Tue, 29 March 2016
Art Prag: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology
Art Prag, along with Harry Koons, published three programs with Atari
Program Exchange: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology. Harry Koons died
Mapware first appeared in the fall 1981 APX catalog, where it won
second place in the personal interest and development category. “With
the MAPWARE programs you can create a wide variety of high-resolution
world maps. MAPWARE already contains 9,000 pairs of geographic
coordinates for locating main land masses and islands on Earth. These
maps are useful for such applications as games and simulations,
tracking satellites, pointing amateur radio antennas, and teaching
geography and cartography.” The program came on two disks and cost
Starware first appeared in the spring 1982 APX catalog, on disk for
$17.95. “With STARWARE you can explore the heavens by way of your
Atari home computer. STARWARE displays the stars on your TV screen ...
Its 900 star coordinates accurately locate all the constellations in
Astrology first appeared in the summer 1982 catalog, a program for
creating astrological charts. “With ASTROLOGY, the mysteries of the
zodiac, planetary positioning, natal charts, and rising signs will
unfold in your very own living room.” It cost $22.95.
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.