ARGH! Just when you thought it was safe to name your application… I got word from Claudia in Switzerland (amazing the corners of the globe I can reach) that SimView is actually the name of a program by SEIMANS. Since these guys are one of the largest corporations in the world, I’m not about to have their legal eagles come breathing down my neck if SimView wins in the vote (it was actually leading). So I had to change that to SimViewer. As well, SimScan is a commercial product that another company owns so I’ve changed that too. Some of the others show up in a search but nothing major. Either someone elses freeware program or in the case of SimCat, the name of some simulation conference so I don’t think they’ll mind.

This of course begs the question of how many other “Sim” programs out there match up to some real world, copyrighted, names? The multi-neighborhood tool EliSims has a real-world counterpart thats the name of an electricity industry simulation system at the Los Alamos National Library. Chatter Box, the Maxis demo that allows you to preview the Sims talking is also a person-to-person sports communication system. SimLink, a program that allows you to use playlists for your MP3s in The Sims can also be found as a Gene mapping program at the Center for Scientific Mapping and here as a program to detect linkage given family history information. It’s also a line of electronic controls found here. And the happy Maxis program FaceLift that creates variations on heads for your Sims is actually a Multidimensional NMR Basepoint Correction Software (whatever the heck that means) available at the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (of course, FaceLift was renamed to FaceLift Gold by Maxis at some point). So head out to the web and check your software! You’ll never know what you find…