is the name of a piece of word-processing software
-based computers first released in 1979
, written by Les Pinter
, Mike Griffin
and Bill Radding
. It was marketed circa 1981
with such quotes as "the most powerful, most flexible, most reliable, most usable
word processing software available for a CP/M-based computer," and "the best word-processing software ever written for a microcomputer."
A contemporary ad for the product mentioned the following features.
- Full screen text editing, featuring "single stroke control keys" including using the function keys available on the end-user's terminal.
- Full text formatting commands, allowing the setting of page features such as text justification, line spacing, widow/orphan management, and margins. Other features mentioned in this category include bold and underline (broken and solid) capability. "You may change any of these commands at run-time /without reformatting the file/." (original emphasis)
- Merging with external data files, "with either fixed length or sequential records," allowing the generation of reports or form letters.
- User-defined Variables. The MAGIC WAND allowed a maximum of 128 variables of up to 55 characters per variable. There was a seven-character limit on variable names. According to the ad copy, the variables were stored as strings, but could be treated as integers- allowing comma or decimal notation (e.g., 1,000,000.00), as well as the ability to increment or decrement the value.
- Conditional commands. It seems as though MAGIC WAND allowed certain portions of a file to be printed or not as determined by a "straight-forward IF statement."
At the time, Magic Wand was available on 8-inch or 5.25-inch floppy disks and supported a variety of terminals.
Magic Wand later became Peachtext by Peachtree Software.