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Wulf Becherer, Eugen Baumgartner

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Wulf Becherer
Eugen Baumgartner
and software
3D-World.

Towards the end of the retail support for the TI99/4a, I purchased - at full retail price- a copy of 3D-World.  The documentation I have contains no maker or distributor name but the software contains the above two Germanic names with Copyright in 3D-World claimed by Becherer in the program code.

I have found a little known commercial offering by AMERISOFT of 3D-World, and the manual I have and their manual are clearly from the same source, with the same weak translations and spelling errors, but theirs has added a copyright AMERISOFT note.

Could this be a European program that has been "lifted" -officially or unofficially- by an American company?  Amerisoft do not seem to have built a major presence in the TI World- but sadly neither do Becherer and Baumgartner.

If anyone can help shed light on these gentlemen or on the circumstances of the program, I can add a note to the English manual I am recreating for the software.  The Amerisoft disk is on wht.

thanks

S

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Wulf Becherer came from Freiburg, Germany. I also have the old contact data

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Some months ago, I was collecting stuff for dedicate a page to 3Dworld on the Database but still haven't completed infos indeed.

 

anyway if it can help i have collected these different covers i think for three different kind of distributions:

 

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in addition i found this article:

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hope it could clear something, i still not translated pages from German 😛

 

 

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"Und ewig lockt der Prozessor..." is a pun on "... und ewig lockt das Weib", the German title of a French film with Brigitte Bardot ("And God created woman", "Et Dieu… créa la femme").

 

(translates as "And forever lures the woman" - or here, "processor")

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Some other 3D-World items from the English TI press, in case any are of interest or amusement:

 

Micropendium, November 1984, p20:

 

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TIsHUG (Sydney) July 1990:

 

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Tenex Catalogue Fall 1986:

 

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Tex-Comp ad in Micropendium (appears repeatedly, in their ads):

 

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Cedar Valley 99ers User Group December 1990:

 

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I think in 1990, doing 3D wireframe design on a 4A was already retro-computing. Awesome that somebody did it. And a reasonable price. Impulse Imagine on the PC in 1992 cost about $300.

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Many thanks everyone.

The original program was quite early - April 1983.


 

 

 

Now I have to make sense of it all and translate a bit. This may take a little time.


 

 

The TENEX list and the later MICROPENDIUM ad refer to using joysticks to draw, I have not seen that version.  With four sets of documentation to hand now, the only input is by keying in the x,y,z coordinates.   Not at all sure about Tenex but possibly the Micropendium later note is about a different program.

Very unsure about the claim to copyright made by AMERISOFT- clearly written by and sold by Wulf Becherer, possibly with print routines by Eugen Baumgartner.


 

Amerisoft made a bit of a mess of writing documentation for the printer options. Amerisoft seem to have added the XB LOAD program (which permits menu selection of printer) and the EA5 load option (or was that from Australia?). Amerisoft also changed disk filenames so that DF80 file WORLDO became 3D and the printer names changed from eg WCOPYRX80 to STAR and WDEFAULT became DEFAULT.

Filename PRINTERNAM holds eg PIO.CR, and anyone can guess what file DDD does- supplied empty.

Thanks again   s

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Amerisoft purchased American distribution rights for programs originally produced in Europe. They translated the manuals and released the programs under their own name, generally with no reference to the European versions. Another piece of software they released that way was Amerisoft Expanded Graphics BASIC, otherwise known to Europeans as APESoft Expanded Grafik BASIC. There may be others. . .

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