The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

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The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby dbsys » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:42 am

See here:
https://www.calamus.net/news/2018/180311_1.php


2018-03-11: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Dear clients,
dear colleagues and suppliers:

After 27 years, I have decided to close my software company on March 31, 2018.

For me, everything started in the Atari world, when software and hardware were still not nearly as developed as today and when there was a gold rush mood in the young IT industry.

The opportunity to take over the lead in the already very powerful DTP program Calamus in 1997, brought the decisive thrust forward for my small company. Together with very dedicated developers and customers who gave us repeatedly creative suggestions, we have brought Calamus into the Windows and Mac worlds and could support many avid Calamus users long after the end of the TOS era. Calamus is still alive and often used by private individuals as well as by professionals.

The next big step was the new development of iCalamus,the little brother of Calamus, only available for macOS. Its sleek, intuitive interface and the new possibilities thanks to Apple's powerful operating system led many people without any typesetting and DTP experience to producing documents such as books, brochures, and posters with iCalamus on the Mac.

The support for many other interesting programs that could be offered in many languages thanks to diligent translators, was a third pillar of invers Software, called DSD.net. On this platform, we have offered and supported programs beyond the mainstream with great response.

It was a long, beautiful and exciting time with all of you. I thank all those who were in contact with my company as customers or suppliers, as developers or supporters or otherwise, for the wonderful years.

I'm going to start a new chapter of my life and I am sure to meet again the one or the other. You'll meet always at least twice in life.

As of today, there is a sale discount of 50% on Calamus, all modules, and other programs until the end of the month. If you want to get some, you have to hurry!

Important: As of April 1, 2018, all ordering buttons in all order forms will be switched off (no April fool). The website will stay online in order to keep the applications and information available. I myself can still be reached via the known email addresses if you still need support or have lost a license code.

Thank you very much for everything,
Your Ulf Dunkel

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby Atarieterno » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:38 am

It is always sad when another door in the history of Atari closes, Calamus opened the DTP path for Atari computers as Cubase did for the musical studio, both providing professional functions within the reach of any home user.
I still have an original Calamus (old, monochrome) for my parents' house.
Thanks for the services provided, it has been and still is a marvel at DTP.

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby calimero » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:58 pm

Sad... :(

I love Calamus. It was super advance and easy program to use back in 80s and 90s. Unfortunate I did not use it on PC or Mac (I go with Adobe and I was watching as Adobe gradually add stuff from 10 years old Calamus to new InDesign!).
That being sad, I still use Papyrus on PC and Mac, never switch to Word or Excel :)


btw
this Netherlands (?) ad is so weird :)
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby calimero » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:01 pm

I just stumble on Ulf Dunkel interview regarding iCalamus: http://www.mactech.com/content/intervie ... l-icalamus
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby calimero » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:53 pm

!!!

This two topic ("The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018" and "Magic mac open sourced") are in direct connection !!

From german wikipedia Calamus article:

"However, MagicMac (X) only runs on Mac OS X 10.6.8 machines, Mac OS X Lion is no longer supported because the Apple Carbon Framework, originally introduced as a bridge technology from Mac OS to Mac OS X, no longer supports becomes. Andreas "Kaos" Kromke, however, worked on a new Cocoa-based emulator - working title "Atari X", which is in the advanced beta stage and is already running under the Calamus SL R8. Andreas Kromke has discontinued the development of "Atari X" and handed over the source code to Calamus SL developer and distributor Ulf Dunkel."


It is look like that now, when Ulf Dunkel decide to close Calamus and iCalamus further development, that Andreas decide (or both, together with Ulf) to publish MagiC and AtariX source code :)
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby AtariSociety » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:47 am

I own a stock Mega STe... have Calamus 1.09. I see for $50 euro or so I can buy upgrade to SL 2015. Will this run on a Mega STe? TJ

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby dbsys » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:05 am

AtariSociety wrote:I own a stock Mega STe... have Calamus 1.09. I see for $50 euro or so I can buy upgrade to SL 2015. Will this run on a Mega STe? TJ


Yes. You will get the Atari version of Calamus anyway. It is part of the package:
https://www.calamus.net/calamus/2015_pl ... php?lan=en

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby joska » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:40 am

AtariSociety wrote:Will this run on a Mega STe? TJ


Calamus SL is too slow to be usable on a stock Falcon, so I doubt that it will be usable on an MSTE. Also, with only 4Mb I think you will struggle.
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby Eero Tamminen » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:04 am

Would FPU help? I mean, can Calamus take advantage of that to any of its calculations, or is it more about generic CPU power and memory bandwidth?

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby leech » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:34 pm

2015 requires at least 800x600@256 colours. I had to get at first a 'BlowUP' adapter for it to work more stably on my Falcon, then got the CT60e, then got the SV. Now I just need to find time to use Calamus...

So yeah, it'd work on the Mega STe, if you have a graphics card that'll do 800x600x256 minimum.
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby AtariSociety » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:38 pm

Since it appears SL2015 will not work on a stock Mega STe.... how about older versions of SL?

Maybe I can get the last version of SL that did work with a more stock Atari?

Or maybe the CD comes with some older versions too?

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby Kroll » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:54 pm

If I remeber well, until Calamus SL 99 works on ST mono resolultion. Calamus 2000 and 2002 it requires resolution 640x480, and from 2003 800x600x256k. if need it, I can check.

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby MrPixel » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:14 am

never used a product from them but i wish them well

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby leech » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:46 am

Anyone going to buy it at 50%? I was looking at it and the wording is rather odd, Seems maybe since I could get an upgrade from the Lite Edition, that getting the Complete would be an extra 25% off? Guess I could email them... :P
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby cb170 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:21 pm

Sad news. Calamus was amazing back in the day, and me and a friend used to run a small local DTP business using 1.09n and then SL...

I hope one day someone will tell the whole Calamus behind-the-scenes story, I'm quite interested in the rise and development of Calamus, and all the times it changed hands etc...

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby calimero » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:08 am

cb170 wrote:I hope one day someone will tell the whole Calamus behind-the-scenes story, I'm quite interested in the rise and development of Calamus, and all the times it changed hands etc...


Me also :)

I am fanatic for this history stuff :)
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby pnr8uk » Sat May 12, 2018 8:07 am

Started my own DTP business using Calamus and then went onto Calamus SL - was quite an investment at the time, I used the SL and Mega STE set up until around 2005 when graphics and colour just became too big for my STE, however I always went back to it for no colour/photographic work.

In my opinions Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress took a long time to catch up to what Calamus had 20 years before.

Sad day - I wish the Calamus team well in their next journey.

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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby leech » Fri May 18, 2018 2:42 am

I ended up buying all the things. :) Even a shiny printed manual.
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby dhedberg » Fri May 18, 2018 7:31 am

leech wrote:I ended up buying all the things. :) Even a shiny printed manual.

Nice! Definitely a great piece of history! Hope it'll work well on your CT60e!
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby leech » Tue May 22, 2018 11:45 am

dhedberg wrote:
leech wrote:I ended up buying all the things. :) Even a shiny printed manual.

Nice! Definitely a great piece of history! Hope it'll work well on your CT60e!


Yeah, I really need to find the time to set my Falcon back up after I moved! In the meantime I was going to install it under Aranym, but I have always been stuck on getting the network to work on it, seeing as everything now uses NetworkManager. One day...
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby dhedberg » Tue May 22, 2018 12:23 pm

leech wrote:Yeah, I really need to find the time to set my Falcon back up after I moved!

8O The Falcon is the first thing I set up after a move! :lol:
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Re: The end of Calamus: invers Software closes on March 31, 2018

Postby leech » Tue May 22, 2018 12:32 pm

Ha, I have a lot of work on it that I need to do. Mainly desolder the internal SCSI terminators, solder on the adapter board, plus take out the motherboard and put it into the Wizztronics case, etc. Anyone know what the progress is on doing Printer emulation through the CosmosEx is yet? Would LOVE to get my color laserjet working for Calamus!
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