The Angry Corrie 34: Nov-Dec 97

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Software review: The Munros for Windows

Zoom Publications

Reviewed by Perkin Warbeck

This is a cheerful, unpretentious little package written in Visual BASIC. It should fill a niche in the market, being a simple, easy to use, Windows version of the famous Munro map, with an element of Murdo's battered old ledger. Unlike "The Munros through windows" reviewed in TAC30, which had all the hoo-ha of a media launch and claimed to "revolutionise the way we see the Munros", The Munros for Windows appears to have existed for a couple of years without ever getting near Reporting Scotland.

It has three viewing modes: "map", "table", and "form". The first two are relatively self-explanatory; in table mode hills can be listed by height, name, order climbed, or section. Form mode allows the editing of the ledger aspects of the ascent. I bashed my mammoth figure of 96 Munros into the package in about twenty minutes. As I don't keep a battered old ledger, most of the dates were entered as 5/8/97. This did not produce a particularly interesting "Munros per year" graph.

Speaking of graphs, you can have "Munros per year", "Munros per month", "climbed by section", and "climbed by OS Sheet". One aspect of this package that I particularly liked was that most double-clicks that I tried actually came off. For example, doubling on a hill on the map of Scotland in form mode immediately took one to the section map. Doubling on the hill there took me to the hill's form entry. I also liked the way the wee red hill dot jumped madly around the screen if you kept your finger on the page down button.

I have to admit to a sneaking feeling that, if I were really serious about cataloguing my own Munros, a customised spreadsheet would still be the way I would do it. The Munros for Windows allows this, as it does offer a spreadsheet-readable export feature.

In summary, I enjoyed playing with this. Navigating round the sections and the country was quick and easy. I shall probably continue to log my own epics on it, as although it makes no claims to be the Munroist's dream or a multi-media tour-de-force, it is a useful wee package for that all important log-keeping. Price is twenty quid in the shops, but a more reasonable #12 if you download from the web site at http://homepages.enterprise.net/noelpaterson/munro.htm

Noel Paterson, the author, has updated it for the so-called "new Munros". This will also cover existing copies.

Noel Paterson / Zoom is also contactable by snailmail:

16 Millar Street, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3AH

The red dot jumps around like a mad thing

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