu0n

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I think I might have tried this once back in the day. Probably during the time when my older brother was in a special computer-infused primary school class (years 5 and 6) where they had 2-3 macs inside the class and had special projects regularly. They could borrow some of the softwares and it was always exciting to test stuff out. I remember being underwhelmed by that Logo version since I was already used to the CGA color version on PCs called Logo Writer with a French interface and keywords! Despite the lower resolution, you couldn't beat color + easy icon/sprite stuff.

 

Mu0n

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An assignment I had to do for our "computers" class when I was in 9th grade (3rd year secondary school over here in Quebec) was: make 1 logo writer game. I made 3, with a title screen menu. One was an adventure-multiple choice game with graphic screens + text, another was a gambling sort of game where you drop a ball from the top and it bounces through a pyramid of sticks and you must guess in which cup it falls into and the 3rd game was a top down 1-screen racing game which detected collision using color detection. You could easily make new tracks if you wanted, they were just images

 

NJRoadfan

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We had the Macintosh version of LogoWRITER installed on the LCIIs in middle school. It was light years ahead of the Apple II versions.

 

james_w

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Fairly sure this is from the short lived period of Microsoft publishing other company's software for Macintosh, under the "MacLibrary" name.

Here's the box for my copy... although I don't have the disk!


 
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Crutch

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Nice.  I would love a boxed copy of the full edition.  I’m not on Instagram because I am quite anti-Facebook these days ... but if I were, I would follow yours! Some really interesting pics there.

 

james_w

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Nice.  I would love a boxed copy of the full edition.  I’m not on Instagram because I am quite anti-Facebook these days ... but if I were, I would follow yours! Some really interesting pics there.


Thanks!

Yeah totally understand, I feel the same. But I've had quite some fun running my instagram account over the years and I'm not quite ready to give that up...

 
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