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Atari Memo Pad has long been recognised as a landmark application in computing history, and now it's finally been ported to the Atari 7800!

 

Memo Pad is an ephemeral messaging and note-taking app.  Like everyone else, you've scribbled, doodled, and left messages for friends, with a pen and pad of paper. At first glance, Memo Pad seems to just be a fancy replacement for these physical tools.

 

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But looks can be deceiving. Memo Pad brings the power of the digital age to the mundane paper-based pad. 

 

To begin with, Memo Pad requires you to tediously enter your information in, one awkward character at a time. There's no quick and frivolous doodling to be found here. Memo Pad demands that only your most compelling notes are worthy of the huge effort to record them. 

 

Even better, there is no save functionality! Memo Pad conveniently ties up your whole system, until you decide that you want to play a game more than you value your displayed information. Will you stop and smell the digital roses, or will you keep that note? The answer to that question will shine a light on how worthy your oh-so-special thoughts are!

 

Finally, your Memo Pad notes have an innovative 960 character limit, enforcing brevity of thought. Long-time Memo Pad power-user (and Twitter CEO) Jack Dorsey heavily borrowed from this feature. Always remember that Memo Pad did it first, and Memo Pad did it best.

 

Discover the transformative power of Memo Pad today, with Atari 7800 - The Choice Of The Experts!

 

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^--This one took a while! How long will it be until I break down and play some Food Fight?

 

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Posted (edited)

Can I get on the preorder list for a CIB cartridge release?  I want cartridge #1.

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There is no list, so can I be on the list too please. I'll pretend to be a dev 😁

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Thanks for all of the interest! I'll be launching a Kickstarter for Memo Pad 7800 soon, to get you those desired carts, and to help defer some of the large R&D costs involved in producing this software.

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1 minute ago, RevEng said:

Thanks for all of the interest! I'll be launching a Kickstarter for Memo Pad 7800 soon, to get you those desired carts, and to help defer some of the large R&D costs involved in producing this software.

What about building a community?  It's important to build a community.  That's what crowdfunding is really for.

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4 minutes ago, RevEng said:

Thanks for all of the interest! I'll be launching a Kickstarter for Memo Pad 7800 soon, to get you those desired carts, and to help defer some of the large R&D costs involved in producing this software.

So after you raise $2M over the next few years, we can expect engineering samples of your cart to ship in time for Christmas 2023? Am I hearing that right? Need to make plans for that sweet spring 2024 pre-order from GameStonk!

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1 minute ago, DrVenkman said:

So after you raise $2M over the next few years, we can expect engineering samples of your cart to ship in time for Christmas 2023? Am I hearing that right? Need to make plans for that sweet spring 2024 pre-order from GameStonk!

Yes, most definitely we'll hit that 2024 target, maybe.

 

Any expectations are your own, and don't represent legally binding agreements.

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How much bomb-diggity will it have?  I make all of my purchasing decisions based on bomb-diggity.

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Memo Pad 7800 has 100% bomb diggity.

 

By which I mean the very small amount of bomb diggity it actually contains is 100% pure.

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19 minutes ago, frankodragon said:

I was expecting one of the links to be a RickRoll.  But just in case...

I was totally expecting that when I clicked the link as well ;)

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The source and ATASCII character set make great food for thought.  I'm thinking password systems and DOS character graphic games like Rogue.

 

Thank you!

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Who needs anything else when you have Memo Pad?

Get a few friends on board and you've got all you need for a play-by-mail rogue-like. Simply take a photo of your television screen (don't use the flash!), get your photo developed, send it in an envelope to your friends, and await their response for the next move.

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1 hour ago, SmittyB said:

Who needs anything else when you have Memo Pad?

Get a few friends on board and you've got all you need for a play-by-mail rogue-like. Simply take a photo of your television screen (don't use the flash!), get your photo developed, send it in an envelope to your friends, and await their response for the next move.

[rainbowed for emphasis]

 

This guy gets it! :thumbsup: Clearly a Memo Pad power-user, and shame on me for not highlighting the networking and team-based aspects of Memo Pad.

 

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Will there be a cart with a GTIA option for that sweet keyclick sound? Maybe make that a stretch goal of your Kickstarter!

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8 minutes ago, GoldenWheels said:

No 7800 mouse support? Pffft.

 

Mouse and keyboard are being worked on.

 

Who is going to be the social media community leader?  I know this bald guy.

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1 minute ago, CPUWIZ said:

I know this bald guy.

Sorry, but G. Gordon Liddy just died. Gotta get a new public face for your operative team. 

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