TOMMY SOFTWARE PRODUCTS: 1ST FREEZER AND 1ST SPEEDER
by Richard Karsmakers
After a bit of a letdown with their games "Dizzy Wizard" and
"Trash Heap" (which were also very negatively written in other
magazines), Tommy Software has once again launched some utility
Neatly packaged in some CD cases, "1st Freezer" and "1st Speeder"
recently dropped in my mail.
"1st Freezer" is a program that offers just what Kuma's "K-
Switch" missed: A way to freeze the computer's memory contents,
save them to disk and later run them without actually having to
install "1st Freezer" first.
"1st Freezer" is probably the only way to PAUSE a game which
cannot be paused, to COPY a package that cannot be copied or to
SAVE a program (e.g. a completely installed version of "1st Word
Plus") without having to go through loading/installation hassle
all over again.
This sounds interesting doesn't it? Especially the second option
is very useful - until programmers find out a way to de-install
"1st Freezer" as well. I tested it quite thoroughly and found
"1st Freezer" to be working with quite a lot of programs (e.g.
"Jinxter" and "Spy vs Spy"). It didn't work, however, with
"Airball". On the "1st Freezer" disk, you'll find a document with
a list of program that cannot be freezed, that can can only
partly be freezed or that can be freezed for 100%. A typical
example of a game that can only partly be freezed is "Jinxter",
since it has to load the pictures during gameplay. Games or other
programs that load all in once can generally be frozen.
"1st Freezer" sells at DM 148,- at Tommy Software, Germany
(address at end of article).
The second program, "1st Speeder", was a bit difficult to test.
It's a program that can optimize disk speed (harddisk as well as
floppy disk) by using so called "Cache" memory. Once installed,
disk accesses that are often repeated are done through this cache
memory rather than directly on disk. How it works? Don't ask me.
I only know that the people of Tommy Software call it
'intelligent' so I guess it need not be explained.
At the very moment that I write this article, "1st Speeder" is
inserted in my system. The directory appeared a little faster,
and when I SAVEd the document (just now), it reloaded very fast -
I suppose the document was residing in memory. So I guess it
works fine with floppy disk - let's hope it will also work fine
on harddisk (I couldn't test this, as I don't have one and
couldn't find anyone else to do it for me).
"1st Speeder" sells at DM 89,-, and sounds like it's indisposable
for professional programmers. The setup is good. The manual warns
that the program might not work perfectly when used with programs
that do not use Atari programming conventions (e.g. ones that use
strange ways to access disk, that cannot go through "1st
Speeder"'s adapted routines then).
Many thanks to Thomas Maier of Tommy Software for sending the
programs so I could review them.
For info, please contact:
D-6000 Frankfurt/M. 70
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